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Adnams Broadside - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

229 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 16
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2002)
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Reviews by admiral:
Photo of admiral
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%

A great example of a strong English ale/bitter

aroma: treacle, dark fruit/fruit cake, candy and minerals

taste: dark fruit/fruit cake, candy, treacle/brown sugar, raisins, currents with slight vanilla bean and toffee and a touch of spice/pepper. rich malt and fruit cake combined - very tasty!

admiral, Jul 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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FadetoBock, Aug 18, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +2.6%

Served at Hunger & Thirst in Lancaster PA. This was an excellent presentation of a classic beer. Very pretty dark brown and heady in the glass. Malty but not sweet, also caramel flavors but not sweet; very well balanced. I almost thought I was drinking a heavy lager, this beer was so smooth.

BeerIsland, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of merlin48
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%

Heavy, dark brown, 16.9 oz bottle, "Best Before 25 Nov 2004" on label. Sampled on 12 Dec 2004. Pours a chill hazed garnet mahogany body with a small, but longlasting, beige head that leaves some nice patch and sheet lace.
Aroma is very floral, with a strong caramel background.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with low medium carbonation. Very clean, with a mineral note that is ideal for the style.
The taste begins with a leafy, hops bitterness that is floral(lilac?). Caramel and buttery toffee offer up a solid malt backbone, and pear and apple notes are picked up midway through. Some hints of mineral that were noticed in the aroma add to the sublime complexity. Finish is clean, with a floral hops aftertaste.
Very well executed English Bitter. Though past the freshness date, it has been stored well and exhibits no hint of oxidation. Wonderful brew from the "Sunrise Coast" of England.

merlin48, Dec 12, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

16.9 oz bottle, fresness date of 03 Feb 05, pours nice dark almond with some reddish hues. Tan head leaves medium lacing. Tasty, malty British style ale. Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel. Balanced and understated, a nice warming everyday ale, fine session quaffer.

Billolick, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of fdrich29
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

750ml bottle with ADNAMS raised in glas on both the front and back bottoms of the bottoms of the bottle. Best before 26 Nov 04.

I paused briefly after opening the pop top bottle cap on this beer, which was long enough for foam to come spewing out the top the bottle. It hung precariosly from the top, but never dripped down the side of the bottle.

Poured a reddish brown with a nice frothy head with more lacing that I expected, which coated the inside of the glas. I could have sworn I smelled a bit of maple coming from my glass as the sweet ale arrived to my lips. Smooth, sweet and very easy to drink, a fine product from Sole Bay Brewery.

fdrich29, Mar 25, 2004
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

JRaburn, Apr 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

jisak74, Apr 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Mattco, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Keegan, Jan 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

stereosforgeeks, Sep 15, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Pretty good. Quiet smooth malty flavour, quite a nice caramelly roasty flavour, a bit sweet, but balanced by a decent bitter finish, i kn dof like it, quite smoooth aswell, decent.

rastaman, Jul 14, 2002
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

slainte35, Nov 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

InfernoBoss, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of IntriqKen
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

Poured a very dark amber with 2 fingers of tan that melted to barely a ring of lace.
Aroma is a typical British Ale yeast and sweet amber malts. Very warm, soft comfortable aroma. I keep stealing another sniff with each sip from the glass and linger over the scent long enough to go...Mmmmm.
Taste is very malty...lots of dark toasted malts that are moderately sweet. Break to a drying hop on the finish but never enough to overpower the wonderful toasty malts that are the base of this beer.

IntriqKen, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of findlayfan
4.25/5  rDev +11%

16.9 oz. bottle (Best before 26 Nov 04).

Clear mahogany body with nice off-white 1" head (when poured into 22 oz. glass), which dissipated fairly quickly.

Not much lacing but quite a bit of carbonation.

Pleasant, sweetish smell; lots of malt with a bit of caramel.

Quite drinkable--wish I'd had more than one bottle available--even on a warm June evening. Would likely be even more enjoyable in the spring or fall (or even winter).

I will definitely look for this one again.

findlayfan, Jun 07, 2004
Photo of cokes
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

Lightly obscured brown that inches towards maroon. The head is full of large-bubbled pockmarks, frothy and tan.
Aromas of candied apples draped in tobacco, earth and Fuggles.
It smells sweeter than it probably is. It starts off with a rye expression, coupled with a sedate toastiness. It rapidly migrates towards sweet and fruit as this enters its middle. Plum jam, green raisins, apple peels and chewing tobacco. The remarkable part of this, is that it retains enough earthy and dry character to remain balanced, if not leaned in that direction despite the fruitness. Closes with a burst of walnuts, then directs itself unto the smoked herb hopping. Not especially bitter, just....right.
Medium in stature, with microscopic carbonation.
This is a nice one.
For sure.

(6.0% ABV bottle)

cokes, Jan 28, 2004
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4.4/5  rDev +14.9%

The Broadside pours a slightly hazy, deep copper body beneath a creamy head of off-white foam that holds well and slowly drops to a wide collar and whispy surface covering, all the while leaving some very nice lace about the glass. The nose delivers earthy, leafy, and grassy hops over a caramelish malt. It's full bodied and creamy in the mouth with a very fine and natural (bottle-conditioned), moderate carbonation that gently caresses the tongue and rouses the tastebuds. Caramel/toffee/nutty malt dominates the flavor, accented by a thin thread of yeasty fruitiness (cherries) and earthy, woody, and grassy hops. It's really well-balanced by a solid bitterness that never steps beyond its supporting role, but anchors the entire production. It finishes dry with some subtle alcohol, a note of yeasty fruitiness, and a residual bitterness that leaves the palate refreshed and ready for food or more beer. Quite tasty!!! And a surprisingly drinkable ale considering it's 6% abv (the draft version is 4.7% abv)! The alcohol remains almost completely cloaked throughout. A bit strong for an all night session ale, but maybe one to get you started! Well worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Jan 16, 2004
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4.01/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured a half finger of head on a hazy, brown colored body.
The aroma is a complex blend of fruit and bread. Apple, plum, wheat bread and fruitcake.
The taste is bready and fully loaded on malt, but avoids becoming too sweet. A little lemon bitter in the background.
The texture is thick with moderate carbonation.
A hefty beer with great flavor.

Fatehunter, Jun 02, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

Rich copper hue with some slight haze and a small off-white head. Caramel malt aroma dominates, some fruitiness and a touch of alcohol. Caramel continues into flavour, combining with strong bitterness, but caramel still dominates. Some alcohol warmth noticeable. Light floral component detectable behind caramel and bitterness. Good body and low carbonation, creamy texture.

Overall strong and warming yet very pleasant drinking. Perfect for a session beer on a cold day. A strong beer with the caramelly maltiness either barely dominating or holding the assertive bitterness in check.

goodbyesoberday, Aug 24, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

ChrisCBeets, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Idris
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

I am self-confessed big fan of the ESB style. I find it to be a highly underrated style, with balanced and, I dare say, often nuanced flavor profile. This beer presents as a clear ruby-tinged brown brew with an off-white head that quickly retreats, leaving a billowy island in the center of my tulip glass I utilize for evaluation. Sweet malts, very subtle dark fruit, and a hint of breadiness commands me to take a sip. Malt sweetness, a hint of hop spice, and candied fruits abound in the palate, with a finish a touch dryer than anticipated. Medium mouthfeel, no obvious flaws, and the desire to have another (which really is the hallmark of a good beer). Well done.

Idris, Jan 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

leinie13, Nov 22, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

I've grown to really like this brewery. The Broadside tastes, to me, very much like an English bitter ale should. Smells great, like sweet bread. It has a rich caramel malt flavor with just enough hops to make it bitter, and a somewhat dry finish. I find it tastes best when its out of the fridge for 20 minutes (like most beers I suppose). I think mine was around 6% abv, so I need to double check. According to BA its only 4.7. I could be confusing it with the SSB. Anyway, a great beer - only the price is keeping it off the session list.

Looking forward to visiting Southwold. Seems this beer would be great from a cask.

smurfyou, Jan 16, 2007
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Adnams Broadside from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.