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Adnams Broadside - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

230 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 16
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of tbone64
2/5  rDev -47.8%

tbone64, Mar 08, 2014
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2/5  rDev -47.8%

patsollom, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of Philousa
2.43/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark chestnut brown and clear against the light, this was hard to get a head from the pour, but came out easily with a stiff swirl. I think my fridge is too cold. Syrupy caramel, big nuttiness, some coppery metallic aroma. No hops to speak of and the yeast is present in a slightly tangy way. Some biscuit comes out with a swirl. Solid malt body hits the lips first. A big nuttiness is there again and the metallic taste is more pronounced. Malty like a bock, but mild like an English Bitter. Feel tends towards the watery, finish is balanced.

Nothing stands out in this beer. It's balanced, but it has nothing to hang its hat on. Needs some spice and maybe steer it back towards the style a bit.

Philousa, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of bark
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Note: The beer I drank was 6.3% abv.

The colour is dark red-brown, and the foam is medium thick, yellowish and quite soft.

The smell is sweet and filled with fresh hops. There are flavours of hay and mint, too.

The carbon dioxide is kind of strong for ale, and it fades away quickly.

The taste is somewhat metallic, dry, burnt with hints of apricot. The taste of alcohol is not hidden very well, and the straightforward, dry bitterness is almost too powerful.

The aftertaste is plain bitterness with burnt hints, but it is surprisingly short. After just a few minutes, there is nothing left at all.

I must say that this beer makes me a little disappointed: I expected a well-crafted, complex and generous strong ale, but what I got was just an aggressive yet plain bitterness with a taste of alcohol that belongs to much cheaper beers.

bark, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of Kirk
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Kirk, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of mrmanning
2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from the LCBO- Deep chestnut pour unleashed a frothy mocha cap leaving pretty spiderweb lace. The aroma that I was first greeted with was caramel and then molasses. Dark fruits (plum, prune) follow with a bit of char and fruitcake. Tastes of sweet fruitcake and sugary nutty malts. Prune and dark plum come in and add more sweetness which is semi balanced by some metallic hops. Problem is, I hate the taste of fruitcake. This is not really good.

mrmanning, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of JRaburn
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

JRaburn, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Kornoms
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Kornoms, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of atrocity
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

atrocity, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of MarkoNm
2.84/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a clear dark ruby color, almost coppery and a very decent white and foamy head, with a decent retention.
The aroma is nothing special - hoppy along with some yeast as well.
The taste is sweet, yeasty and bready (not my favourite) with a decently bitter finish.
All in all a drinkable, although quite filling, ale. Could be better, but it could be much worse.

MarkoNm, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of treyrab
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Took a break from the election tonight to pour this. Bad idea. Poured into a pint glass...

A: Pours a cloudy amber which is opaque due to the haze. Pours with no head and the hops leave a slight lace on this one.

S: Very sour malt smell with cider and vinegar on the onset. It then blends into some sweet caramel, bittering hops, and a metallic hint. Overall, let's say I was not in a hurry to take a sip.

T: Extremely cidery with sour apple and some caramel malts. For a bitter, there is very little hop presence and tons of sweet malt. Vinegar notes come through as well and really overpower any of the good malt aspects of the beer.

Overall, this one looks like apple cider, and doesn't taste far from it. This may be your style, but it didn't do it for me.

treyrab, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of Newsman
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On cask at the Fitzrovia Pub just off Goodge Street, in the Fitzrovia/Bloomsbury section of London. (Seriously, how do you deliniate neighborhoods there?)

I had seen this in other places, but figured I'd give it a shot. Poured a nice copper color, thin head, little lacing. Smell was malty, with just a thin hint of hops behind it.

Taste was...average. Compared to other cask-conditioned beers I had on my trip, this was kind of bland. The malt sweetness wasn't overpowering, but hops and other notes weren't remarkable. Mouthfeel was a little watery, too, further lending to the overall indifferent feel of this one.

Drinkable? Sure. I didn't really toss my pint out the door or anything. Went well with my fish and chips. But compared to other brews I had on my trip, it didn't stand out in the least.

Newsman, Jan 03, 2010
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

jisak74, Apr 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Johnq1964, Aug 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

StoicBeast, Jun 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

xhuang61, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -21.7%

djrn2, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Foyle
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours with a 2" foamy off white head that recedes very slowly and leaves significant lacing. Ruby red/brown in color with mild carbonation bubbles.
Aroma: sweet fruit, clove, spice, earthy hops
Mouthfeel: medium bodied and somewhat watery. A little sticky with a semi-dry finish.
Flavor: a complex combination of sweet flavors (licorice, banana, clove, raisins) with a strong earthy hop presence for balance.
Overall: a very good, but not outstanding beer. I would not consider this beer sessionable as it is quite filling. It would be best served as a dessert beer or paired with proper food (such as strong cheese or roast beef).

Foyle, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Boto
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is a brown color with a hint of amber to it. I had to try real hard to get some head out of it, and it dissapated right away. Maybe some fruitiness to the nose. Not much else. The taste is mostly a medium maly sweetness. I also get the taste of alcohol: suprising since the beer is only 6.3%. Maybe some bitterness at the end. It is almost trying to be a barleywine, but it doesn't really impress at all.

Boto, Jul 16, 2003
Photo of jcurtis55
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this one on tap at The Plough in London. This is a fairly average ESB. It has a decent aroma of hops and fruit. The mouthfeel is light. Tangy taste but not much body there. More to the aroma than the flavor, but it was also served pretty cold. It did go pretty well with the fish and chips.

jcurtis55, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of geexploitation
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer calls itself an "English Ale", but it doesn't taste too much like one. It doesn't taste like an ESB (which is how BA classifies it), that's for sure.

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights when held to direct light. Big head initially, but it fades. The nose is quite sweet, with caramel notes, perhaps some beet sugar notes, and just a touch of earthy hops. Not much hop character for an ESB/English Ale. The palate is more of the same: there's some balance in the bittering hops, but lots of sweet malt character -- caramel and dark fruit -- and a finish with a dry, Burton-gypsum snap. Mouthfeel is rather viscous, perhaps due to some residual sugars.

All in all this is OK, but I'm not terribly impressed. This just doesn't strike me as very English.

geexploitation, Feb 28, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Pelicanrocks, Mar 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

DamageCase76, Jan 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Hanglow, Jan 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

KevinRailton, Jun 30, 2014
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Adnams Broadside from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.