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Adnams Broadside - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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234 Ratings
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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 16
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2002)
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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

had this hand pumped at eli's last night..

aroma, taste, and texture: banana! i've never sampled a beer with more banana all around. the malt flavors are present but mild, adding just enough to remind you it's a beer.

this is something that should not be missed if it is available in your area. i'm not the biggest fan of cask conditioned beers, but this was a pleasant way to finish off a night of good beer consumption.

goodbyeohio, Dec 11, 2004
Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ESB poured a clear, deep amber color with white foam that settled. The smell was lightly malty with a touch of hops. The taste was flavorful: malty with moderate bitter hops. A very pleasant flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry with medium body and low carbonation feel. This was a very nice pint of bitter.

UncleJimbo, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of Tballz420
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark brown, hazy concoction, with a bubbly tan head topping it off. Thick caramel malt scent, with a touch of hops. Nice does of bitter hops with a touch of floral, nice caramel malt front. Bits of yeast and fruit tones show as well. Pretty creamy mouthfeel. Pretty tasty treat from england, give it a shot.

Tballz420, Dec 02, 2004
Photo of cypressbob
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask conditioned at the northern ireland CAMRA fest

Pours with a dark amber body, slightly hazy, foamy head

Smell, malty hints, some fruity esters

Taste, quite a strong hint of apples, some hop bitterness, smooth and easily consumed

Adnams continue to create great english ales

cypressbob, Nov 22, 2004
Photo of Bdc
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The red-amber English strong ale has a malty, complex-fruit aroma. Complex malt (biscuit, caramel) and fruit (plum, raisin) flavor. Somewhat sweet, but a suprisingly clean finish, which made this fuller-bodied ale fairly easy drinking. Low carbonation and warming. A good English ale.

Bdc, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9ozer purchased from the Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head above a deeply reddish-brown brew. Dense head hung around for quite some time, and laced well. Aroma is sweetly malty. Taste is also sweetly malty, but not overly so, and a bit of hops bitterness cuts through the flavor at the end. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very good. Wish I had a chance to catch this on cask like Craig did...

ppoitras, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear mahogany with a deep tan colored and big soap bubble-like head exudes lace and leaves a minor film on the pint glass.
Aroma is caramel, hexnuts, some biscuit and butter with a spicy hop profile. Very lively beer, this cask is just right !
Flavor of sweet malt, some roastiness, cut hay and wheat. Spicy bitterings finish off a great pint.
Mouthfeel is sweet and smooth with a nice lively spiced bittering.
Drinkability - I have a bias for Adnam's but this was a really exceptional pint, kudos to the cellarman at The Castle in Cambridge, England. Great pint.

CRJMellor, Jul 06, 2004
Photo of findlayfan
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 longpondbeerman
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This English ESB pours a rich, dark reddish brown with a thin eggshell colored head. There is a slightly metallic initial aroma to the nose, augmented by an underside of maple, ginger, and lemon. The taste is stronger in the malts, frankly more sweet than bitter, and there is a caramel texture to the mouthfeel, supported by strong carbonation.

longpondbeerman, Jun 02, 2004
Photo of Doiv
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby colour with an off white head. Aroma is malty and fruity, with apples and oranges.
Tadte is hoppy and malty, with a small cinnamon kick to it. Warm winter fruits follow, then a bitter and spicy aftertaste.

Nice mouthfeel, good drinkability.

Doiv, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of Cizauskas
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strong bitter and in wonderful shape: tawny, and crisply bitter with a moderate level of orange/lemon/apple fruitiness. The high 4.7% alcohol level was well masked by a medium-bodied mouthfeel. The interplay between hop and yeast fruitiness, a slightly caramelly malt middle, and a not overdone lingering bitterness was marvelous. Above average off-white head and lace: conditioning was in fine shape.

Tasted at Max's on Broadway, Baltimore, 30 March 2004.

Cizauskas, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of CBFanWish
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY. Poured a chocolate brown colour with a thick frothy white head. The aosma was faint. I caught little more than floral hints. The taste was more malty than anythong. Roasted barley. A bit of a smoked taste. A hoppy finish. I feel that it;s too dry for my taste. I don't think it waas worth the investment, but I would buy it if it was a little cheaper.

CBFanWish, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of Bierguy5
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown color with a white foamy/fluffy head. Not much lacing on the glass throughout. Not a strong smell of anything in particular. Faint floral smell, and a little astringent. Taste has a hint of a toasted flavor, with a smooth dry hop finish. Mouthfeel was nice, as this is cask-conditioned, somewhat creamy and medium-bodied. All in all, a good cask brew. I would have another, seems to be a good session beer. Nothing really stood out, rather a smooth experience.

Bierguy5, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of fdrich29
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 zerk
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby with a thin but persistent white head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is a nice mix of caramel and bread-like malts and some herbal hoppiness. Flavor begins sweet with caramel and dried fruit flavors, then finishes with a nice herbal bitterness. Somewhat acidic, with a smooth medium to full body. Alcohol is somewhat more noticeable than it should be, but all in all this is a very fine beer.

zerk, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of moulefrite
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper in color, deecent while minimal head/lace. Aromas are a treat: Warm/yeasty bread, shortbread, fruity hop, malt extract. A treat to taste as well. The mouthfeel is full, round and silky. Flavors are bready/ doughy, quite malty with a decidedly fruity hop bitter that lingers deliciously. This is one solid ale, that is so easy to enjoy, and welcome addition to the marketplace here in Chicago. Welcome back Adnams, and thanks again to Shelton Bro's for the sample!!

moulefrite, Mar 05, 2004
Photo of PatandDavid
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on cask at Redbones last night, and it was a very pleasant find. Root beer color when poured, it had this great frothy tan head that covered the inside of my glass during drinking. It had a wonderful fresh bready aroma. I found the taste mild, biscuity, and astringent in the finish. Very enjoyable, and nice to see on cask.

PatandDavid, Feb 28, 2004
Photo of ark57
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This amber-red beer some muted hop character with an aroma of caramel. The medium body is nutty and tastes of cherry fruitiness and is quite malty. It finishes dry with tastes of mint and hay, which balances the malty body. This would be a nice session beer because it is quite appetizing and easy on the palate.

ark57, Feb 25, 2004
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent bitter on cask at Monty's Korner. Pored a hazy copper color with a nice off-white-ish head that receded into some elegant lace. Smell was wonderfully full of raisins and biscuity maltiness. Taste was much more distinctly bitter with a goof hop presence despite the cask effect and a good full bodied flavor that was ripe and estery, but by no means over the top. A wonderful session brew that is worthy of several pints that I sadly did not have time for. Hopefully it will be there still on sunday night.

GreatPondBrewer, Feb 21, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew on cask at Moan and Dove. Came in a 20 oz Adnams logo pint. The brew is room temp and is a rich clear mahogany color. The aroma is mild but I detect hints of sweet caramel malt and some floral hop characters. Incredible head retention on this brew. The carbonation is soft and almost not present like a cask ale should be. The body is moderately thick with a slight creamy texture going on.
Flavor is some caramel with almost a buttery toffee flavor and texture. A light piney hop finish at the end. A very nice beer that is incredibly smooth and easy to drink. A good choice for a session beer. I enjoyed this one.

sulldaddy, Feb 15, 2004
Photo of Shiredave
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Mahars in Albany.
Beautiful red/amber color with a low creamy head - lace dripping everywhere.
Aroma is soft caramel malt and a touch of wet hay.
Flavor is sweet and lighty roasted up front with some hints of fig and apple.
Body is slighty thin, but creamy with good earthy hop in harmony with the toasty malt.
The finish is hoppy and dry with lingering fruity sweetness. Tastes like more.
Great drinkability and a perfect English session beer with a bit more malt going on than most ordinary or special Bitters.

Shiredave, Feb 14, 2004
Photo of John
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice surprise at Monty's Korner last evening...and cask conditioned to boot! Impressive and rich in appearance with a deep caramel and ruby colour. Incredibly creamy head that decorates the sides as I quaff my 20oz. pint from the Adnams logo glass. The nose is bready sweet, suggesting the grains and steaming hot wort from which the brew originated. Also evident is a fruity aroma with notes of grape and plum. Hops take a back seat here. The taste is a delicate mix of the intricate aromas and a surprising warming for a brew at 4.7% abv. Hops provide balance only, exhibiting a subtle pine hint here and there. The ease of drinkability is scary. Cheers to Publican William Taggert for this gem and often having the knack for providing something different and interesting. I really dug this beer.

John, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of bark
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%
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 cokes
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Adnams Broadside from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.