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Adnams Broadside - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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very good

227 Ratings
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 227
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 15
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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4.3/5  rDev +12.3%

ChANdler is a Britsh surname referring to both a CANdlestick maker as well as a storekeeper aboard ships. Ironically, I was literally and figuratively a ChANdler/chandler for just over fifteen years on four different U. S. Navy ships and my heart remains at sea, on the open ocean. Imagine my elation at seeing this reasonably priced bottle on the shelf recently!

From the bottle: "Commemorating the Battle of Solebay (1672); "Broadside is brewed to commemorate the Battle of Sole Bay, the fierce battle fought against the Dutch Republic in 1672 off the Suffolk coast. The English fleet was moored in Southwold with Admiral Edward Montagu & most of his sailors drinking in local ale houses when called to action! Broadside uses east Anglian malted barley and only one hop variety - First Gold. This dark ruby red ale is full of malty, fruitcake-like flavours and is great savoured with strong cheddar. Delicious served cool."

I popped the cap and began with a heavy-handed pour that netted me two dense fingers of tawny head head with great retention, slowly falling to create some marvelous lacing. ADM Montagu nodded in approval as I directed the helmsman to bring us alee, starboard of those Dutch bastiges. Color was a deep amber with ruby highlights (SRM = > 17, < 22) and NE-quality clarity. Truth-in-advertising time! The nose was, indeed, quite malty and fruity and the descriptor of "fruitcake" definitely applied to both myself and the beer. The order to "Release batteries!" was given and the ship rocked sideways in the water as I hefted the glass to my lips and let fly. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was semi-sweet, at most, with the malt having done its thing and the yeast having had a field day. The taste was very biscuity and fruity and I could think of nothing but fruitcake. Deelish! In the meantime, we had the bloody Dutch on their heels. Our double-crack'd CANnons left those clog-wearing punks on their heels and they had no choice but to tack away and northward from whence they came. One of our lads incurred a splinter which will almost assuredly cost him his arm, though. The finish was fittingly dry and as we headed for safe harbour, I toasted our brave lads in a job well done.

05-15-2014 00:16:29 | More by woodychandler
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

05-14-2014 17:54:59 | More by mrfrancis
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-11-2014 20:19:49 | More by Georgiabeer
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-03-2014 21:45:02 | More by Jerseyislandbeer
Photo of Foyle


3.05/5  rDev -20.4%

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).

04-26-2014 23:37:08 | More by Foyle
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-20-2014 23:41:44 | More by Herky21
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

3.91/5  rDev +2.1%

Smells fantastic, and like the bottle says - of fruitcake with no real hop aroma to speak off. Pours with a nice white head that dissipates reasonably quickly , and is a dark rich brown with a tinge of red to it. Nice and malty, with a lingering bitterness. Overall a very nice drop.

04-16-2014 06:29:08 | More by nztayls
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Russian Federation

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-15-2014 07:44:22 | More by Vsarmatov
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2/5  rDev -47.8%

03-08-2014 13:55:10 | More by tbone64
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

03-01-2014 04:25:58 | More by stevoj
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-24-2014 18:13:18 | More by RusImpStoLuv
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-18-2014 23:07:56 | More by BeerForMuscle
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-02-2014 14:08:16 | More by Drknight
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

01-15-2014 17:56:23 | More by Hanglow
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-08-2014 16:57:23 | More by Keegan
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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

01-06-2014 22:05:20 | More by Mr_Pink_152
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

01-05-2014 00:55:00 | More by DamageCase76
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-04-2014 08:34:57 | More by Sarunas7
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3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

oh my.... as advertised... ruby with a tan head and smells like a stinkin' fruitcake. well, if we here in America don't like fruitcakes, what makes 'em think we wanna drink something that tastes like a fruitcake?? the cool thing is they did NOT ADD the flavors (I think) but, rather, it comes from the malts they use which is forgivable, original, and almost commendable. cherry, fig, sticky sugar-y lickable fruitiness on the nose and palate. leave it to the Brits . . . . kind of wish I had opened the Mango Magnifico instead of this one now . . . . typical british tangy malts, sweet yet bitter, fruity and rich. some metallic aftertaste....

01-02-2014 00:26:45 | More by pkalix
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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-29-2013 14:43:56 | More by SimonTHGolfer
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United Kingdom (England)

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

12-24-2013 08:45:03 | More by Kirk
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-05-2013 03:11:34 | More by BillRoth
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

11-22-2013 02:37:59 | More by apasternak
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2.84/5  rDev -25.8%

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.

11-18-2013 22:40:51 | More by MarkoNm
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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.

11-13-2013 22:36:04 | More by BeerIsland
Adnams Broadside from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.