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Adnams Broadside - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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very good

234 Ratings
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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 16
Gots: 5 | 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 pkalix
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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....

pkalix, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of SimonTHGolfer
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

SimonTHGolfer, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Kirk
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Kirk, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +4.2%

BillRoth, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of apasternak
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

apasternak, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of MarkoNm
2.84/5  rDev -26%
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 BeerIsland
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 slainte35
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

slainte35, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Beermaine
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Beermaine, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of delta490
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a deep clear ruddy brown. Slight visible carbonation. Short lived off white head dissipates quickly leaving lacing

S- rich malt primarily dark fruit (cherry, plum?).

T- great. Deep malt flavors with just a soft hop bitterness as a counter

M- smooth and soft

O- this is an excellent representation of the English bitter. A great pint.

delta490, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Sturmthis
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Sturmthis, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

abeeronthebeach, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +4.2%

InfernoBoss, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of cdtoffers
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

cdtoffers, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Pours a medium to dark ruddy brown amber with a fine one finger light tan head with great retention and good lacing. Great aroma of sweet bready caramel malt, plum and dark fruit, toffee. Flavor follows with semi-sweet caramel malt, dark and dried fruit, nuts and slowly revealed earthy hops, finishing with a nice malty, mildly grassy hop finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A tasty ESB with great malt and nicely balanced hops. I don't know this Gold hop variant, but it is very subtle at first, but reveals itself nicely in the finish and there is great malt support for it. I liked this quite a bit and will buy it again. Nicely done.

LiquidAmber, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of rtrasr
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

rtrasr, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

stereosforgeeks, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Johnq1964
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Johnq1964, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Boone757, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +4.2%

FadetoBock, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of JxExM
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

JxExM, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of jwoolfe
4/5  rDev +4.2%

jwoolfe, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of Paccamacca
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Paccamacca, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of speter
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, poured into a nonic.

A: Clear ruddy tan with a two-finger tan head that persists, leaving nice lacing.

S: Sweet bready malt with a hint of cinnamon and brown sugar.

T: Biscuity, creamy, and lightly sweet upfront, the beer falls slightly flat mid-palate, before finishing with (I kid you not) a marmalade spike, followed by a nice British bitter bite. The hops do provide a very nice aftertaste that lingers nicely.

M: Creamy and smooth, with a bit of warmth.

O: A solid bottled ESB that is almost certainly superior on cask.

speter, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of AnotherBeerGeek
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served up this lovely full-pint ale in a pub glass. The color is an intensely clear red-brown, with plenty of visible carbonation and a light tan head that fades away quickly. The nose offers up caramel malts and sweet berry notes. There is more of the same as you take that first taste, although these flavors quickly fade to a drying moderate bitterness revealing a respectable underlying hoppiness. The feel is light and refreshing, and the overall result is a decently complex, nicely enjoyable semi-bitter ale. Absolutely worth trying.

AnotherBeerGeek, Jul 16, 2013
Adnams Broadside from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.