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Adnams Broadside - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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145 Reviews
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Reviews: 145
Hads: 263
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 15.98%
Wants: 20
Gots: 19 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2002

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Reviews: 145 | Hads: 263
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin yet dense beige head that died down but never completely faded away, leaving rings of lacing down the side of the glass.
S: There are aromas of earthy yeast in the nose along with notes of bready and grainy malts and hints of raisins.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a bit more fruity flavors, particularly as it warms up. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and is quite malty and flavorful for the style.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Central Bar, Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland.

Pours oxblood with a steady, creamy, white head. Sour grain and red pear on the nose.
Apple and tobacco leaf with spicy hops to end.
Light to medium, round and smooth.

Creamy with decent hops. A solid pint.
Considering this was pulled in a 'Spoons where a woman was retching at 4 in the afternoon, that's saying something.

Note: Labeled as 5.1%

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Photo of claspada
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aromas are definitely not the strong suit of this beer. Slight toasted pale and sweet caramel malts. The earthy English hops are most prevalent but not "fresh" if that makes sense.

The tastes begin with a solid Marris Otter English pale malt backbone with complementary lesser caramel sweet maltiness. Hope soon join the picture; strong bitterness from the spicy and earthy English hops. Really one of the better/lingering bitter flavor profile of any English beer I have had lately. As it warms you get some nice English fruit yeast flavor contributions.

Mouthfeel is medium-full mouthfeel that makes the beer a pleasure to drink. Hops add a nice drying finish. Overall this is definitely one of the better English Strong Ales I have had in recently memory. ABV is well masked and the flavors and pleasant bitter finish make up for the average aromas. Recommended over the ESB from Adanams; both are good, but not revolutionary, but that is not their purpose.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handpump halfpint at the Albany.

A: Clear orange-amber body under a thin off-white head that subsides into clumps and leaves light lace. Just fine.

S: Quite sweet and fruity, with caramelized plums and apricots coming to mind. No hops to speak of. Ok.

T: Maltiness up front, with the sweet candied fruits asserting themselves midway through. No hop flavors, but there is some bitterness on the finish that keeps it from being cloying. If you like your bitters on the sweet side, this is the one for you. Good stuff.

M: Standard cask softness, with the right amount of carbonation. very pleasant.

O: Not my favorite Adnams offering, but a solid beer all the same.


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Photo of popery
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark ruby with a thick, sudsy head of beige foam. Transparent, filtered. Good lacing.

The aroma shows a lot of fruity malt with raisins, prunes, toffee and toast. Some English hoppiness contributes a grassy, peachy note. Lots of sweet fruitiness.

The taste is sweet and malty. Lots of toffee, sweet dough and fruit. The hops get a bit vegetal but also provide more spice/grass/light stone fruit. Light bitterness keeps some of the sweetness in check, but it gets a bit cloying for me.

Mouthfeel is decent, though I preferred Southwold Bitter's mock cask feel. Carbonation is on the light side but pretty normal. Coats the mouth, for better and worse.

It's a decent ESB, but something isn't quite clicking for me. The fruitiness is a bit too all over the place, and the sweetness needs a creamier mouthfeel.

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Photo of fx20736
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a British Pint Glass. Served cool.

Deepish reddish copper with 2 fingers of a cream colored batter texture head which leaves scraps of lacing.

aroma of toasted malt and plummy fruit.

Chewy, viscuous mouthfeel.

malty, bitter with hints of burnt toast and plums.

Notes: tastes as much like a Strong Ale as an ESB. The bitterness, while not overpowering, clearly dominates this beer. It is a satisfying sipper.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden-copper body, fairly clear appearance, with a small, though sustained white head.

Smell: Fruit cake aroma of raisin pulp, dried apricots, and chopped red apples with a sweet-scent of caramel and bready malts.

Taste: Sweet maltiness at the start, with tastes of caramel, light treacle, and (English) toffee. Fairly bready throughout. Varied fruits. Leafy, lightly grassy hops with a medium degree of bitterness. Very slight chalky quality. Drying, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Light carbonation.

Overall: Fairly nice, balanced ale.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful root beer brown with a thick big bubbled but quickly disappearing cream coloured head.

Wonderful aromas of brewers mash, molasses, fudge, hops and malt, coffee and bitter chocolate.

The taste is no less complex with toffee nots with a sweetness running throughout to the bitter end where the hops bite with peppery teeth.

Chewy mouthfeel good low carbonation

A rich, fruity good tasting beer.

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Photo of rarbring
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear chesnut colored beer, ann off-white small head, little lacing.

The smell is rather modest, some nuts and pears.

Tasting initially of seet brown bread, then ripe apples and pears, modest bitterness.

Light carbonation, a refreshing/watery texture, a small body, a slightly dry finish.

Well balanced, no surprises.

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Photo of jcurtis55
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap in the Kings Head pub, Southwold, one of Adnams own pubs.

A great beer, bitter and complex, quite a sharp taste of hops though not such a refreshing obviously hoppy taste.

Perfectly complemented the fish and chips I also had. Will definitely order again.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle Pours deep copper with little head, but good lacing.

Aromas of toffee and malts, sugar, some pear.

Tastes well balanced, very smooth (very) and a pleasantly bitter aftertaste. Very creamy as mouthfeel, given moderate ABV. No noticeable alcohol. Toffee comes though as it warms.

Could go a few of these in one sitting. The malts are really quite nice as the beer progresses.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Clear mahogany, ruby red pour with two finger head, nice lacing and decent retention. Strong fruity, malty nose overpowers any hint of hops. The taste is much the same. Dark fruit dominates along with molasses and maple syrup with hints of nuts, vanilla, cherries, rasins, and just a touch of chocolate. I get a little hop bitterness on the finish, but overall it's a bit too sweet for my tastes which really hurts the drinkability. Not a bad beer, just not my cup of tea...

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Photo of xylophonica
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 50cl bottle into a tulip.

A - Dark, solid colour. Good finger or more of head. Lacing is great.

S - Sweet wheat and herbs. Coffee & toffee.

T - Fairly light, burnt cacao flavour at first. Rich chocolate flavours as well.

M - Very mild on the tongue. Slight carbonation and burnt flavours to keep the tongue awake.

D - Quite easy to knock back. Nice on a winter's eve.

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Photo of champ103
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at several places around Aberdeen. The Cask Version is 4.7% ABV.

A: Pours a chilled hazed copper/orange color. A two finger tightly packed head forms with excellent retention. Spicerweb looking lace is left all the way down the glass.
S: Toasted malt, toffee, and lots of fruit. Apples and pears are dominate. Floral hops linger. Really inviting.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of fruity flavors of pear and apples that are great. Floral and grassy hops are asertave and balances everything out. This finishes a little sweet with some very nice toffee. Excellent.
M/D: A medium to full body with good carbonation. So creamy and smooth. Not watery at all. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. I can quaff a few with no problem. I want to keep coming back again and again.

This is an excellent ESB. The ABV of this on cask is much lower than the bottle. At 4.7% this is still a little far outside the traditional session beer range, but much more manageable than what is listed here, and incredibly moreish. Overall, just a wonderful beer, and a perfect example of an ESB. Up there with Fuller's.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours murky copper with a small off-white head.
Aroma shows lots of malt, with caramel, sultanas, golden syrup, brown sugar and figs. Some earthy hops noticeable in the background.
Flavours are very powerful, with loads more caramel, sultanas, dried fruit, nutty notes, sharp alcohol and roasted malt. Old ale territory. Hops seem to show up more here than in the aroma and contribute to a lengthy, mildly bitter finish.
Smooth rich body with low creamy carbonation.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the White Horse in London. The beer was bright copper colored with a thin head that laced all over the glass as it emptied. The aroma was nice, difficult to compete with my benchmark for the style (Fullers ESB) but still very nice. Some fresh hops on top with a toasted malt background. The taste was similar, with some sweet and dark fruits (apples, plums, raisins) providing complement to the hops. The creamy mouthfeel from the cask completes the experience, a strong contender in the style.

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Photo of seanyfo
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50cl bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- A mahogany/ruby red body with a 2 finger head that is creamy producing good lacing and retention

S- Doughy breadiness. toasted malts.

T- Bavarian Dunkel Lager like toasted malt flavours, faint plain chocolate

M- Medium body, creamy

D- A moreish malty ale. Lovely toasted malt backbone would go delicious with chocolate. Flavours remind me of a dunkel but with the british velvety texture of a creamy ale. Delicous!

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Photo of bartle
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper tone with a thick, frothy white head. Very clear glaze, no haze. This looks very appealing.

Caramel tones from the malt, very noble, almost minty hop characteristics. Some scarce lemon zest. A slight buttery aroma, nothing offensive. Very soothing aroma.

Very sweet caramelized malt sugars, slight warming sensations from the alcohol. Some light apricot flavours which finish with a herbal hop finish. Hay barrels, or a sugared wheat cereal and a touch of nut flavours. Vanilla notes over the caramel and bready yeast. A touch of astringency. Finishes very dry and soft noble bitter. As it warms the apricots turn to golden raisins and figs. Remains on a lighter side of toffee.

The body is full, moderate carbonation that is a little higher than I'd like for the style. Dry, some yeasty character, well attenuated, well crafted. Dry and no extra sugars on the tongue.

This is very refreshing. A clean representation of the style and I'd love to try this cask conditioned. All n' all: a great bitter.

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Photo of mfkr
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A clear red brown liquid, a really small off-white head that leaves no visible lacing.

S - Roasted malt, a hint of caramel, faint hop smell.

T - Lots of the burnt malt and the caramel sweetness is still there and some hop bitterness.

M - Thick body, and little carbonation.

D - Enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of drpimento
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served with a small cream colored soap bubble head and some lace. Color is a very clear mahoganey. Mild hop, malt nose. Flaors about the same with some toffee and good bittersweet balance. Chewy. Very easy drinking. Great body. Ditto carbonation. Session brew.

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Photo of Newsman
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a damn good looking ale. Dark with lively carbonation. Over one inch head. A clear copper ruby when held up to the light with brilliant head retention and honeycomb lacing.

The aroma is sweet, like pink bubblegum with creamy toffee and some roast in the distance.

The taste is similar, with bubblegum like fruity esters from the British Ale yeast up against a toasty caramel malt balanced by a nice chalky herbal bitterness. Almost tastes a bit burnt and plasticy.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy with ample carbonation. A tad harsh.

Overall a decent enough beer. That I probably won't get again.

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Photo of mrmanning
2.66/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

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Photo of juju7
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks fantastic; tawny with ruby highlights topped with a massive creamy, off-white head. Left a great lacing all the way to end. Chocolate mixed with some raisin like fruitcake notes. A bit of old hop action going on. Palate-wise it jumps out with a strong malt backbone, flecking chico and coffe and chocolate-cherry ripe. Long finish with a rounded bitterness. Wish I had some chocolate truffles to go with it.

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Adnams Broadside from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.