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Adnams Southwold Bitter - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.88%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rastaman on 08-12-2002

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Ratings: 144 | Reviews: 67
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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rjplumer
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Malt, caramel bread type of aroma. Medium brown body with a bit of an orange hue.. Light tan head about a half inch or so to start and settles relatively quick to a light film. Mild sweet fruit and malt taste with a touch of bitterness. Touch of apple like crispness. Has a full thick feel.

Photo of FLima
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice copper color with a thick beige head with decent retention and leaving laces and a constant plate.
Aroma with notes of plums, English earthy hops, apple juice and caramels.
Likewise, bitter flavor with notes of English earthy and floral hops, herbal tea, unsweetened apple juice, some lemon, toffee, honey and plums. Just a bit tangy. Consistent dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation. Quite smooth.
Balanced and pleasant English Bitter with high drinkability. The warmer the better! After drinking the style often they grow on you. I hope I could get decent local offerings for the style for the right price.

Photo of Iaido
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date

Look - Pours a clear, light amber with a good frothy off-white head. Bubbles range from medium to very small. Average distribution, decent retention, excellent clinging.

Smell - Steely old world hop character with a background of cereal sweetness. Fruity and estery, with aromas of bananas and maybe a little apple.

Taste - Nice bitterness upfront with a subtle undertone of cereal malt flavors. Finishes slightly metallic, like the underside of a bottle cap. Bits of fruit, figs and dates. Bitterness lingers.

Feel - Light and refreshing. Has a cooling sensation like fresh water.

Overall - An enjoyable beer. Haven't had many English Bitters, so I don't have a lot to compare it to. Would have rated higher if not for the steely hop character.

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled last night on 1/10/15. Comes in a 500ml (16.9 ounce bottle) that was in the discount bin for just $3.00 at the Hy-vee in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

Pours a deep reddish-amber in color with a thin off-white head. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped that stuck to the sides of the glass. The aroma is for the most part English malts with a hint of fruit. The taste is the sweet malt right up front followed by a hint of fruit and finishes with a slight bitterness, which wasn't hoppy though. Actually very tasty as I have never had this type of brew. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, I liked this one and this style of brew.

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3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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2/5  rDev -44.3%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.72/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.72/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of gutbucket2
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

5 litre cask from brewery shop containing live yeast. Poured amber, clear, with reasonably lasting head. aroma: sulphur and hop. taste: apple, sulphur, treacle. mouthfeel, light. overall: great character in this bitter.

Photo of captaincoffee
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this at the local pub last night with dinner. I have to say I love it when pubs pull out the specific glass for the beer they are pouring...in this case a tall 20 oz pint with "Adnams" molded into the glass at the bottom.
Poured a nice gold color with a 1 cm off-white head (pour was nice and slow so head was not as pronounced as it would have been with a more robust pour).
Not much nose...just a touch of English hops. I do wish the English bitters would give me a little more in this respect, but it was to style.
Good clean taste with nice malt/hops balance, although it was not particularly flavorful.
Clean mouthfeel...could have been a little more "juicy" in my opinion.
Overall, a very typical bitter. Nothing to get excited about, and probably not something I could pick out of a blind taste test against other similar bitters. However, a reasonably good beer.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500mL bottle into a mug.

Appearance: medium orange-brown hue with a light haze and a light effervescence. Head is a thin layer of creamy tan foam. Not bad.

Smell: very sweet and malty with some fruity aroma to it. Not bad, but fruitier than I tend to like my bitters.

Taste: sweet malt with a little bit of toastiness; much of the fruitiness from the aroma is pared back. Hops are earthy in character and the bitterness is quite nice. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a very nice creaminess.

Overall: this bitter got off to a slow start for me, but I find it growing on me. A nicely quaffable beverage.

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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

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Adnams Southwold Bitter from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.