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Adnams Southwold Bitter - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-12-2002)
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a clear amber with one and a half fingers of white foam that lasts for about three minutes, minimal lacing left behind on the glass. Medium-light body and carbonation levels, crisp snappy finish that has a fairly decent sustain to it.

Smells of buttery toasted bread with a light fig jam spread on top. The sip, however, is markedly sharp and bitter with an initial attack of strong herbal-woody and medium earthen hopping over biscuit malts with another garnish of fig jam... it is VERY much drier and bitter on the tongue than the nose had led me to expect, and I'm liking it very much. I'm not normally a big fan of diacetyl, but somehow this beer has managed to have a reasonable modicum of butter in the aroma but hardly any at all present in the flavor, which works out for the best IMO. Well worth trying, and quite sessionable.

10-14-2012 18:19:11 | More by WastingFreetime
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oberon

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured into an imperial nonic a clear deep copper color with a nice looking 1/2 finger white head atop that held well.Bready and toffee malt aromas,light fruity ester and hard water roud it out,there is a light whiff of leafy hops.A little light in the mouth but probably right on for the style and abv.,subtle flavors of sweetish toffee and biscuit,fruity tones,that hard water,and a little more pronounced leafy hops in the finish.It's not bad it is what it is,I could drink alot of these over a long period of time in a session.

04-01-2012 20:39:24 | More by oberon
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Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%

large bottle with dating, its fresh. Tasty English style ale. Medium body and nice smooth mouthfeel. Nice and malty, bready, yeasty and fresh tasting. Moderate hop bite to add balance and complexity to this brew. Completely English in its sensibilities. Doesnt overpower the ole taste buds, as some U.S. ales can do ( I love those as well dont get me wrong...)

03-25-2004 03:10:51 | More by Billolick
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JRaburn


3.25/5  rDev -10%

04-01-2012 12:49:35 | More by JRaburn
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fionn13

Ireland

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

07-24-2013 16:35:32 | More by fionn13
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

A 500ml bottle with a BB of April 2013. Picked up some time back from a supermarket. The figure depicted on the label is 'Southwold Jack', a local icon and an emblem of the brewery.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep orange-amber colour with medium carbonation. Forms a decent head of frothy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or two before collapsing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of caramel malt with fruity yeast esters, stewed hops, faint grass/hay and a hint of sweetness.

Tastes of caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of caramel, fruity yeast esters, stewed hops, mild grass/hay and a dry earthiness. A subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with light carbonation and good body. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of dry stewed hops and fruitiness.

A decent bitter, if a tad unexciting. Would be nice if the hop aroma was more prominent, but overall this is balanced and well-crafted. A easy-going ale that would be perfect for sessioning. Worth sampling if you see it.

04-14-2013 21:09:47 | More by jazzyjeff13
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +19.9%

Southwold Bitter pours a deep mahogany caramel amber color with a slightly hazed appearance. Head is thick and tan full of froth, with fine even lacing. Earthy, leather notes of complexity even some fruity grape notes more concentrated raisin even, with a hop nose of earthy herbal hops. Complex enduring flavors of butterscotch, caramel, blended with earthy herbal hops dominating eachother into submission to create an exhilarating layer of balance. Which exudes the palate into wanting more and more, a very easy to consume complex low in alcohol English bitter. Mouthfeel is complex with a hint of diacetyl but doesn't knock you down, rather it balances out other aspects that the beer has to offer. Medium bodied evenly carbonated this beer I'm sure is supreme on cask. Overall a enjoyable beer that I want travel to far for since I can get right down the street.

04-22-2012 17:14:51 | More by WVbeergeek
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -3%

Considering the 3.8%ABV, this was very tasty, very nice hoppy flavour, and on the drier side of the scale, very nice citric hops and satisfying bitter finish, great session ale.

08-12-2002 01:17:18 | More by rastaman
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -5%

500ml bottle - surely this is the same offering as the 'Adnams Bitter', no?

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of loosely foamy, dirty white head, which leaves some low shoreline lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of grainy caramel malt, thin apple orchard fruit, and some mildly bitter leafy, grassy hops. The taste is somewhat biscuity, grainy malt, with some breakfast butter character, a simple drupe fruitiness, and herbal, leafy hops.

The carbonation is generally quite sedate, just a bit of sass here and there, the body medium-light in weight, and haltingly smooth, a slight indistinct edge floating throughout. It finishes off-dry, barely, the grainy malt, apple skin fruitiness, and leafy hops conspiring and conjuring that particular effect.

A so-so bitter, not really up to the spec of a Fullers or John Smiths, with an off kilter, and overly dominant fruit nature. Good for one, I suppose, and then it's simply time for something else.

11-09-2012 02:50:50 | More by biboergosum
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hoptualBrew

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-03-2013 23:48:47 | More by hoptualBrew
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aztraz

Sweden

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

06-30-2012 16:59:52 | More by aztraz
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Werdegast

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

04-20-2012 15:43:40 | More by Werdegast
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apasternak

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -16.9%

11-22-2013 02:45:54 | More by apasternak
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.9%

Gorgeous tarnished brassy hue with great clarity and 2 fingers of off white head that sticks to the glass. Bold, earthy and spicy hops on the nose with buttered burnt biscuit it underneath it. Toasted grains, roasted malt and a slight floweyness.

Light body. Big malt profile. Toasted grain on the flavor with a little bit of butteryness. Hops come through flavor wise but there's not a ton of bitterness. Lots of balance. A little thin and watery but it has good flavor, a nice balance of complex malts and noble hops. Bold for a session brew but the water like body takes away from it a bit.

10-16-2012 02:07:33 | More by jtierney89
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JGuill

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.8%

02-28-2012 19:59:08 | More by JGuill
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Pelicanrocks

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -16.9%

09-07-2012 20:43:32 | More by Pelicanrocks
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mrcraft

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%

06-19-2014 18:13:27 | More by mrcraft
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smakawhat

Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured from the bottle into a 10oz pint glass at Churckey DC. From notes.

A real nice light tan off white head hits on the pour, and barely falls if at all. Dark chestnut brown body withe amber and orange sides and hues, and a fairly crystal clear appearance. Very good lacing on this drink as it clumps throughout at times while finishing.

Nose brings a soft malt body, and mostly semi toasted bready malts. Not much else, but really pleasurable and simple and solid.

Taste strangely on first quaff is a mild cheap tobacco, similar to cigarettes, but certainly tolerable. Chewy graham cracker malt and milk depth, with a fairly bitter hop finish, giving to an earthy feel.

Overall a real mellow and chewy classic bitter that is worth seeking out.

05-17-2012 01:13:34 | More by smakawhat
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Liquoric3

Germany

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

02-12-2013 22:54:20 | More by Liquoric3
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Harkrank

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -3%

03-07-2012 22:06:49 | More by Harkrank
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metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

A: The beer is relatively dark and clear reddish amber in color with a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass and a ring of bubbles around the edge.
S: There are light but unique aromas of buttery malts and fruity yeast in the nose; these become a lot stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has a light amount of bitterness along with hints of butter and toffee.
M: It feels a bit higher than light-bodied on the palate with some hints of chewiness and has a light amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite flavorful given its low alcohol content, which makes it rather sessionable.

04-27-2012 23:56:26 | More by metter98
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Jerseyislandbeer

Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3%

03-20-2014 22:15:59 | More by Jerseyislandbeer
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Gusler

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -3%

Adnams Southwold Bitter 3.7° – 3.50
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery in Southwold, Suffolk, United Kingdom (England)

Cask @ Papago Brewery
The beer a cloudless amber color as it sets in my mug, the head portly in size with the color a pleasing light tan and the texture creamy, lace forms a thin sheet to cover the glass. Nose is all malt, sweet and pleasant with the start lightly sweet, nice malt presence and the top light in feel to the palate. Finish is devoid of carbonation as one should expect, mild hop presence, quite dry aftertaste and quite reminiscent of Caffrey’s and Boddingtons’s Cask beers, and a nice change of pace from the hearty IPA’s and dark brooding beers I have sampled of late.

03-08-2004 14:24:37 | More by Gusler
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%

500ml Bottle: best before 30 Nov 2012, poured into an 'Old Speckled Hen' badged pint vase shaped glass on 22 Aug 2012.

Lovely looking beer: clean and clear body of true amber, on top a well formed head of white foam.

Malty nose and taste: toffee and semi-sweet molasses fill the mouth with flavour, rich for a 4.1% ABV beer. Talk about easy drinking, this is a session beer with a great taste and attitude.

08-22-2012 16:34:30 | More by BlackHaddock
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maxwelldeux

Washington

3/5  rDev -16.9%

06-02-2013 02:19:57 | More by maxwelldeux
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Adnams Southwold Bitter from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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