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Adnams Southwold Bitter - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 2
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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kurt65

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

06-08-2013 21:08:16 | More by kurt65
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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-04-2014 00:30:28 | More by rolltide8425
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rmehughes

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-20-2014 20:57:18 | More by rmehughes
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California

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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brureview

Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Stone English pint glass.

The color is a light copper with a 2 finger head.

The aroma is malty, but there is a floral -fruit nose, and perhaps some vanilla.

Mildy carbonated.

The taste is malty, and light fruit.

Excellent finish- good, deep bitterness without being overdone,

An easy beer to drink. A classic English bitter.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2014 00:58:02 | More by brureview
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Ty1607

France

4/5  rDev +10.5%

05-05-2014 16:09:43 | More by Ty1607
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Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

04-30-2014 20:48:01 | More by ObiBeerCanobi
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Foyle

Wyoming

3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 2" puffy off white head recedes slowly with significant lacing. Copper color with minimal carbonation
Aroma: earthy hops, toasted bread
Mouthfeel: medium body, chewy, and somewhat sticky with a dry finish
Flavor: nice balance of caramel and toasted malt flavors with peppery and earthy hop presence Overall: an excellent session ale. I could drink these all day.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2014 23:38:47 | More by Foyle
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml poured into a mug, with soup, cheese and crackers for a dreary Sunday lunch. I feel like a true Englishman.

Appearance - Nice dark amber-brownish color with light haze. A sticky and bubbly off-white head is a solid finger for most of the duration, eventually giving way to a partial cap. Leaves bits of lace.

Smell - Straight up lighter-end pale malts mostly. Light caramel/brown sugar sweetness, some light+dark fruits, black tea, bread. Just hints of herbal and grassy hops. Quite tame but pleasant with no off-flavors.

Taste - Toffee, vague light fruitiness, some raisin, biscuit, herbal and grassy hops. It's subtle by nature, that is a good thing here. Light pleasant flavors, nice malts for 4.1%, low sweetness+hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, drinkable, and an impressive body for the ABV. Carbonation is on the lower end but right where it should be.

Overall - Certainly not the most exciting beer/style by today's standards, but it's something that I always appreciate and can really hit the spot given the occasion - like a half-liter with lunch for example.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 17:29:50 | More by Chico1985
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: tan head, high on pour, settles down into a messy, sticky 1/4" cap... copper liquid with a slight haze (this after letting the bottle sit out for 20+ min before opening)... good bit of messy lacing

S: fruity caramel and a definite presence of earthy, grassy hops... bright, round fruitiness (though not terribly distinct), a vague note of air-crusted-over dough, and a light hint of smoky wood... the esters and hops are fairly potent

T: overall typical taste for a dark bitter, but with slight emphasis on dark, toasted caramel, though without being sweet... healthy bitter hop bite right from the get-go, lingering in the finish, taking on resiny and lemon zest flavors - excellent, strong yet quiet.... bit of a tea-like, stewed apple, and toasty whole-wheat bread crust aftertaste... the sum of each subtle flavor grows on you - moreish...

M: super round and smooth with just enough of a toasty dryness to balance

O: requisite pale ale flavors with a solid, satisfying hop bitterness.... a tasty beer and I'd like another.... doesn't quite match the magnificence of draft Broadside, but I'll take it

Serving type: bottle

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Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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California

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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stevoj

Germany

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-01-2014 04:26:36 | More by stevoj
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WGO

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-28-2014 18:41:35 | More by WGO
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crowsnest

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-27-2014 02:09:50 | More by crowsnest
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RusImpStoLuv

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-24-2014 18:14:28 | More by RusImpStoLuv
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bark

Sweden

3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The colour is brass-amber, the liquid is clear. The tree finger head is off-white and compact. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell is fresh with bitter and sweet notes. Smooth apricots, grassy-floral hops and distinct bitterness with some minerals. Caramel and butterscotch in the background.

The taste is bitter with semi-sweet notes of apricots and lots of caramel. Hints of yeast, salt and rye bread. Ripe fruits and dried flowers in the background. Medium body. The aftertaste is even more fruity with some dark bread and floral hops. The finish is fresh and bitter with some minerals.

The carbonation is medium strong, the mid-sized bubbles short-lived. The liquid is semi-smooth.

Lots of flavours for a 4.1 % beer, and good balance, too.

Serving type: can

02-18-2014 18:32:38 | More by bark
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JavierGC

Spain

3/5  rDev -17.1%

01-11-2014 05:36:55 | More by JavierGC
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Belittle

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

01-10-2014 19:46:00 | More by Belittle
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Sarunas7

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

01-04-2014 08:36:40 | More by Sarunas7
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artemh

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

12-28-2013 10:09:07 | More by artemh
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

12-08-2013 04:04:42 | More by BillRoth
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apasternak

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -17.1%

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

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this one on cask at the Seven Stars pub in London. Poured into an Adnams pint glass.

A= This ale poured a bright/clear gold color with a nice thick white head. The head dropped quickly but left a lot of lacing down my glass.

S= Beautiful aroma profile of pale malt, hints of sweetness, and candylike English hops. Smelled super fresh.

T= Started off with a nice pale malt backbone, moved quickly through a brief sweetness with a slight kiss of caramel/treacle, and then finished long and hoppy. Seemed like East Kent Goldings hop character.

MF= Just right for a cask bitter. Full mouthfeel for the style which was aided by the low/cask carbonation. No astringency.

D= Off the charts drinkable. One of the best pints I had in London.

Serving type: cask

11-15-2013 21:06:12 | More by spointon
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Adnams Southwold Bitter from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.