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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:
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(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-12-2002)
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5/5  rDev +38.5%

jonathaniler, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of rtrasr
4.95/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this bitter at the Plough in London near the British Museum. Pours a beautiful cooper color with nice white head. Some lacing in the glass. It smelled warm and toasty. It tasted so easy. Perfect for a cool fall day. It went down so easy. The perfect session beer. Tasted of a nice glass of milk. I drank 3 pints, no problems. Has to be one of the best bitters out there.

rtrasr, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of gentlebubbles
4.55/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

NERAX 04

This is what a bitter should be!

A crystal clear amber, with a beautiful fluffy head crowning over the rim of the glass. Very fragrant. Nice maltiness, and crisp hops balanced with subtle perfection.

This one I could drink all day and not feel like I was missing out on anything.

gentlebubbles, Apr 29, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Werdegast, Apr 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

kurt65, Jun 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Belittle, Jan 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

ObiBeerCanobi, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of bridgeporter
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just returned home from 2 weeks of beer heaven in the U.K. Had several pints of this wonderful session ale in a beautiful pub in the countryside east of Leicester. A little bit of heaven on earth was the Black Boy pub. ( not very politically correct, but I didn't name it!)

A nice dry, mildly hoppy ale that made you wish for more. Lucky for me I had a non-drinking driver so this was no problem. A slightly sulphuric taste in the background might put some off but this added to the long dry finish that made this a pleasure to the taste buds. Scotty, beam me back!!

bridgeporter, Oct 11, 2003
Photo of Offa
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent bitter with nice character yet low ABV, a very English beer.

Bright reddish copper, it has a big off-white head steadily shrinking to lasting rocky top.

Aroma is wonderful full roasty character, slightly caramelised toast, tea, hints of citrus and jam.

Taste is wonderful juicy, faintly winy toast, tea, woody-toasty bitter finish after a sweeter start. It is lively and engaging, juicy and appetizing. The bitterness and sweetness are gentle and balanced, but firm and it leans slightly to the bitter side in a lean finish.

Offa, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of Seumas
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the joy of return trips to England is the opportunity to sup pints which remain as tasty as they were at first cut many years earlier.

There's still a nice hop flavour to this East Anglian classic, citrus and seaweed, subtly done.

It was and is good in the free trade in London and Essex, and delightful in a rural Adnams house in its home county of Suffolk.

Seumas, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of Halcyondays
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50 cL bottle, can't believe I haven't reviewed an Adnams beer yet,

A: Pours a light copper with a mild white head which leaves excellent lace, great head retention.

S: Minerally lemons and biscuity malt, very English and fragrant.

T: Great taste of biscuity slightly sweet malt and minerality. The hops bring light notes of citrus to the party. Very flavourful for the low ABV.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, exceptionally easy drinking, fairly clean finish.

O: A tasty drinkable pint, this is a good one, haven't had a new British beer in a while and this didn't disappoint. I can only imagine it's even better on cask. A satisfying fun pint.

Halcyondays, May 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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.

gutbucket2, Aug 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

MEP, May 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

zenithberwyn, Mar 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

PEIhop, Sep 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

brutalist, Jun 28, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass

Pours a deep amber with orange hues capped with a two finger off-white head. Great retention and a noticeable amount of spider web like lacing. Pleasant aroma of apple peel, caramel, toffee notes on the nose. Apple peel, pear, a touch of almond and biscuit notes joined by caramel malt and toffee. Finishes with a restrained herbal bitterness. Slick and smooth, fairly substantial malt backbone lends to a lighter medium body with a pleasant level of carbonation. An exceptionally well-balanced, easy drinking bitter. Highly recommended.

chanokokoro, Sep 22, 2012
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4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

spointon, Nov 15, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

WastingFreetime, Oct 14, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent starting head which leaves chunky lace on the glass. Crystal clear with a deep copper amber color. Attractive.

The nose is closest to toffee and caramel than anything else. Mild hop aroma in the background.

This is a smooth drink, rich and lowly carbonated. More bitterness than the smell would suggest. Plenty of toasted malt, but it isn't too biscuity.

smcolw, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of brureview
4.11/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

brureview, May 16, 2014
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4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
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

Bouleboubier, Mar 26, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy copper with a thin tan head. Smells of brown sugar and toasted grain. Taste begins with some big tea leaf flavor, then some rye bread, and finishes with some leafy, floral hops. Mouthfeel is great. Overall an excellent bitter. Plenty of flavor but not alcohol.

tronester, Oct 03, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Happy Hour at my house. Bust out the cheese, the summer sausage, the crackers, and a half-liter of English Bitter. And let's warm that bottle up. What else to do? Oh yeah, on to the beer:

A good looker after the bottle is poured. In the imperial pint glass, the color shines a copperish red color with a somewhat soapy head on top, leaving a semi-creamy lace around. The nose feautres some pleasant diacetyl, some earthiness, a some pinches of esters.

Light bodied, but full of flavor. Modest diacetyl and earthiness towards the start, the duel of flavors slowly die and give off a bit of sweetness from the malt. We start to get a sense of esters, very subtle pineapple, and some unmalted-like sweetness (like chewing on malt). Sure, the beer is light bodied, but it seems like there's some meat on its bones, and the carbonation level is just right (not overly carbonated, and not really flat).

It's nice to come across a bitter stateside. Even better to come across one that has held up on the voyage acorss the ocean. Pleasant mix of flavors here.

DoubleJ, May 22, 2012
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Adnams Southwold Bitter from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.