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Adnams Southwold Bitter - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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82
good

128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.07%
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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1/5  rDev -72.3%

apanloco, May 18, 2013
Photo of fx20736
2.25/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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

pretty medium copper with 2 fingers of a cream colored batter texture head which leaves nice swaths of lacing.

strange aroma of burning rubber.

Chewy, viscuous mouthfeel.

taste: bitter. quite bitter. and fairly malty.

Notes: had my 1st two Adnams beers today and their is a bitterness which I find not at all pleasing. Pity as I was excited to try some new English beer.

fx20736, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of atrocity
2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

atrocity, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of woosterbill
2.35/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Handpump half-pint at Ye Olde Cock.

A: Clear medium amber body with a thin, sticky white head. Ok retention, nice lace. Attractive.

S: Musky, grainy malt. Harsh, lighly sour fruitiness. Almost vinous. Not good.

T: Follows the nose, unfortunately. Caramel malt, rotten prunes. Sweet finish. Pretty disappointing.

M: Typical cask. Medium body, less carbonation. Ok.

O: This was a major disappointment, since I absolutely loved the Adnams Southwold Mild, and hoped that its Bitter counterpart would be just as great. I have a sneaking suspicion that Ye Olde Cock might not be the best at keeping Ye Olde Casks, so if I get the chance to have this one again I'll gladly rereview.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of Trizzle
2.38/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

A last resort for me. I've always put off reviewing this thinking perhaps I'm not getting it at it's freshest, but it is perpetually average so here we go...

Start with the positive..
Good looking beer. Clear brown body with some yellow highlights. Solid head lingers and laces.
Mouthfeel is quite big. Probably the biggest I've had for the style and ABV. It's full and very smooth. Perhaps I shouldn't mark a bitter so high for being so much bigger than the style dictates, but I'm looking for positives here.

Ok..
The nose is quite tart and sweet - smells a touch like a Belgian triple or quad that had been left out overnight. Background cola and peppery notes.
Taste is sickly. Far too sweet and sour. Somehow it's like a high ABV beer that has turned. It dries out a tad in the immediate aftertaste but lingers long and sickly acidic. .

I'm done giving this beer "another shot".

Trizzle, Apr 06, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

aztraz, Jun 30, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Gtotango, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of mikeg67
2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle. Pours amber with a medium lasting white head. Aroma is of grassy hops, caramel malt, and ripe fruit. Body is medium and tangy. Earthy hops followed by caramel malt and some fruit on the palate. Finish is long and earthy. I can’t say I enjoyed this brew.

mikeg67, Dec 04, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

fionn13, Jul 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

petluo, Aug 31, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

ConorThomas, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of flyingpig
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copper to amber with a bubbly white head that is about a mhalf a centimetre tall. This eventually settles to thin, soapy lacing after about a minute.

Light earthy hops and light malts hitting you first. There is a tiny amount of bitter that is detectable and a touch of fruit too.

Earthy hops and malts that are coupled with some light, summer fruits and some bitterness.

Light bodied and smooth although not quite falling into the watery category, there is a mildly bitter taste and a hint of dryness to the beer. Average with mild carbonation.

Although not a bad beer really it was far to mild and lacking in any strength or flavour where it counted and not a beer that I particularly enjoyed or would go back to.

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flyingpig, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of apasternak
3/5  rDev -16.9%

apasternak, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

jtierney89, Oct 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Pelicanrocks, Sep 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

maxwelldeux, Jun 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

brongladest, Aug 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

StoicBeast, Jun 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

JavierGC, Jan 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

RoryOMoore, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of fullsweep
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Imperial pint on cask at the local sports and community centre.

A: Reddish brown, but heavy on the brown. I guess 'mahogany' would be close, but not so dark.

S: smells fairly typical for an English bitter. Honestly I can't say much else.

T: nothing incredible or outstanding about this, but relatively solid.

M: smooth, no fizz, moderately rich but not overpowering

O: as stated above, there is nothing amazing or outstanding about this, but it is a fairly solid offering, and very representative of the style.

fullsweep, Dec 11, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

redleg411, Jun 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

defect_, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of captaincoffee
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

captaincoffee, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of JRaburn
3.25/5  rDev -10%

JRaburn, Apr 01, 2012
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Adnams Southwold Bitter from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.