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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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United Kingdom (England)

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.

08-29-2014 09:53:20 | More by gutbucket2
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United Kingdom (England)

3.15/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

08-09-2014 17:36:50 | More by captaincoffee
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

08-06-2014 07:01:41 | More by brongladest
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3.71/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

07-30-2014 19:00:22 | More by flagmantho
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2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

07-14-2014 08:11:33 | More by atrocity
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-04-2014 00:30:28 | More by rolltide8425
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

06-20-2014 20:57:18 | More by rmehughes
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

06-19-2014 18:13:27 | More by mrcraft
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

06-08-2014 03:05:52 | More by EdmundBlackadder
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4.11/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

05-16-2014 00:58:02 | More by brureview
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

05-05-2014 16:09:43 | More by Ty1607
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

04-30-2014 20:48:01 | More by ObiBeerCanobi
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3.33/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

04-26-2014 23:38:47 | More by Foyle
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3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

03-30-2014 17:29:50 | More by Chico1985
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4.09/5  rDev +13.3%

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

03-26-2014 19:40:06 | More by Bouleboubier
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

03-20-2014 22:15:59 | More by Jerseyislandbeer
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

03-18-2014 06:09:42 | More by zenithberwyn
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

03-01-2014 04:26:36 | More by stevoj
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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-28-2014 18:41:35 | More by WGO
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-27-2014 02:09:50 | More by crowsnest
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-24-2014 18:14:28 | More by RusImpStoLuv
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3.71/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

02-18-2014 18:32:38 | More by bark
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

01-11-2014 05:36:55 | More by JavierGC
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

01-10-2014 19:46:00 | More by Belittle
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

01-04-2014 08:36:40 | More by Sarunas7
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Adnams Southwold Bitter from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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