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Adnams Southwold Bitter - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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82
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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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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Celtics76, Sunday at 01:35 PM
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3.72/5  rDev +3%

alostplot, Oct 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

david18, Oct 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Howlader, Oct 01, 2014
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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
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
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

brongladest, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of flagmantho
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

flagmantho, Jul 30, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

atrocity, Jul 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

rolltide8425, Jul 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

rmehughes, Jun 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

mrcraft, Jun 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

EdmundBlackadder, Jun 08, 2014
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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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Ty1607, May 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

ObiBeerCanobi, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of Foyle
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Foyle, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Chico1985
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Chico1985, Mar 30, 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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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Jerseyislandbeer, Mar 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

zenithberwyn, Mar 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

stevoj, Mar 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

WGO, Feb 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

crowsnest, Feb 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

RusImpStoLuv, Feb 24, 2014
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Adnams Southwold Bitter from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.