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Adnams Southwold Bitter - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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82
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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.34%


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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange-brown with a tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is pretty faint with some slight malt and fruity aromas. Taste is of malt, slight fruit, and some herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium level of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the smell is pretty lacking in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 01:03:19 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's nothing like settling into an imperial pint of English bitter. Like an hat that's been broken in and comforts the soul, this beer does the same. Although the beer is new to me, there's something very comfortable about it.

While pouring a deep copper hue and nearly brilliantly bright, the beer's calm carbonation separates into a dense blanket of foam across the glass. With firm retention and lacing rings, the beer mimics the look of cask while poured from a bottle.

Somewhat muted aromas of toffee, biscuit, toasted pecans, and starch carry a pleasant and mild scent while the earthy hop aromas come to life with a leafy, piney note that accents esters of oranges and figs very well.

Flavors are moderate and balanced, propelling the malty-sweet rich taste of toffee and biscit just ahead of the mid palate of hop bitterness that also carry the taste of leaves, stems, and pine needles. The well-melded balance leaves a dry malty sweetness to broaden on the palate while giving a juicy quality to the orange and fig undertones.

Medium bodied, the lighter carbonation allows for fuller appreciation of malt, but also drying somewhat in finish for a smooth and creamy minty cool/dry evaporation to occur.

The ale has an overall very approachable and masculine quality- although it's difficult to celebrate an one attribute, it's the balance that makes it so charming and comfortable.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 23:55:57 | More by BEERchitect
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metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively dark and clear reddish amber in color with a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass and a ring of bubbles around the edge.
S: There are light but unique aromas of buttery malts and fruity yeast in the nose; these become a lot stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has a light amount of bitterness along with hints of butter and toffee.
M: It feels a bit higher than light-bodied on the palate with some hints of chewiness and has a light amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite flavorful given its low alcohol content, which makes it rather sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 23:56:26 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, deep amber-hued body with a foaming, short-lived, white head. A few spider web streaks of lace on the descent.

Smell: Toasted barley husks in the nose with an ill-defined sweet-scented trace to it, discarded fruit skins, and some earthy, woodsy English hops.

Taste: A taste of wet toast with a little, light caramel sweetness that quickly recedes away. A bit of apple skin, a bit of red grape skin. Earthy, woodsy, faintly herbal hop character with medium-light bitterness. Faint toastiness remaining in the predominately hoppy (though, even that’s still quite restrained)

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Falls a little shy of a medium level of carbonation for an overall soft mouthfeel.

Overall: Enjoyably subtle.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 18:30:09 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a clear deep copper color with a nice looking 1/2 finger white head atop that held well.Bready and toffee malt aromas,light fruity ester and hard water roud it out,there is a light whiff of leafy hops.A little light in the mouth but probably right on for the style and abv.,subtle flavors of sweetish toffee and biscuit,fruity tones,that hard water,and a little more pronounced leafy hops in the finish.It's not bad it is what it is,I could drink alot of these over a long period of time in a session.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 20:39:24 | More by oberon
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle - surely this is the same offering as the 'Adnams Bitter', no?

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of loosely foamy, dirty white head, which leaves some low shoreline lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of grainy caramel malt, thin apple orchard fruit, and some mildly bitter leafy, grassy hops. The taste is somewhat biscuity, grainy malt, with some breakfast butter character, a simple drupe fruitiness, and herbal, leafy hops.

The carbonation is generally quite sedate, just a bit of sass here and there, the body medium-light in weight, and haltingly smooth, a slight indistinct edge floating throughout. It finishes off-dry, barely, the grainy malt, apple skin fruitiness, and leafy hops conspiring and conjuring that particular effect.

A so-so bitter, not really up to the spec of a Fullers or John Smiths, with an off kilter, and overly dominant fruit nature. Good for one, I suppose, and then it's simply time for something else.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 02:50:50 | More by biboergosum
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Usually not my fav style, English bitter, but I'm trying to get a liking for it, so hopefully this helps my cause.

Pours a nice looking creamy bubbly 1 finger head that seems to just sit there like it has no place to go, and leaves nice lacing on the sides as it dances around them, over semi clear auburn honey brown color.

Nose has a typical earthy bitterness, just slightly herbal and grassy, a light coppery like aroma the good kind, a light sweet caramel and toffee malt aroma, hint of honey malt as well. The hops get a bit more grassy and quite aromatic the more I nose.

Taste gets more bitter, a definite English style bitter. Earthy hops, bittering hops, fairly grassy and herbal but bright, chewy even. malts bring more caramel and toffee like, but light soft and almost juicy like. bitterness grows to a decent mark as it goes, with more of that grassy herbal taste, and a slight nutty like flavor with just a touch of bready dough malt. Slight mint and tobacco like hop character, with a bit more sticky sweetness. Finish is drier but still slightly sweet and sticky, more herbal grassy hops and little malt flavor lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, soft though, with decent carb.

Overall better than I though. The herbal earthy grassy hops don't really turn me off, and in fact bring some interesting characters that I'm actually enjoying this beer. A nice malty balance that adds an interesting softness to it which could be the water.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 01:02:10 | More by jlindros
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle: best before 30 Nov 2012, poured into an 'Old Speckled Hen' badged pint vase shaped glass on 22 Aug 2012.

Lovely looking beer: clean and clear body of true amber, on top a well formed head of white foam.

Malty nose and taste: toffee and semi-sweet molasses fill the mouth with flavour, rich for a 4.1% ABV beer. Talk about easy drinking, this is a session beer with a great taste and attitude.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 16:34:30 | More by BlackHaddock
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 17:14:51 | More by WVbeergeek
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 01:12:32 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 06:24:41 | More by Halcyondays
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Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

large bottle with dating, its fresh. Tasty English style ale. Medium body and nice smooth mouthfeel. Nice and malty, bready, yeasty and fresh tasting. Moderate hop bite to add balance and complexity to this brew. Completely English in its sensibilities. Doesnt overpower the ole taste buds, as some U.S. ales can do ( I love those as well dont get me wrong...)

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2004 03:10:51 | More by Billolick
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask at the Farmers' Cabinet in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a hazy golden copper color with amber/tangerine hues and a half finger white head that quickly fades away. No lacing.

Slightly earthy aroma with grassy hops countered by sweet and spicy malt notes.  Lots of grass and soil followed by rye, caramel and toffee.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of grassy hops and sweet malts.  Some dry bitterness from the spicy hop character countered by caramel malt sweetness, spicy rye, toffee and hazelnut.  Not all that interesting but it's nicely balanced and easy to drink.

Serving type: cask

08-28-2012 00:32:30 | More by corby112
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DoubleJ

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 22:50:22 | More by DoubleJ
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: 16.9 oz bottle. Pours a rich, clear deep copper. Off white silky head leaving layers of lace.

SMELL: Toffee and sweet dough initially, a bit sweet smelling and candy like. Brown sugar and molasses.

TASTE: Well balanced with caramel, butterscotch and a noble, grassy pine like hop. The dough apparent in the nose carries through with the taste. Very lightly bitter, this is a nice English ale.

FEEL: Medium bodied, smooth, creamy and delicately carbonated. A more than quaffable session beer.

OVERALL: Bottle claims the Adnams brewery of the year in 2011. With offerings like this, you can see how they've earned that distinction.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 22:11:18 | More by Stinkypuss
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Gusler

Arizona

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

Adnams Southwold Bitter 3.7° – 3.50
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery in Southwold, Suffolk, United Kingdom (England)

Cask @ Papago Brewery
The beer a cloudless amber color as it sets in my mug, the head portly in size with the color a pleasing light tan and the texture creamy, lace forms a thin sheet to cover the glass. Nose is all malt, sweet and pleasant with the start lightly sweet, nice malt presence and the top light in feel to the palate. Finish is devoid of carbonation as one should expect, mild hop presence, quite dry aftertaste and quite reminiscent of Caffrey’s and Boddingtons’s Cask beers, and a nice change of pace from the hearty IPA’s and dark brooding beers I have sampled of late.

Serving type: cask

03-08-2004 14:24:37 | More by Gusler
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on cask at TJ's Restaurant and Drinkery's Shelton Brothers tap takeover event.
Served cask temp in a nonic.

The color is a deep golden amber with very light haze and thick cream that settles gradually with fine bead and lace stickage is good. the smell is very herbal and has a nice fruitiness from the ale yeast ester which is slightly pear/apple tinged with a light spice in the nose almost comes forward as piney with a mineral element in the mix. The feel is good with light body mild carbonation as expected with moderate bitterness and fruitiness from the yeast which is tangy on the palate with a mild astringent tinge in the mostly dry finish.

The taste has a more piney flavor than the aroma lets on with some gentle bitterness which has a more herbal taste w/ gentle pepper tinge and accent with more yeast which brings a light alcohol flavor and subtle mineral tinge w/ a dry finish. The overall is a highly drinkable bitter -very quaffable. I would order this again as it is pretty full of flavor for a 3.7% beer.

Serving type: cask

01-30-2012 19:45:30 | More by Slatetank
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smakawhat

Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a 10oz pint glass at Churckey DC. From notes.

A real nice light tan off white head hits on the pour, and barely falls if at all. Dark chestnut brown body withe amber and orange sides and hues, and a fairly crystal clear appearance. Very good lacing on this drink as it clumps throughout at times while finishing.

Nose brings a soft malt body, and mostly semi toasted bready malts. Not much else, but really pleasurable and simple and solid.

Taste strangely on first quaff is a mild cheap tobacco, similar to cigarettes, but certainly tolerable. Chewy graham cracker malt and milk depth, with a fairly bitter hop finish, giving to an earthy feel.

Overall a real mellow and chewy classic bitter that is worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 01:13:34 | More by smakawhat
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong, malty aroma has a fruity overtone, mainly pear and grape. It pours a clear, dark coppery amber bordering on mahogany with a nice light tan head that leaves some generous lacing. Malty flavor is rather bitter, but not fiercely so, with subtle notes of fruit, wood and caramel and a touch of smoke. Smooth texture has average body and a fair amount of fizz.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2012 02:25:51 | More by Cyberkedi
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Half Time Beverages.

Bottled on Dec 11, 2011

It pours a clear deep gold copper with a 2 finger head of white foam. My imperial pint glass looks so gorgeous right now.

It smells grainy with a fruity backbone and has some light bitter notes.

The taste has some grain like in the smell, more bitterness than the smell, a kind of aspirin bitterness that doesn't hit my palate all that well. It finishes slightly on the sweetish side where the medium light body gets a bit thin.

This is not a bad Bitter. The abv is nice and low and drinkabilty as far as said abv goes is great. The flavours just don't mesh as well for me as I hoped.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 22:34:01 | More by Bitterbill
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bark

Sweden

3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
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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woosterbill

Connecticut

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!

Serving type: cask

06-20-2011 01:39:36 | More by woosterbill
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good brew. Poured at a good temperature with a nice sized, foamy, frothy, fluffy, cream-colored head that settles after a bit and some lace. Color is a clear amber copper. Aroma is beery, malt, hop, toffee, caramel, fruit. Flavor's much like nose and bitter up front, then carbonic tang with a little malt sweet under. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, of average length and is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 02:07:55 | More by drpimento
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francisweizen

Arizona

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-cask at the Market Porter, London

Light orangey amber. Little head to speak of (it's cask afterall). Aromas of fresh citric hops and classic, buttery, british malts. Taste follows suit. Quite citrusy and hoppy for a 3.7%abv brew. Nice maltiness in the mix as well, and a killer finish that is clean as an open sky. Mouthfeel, light and easy to drink. Refreshing even. A classic session ale.

Serving type: cask

11-16-2004 18:38:27 | More by francisweizen
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Boto

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in the "Sherlock Holmes Pub" just off Tralfager Square. They have renamed it for their establishment as "Sherlock Holmes Fine Ale". It pours a slightly amber color. The aroma is somewhat faint, but you get both malts and hops in it. The taste is slightly bitter at first, followed by a good maltiness. Very smooth.

Serving type: cask

06-08-2003 14:31:49 | More by Boto
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Adnams Southwold Bitter from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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