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Adnams Southwold Bitter - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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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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Photo of bark
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.

bark, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of JavierGC
3/5  rDev -16.9%

JavierGC, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Belittle
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Belittle, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of Sarunas7
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Sarunas7, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of artemh
3.5/5  rDev -3%

artemh, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

BillRoth, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of apasternak
3/5  rDev -16.9%

apasternak, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of spointon
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
Photo of Beermaine
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Beermaine, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of jonathaniler
5/5  rDev +38.5%

jonathaniler, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of tronester
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
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 hoptualBrew
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

hoptualBrew, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of jwoolfe
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

jwoolfe, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of fionn13
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

fionn13, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.5/5  rDev -3%

eduardolinhalis, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev +10.8%

mmilyko, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of MRsojourner
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

MRsojourner, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of redleg411
3/5  rDev -16.9%

redleg411, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of KStark
4/5  rDev +10.8%

KStark, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of kurt65
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

kurt65, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of maxwelldeux
3/5  rDev -16.9%

maxwelldeux, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of apanloco
1/5  rDev -72.3%

apanloco, May 18, 2013
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of April 2013. Picked up some time back from a supermarket. The figure depicted on the label is 'Southwold Jack', a local icon and an emblem of the brewery.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep orange-amber colour with medium carbonation. Forms a decent head of frothy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or two before collapsing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of caramel malt with fruity yeast esters, stewed hops, faint grass/hay and a hint of sweetness.

Tastes of caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of caramel, fruity yeast esters, stewed hops, mild grass/hay and a dry earthiness. A subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with light carbonation and good body. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of dry stewed hops and fruitiness.

A decent bitter, if a tad unexciting. Would be nice if the hop aroma was more prominent, but overall this is balanced and well-crafted. A easy-going ale that would be perfect for sessioning. Worth sampling if you see it.

jazzyjeff13, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of gwiedman1
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

gwiedman1, Mar 30, 2013
Adnams Southwold Bitter from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.