Adnams Southwold Bitter - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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3.83/5 rDev +6.1%
500ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.
Pours a dark brown with a slight chill haze. Just a small half finger head than doesn't last for long with a few streaks of lacing on the glass.
Aroma has dark fruits typical of English bitters along with toffee/caramel and some burnt toast. Pretty average.
The flavor continues the English fig, prune, toffee characteristics but I like that there is an additional bready/grain flavor. Everything is just a tad bit muted but no off-flavors are detectable. Bitterness is light with great grassy hop flavors. Mouthfeel is slick and silky but a little sticky which is slightly distracting.
Overall, a good English bitter but not quite up to the Fullers level. Still, I love this style and would really like to sample this out of a cask.
12-28-2012 03:39:37 | More by rangerred
3.85/5 rDev +6.6%
Pours a fairly dark amber color with a thick eggshell head of froth that recedes to leave solid lacing.
Aromas begin with earthy, floral hops with some emerging fruity green fruit esters with some more herbal hops in the background. As it warms you get some of the malt base composed of heavily toasted bread, light minerally aspects with some emerging caramel maltiness.
The tastes begin slightly biscuity and toasted maltiness with some minerally aspects in the finish. Hops are lightly bitter but balance the malt sweetness, mainly earthy and herbal. Some fruity English yeast esters also emerge as it warms.
Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is slightly bitter with a slightly balanced malt sweetness.
Overall this was an enjoyable beer that I enjoyed while eating my Malaysian dinner the other night. It is extremely drinkable, never boring and just a quality example of an English Bitter, one of the top ones I've had in the US for sure. It lacks the spoiled, old, oxidized flavors many English imports have which was very pleasing.
12-18-2012 14:51:23 | More by claspada
2.68/5 rDev -25.8%
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.
12-04-2012 19:28:44 | More by mikeg67
4.33/5 rDev +19.9%
This is an excellent bitter with nice character yet low ABV, a very English beer.
Bright reddish copper, it has a big off-white head steadily shrinking to lasting rocky top.
Aroma is wonderful full roasty character, slightly caramelised toast, tea, hints of citrus and jam.
Taste is wonderful juicy, faintly winy toast, tea, woody-toasty bitter finish after a sweeter start. It is lively and engaging, juicy and appetizing. The bitterness and sweetness are gentle and balanced, but firm and it leans slightly to the bitter side in a lean finish.
11-13-2012 04:58:20 | More by Offa
3.43/5 rDev -5%
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.
11-09-2012 02:50:50 | More by biboergosum
3/5 rDev -16.9%
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.
10-16-2012 02:07:33 | More by jtierney89
4.2/5 rDev +16.3%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours out a clear amber with one and a half fingers of white foam that lasts for about three minutes, minimal lacing left behind on the glass. Medium-light body and carbonation levels, crisp snappy finish that has a fairly decent sustain to it.
Smells of buttery toasted bread with a light fig jam spread on top. The sip, however, is markedly sharp and bitter with an initial attack of strong herbal-woody and medium earthen hopping over biscuit malts with another garnish of fig jam... it is VERY much drier and bitter on the tongue than the nose had led me to expect, and I'm liking it very much. I'm not normally a big fan of diacetyl, but somehow this beer has managed to have a reasonable modicum of butter in the aroma but hardly any at all present in the flavor, which works out for the best IMO. Well worth trying, and quite sessionable.
10-14-2012 18:19:11 | More by WastingFreetime
3.78/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
10-04-2012 01:02:10 | More by jlindros
4.23/5 rDev +17.2%
Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass
Pours a deep amber with orange hues capped with a two finger off-white head. Great retention and a noticeable amount of spider web like lacing. Pleasant aroma of apple peel, caramel, toffee notes on the nose. Apple peel, pear, a touch of almond and biscuit notes joined by caramel malt and toffee. Finishes with a restrained herbal bitterness. Slick and smooth, fairly substantial malt backbone lends to a lighter medium body with a pleasant level of carbonation. An exceptionally well-balanced, easy drinking bitter. Highly recommended.
09-22-2012 02:59:04 | More by chanokokoro
3.33/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
08-28-2012 00:32:30 | More by corby112
United Kingdom (England)
3.93/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
08-22-2012 16:34:30 | More by BlackHaddock
3.95/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
07-05-2012 02:07:55 | More by drpimento
3.75/5 rDev +3.9%
Pours copper with a big fluffy head and some sticky lace. Nice clarity.
Biscuit and toasted grain, but hard to find.
Nice direct bitter brew. Bitter up front, with toasted malt in the background. A little thin and lean. Looking for some sugar and fruit, and the sweetness is there but limited. Finishes long and bitter.
Medium bodied but a little loose.
Overall, likable for the style. Some flaws, but easy to overlook.
07-01-2012 00:11:14 | More by OtherShoe2
Adnams Southwold Bitter from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.