Adnams Southwold Bitter - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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4/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
05-17-2012 01:13:34 | More by smakawhat
4/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
11-16-2004 18:38:27 | More by francisweizen
4/5 rDev +10.8%
A: Pours deep amber with a really large thick compact white head that sure takes it's time to set into rather nice lacings.
S: Mild sweetness to the malt, butter and bitter hops. Rich fruityness. Smells rather basic, but man - why mess with the basics if you know what you're doing?
T: Green apples and nettles - dry! Malt is kind of dry and is generously buttery. Bitter hops.
M: The aftertaste is long and bitter in the best possible way. Body is light and carbonation mild.
O: An uneven beer. The taste is a little to mild, but nice. The aftertaste is the best I've had in a canned Bitter.
10-14-2011 17:19:37 | More by Evil_Pidde
3.99/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
01-09-2013 22:11:18 | More by Stinkypuss
3.98/5 rDev +10.2%
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...)
03-25-2004 03:10:51 | More by Billolick
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
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
3.9/5 rDev +8%
1pt, 0.9oz bottle poured into a tulip stout glass. Date stamp says 1346 21:12 - whatever that may mean.
Appearance: Clear dark coppery orange. Tiny bubbles coming up through the beer slowly when held up to the light. Thin skin of white foam across the top with some occasional strands of lacing noted. Very nice color with this beer.
Smell: Herbal and mild buttery note with just a bit of skunk in there. Skunkiness goes away as beer warms up.
Taste: Malt with a hint of diacetyl butter and hop bitterness mixed together at the beginning, and finishing with a sharp bitterness. Definite English style hop bitterness here. A tasty example of an English bitter.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation but a little watery underneath, although it does remind me of just about every English bitter I've ever had out of the bottle, so really spot on for style. I suspect it would be better on cask. So in other beers I might feel the mouthfeel was average, but in this case, it works well with everything else going on and is just right.
Overall / Drinkability: Quite drinkable and I think a good example of an English bitter. I could easily see myself having another one. Like all English ales needs to warm up for a bit after coming out of the fridge before you get all the flavors and the real character of the beer.
05-09-2012 22:32:56 | More by damndirtyape
3.88/5 rDev +7.5%
The ale is clear honey amber, a warm off-white head that settles slowly leaving very good lacing. Very small curtains.
The smell is sweet fresh bread with a dash of honey, ripe apples and pears. An orange, almost metallic finish.
Starts sweet, brown bread, brown sugar, a dash of oranges, then a straight bitter finish.
Medium carbonation, small foamy bubbles, soft and refreshing, a rather long dry finish.
Very session-able, a nice relaxing ale. The can bought in Sweden says 4.1% ABV.
12-12-2011 17:13:41 | More by rarbring
3.88/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
06-08-2003 14:31:49 | More by Boto
3.88/5 rDev +7.5%
This was my first cask-conditioned beer. So, this could be skewed, but here is my impression...
I ordered this at Eli Cannon's on 3-12-04 while waiting for a table. It was served at slightly below room temp. It was kind of dark in EC's but it appeared to be more of a yellow or light tan than amber like the other reviewers said. There was a nice foamy white head. The taste was nice with some hints of fruit and a creamy feel on the tongue. Good balance. I could drink it all night without feeling too dense.
03-15-2004 22:04:31 | More by govtmule
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
3.83/5 rDev +6.1%
Just had this on cask at Eli Canon's.
The brew came to me at room temp and displayed a clear orange/amber color with about a 1cm soft creamy white head. The head stayed around throughout most of the sampling.
Aroma is mild but I get some caramel malt and also a nice mix of earthy and grassy hop.
First sip reveals soft creamy texture and very faint carbonation. I get a sweet malty start which rolls over to a grassy hop finish that lingers on the roof of my mouth rather nicely. Overall the brew is mild on flavor and aroma but isnt that part of what a bitter should be? I could drink tons of these in a sitting I think. Good example of the style!
03-08-2004 03:20:28 | More by sulldaddy
3.83/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
01-30-2012 19:45:30 | More by Slatetank
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
3.78/5 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
Adnams Southwold Bitter from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.