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Adnams Southwold Bitter - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 2
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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jmtpi

France

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-09-2012 21:55:13 | More by jmtpi
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Thomas_Picton

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-19-2012 00:29:28 | More by Thomas_Picton
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gwiedman1

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-30-2013 21:31:24 | More by gwiedman1
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match1112

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

02-16-2013 13:11:56 | More by match1112
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 00:11:14 | More by OtherShoe2
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

12-08-2013 04:04:42 | More by BillRoth
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-04-2014 00:30:28 | More by rolltide8425
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Beermaine

Maine

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

10-27-2013 21:00:25 | More by Beermaine
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bark

Sweden

3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 17:29:50 | More by Chico1985
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popery

California

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours clear and amber, the color of freshly oiled mahogany. The head is a thick lip of fine, khaki bubbles. The beer doesn't quite achieve the look of a hand-pumped pint, and the head quickly thins to a stubborn few millimeters. The aroma is freshly baked pastries laced with hop nectar. The caramel malt backbone is quite rich for the strength of the beer and holds up the hops well. The hops are rather fruity - peaches, nectarines, meyer lemons and a hint of pineapple - with touches of mineral notes. The taste is a bit sweet, and there isn't quite enough to the hops to pull it together. The caramel malt verges on sickly, medicinal sweetness, though it's certainly not a fatal flaw in my estimation. Carbonation is low, and the mouthfeel is fairly smooth, but it's a pale imitation of a cask. It's hardly the fault of Adnams. I'd just love to try more English ales fresh out of a cask. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and, once again, am amazed at how much flavor English brewers can pack into <5% abv beers. Of course, not having sampled the casks of England, I really have no idea how it compares to the style. Perhaps, if I was surrounded by bitters, I wouldn't praise it so highly, but that's an issue for another day.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 04:36:37 | More by popery
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metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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 -1.1%
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 -2.5%
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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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 21:09:47 | More by jazzyjeff13
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Considering the 3.8%ABV, this was very tasty, very nice hoppy flavour, and on the drier side of the scale, very nice citric hops and satisfying bitter finish, great session ale.

Serving type: cask

08-12-2002 01:17:18 | More by rastaman
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mrcraft

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-19-2014 18:13:27 | More by mrcraft
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Harkrank

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-07-2012 22:06:49 | More by Harkrank
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Jerseyislandbeer

Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-20-2014 22:15:59 | More by Jerseyislandbeer
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Gusler

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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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crowsnest

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-27-2014 02:09:50 | More by crowsnest
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RusImpStoLuv

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-24-2014 18:14:28 | More by RusImpStoLuv
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EdmundBlackadder

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-08-2014 03:05:52 | More by EdmundBlackadder
Adnams Southwold Bitter from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.