Marks & Spencer Southwold Winter IPA - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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1.68/5 rDev -49.5%
Bottle to pint
A: Clear golden hue; definitely filtered. 3+ (bright white) fingernail head on medium pour.
S: Floral hops with hints of pine, oak, sweet malt, caramel, and brown sugar. Nothing memorable here though.
T: Medium hop character with loads of malt. Rye. Pine. And more malt; loads more malt.
M: Light bodied (for the style) and medium carbonation.
O: Malt bomb that tastes as though it is past its prime. This baffles me though considering the winter solstice has not even arrived yet. Maybe I am just too used to drinking American IPA’s, but this thing is just not good. I miss hop bombs!
12-19-2011 17:13:43 | More by spdyfire83
British Columbia (Canada)
3.55/5 rDev +6.6%
Not sure how this compares to the Summer IPA...alcohol is just a tad lower (6.7%).
Golden amber, and very little head. The head disappears quickly and leaves very little lace - just a thin wisp on both the glass and the top of the beer itself.
Mild malts, with very faint hops. Might be a bit too cold for the hops to really come out. As it warms, the hops become pleasantly floral, and the malts thicken a bit.
Citrus and buttered biscuits; good malts but this seems to be a bit off-balance. The initial flavour is malts, quickly followed by floral hops and then it turns fairly bitter - almost like the hops have taken over.
Nice mild carbonation, but the higher ABV and the off-balance flavour knock this down a few points.
11-14-2011 22:18:02 | More by BDTyre
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.93/5 rDev +18%
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a straight pint glass.
Pours a light amber colour with a decent but quickly fading head.
Smells lightly malty with hoppy notes too.
Tastes very malty and very hoppy too. A lovely burnt caramel warming flavour with an awesome hoppy kick.
04-11-2012 20:11:35 | More by CwrwAmByth
United Kingdom (England)
3.99/5 rDev +19.8%
Purchased at the Marks & Spencer, this is a “Seasonal Guest” beer “brewed exclusively” for M&S; coming in a 500ml brown bottle, not bottle-conditioned. BB 09/2014, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. NOTE: hops used are “Boadicea, Columbus and Styrian Goldings” varieties, according to the back label.
A: pours a bright golden colour with great clarity, coming with fairly mild carbonation and a well-lasting thin layer of off-white head.
S: on the nose the Styrian Goldings are everywhere with the distinctive flowery+peachy+orangy aroma, mixed well with grapefruity+lychee-ish Columbus hops, sweet candy-ish as well as biscuity malts, and, interestingly, almost Belgian Blonde-like exotic floral esters. Quite intense in terms of hop aroma and malt sweetness, befitting the 6.7%abv. I think.
T: just like on the nose, Styrian Goldings’ unique flavour leads the palate, followed by light grapefruits, mixed fruit candy, light-flavoured pale malts, leading towards a long, semi-chewy and rather tannic finish where the bitterness expands but in an elegant way, IMO.
M&O: refreshing on the mouthfeel without being too fizzy, against a medium-plus body of rich malts balanced by an equally pronounced hop profile. The application of Styrian Goldings is just perfect, making this beer as lovely and elegantly fragrant as hoppy which a nice drinkable IPA should be.
12-12-2013 18:55:19 | More by wl0307
Marks & Spencer Southwold Winter IPA from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.