Adnams Explorer | Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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Brewed by:
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
England, United Kingdom
adnams.co.uk

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-01-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
78
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
13.97%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
8
For Trade:
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Photo of aquatonex
1.43/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I was all excited about my first cask-conditioned beer! Oy gevalt!

Found out after the fact that cask basically means flat and warm beer.

So, came in a 16oz glass looking rather like someone pissed in it and handed over shortly after. No head, no carbonation. Actually it tastes like seltzer that was left out forever, so it has that weird carbon dioxide aftertaste throughout. Smelled like skunk, some hops. However, people around me akinned the smell to 'feet'. Taste is bitter and watery. There wasn't much there. Mouthfeel, I couldn't get past the bitter grossness that was lingering forever. Drinkable? Not by me.

Maybe I got a bad batch, but this is how it went down. If you're the kind who likes warm flat feety beer, then this one is your style.

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Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -44.1%

Photo of Dracook
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of Stimack
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was able to give this a try on cask last evening. Was a dark yellow color with amber highlights and a small white head that had pretty good retention and left a little lacing. The aroma seemed to be quite malty with some citrus highlights from the hops, also was able to notice a slight off sour tone? The taste we fair with a bread like malt taste, that finishes a bit sweet. The malt was off set by a hop taste that was a little difficult to pick up. Over all it is a fair brew, glad I gave it a try but one I would not get again.

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Photo of bruindre
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of Kirk
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of rangerred
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

500ml bottle into a nonic.

Pours a hazy dark gold with a fluffy one finger white head. Very fine, soft carbonation bubbles that remind me almost of a nitro pour. Good lacing and retention.

Aroma is very yeasty with that classic British toffee and hay. Some touches of lemon. Nothing particularly outstanding, though.

The flavor has delicate bread and wet hay with notes of toffee. A little bit of tartness that seems out of place. A touch of lemon and apple. Very light bitterness but not enough to clean everything up. Finishes a bit sweet.

Overall, an ok beer but I was expecting better. Not sure the age on this bottle but I imagine this beer is much better from the cask.

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Photo of tykechandler
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of charlatan
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The head quickly dissipates to just a rim ring above the straw coloured beer. The nose is chalky leading me to expect a yeasty taste. There are some banana esters but no hint of the grapefruit mentioned on the bottle.

After a disappointingly watery start a pleasant light but warm Belgian flavour kicks in with hints of a spice I can't place (nutmeg perhaps?). Yeast is not a big factor. Then the hops kick in and I am treated to the grapefruit flavour, not bold or sweet, understated but welcome all the same. Then we're back to the original flavour but with a hint of popcorn. I'm quite surprised by the subtlety of the nuances here.

Rather watery and flat to start, it took a bit of getting into and even then left the mouth rather dry, yet by the end of the bottle I was wishing I had another!

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Photo of ADZA
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden amber colour with nice carbonation that leaves a fast receding two finger head,it has aromas of pale malts and some feint fruity hops,it has an average mouthfeel which really is pretty light and the aroma definately comes thru on the taste which really is quite bland but drinkable just not a standout beer in my category.

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Photo of bitterandtwisted
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Dentist666
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've obtained Adnams Explorer Chilled ABV 5.0, it looks the same as Adnams Explorer. Orange/amber beer with rapidly vanishing head, only ring remains on the surface. Weak smell of citrus and watery but balanced taste with pleasant citrus and hop palate. Crisp and invigorate beer.

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Photo of Sellen
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bix
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of WesM63
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of target88
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GreenCard
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden pale brown, good clarity, white cap of froth, lace

Aroma: citrusy hops, slight sourness, blonde ale maltiness, melon, bit of sulphur

Flavor: up front grapefruit-rind flavor which stays throughout, somewhat balanced by a mild malt sweetness, slight off-taste of rancid butter, rounded bitterness, finishes dryish with an aftertaste of green hops and a tart yeastiness

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, mild carbonation, crisp texture

Other comments: Nice summery ale. Crisp texture and quite refreshing. West Coast hop palate makes me think of the summer I spent in the Portland, OR area!

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Photo of torwart94
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Iaido
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of innominat
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of damndirtyape
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1pt, 0.9oz bottle (5% ABV) poured into a tulip stout glass. Date stamp was 2178:13:44.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a bit of orange to it. Thin white head across the top, occasional strands of lacing noted.

Smell: Quite a lot of American hop smell here, which seems to be what they were going for. Mostly grapefruit, but a hint of lemon citrus.

Taste: Very hop forward and hop dominating. Unbalanced towards bitterness with just the barest amount of malt underneath it all. The malt comes across as biscuity, not balancing enough though. Hop flavors are mostly grapefruit, pine, and a hint of skunk at the end.

Mouthfeel: Good in that it cleans the palate, but not fizzy. Just a hair thicker than water underneath.

Overall / Drinkability: Let me tackle drinkability first. Not very drinkable. One is enough as it has too much in the way of hop bitterness and not enough in the way of hop flavor and malt backbone balance. Overall, I think this beer is not in the right category. It's not an American blonde, but rather, a UK take on an American India Pale Ale, but without enough malt. It's too hoppy to be an American Pale Ale, and it's not a Blonde either. Given the hop bitterness of this one with an emphasis on the US based hops, it's more like an unbalanced AIPA. So overall I don't think it works well. Not a bad beer, but not a great one either.

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Photo of Richie71
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of TomRB
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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