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Adnams Bitter | Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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3.7/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by wl0307 on 05-28-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,350
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
61
pDev:
11.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Photo of xchgr
4.65/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of AlexW693
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beginner2
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one is the classic, since 1960.
I remember having this pulled by an engine from a cask a dozen years ago and I was wowed by the freshness. A classically balanced ale.
I had it again in a bottle because it is listed on the "!001" beers and should be.

MJ's 1999 edition gave it 3 of 4 stars, calling it "outstanding with a dry, flowery, piney, resiny aroma".
Reviewed in Roger Protz' " 300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"

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Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phigg1102
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of TGS
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of spointon
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Sam-VW
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of SimonTHGolfer
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of slainte35
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint of cask enjoyed at the dog and Partridge on Wilmslow road, Didsbury village, Manchester waiting for bus
Pours a light brown body with text book white head nutty aroma and bitter finish

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of vinicole
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of TomRB
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of profondo
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Bix
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Amalak
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Clear light brown, bubbly. It has a bubbly head and some lace.

S. No real scent to it.

T. Very flavorful beer. Malty and smooth. Has a bit of a bubble gum flavor to it. There's also a lemon/lime-Sprite kind of taste.

M. Bubbly and tingly on the palate.

O. Very smooth and easy to drink. Balanced, even if a slight bit dry.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2012, so it's just out of date. ABV is stated as 4.5%.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A rich coppery-amber colour with good carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that disappears rapidly. A subtle aroma of sweet, fruity caramel malt with hints of yeast and stewed hops. A faint buttery note in the background.

Tastes of caramel malt with a dry bitter finish. Notes of toffee, faint hints of aromatic citrus and a vague yeasty fruitiness. A mild stewed-hop bitterness upon swallowing. Hints of alcohol/solvent in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and a little slick. Good body. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of fruity caramel malt.

Not bad; a decent bitter (as the label says, a classic). Slightly sweet, with subtle flavours that blend well. But it's a bit boring - if something more exciting was on offer then I'd probably pass this over.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick very creamy quarter inch heavy white head. Amber brown body. Dark fruit smell. On the tongue this is dominated by a bushel of apples with a dark musty dank cellar quality with an element of sourness before there is a lengthy lingering bitter quality. Somewhat dilute, this is not as well balanced nor with as much definition as I would expect as its parts just don't create a very good clean whole.
Still decent enough but it ain't Adnams's Extra is it?

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Photo of doktorhops
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Adnams; don't know about the name but these guys (or girls) know how to make a decent drop (The Broadside being the other brew of theirs I've tried). Let's get straight to business as I'm a big English bitters fan and my beer is tantalising me with it's English bitter ways.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a conical pint.

A: It's got a great brown ale look and feel to it. A rusty dirt coloured body with a very tasty creamy looking half centimeter head that beckons to the tasty creamy looking head lover in me... wait a sec, "head lover" sounds wrong... ahhh f**k it, I do love good head!

S: You've got toasted biscuit and toffee malts with an odd (almost minty?) character... maybe it's the hops? Let's find out head lovers!

T: This brew is malt central. We've definitely met our quota of malt here; toasted biscuit, caramel, toffee, we've got you covered. The classic bitter back note is easier on the taste buds than what we typically find in modern APA's and IPA's, but hey that's just how they did it in those days. It's a good, decent English bitter we have on our hands, something you would find in ye olde pub in Sussex or Kent.

M: Decent and ale-like in the mouthfeel; light carbonation with a medium body. Easy on the palate.

D: It's down to the dirty now - how does this compare with the other English bitters I've tried? Well it's not quite as tasty as the Pride of Oxford, however it does take the Hepworth & Co "Sussex" bitters to the cleaners. Bear in mind though that Pride of Oxford isn't indicative of the style and if I was choosing a "typical" English bitters out for a friend who wanted to know what an English bitters is then Adnams would be the pick. Two words: English bitter.

Food match: I would match this with a pie or Cornish pastie, some mash potatoes with gravy (or tomato sauce) and peas. A classic English meal for a classic English bitters.

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4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Adnams The Bitter, ABV: 4.5%.
500 ml can, 18.90 SEK (inc. refund) at Systembolaget.

A: It pours a hazy amber or caramel-coloured liquid, with a big, off-white foam. Some retention. Both cans I had opened up like volcanoes, even though I tried to be cautious.

S: Pungent fruity, spicy and slightly burnt aromas with notes of malt, toffee, dried apricots, mandarins, herbs, dry apple cider and more toffee.

T: Butterscotch, freshly baked bread, malt, fruity hops, dried apricots and mandarins, flowers, herbs and spices. It's like drinking creamy caramel.

M: A very creamy and smooth feel. Medium-sized body and bitterness. Great drinkability.

O: A classic British bitter, pimped with an extra 0.8% ABV to suit local alcohol habits (or something like that). It's got just enough creamy caramel flavours and just that amount of body and bitterness (not too light, not too much) to be a great session beer. Now I feel like having fish and chips, or beans on toast.

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Photo of rjimlad
2.91/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Promising start when it poured a hazy caramel with a thin head and some fine lacing. Not much aroma except for some hop resin and slight citrus.
Flavour is citrus and hop, loads of grapefruit bitterness. Quite boozy and drinkability is compromised by this. Some grassiness and subdued breadiness. I was a little disturbed by a slight soapy taste that bothered e when I identified it. I think this is a pretty average bitter.

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