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Adnams Broadside | Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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3.87/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2002

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#9,327
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459
pDev:
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Photo of Steve1125
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jenno10
5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of Offa
4.92/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful example of a characterful English ale that achieves great richness and complexity on relatively modest strength.

Deep reddish brown – but bright – it has a medium off-white head that slowly thins to foamy ring and some lace.

Aroma is wonderful, rich caramelized dark bread rum-soaked dried fruits – raisins and figs – hint of gingerbread, jammy fruit, hints of metal and earth. It is very English.

Taste is similar, extremely rich and complex, engaging and lively. It has rich spicy-sweet caramelized dark breads, rum-soaked dried cherries and caramelised jam, a hint of plum pudding, strong earthy-toasty finish and earthy-spicy bitterness. It has amazing richness of character whilst remaining light and engaging. It is somewhat similar to another favourite of mine, Fuller’s 1845.

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Photo of GallowsOak
4.85/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply English Premium Cask Bitter at its best. Spicy notes of Challenger (?) hops. Malty and rich but not overpowering. After the first pint the second is enevitable. If you find it on a bar in England it would be rude not to try it! Think warm summer evening in a English country pub garden after a hard game of tennis. Broadside is a drink to sip gently, talk about, then finish off in large mouthfuls. Adnams have acheived a perfect balance of robust and 'easy to drink'. Don't buy the bottled version thinking it's the same drink, it is very different, very good indeed, but very different.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Adnams Broadside (bottled version, introduced in 1972) has a very thick, creamy, beige head, a clear, bubbly, copper appearance, and significant lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, syrupy, brown bread crust, nut, and mild hop oil. Taste is of banana, sweet, brown bread, sugar, and a mild, balancing, straightforward bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat slick, and Adnams Broadside (bottled) finishes semi-wet, easy drinking, and not the least bit alcohilic.

RJT

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of Wobbly
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

A: Deep amber-brown. Lovely, dark bloom, which dissipates after a few minutes. Minimal lacing.

S: Strong malt backbone, with a wine-like fragrance. Almost port-like in fact. Definite notes of nut and oak.

T: Very well balanced, strong bitter. Toasty, biscuit flavors. Port-like alcoholic flavor. Very dry and surprisingly refreshing.

O: Outstanding example of how great English bitters can be. Along with Fuller's ESB, this is one of my favorite examples.

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Photo of dogin26
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

I rate this beer seriously high not just because of its quality flavours but also the price point. Here is australia i can get a case for cheappppp.

Great toffee, caramel malts with dark but easy drinking fruits. Banana also makes an appearance. Just delicious

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - a bloodish-red amber color, a light mocha head is quick to build up to two fingers, then drift down slowly, some choppy lacing left behind.

Aroma - sweet, malty, bready, biscuity, like most good ESBs.

Taste - sweet malts at first, quickly followed by some good balancing hops. A hefty wash of carbonation cleans the palate for the ensuing roasty flavors. Ends with that malt roastiness and some of the hop bitterness. Great balance, a great beer!

Mouthfeel - very bubbly, and medium-bodied.

Drinkability - a great beer at a great price. 99 cents a bottle on sale at Jungle Jim's. Woo Hoo!

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Photo of oracle
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a gravity poured cask. No CO2 or Nitro was harmed in the pouring of this beer. Delivered in a traditional engish pint glass.

Beer was medium-to-dark mahogany with no head what-so-ever.

Nose was all vanilla, fruit and oak. Strong alcohol presense.

Taste was superb. Very complex. Strong malt with many other flavors mixed in, mostly fruit (plum) and some oaky flavors as well. Long drawn out finish.

Absolutely outstanding.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful looking beer that fit perfectly into my Sam Smith imperial pint glass. Beautiful deep deep orange red color. Very persistant head. Very creamy. Very intense carbonation which I'm afraid is going to ruin the mouthfeel, but it makes for a nice persistant head. Very clear for a bottle conditioned beer.

Nice aromas for sure. Get a rich smooth maltyness that is mixed subtley with light citrus aromas. Don't think that's hops. I think that is the Southwold yeast!

Very nice flavor. Rich, smooth nutty malt backbone. Very strong and proud. Just underneath it all is a bit less than firm hop bitterness that does its part, but stays in the background. Just a bit harsh in the finish. Just a bit tart really. Not bad at this level, but its close to being a fault. I think this is from the Southwold yeast. I brewed a very similar beer with Southwold yeast and it had this flavor 10 fold. This one is much more subdued and mellow. An interesting citrus sort of finish. Very nice flavor.

Mouthfeel is great!! Just right for the style. Not too thick, not too thin, just right. The carbonation doesn't affect the mouthfeel in the least. In fact it might make it just the right amount of lively.

In England they may call this a Strong Ale, but here in the states I call this a session ale. I could have many many many of these.

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Photo of diablo14
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

are we all drinking the same beer here? lol this is one english ale that can count itself among the best going around! its not a beer i have ever had a big session on, but one that has never failed to tickle my tastebuds and a few other faculties each time ove had the pleasure of indulging.

its got a great deep ruby like color, and its apparent lack of head retention is intentional. they dont like much head on their beers in those parts of england. its location by the sea explains the strong presence of the old briny! you can smell and taste it in the brew, and adds wonderful character to a beautifully well rounded beer. there are aspects of dried fruit (raisins, currants, peel) and nice oaky overtones. the finish is highlighted with the classic kent goldings and fuggles hops, providing a balance of spiciness and bitterness. combined with that slightly salty taste of the sea, broadside has a touch of individuality that sets it aside from most others in this genre.

i really never notice that its quite strong, even for a traditional english ale, but that is yet another thing about broadside that makes me give it consideration every time im in the mood for a top quality beer from the u.k. i cant wait to head over there next year and get into some of this from the keg!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my wife's favourite beer!

This is serious drinking beer, full of colour, full of powerful flavours and aromas. A dark ruby-red strong English Ale which demands respect.

My wife and myself drink it in 'The Nelson', Southwold. The pub is full of naval stuff, as you would expect, it is also only 400 yards from the brewery. The horse-drawn dray delivers to all the pubs in Southwold even to this day, a great sight.

Adnams are pushing their beers into the 'Free Trade' more and more at the moment and are expanding. Their beers are now available all over the UK. I have not detected any lowering of standards or tastes of any of their beers. I try them whenever I come across them, Broadside at its best, is a very very good beer.

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Photo of champ103
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at several places around Aberdeen. The Cask Version is 4.7% ABV.

A: Pours a chilled hazed copper/orange color. A two finger tightly packed head forms with excellent retention. Spicerweb looking lace is left all the way down the glass.
S: Toasted malt, toffee, and lots of fruit. Apples and pears are dominate. Floral hops linger. Really inviting.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of fruity flavors of pear and apples that are great. Floral and grassy hops are asertave and balances everything out. This finishes a little sweet with some very nice toffee. Excellent.
M/D: A medium to full body with good carbonation. So creamy and smooth. Not watery at all. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. I can quaff a few with no problem. I want to keep coming back again and again.

This is an excellent ESB. The ABV of this on cask is much lower than the bottle. At 4.7% this is still a little far outside the traditional session beer range, but much more manageable than what is listed here, and incredibly moreish. Overall, just a wonderful beer, and a perfect example of an ESB. Up there with Fuller's.

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Photo of Lemreway16
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Some beers bridge the divide of draught into bottle - Everard's Tiger, Timothy Taylor's Landlord are examples. This beer on draught is virtually unbeatable. I used to live in East Anglia and it was the King of draught beer. There is a however its not the same in a bottle, why? its far too strong and the taste is over powered by its strength.

From the pump @ 4.7% its unbeatable - from the bottle @ 6.3% its too strong to be a session beer and in my mind relegates it self to the one off bottle/specialist taster style.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Nose: fruity, plums, herbal hops, spicy malt.
Brilliant deep ruby brown chestnut under a light frothy tan tinted white 2" persistent head that leaves thick lacing from top to bottom.
Palate: clean malt, a subtle fruity sweetness with a touch of plum over a background of light caramel accented with light herbal hops. The hops quickly rise to balance the initial sweetness and linger pleasantly into the aftertaste. No roast malt flavors. The fruit flavors come out more as the beer warms. A hint of treacle. Balance is ever so slightly to the hops.
Medium to just below on the body, medium low carbonation.

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Photo of ChrisCBeets
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of JGuill
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Thiestru
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint-sized glass.

Appearance: Deep coppery brown with a one-finger off-white head. Wonderful lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lots of floral hoppiness jumps out at me, offset a little by the malts.

Taste: The hops immediately rush out at me with a delightful spicy bitterness. The malt darkens the flavor well. I'm enjoying how earthy this is. This is how an ESB should taste. A faint bitterness lingers on for some time in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: High! What a great, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of RDAdams
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle was a gift from a shop owner for some advice I had given her. She thought it was an excellent beer and I had never heard of it before.

I chilled it to 62 F (16.7 C). The head was a off-white and retained almost to the final sip. The aroma was very pleasant. I would compare the taste, the mouthfeel, and the drinkability to Fullers' London Pride and note that this beer would easily be my choice over London Pride.

In the '90's I spent a few months every year in England and Scotland and made a point of drinking as many different beers as possible. So I am surprised that I never had Adnams before.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper brown with a nice light brown head, decent carbonation, and sheets of lace. Sweet malty aroma and a bit nutty. Nutty malt flavors with a bit of cherry-like fruitiness; nicely balanced and not too sweet. Medium-full bodied and smooth with a drying malt finish.

Per BOM notes: Gold - 2003 GBBF - Strong Bitter.
English Maris Otter.
English Challenger, Fuggles and Goldings hops.

Lot #: 5069
Tasted: 11/07/05

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Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 459 ratings
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