Adnams Broadside | Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
296
Ratings:
453
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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Reviews: 296 | Ratings: 453
Photo of Higravity
2.36/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I couldn't finish this beer. I gave it to my friends dog. It was like drinking metal shavings. The water was so metallic like many other english beers. It had a decent pour with a decent white head that hung around for a little while. The first sip was like licking the body of a rusty Ford, once I got past the metal fragments stuck in my tongue I tasted a lot of what I smell which was an average amber ale. They should keep this one in England.

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Photo of Philousa
2.42/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark chestnut brown and clear against the light, this was hard to get a head from the pour, but came out easily with a stiff swirl. I think my fridge is too cold. Syrupy caramel, big nuttiness, some coppery metallic aroma. No hops to speak of and the yeast is present in a slightly tangy way. Some biscuit comes out with a swirl. Solid malt body hits the lips first. A big nuttiness is there again and the metallic taste is more pronounced. Malty like a bock, but mild like an English Bitter. Feel tends towards the watery, finish is balanced.

Nothing stands out in this beer. It's balanced, but it has nothing to hang its hat on. Needs some spice and maybe steer it back towards the style a bit.

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Photo of bark
2.53/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Note: The beer I drank was 6.3% abv.

The colour is dark red-brown, and the foam is medium thick, yellowish and quite soft.

The smell is sweet and filled with fresh hops. There are flavours of hay and mint, too.

The carbon dioxide is kind of strong for ale, and it fades away quickly.

The taste is somewhat metallic, dry, burnt with hints of apricot. The taste of alcohol is not hidden very well, and the straightforward, dry bitterness is almost too powerful.

The aftertaste is plain bitterness with burnt hints, but it is surprisingly short. After just a few minutes, there is nothing left at all.

I must say that this beer makes me a little disappointed: I expected a well-crafted, complex and generous strong ale, but what I got was just an aggressive yet plain bitterness with a taste of alcohol that belongs to much cheaper beers.

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Photo of mrmanning
2.66/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from the LCBO- Deep chestnut pour unleashed a frothy mocha cap leaving pretty spiderweb lace. The aroma that I was first greeted with was caramel and then molasses. Dark fruits (plum, prune) follow with a bit of char and fruitcake. Tastes of sweet fruitcake and sugary nutty malts. Prune and dark plum come in and add more sweetness which is semi balanced by some metallic hops. Problem is, I hate the taste of fruitcake. This is not really good.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.84/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a clear dark ruby color, almost coppery and a very decent white and foamy head, with a decent retention.
The aroma is nothing special - hoppy along with some yeast as well.
The taste is sweet, yeasty and bready (not my favourite) with a decently bitter finish.
All in all a drinkable, although quite filling, ale. Could be better, but it could be much worse.

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Photo of treyrab
2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Took a break from the election tonight to pour this. Bad idea. Poured into a pint glass...

A: Pours a cloudy amber which is opaque due to the haze. Pours with no head and the hops leave a slight lace on this one.

S: Very sour malt smell with cider and vinegar on the onset. It then blends into some sweet caramel, bittering hops, and a metallic hint. Overall, let's say I was not in a hurry to take a sip.

T: Extremely cidery with sour apple and some caramel malts. For a bitter, there is very little hop presence and tons of sweet malt. Vinegar notes come through as well and really overpower any of the good malt aspects of the beer.

Overall, this one looks like apple cider, and doesn't taste far from it. This may be your style, but it didn't do it for me.

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Photo of Guinness4me
2.94/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Once I got past the appearance of "muddy lake water" in my glass, it wasn't that bad of a beer. The head was a bit soapy and faded quickly.

The smell was very perfumed and slightly citrus. I wish I could place the exactly perfume, maybe honeysuckle? Very light smell for such a muddy beer.

The taste was simple but pleasant with flowery hops, slight malt and tasty yeast. I noticed no offensive aftertaste and little bitterness.

The mouthfeel was a little bland to me without sufficient carbonation. Maybe I got an old bottle. I'd find it hard to stomach too many more of these.

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Photo of Naes
2.96/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This strong ale is dark amber in color with ruby highlights. It also caries a tall frothy tan head that retains and laces well.
The aroma is of caramel malt and has almost no hops detectable to the nose.
The flavor starts out sweet and finishes with a slight alcohol warming which I find surprising considering that this is only 6% ABV.
Mouth feel is medium in body.

This is an alright beer, but I will not go out of my way for it.

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Photo of Newsman
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On cask at the Fitzrovia Pub just off Goodge Street, in the Fitzrovia/Bloomsbury section of London. (Seriously, how do you deliniate neighborhoods there?)

I had seen this in other places, but figured I'd give it a shot. Poured a nice copper color, thin head, little lacing. Smell was malty, with just a thin hint of hops behind it.

Taste was...average. Compared to other cask-conditioned beers I had on my trip, this was kind of bland. The malt sweetness wasn't overpowering, but hops and other notes weren't remarkable. Mouthfeel was a little watery, too, further lending to the overall indifferent feel of this one.

Drinkable? Sure. I didn't really toss my pint out the door or anything. Went well with my fish and chips. But compared to other brews I had on my trip, it didn't stand out in the least.

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Photo of Foyle
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours with a 2" foamy off white head that recedes very slowly and leaves significant lacing. Ruby red/brown in color with mild carbonation bubbles.
Aroma: sweet fruit, clove, spice, earthy hops
Mouthfeel: medium bodied and somewhat watery. A little sticky with a semi-dry finish.
Flavor: a complex combination of sweet flavors (licorice, banana, clove, raisins) with a strong earthy hop presence for balance.
Overall: a very good, but not outstanding beer. I would not consider this beer sessionable as it is quite filling. It would be best served as a dessert beer or paired with proper food (such as strong cheese or roast beef).

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Photo of Boto
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is a brown color with a hint of amber to it. I had to try real hard to get some head out of it, and it dissapated right away. Maybe some fruitiness to the nose. Not much else. The taste is mostly a medium maly sweetness. I also get the taste of alcohol: suprising since the beer is only 6.3%. Maybe some bitterness at the end. It is almost trying to be a barleywine, but it doesn't really impress at all.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer calls itself an "English Ale", but it doesn't taste too much like one. It doesn't taste like an ESB (which is how BA classifies it), that's for sure.

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights when held to direct light. Big head initially, but it fades. The nose is quite sweet, with caramel notes, perhaps some beet sugar notes, and just a touch of earthy hops. Not much hop character for an ESB/English Ale. The palate is more of the same: there's some balance in the bittering hops, but lots of sweet malt character -- caramel and dark fruit -- and a finish with a dry, Burton-gypsum snap. Mouthfeel is rather viscous, perhaps due to some residual sugars.

All in all this is OK, but I'm not terribly impressed. This just doesn't strike me as very English.

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Photo of jcurtis55
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this one on tap at The Plough in London. This is a fairly average ESB. It has a decent aroma of hops and fruit. The mouthfeel is light. Tangy taste but not much body there. More to the aroma than the flavor, but it was also served pretty cold. It did go pretty well with the fish and chips.

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Photo of stirgy
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before November 26, 04 on the label.

I didn’t enjoy this beer all that much. Orange-amber in color with a slight tinge of ruby. Porous foamy head thinned out pretty quick. The taste is fruity and heavy handed with sweet malts. Sticky sweet and almost wine like, actually. Leaves a coating of syrupy sweetness in the throat. A sweet ale, that was hard for me to finish. Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for this one. Not bad.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a brown color with hints of ruby red, with a thin off-white head that lingereed midway and left okay lacing. Aroma was muted, but slightly nuts and caramel. Flavor was somewhat malty sweet, and while body was fairly creamy, any true flavor was diifficult to ascertain. Although only 6.3%, the alcohol made itself known toward the end in both aroma and flavor, and the palate and finish were just so-so. Not a bad beer, but not great either.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Brown, but transparent brew with a thick 2-finger head of non-foamy bubbles. Leaves no lacing.

Smells sweet and malty.

I have mixed feelings about the taste. On the one hand, it has a nice sweet-caramel-malt profile, but there's lots of alcohol in the taste from start to finish. It tastes good, but the alcohol puts me off a bit.

Feels nice on the tongue, only light carbonation.

Would drink again, but only under the right circumstances. ABV on my bottle actually read 6.3, so slightly higher than listed here.

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Photo of SteveDavies
3.22/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

6.3% 50cl bottle from The Beer Emporium, Sandbach. Poured into a pint glass, a brown / ruby colour, minimal lacing. Smells of cherries, sultanas, prunes and malt obvious. Tasted strongly of rich fruit and malt with a bitter finish on the palate. Body is good with a satisfying feel and not over carbonated. One of these beers was enough for me.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From Hipercor. In Ikea's pint glass. Dinner at Antonia's house. With sausages + omelette. It has some odd herbal/metallic notes and a noticeable alcohol that at first dissapoints a lot but with time you get used to it and improves

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Photo of Shiloh
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I find this dark brown hazy like brew to be very sweet and lingering in taste. The head was short leading to a full but thin island lace with limited glass cling. The carbonation is very active to the eye but limited to taste.
The aroma is phenolic/tarry, not all that pleasing.
Mouthfeel is smooth and of a full bodied brew.
Very few hops were used in the production of this strong ale, only to balance the strong malty flavour in a loosing cause.
Alas to sweet for my taste but a nice product for those who prefer the malts in my humble opinion.

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Photo of smanders
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from a hand pull at The George in Spaldwick. Nothing better than a beer to go with pizza and the locals all raved about the Broadside Original.

This is a dark brown/red beer with an off-white head that smells like overripe fruit, toffee, and nuts. The taste is very sweet (caramel & toffee) with a little bitterness in the finish.

I wouldn't recommend this with pizza, but by itself, it's a respectable ale.

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Photo of CWiggins
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I came across this ale while visiting Top Brews in Burlington. This is one I don't believe I've seen before, even in some of the more better-stocked establishments.

The color is dark brown with reddish highlights. A thin, tan head appears briefly, but it soon dissipates and leaves nothing behind. Aromas of toasted malts, caramel are prominent, while scents of dark, ripe fruit lurk in the background. "Burnt honey" is the best way I can describe the flavor. Caramel, brown sugar, and a mild, fruity sweetness are also noticeable. The finish is more hoppy than I imagined it would be, with a sight biscuit-like flavor accenting the aftertaste. This aftertaste also contains a bit a sweet caramel, and lingers for an appreciable amount of time. As with many beers, it contains too much carbonation for my taste; there's just more fizz, and that negatively affects the mouthfeel.

Interesting brew, but I'll have to seek out more examples of this style to get a grasp on Adnam's Broadside place in the beer universe.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a dark amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light dry fruits and some dry caramel malt is mildly interesting. Taste is also a balanced mix between some medium dry figs and raisins with some notes of dry caramel malt. Body si about average with good carbonation and no signs of alcohol. I thought the aroma had some fruity ester that could have lead tom something interesting but the taste couldn't really match up with the rest -not bad overall but I won't seek this again necessarily.

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Photo of Natural510
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brown ale poured an okay head which quickly evaporated. The color was a cloudy, almost muddy-brown which looked nice.
This is a somewhat average British ale...decent hop bite, but very sour aftertaste. Not much mouthful of which to speak.
It could make a good session ale, like most British browns, but I much prefer Young's or Samuel Smith, which go down smoother with a bit more flavor.

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Photo of rarbring
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear chesnut colored beer, ann off-white small head, little lacing.

The smell is rather modest, some nuts and pears.

Tasting initially of seet brown bread, then ripe apples and pears, modest bitterness.

Light carbonation, a refreshing/watery texture, a small body, a slightly dry finish.

Well balanced, no surprises.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a damn good looking ale. Dark with lively carbonation. Over one inch head. A clear copper ruby when held up to the light with brilliant head retention and honeycomb lacing.

The aroma is sweet, like pink bubblegum with creamy toffee and some roast in the distance.

The taste is similar, with bubblegum like fruity esters from the British Ale yeast up against a toasty caramel malt balanced by a nice chalky herbal bitterness. Almost tastes a bit burnt and plasticy.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy with ample carbonation. A tad harsh.

Overall a decent enough beer. That I probably won't get again.

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Adnams Broadside from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
3.88 out of 5 based on 453 ratings.
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