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:
452
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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Photo of bryanbrick
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh the English cream, how I love thee. There is something about that creamy, mouthfilling, warming texture of English ales that is so comforting.
Nice reddish-brown, mahogany color with little head and no lacing. Nose is simple and malt driven with some more complex notes of cherry and some rose like notes if you really dig deep.

But neither are where this beer really succeeds. Where this really gets good is when you start drinking. Full of rich creamy, medium sweet malt with cocoa covered cherries and a surprising lightness on the palate this is a treat. With its low carbonation and slightly dessert-y nature, it is the kind of beer you always want to have in the fridge and would be even more of a treat at a warm cozy British pub.

Overall Broadside is pretty enjoyable stuff that I could drink on the regular with no hesitation.

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Photo of grub
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, best before 11 JUN 09. label indicates 6.3% abv. sampled dec 17/08.

pours deep red-brown with a thick tan head. the head drops fairly fast, but leaves a thick layer of lace behind.

aroma is good. big and malty. caramel and toffee. biscuit and multi-grain bread. light alcohol. slightly earthy and woody. a bit of spicy hop presence.

taste is good. just over medium bitterness level. touch of alcohol. loads of chewy biscuit and multi-grain bread here too, with the caramel and toffee taking more of a back seat. touch of butterscotch too. the earthy and spicy hops are joined by a floral and almost perfumey component. just a hint of grapefruit and tangerine.

mouthfeel is great. medium-full body from the nice chewy malt. medium carbonation level. i think i'd like this one with just a touch less carbonation, and bet it would be excellent on cask.

drinkability is good. nice balance, solid malty base, and great english hop character. good stuff. even with the moderate ABV, i'm tempted to throw a few of these in the cellar and see how they change. i think that caramel+malt would really come to life once the bitterness mellowed a little, likely approaching more of an old ale character. still, a fine brew as it stands today.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass
A - Poured cloudy reddish brown. 1/2 inch head that is mottled and falls to a skim. Nice lacing.
S - Sweet malt, caramel, fruit and a touch of alcohol
T - Fruity malt - complex. Chocolate covered cherries and caramel.
M/F - Medium in body. Lively and smooth.
D - This is a great strong ale. Smooth and complex.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew has been looking me in the eye for sometime at the Whole Foods. It poured a mahogany color with a small foam head and some good wave like lacing.

The aroma was a little subdued. Smelled like fruit. The taste was sweet malty goodness with a bitterness that came on down the finish line. In the mouth it was pretty well carbonated and this would be a brew if I lived in England I would sessionize.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle on 07/19/2005.

Poured dark brownish hue with medium off-white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Good aroma of malt and sweet fruit. Medium body. Medium bottersweet flavor with small bitter finish of moderate duration.

Good drinkable brew

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Photo of nick76
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The aroma has raisins, yeast, brown sugar and carrots. The appearance is red-brown with a large head. The flavor is very sweet with plenty of bitterness and alcohol. There are also the elements from the aroma. The palate is just slightly chewy. Despite some good qualities it has a medicinal aftertaste. This is alright.

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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 biegaman
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep and dusky brick red with a coy glint of pumpkin orange. It is by no means opaque but only shadows are visible on the other side. Tan coloured, ice cream float textured head is bespattered around the entirety of my pint glass. This lace lingers and lasts and sticks like glue. Looks great!

The aroma - dare I say it - could almost be considered spicy. Upfront the smell is very yeasty with subtle hints of ginger or nutmeg. Actually it's a definite cinnamon like spice character and this become more prevalent with warming. Beneath it lay a sticky, toffee laced, kind of scotch like layer of malts. The two compliment each other nicely.

Come flavour, the malt puts the petal to the metal and kick most yeasty notes to the curb. Sure there are residual hints of ginger or cinnamon but largely this is a big, sweet, sticky malty beast. Scorched butterscotch and toffee taste scraped from the bottom of a hop bed. There's a drop of scotch taste in there, too.

Those notes of butterscotch and toffee do quite literally taste scorched, and as result, the taste comes out a little astringent. There is a heavy-handed bitterness that compounds this but the end result is still something considerably mild. This definitely has the characteristic "sessionable" drinkability that a good English pint should.

This may be a lot more tame than something like the Fuller's Vintage Ale, but it reminds me strongly of it. It doesn't have the peeking alcohol or the intensity of flavour but it does have the same kind of satisfaction come an empty glass. This works for me on so many levels: pints at the pub, a full goblet near the fireplace, or with a hearty meal come cool weather.

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Photo of Shadman
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Local 'beer club' offering. Quite hazy and a muted cherrywood in color. Poured this one cold out of my fridge and it still held the most impressive non-nitro head I have ever seen. Thick, creamy off-white.

Floral hop and caramel malt manage to break through the thick cloud of head and reach my nasal passages.

Very nice balance between the sweet fruitiness and caramel malt and the slightly citrus-like hop. A tad bit on the overly sweet side affects my score on the downward side.

Quite full, could use a tad more carbonation.

Well worth a try

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark and hazy ruby red, really good tan foam. Rocky and creamy.

S - Hoppy and malty. Typical EPA qualities. Slight sharpness with a hint of grain and coffee.

T - Kind of a heavy beer. Slightly metallic and nutty with coffee and fruitiness. Fairly bitter finish.

M - Medium-heavy without being creamy. Medium carbonation.

D - Somewhat complex. Not a sessioning beer. Fairly tasty and worth trying.

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Photo of Antilochus
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

6.30% abv, 500mL bottle. Poured at fridge temp into a pint glass.

Solid offwhite head, 2.5cm, leaving superb lacing all over the glass as I drink it down. Some erratic clouding on top with full coverage. Wow. Hazy brownish-amber body, perfectly opaque.

I'm a bit stuffed up and it's a bit cold right now but I get banana bread, caramel, light fruitiness on the nose. Mildly alcoholic. Maltily simple.

Feel is quite thick and syrupy, with malt sweetness on the palate, a bit of heat. Very smooth though, carbonation is appropriate. Finish is on dark fruits, toasted malt, burnt sugar. Hmmm. I like the look and aroma more but this isn't too bad.

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Photo of Derek
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, orangish-brown with a creamy, off-white head. Good retention & lacing.

S: Fruity (like jube-jubes), earthy-orange, nut bread.

T: Earthy, orange rind, jube-jube fruitiness, chocolate, dark caramel, nuts. Good bitterness, alcohol is subtle.

M: Moderately full body is smooth with a little prickly acidity & a relatively dry finish.

D: Very approachable, but the flavour was a little tiring.

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Photo of Viggo
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle purchased at the LCBO.

Pours a cloudy dark orange, brownish hue, tight off white head forms, slightly fizzy, quickly settles itself down to a thin ring, no real lace to speak of. Smell is nice and malty, caramel, raisins, hint of metallic, some citrus, brown sugar, very fruity, a bit woody, nice. Taste is similar, very malty and sweet, lots of brown sugar and caramel up front, raisins, bread, very fruity, berries and cherries, bit of orange, metallic finish with a bit of chocolate milk, light alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, pretty thick for its ABV, with medium carbonation, with warmth from the alcohol. Not bad stuff, big malty brew thats easy to drink, but kind of simplistic and the alcohol is apparent.

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Photo of Spikester
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep copper-brown with good amount of off-white head and lacings.
Aroma is some spice, toffee.
Taste is complex toffee sweet malts with just enough bitter european hops to balance. Easy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is on the light side which helps make this a session beer for me.
I had this from a bottle which was slightly larger than a 12 oz. and smaller than a bomber. Cost about $3 US. If this was a bit less expensive I would drink a lot of this beer. Well recommended. Would really like to try the on-tap version sometime.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark orange-brown with a nice thick off-white head. Very good retention. Thick spiderweb lacings.

Not much to the aroma surprisingly. Awful sweet with a metallic twang.

As advertised on the back of the bottle; Plenty of big dark malt flavours, fruitcake and preserved fruit with a solid toffee backbone. Surprisingly resiny hop finish, slightly piney. Subdued bitterness.

Nice body but carbonation seems a little much. Too spritzy for the malty flavours you get IMHO.

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Photo of TerryW
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great looking beer. Walnut colour with a big chunky head that settles to a heavy film and leaves lots of lace. Impressive.

Unremarkable nose, just a little dark fruit and a whiff of malt. This is a muscular beer tastewise though. Solidly bitter, evenhanded malt and hops. A hint of dark fruit. Leaves an impression of black licorice. Finishes with dry lingering bittereness. Interesting, not for the faint of heart. Initiallt too spritzy, but quicklt settles down and edges towards syrupy.

Higher than normal alcohol content, but well managed, just warms you up nicely.

Interesting, worth a try, quite substantial.

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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 TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, caramelized malts and some pale hops.

T: The taste is malty and sweet with flavors of honey, dark fruit, caramel and some spice. There's a decent hops presence that brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer with a lot of substance that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of Thiestru
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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 Daredevil
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a bit like the 2eme or 3eme GC Bordeaux .... everything is perfectly balanced and smooth ... no rough edges no lumps and bumps ... if you are looking for a perfectly executed, medium bodied, fruity ale ... this one might be just as good as it gets ...

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine British ale, just brought in to Smokeless Joe's. A good malting job with carmel, very clean and refreshing. Slightly drying aftertaste. The aroma contains the malt and the hops and it is acceptable. Very drinkable. Good white head, easy drinking. Understated carbonation.
Had again a month later and good bitterness.

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Photo of PartyHatjo
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep red / brown colour, some haziness, topped with a thick, off-white head. Beautiful retention, and quality lacing

Aroma: Stronger malt character than hoppiness. Slight diacetyl combined with a sweet caramel character. Toast/biscuit also part of the maltiness. Some earthy hoppiness creeps in as well.

Taste: This is a brew that focuses more on the malt than the hops. You get a big hit of toffee/biscuit flavors with thick caramel backbone. Some yeasty esters come through as well. Very slight hop character of the English variety.

Mouthfeel: Big body for a cask ale, not quite as balanced as I like.

Drinkability: Too much body for a session beer, heaviness hurts its quaffability

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Photo of Absumaster
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown, copper beer with a creamy crude head.

Smell is malty with nutty, caramel layers. The yeast is fruity and it has some hoppy, earthy flavors.

Taste of palemalt, nutty, light roasted, a bit husky, and earthy. The top layer of caramalts only enforce the great depth of maltiness. Bitterness is high for style, it balances the sweet malts. Fruit notes given by the yeast of grapes and peach. Body is a bit sweet, but well balanced.

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Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-hazed caramel/chestnut with 4 fingers of creamy sand colored head. Superior head retention & average lacing

S: Cakeyness & some leafy hops, plus some dark fruittyness once warm

T: Minty hops, dryness caramel & herbal hops, plus a touch of warming alcohol up front. Apricot & pear mingle with brown sugar & leafy hops as this warms. Finishes dry, fruitty & quenching for the ABV. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Very creamy with moderate carbonation, super balance

Drinks very easy, despite the hops not really being simpatico with me. Cask Broadside about 1.2% weaker was one of my go to real ales when I lived in England. This isn't a bad substitute, although cask will always be better. A solid, sessionable strong ale

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Photo of dsa7783
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle copped for $3.99 from Wine and Liquor Outlet in Boonton...
Pours a ruby-red, mahogany-brown hue with a copious amount of lacing and a decent-sized foamy and frothy head that exhibited impressive staying power before slowly dissipating...
Smell was bursting with rich malts balanced by a nice suggestion of hops, caramel, and vanilla...
Taste was very similar to the smell, with noticeable manifestations of honey, vanilla, caramel, sugars, nicely balanced with a touch of hops and malts, grains, and a fresh, crisp, flavor of figs and prunes along with an obvious toffe taste and a hint of bread and butter... More malty than hoppy, but an excellent balance of both, true-to-the-style without a doubt, bursting with quality...
Overall, this one is certainly on-point for an English Strong Ale - one of the best representations I've come across... this one is the real thing - Definitely recommended with an ultra-easy level of drinkability that combined great flavor and taste without any cloying or interfering flavors... Recommended...

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Adnams Broadside from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
3.88 out of 5 based on 452 ratings.
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