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Adnams Broadside | Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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Adnams BroadsideAdnams Broadside

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Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
United Kingdom (England) | website

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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Reviews: 151 | Ratings: 276
Photo of longpondbeerman
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This English ESB pours a rich, dark reddish brown with a thin eggshell colored head. There is a slightly metallic initial aroma to the nose, augmented by an underside of maple, ginger, and lemon. The taste is stronger in the malts, frankly more sweet than bitter, and there is a caramel texture to the mouthfeel, supported by strong carbonation.

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Photo of Doiv
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby colour with an off white head. Aroma is malty and fruity, with apples and oranges.
Tadte is hoppy and malty, with a small cinnamon kick to it. Warm winter fruits follow, then a bitter and spicy aftertaste.

Nice mouthfeel, good drinkability.

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Photo of Cizauskas
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strong bitter and in wonderful shape: tawny, and crisply bitter with a moderate level of orange/lemon/apple fruitiness. The high 4.7% alcohol level was well masked by a medium-bodied mouthfeel. The interplay between hop and yeast fruitiness, a slightly caramelly malt middle, and a not overdone lingering bitterness was marvelous. Above average off-white head and lace: conditioning was in fine shape.

Tasted at Max's on Broadway, Baltimore, 30 March 2004.

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Photo of CBFanWish
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY. Poured a chocolate brown colour with a thick frothy white head. The aosma was faint. I caught little more than floral hints. The taste was more malty than anythong. Roasted barley. A bit of a smoked taste. A hoppy finish. I feel that it;s too dry for my taste. I don't think it waas worth the investment, but I would buy it if it was a little cheaper.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown color with a white foamy/fluffy head. Not much lacing on the glass throughout. Not a strong smell of anything in particular. Faint floral smell, and a little astringent. Taste has a hint of a toasted flavor, with a smooth dry hop finish. Mouthfeel was nice, as this is cask-conditioned, somewhat creamy and medium-bodied. All in all, a good cask brew. I would have another, seems to be a good session beer. Nothing really stood out, rather a smooth experience.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with ADNAMS raised in glas on both the front and back bottoms of the bottoms of the bottle. Best before 26 Nov 04.

I paused briefly after opening the pop top bottle cap on this beer, which was long enough for foam to come spewing out the top the bottle. It hung precariosly from the top, but never dripped down the side of the bottle.

Poured a reddish brown with a nice frothy head with more lacing that I expected, which coated the inside of the glas. I could have sworn I smelled a bit of maple coming from my glass as the sweet ale arrived to my lips. Smooth, sweet and very easy to drink, a fine product from Sole Bay Brewery.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle, fresness date of 03 Feb 05, pours nice dark almond with some reddish hues. Tan head leaves medium lacing. Tasty, malty British style ale. Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel. Balanced and understated, a nice warming everyday ale, fine session quaffer.

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Photo of zerk
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby with a thin but persistent white head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is a nice mix of caramel and bread-like malts and some herbal hoppiness. Flavor begins sweet with caramel and dried fruit flavors, then finishes with a nice herbal bitterness. Somewhat acidic, with a smooth medium to full body. Alcohol is somewhat more noticeable than it should be, but all in all this is a very fine beer.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper in color, deecent while minimal head/lace. Aromas are a treat: Warm/yeasty bread, shortbread, fruity hop, malt extract. A treat to taste as well. The mouthfeel is full, round and silky. Flavors are bready/ doughy, quite malty with a decidedly fruity hop bitter that lingers deliciously. This is one solid ale, that is so easy to enjoy, and welcome addition to the marketplace here in Chicago. Welcome back Adnams, and thanks again to Shelton Bro's for the sample!!

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on cask at Redbones last night, and it was a very pleasant find. Root beer color when poured, it had this great frothy tan head that covered the inside of my glass during drinking. It had a wonderful fresh bready aroma. I found the taste mild, biscuity, and astringent in the finish. Very enjoyable, and nice to see on cask.

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Photo of ark57
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This amber-red beer some muted hop character with an aroma of caramel. The medium body is nutty and tastes of cherry fruitiness and is quite malty. It finishes dry with tastes of mint and hay, which balances the malty body. This would be a nice session beer because it is quite appetizing and easy on the palate.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent bitter on cask at Monty's Korner. Pored a hazy copper color with a nice off-white-ish head that receded into some elegant lace. Smell was wonderfully full of raisins and biscuity maltiness. Taste was much more distinctly bitter with a goof hop presence despite the cask effect and a good full bodied flavor that was ripe and estery, but by no means over the top. A wonderful session brew that is worthy of several pints that I sadly did not have time for. Hopefully it will be there still on sunday night.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew on cask at Moan and Dove. Came in a 20 oz Adnams logo pint. The brew is room temp and is a rich clear mahogany color. The aroma is mild but I detect hints of sweet caramel malt and some floral hop characters. Incredible head retention on this brew. The carbonation is soft and almost not present like a cask ale should be. The body is moderately thick with a slight creamy texture going on.
Flavor is some caramel with almost a buttery toffee flavor and texture. A light piney hop finish at the end. A very nice beer that is incredibly smooth and easy to drink. A good choice for a session beer. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Mahars in Albany.
Beautiful red/amber color with a low creamy head - lace dripping everywhere.
Aroma is soft caramel malt and a touch of wet hay.
Flavor is sweet and lighty roasted up front with some hints of fig and apple.
Body is slighty thin, but creamy with good earthy hop in harmony with the toasty malt.
The finish is hoppy and dry with lingering fruity sweetness. Tastes like more.
Great drinkability and a perfect English session beer with a bit more malt going on than most ordinary or special Bitters.

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Photo of John
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice surprise at Monty's Korner last evening...and cask conditioned to boot! Impressive and rich in appearance with a deep caramel and ruby colour. Incredibly creamy head that decorates the sides as I quaff my 20oz. pint from the Adnams logo glass. The nose is bready sweet, suggesting the grains and steaming hot wort from which the brew originated. Also evident is a fruity aroma with notes of grape and plum. Hops take a back seat here. The taste is a delicate mix of the intricate aromas and a surprising warming for a brew at 4.7% abv. Hops provide balance only, exhibiting a subtle pine hint here and there. The ease of drinkability is scary. Cheers to Publican William Taggert for this gem and often having the knack for providing something different and interesting. I really dug this beer.

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Photo of bark
2.53/5  rDev -34.6%
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 cokes
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly obscured brown that inches towards maroon. The head is full of large-bubbled pockmarks, frothy and tan.
Aromas of candied apples draped in tobacco, earth and Fuggles.
It smells sweeter than it probably is. It starts off with a rye expression, coupled with a sedate toastiness. It rapidly migrates towards sweet and fruit as this enters its middle. Plum jam, green raisins, apple peels and chewing tobacco. The remarkable part of this, is that it retains enough earthy and dry character to remain balanced, if not leaned in that direction despite the fruitness. Closes with a burst of walnuts, then directs itself unto the smoked herb hopping. Not especially bitter, just....right.
Medium in stature, with microscopic carbonation.
This is a nice one.
For sure.

(6.0% ABV bottle)

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Broadside pours a slightly hazy, deep copper body beneath a creamy head of off-white foam that holds well and slowly drops to a wide collar and whispy surface covering, all the while leaving some very nice lace about the glass. The nose delivers earthy, leafy, and grassy hops over a caramelish malt. It's full bodied and creamy in the mouth with a very fine and natural (bottle-conditioned), moderate carbonation that gently caresses the tongue and rouses the tastebuds. Caramel/toffee/nutty malt dominates the flavor, accented by a thin thread of yeasty fruitiness (cherries) and earthy, woody, and grassy hops. It's really well-balanced by a solid bitterness that never steps beyond its supporting role, but anchors the entire production. It finishes dry with some subtle alcohol, a note of yeasty fruitiness, and a residual bitterness that leaves the palate refreshed and ready for food or more beer. Quite tasty!!! And a surprisingly drinkable ale considering it's 6% abv (the draft version is 4.7% abv)! The alcohol remains almost completely cloaked throughout. A bit strong for an all night session ale, but maybe one to get you started! Well worth trying.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick foamy, light brownish tan colored head, that leaves a little lacing. The beer is syrupy brown in color, almost like cola. The aroma is a little bit chocolately mixed with lightly sweet malt. Caramel and sweet malt dominate the initial flavor. I think there's some hops in there that cut the initial sweetness, but they never make themselves fully known. A good, flavorful beer, a bit on the sweetside, but not too much.

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Photo of Loki
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from an Imperial Pint bottle. With a best before date of Nov 4, 2004.

Appearance: Crystal clear tawny brown with a fair sized off-white head. Fantastic lacing with rings and ridges left behind.

Smell: Fairly muted aromas of dry malt and mineral. Some hints at very light, english hops. Nothing special

Taste: Good malt backbone with some dry hops to finish. Very solid, but not remarkable.

Mouthfeel: Dry and creamy

Drinkablity: Very solid English ale, good everyday brew.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the famous White Horse in Parsons Green. This stuff rocks! A dark amber coloured brew with a white cap of foam. The aromas are very hoppy, fruity, and very, very, well-balanced. The taste is hoppy and fruity with a nice malt backbone and the mouthfeel is creamy and oh-so smooth. The drinkability you may ask? Wonderful!

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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 Boto
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
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 BeerResearcher
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This totally British Ale is dull gold in color and possesses a moderately smooth, herbal malt with woody notes. Amply hopped with a complex blend providing some tea, citrus and hints of metallic bitterness. The aroma is fresh and pleasantly malty. This is a mild ale, well balanced with nothing jumping out. The head bubbles are larger than expected and dissipate rapidly. A well-made ale.

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Photo of rastaman
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good. Quiet smooth malty flavour, quite a nice caramelly roasty flavour, a bit sweet, but balanced by a decent bitter finish, i kn dof like it, quite smoooth aswell, decent.

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Adnams Broadside from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.
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