Adnams Broadside | Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

very good
458 Ratings
Adnams BroadsideAdnams Broadside

Brewed by:
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2002

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Photo of apasternak
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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 BeerIsland
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served at Hunger & Thirst in Lancaster PA. This was an excellent presentation of a classic beer. Very pretty dark brown and heady in the glass. Malty but not sweet, also caramel flavors but not sweet; very well balanced. I almost thought I was drinking a heavy lager, this beer was so smooth.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - dark mahogany/crimson color with white head

Smell - toffee, cherries, green apple

Taste - toffee, cherries, hint of green apple

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, low carbonation, sweet upfront, astringent in the finish

Overall - decent beer that I'm glad to have tried

Price Point - $3.99/500ML bottle

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Photo of slainte35
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Beermaine
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of delta490
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a deep clear ruddy brown. Slight visible carbonation. Short lived off white head dissipates quickly leaving lacing

S- rich malt primarily dark fruit (cherry, plum?).

T- great. Deep malt flavors with just a soft hop bitterness as a counter

M- smooth and soft

O- this is an excellent representation of the English bitter. A great pint.

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Photo of Sturmthis
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of cdtoffers
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Pours a medium to dark ruddy brown amber with a fine one finger light tan head with great retention and good lacing. Great aroma of sweet bready caramel malt, plum and dark fruit, toffee. Flavor follows with semi-sweet caramel malt, dark and dried fruit, nuts and slowly revealed earthy hops, finishing with a nice malty, mildly grassy hop finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A tasty ESB with great malt and nicely balanced hops. I don't know this Gold hop variant, but it is very subtle at first, but reveals itself nicely in the finish and there is great malt support for it. I liked this quite a bit and will buy it again. Nicely done.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of rtrasr
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Johnq1964
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of JxExM
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of nygannon
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jwoolfe
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Paccamacca
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of speter
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, poured into a nonic.

A: Clear ruddy tan with a two-finger tan head that persists, leaving nice lacing.

S: Sweet bready malt with a hint of cinnamon and brown sugar.

T: Biscuity, creamy, and lightly sweet upfront, the beer falls slightly flat mid-palate, before finishing with (I kid you not) a marmalade spike, followed by a nice British bitter bite. The hops do provide a very nice aftertaste that lingers nicely.

M: Creamy and smooth, with a bit of warmth.

O: A solid bottled ESB that is almost certainly superior on cask.

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Photo of AnotherBeerGeek
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served up this lovely full-pint ale in a pub glass. The color is an intensely clear red-brown, with plenty of visible carbonation and a light tan head that fades away quickly. The nose offers up caramel malts and sweet berry notes. There is more of the same as you take that first taste, although these flavors quickly fade to a drying moderate bitterness revealing a respectable underlying hoppiness. The feel is light and refreshing, and the overall result is a decently complex, nicely enjoyable semi-bitter ale. Absolutely worth trying.

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Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Adnams Broadside from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
3.88 out of 5 based on 458 ratings.
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