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Adnams Broadside | Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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3.87/5
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459 Ratings
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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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3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 500 ml bottle. There is a batch code but no freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a half-liter Hobgoblin glass. The color is ruddy, deep copper. Two fingers of dense, buttery, light tan head dissipated slowly and tantalizingly.

Smell: Lots of nice, sweet grassiness and dark fruit. It also has bold aromas of caramel, nutmeg (maybe), and toffee. It smells a little like a doppelbock.

Taste: The malts dominate except for a hint of booze and a bitter edge that comes on late. Overall, though, it is well balanced and flavorful: grass, dark fruit, caramel, nuttiness, and toffee. It also has a metallic aftertaste.

Drinkability: A very good brew. British bitters are not my specialty and I would much rather have it from the cask. But I suppose this will do across the pond.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty classic ESB. Served cool at 55º into a tulip glass. Tawny reddish copper color, an attractive jewel tone color. A half inch of off white foam rises and leaves behind a good coverage on the surface, with random spotty lacing.

Lightly fruity and mildly sweet apricot nose, hints of sugar cookie and fruitcake as advertised on the back label.

Sweet grainy flavors with a hint of hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Some light fruitiness, apricot and melon rind notes. Supple feel, mellow and smooth, not too sweet. Simple but well put together and enjoyable. Overall a solid ESB, lives up to it's benchmark reputation.

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2.42/5  rDev -37.5%
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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3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting looking beer, my first from this brewery which I guess one some Brewery of the Year award in 2011, not sure which award but something.

Pours a creamy looking 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly but leaves a big halo ring of nice looking thick lacing, over dark but very clear mahogany brown color with some ruby light streaming through.

Nose has that typical English strong beer aroma, typical yeast, malts, and hops. Lots of fruity esters at first, typical from English yeasts, fruit cake almost with some bright stone type fruits and light bready malts. Very light phenolic touches underneath with a hint of booze that reminisces of beers higher than 6.3% abv. Hops bring a light herbal character. Lots of sweeteners with light brown sugar and molasses, caramel, light biscuit made with brown sugar, and again hinting at the fruit cake.

Taste brings a mild caramelized molasses cake flavor, with the sweetness rushing out to the front. Plenty of molasses and some brown sugar, with hints of caramel and toffee. The bready malts beneath that with decent sweetness really give a taste of molasses cake or rum cake with candied dates or something. Then light fruity esters come through, much less than the nose, but again typical of the English yeast varieties. Fruits add a touch of a fruit cake to the molasses cake. There is also an interesting caramelized almost smoky like coffee syrup flavor, it's a really interesting flavor to run along side the molasses cake and fruit. Then some light herbal earthy hops. The hops are interesting in giving some light grassy herbal flavors, but not the overpowering typical herbal UK style hops I can't stand, so interesting. The finish gets a bit more bitter but never overly bitter, typical of English bitters, it also dries a bit but stays somewhat sweet, more molasses and cake lingering, and a bit of the nutty toffee lingering.

Mouth is med to a bit richer bodied, decent carb.

Overall interesting, pretty much a good example of an English strong beer, that has characteristics of a bitter and a brown ale, with tons of molasses cake, fruity esters, biscuit, etc. and the hops add a nice bitterness and herbal earthy flavor that doesn't go to the icky taste I don't like. Drinkable, and something I wouldn't mind drinking a bunch of at a pub.

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Adnams Broadside
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
ABV: 6.30 %

Pours a clear light brown with amber tint. Off white head forms with good retention. Aroma of toffee, caramel, raisin bread, strong tea like, herbal hopping. In the flavor, delicious malty notes with more quality toffee, butterscotch and burnt caramel around the edges. A single hop variety (first gold) is used and adds a great richness and depth of herbal flavor, as well as a palatable bitterness. Finishes clean with a slight notion of toffee and hop. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, delicate but moderate carbonation and a moreish finish.

Overall, this is a great beer. A perfect example of an English ESB, with true to style flavors and a time tested recipe. Broadside is one of the best English ales that comes to the states, and honestly can be enjoyed for almost any occasion. Top notch.

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

A: Beautiful burgundy color with dark brown streaks. A really gorgeous color with a light tan 3+ finger head. Perfect clarity. Beautiful lacing and pretty decent retention. I love the way this beer looks!

S: As far as aromas I get mostly caramel malts with some more raw grain type aromas. Maybe a little brown sugar as well as some fruitiness. The hops come out mostly in a spicy way.

T: Oh man, this is excellent. What a great ESB. Some caramel and rich malt. Just a hint of that graininess. The hops are definitely bitter and on the finish. I get a little of the dark fruit but not much. The finish is so clean.

M: Just spot on. Really rich and creamy. Low carbonation. Just wow.

O: Crazy. This was so much better than I thought it would be. Honestly I saw the labeling about world's best brewery so I assumed it wouldn't be great... but it is. This (for me) constitutes a pretty perfect afternoon drinking beer. Rich, but not heavy, with a good kick and easily quaffed. Love it

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3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown with a tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is very malty along with some caramel and slightly fruity aromas. Taste is of sweet malt and some burnt caramel flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a very malty presence that I am enjoying.

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4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real great ruby red just like the bottle says, of dark red ruby and brown color. Hues of mahogany brown toward the top and orange on the bottom. Head has about two fingers and a faint whipped light caramel color lots of retention. Some hazy bubbles stick to the side just under the head. Real nice.

Great toasting grains and dry ripping barley. Fruity sense a bit of dry figs and dates, with a good hop dry bitterness. Very nice and impressive.

Taste has a real nice balance. Crackery dry malt, mixing with a good roast AND milky sweet softness. Slightly thin body, maybe even a little carbonation, comes with still enough richness to coat the palate. Faint hints of dried out toffee on the finish. Nice coating rich faint dark sugar sweetness on the swallow and even some banana.

A real pleasant beer, I've been wanting this for awhile and glad to have finally tried it. Fantastic.

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

The legendary Adnams Broadside, haven't had this in about 6 years, a 500 mL pour,

A: Pours a deep reddish brown with a medium white head, good retention, some soft lace.

S: Gorgeous full malt character, with a lot of minerality, toffee, real nice.

T: Gorgeous (I feel redundant) malt flavour with definite notes of dark chocolate and walnut skin. Strong hop character on the back end, earthy with some grass. Nice balance.

M: Full-bodied, creamy frothy feel, big for its style, long aftertaste.

O: It was great to revisit this legendary effort. Still just as good as I remember it, well worth the $4 for a pickup, glad they came back to the States.

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Photo of smcolw
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good blanketing lace from the modest head. Deep copper color, nearly brown. Appears clear.

Very mild, almost neutral aroma. Mostly malty, slightly metallic.

The flavor is an improvement with some darker malt elements. There's not much hop in the finish and the aftertaste is short lived. The body is above average like a typical British ale.

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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When I think about ESB's, I think about a strong English balance of hops to malt with a passionate masculinity, yet restrained character on both sides to make the beer as drinkable as it is complex. Where a tug-of-war is expected, a symphony of flavor is delivered.

The anticipation of garnet and ruby stained ale is met with an absolute and resounding burnish brown ale with tawny copper and amber, but the beer is much darker than I expected. But the slow release of foam amounts to a dense and thick blanket of foam that consists of finely knit carbonation and caps the beer for a long, long haul. with each tilt of the glass, the beer's creme clings to the glass and laces with intricate patterns and rings with each drink taken.

Firm and stately aromas of bread, brown sugar, toffee, and pastry crust are met with fruity scents of dried and pitted fruits that span cherries, apples, apricots, pineapples, grapes, dates, and figs. A dash of cinnamon and nutmeg allow the well melded aromas to sculpt a notion of fruitcake and rum-soaked breads.

The taste is delivered with a delicious and moderate strength of toffee sweetness, toated breads starch, and fruity esters for a taste that's alive, vibrant, yet restrained. Lightly aged notes allow for a slight wine vinous character to stem from fruit and into the woody taste of hops that seem of pine needles, grass, and earthen soil.

Richly textured with it's creamy and understated carbonation, but it's release of creaminess is met with the most pleasant of toast dryness, hop bitterness, and mild alcohol warmth.

Although this ale is a bit toastier and richer in malt character than I'm used to in most ESBs, especially my benchmark- Fuller's ESB, this beer seems of a stronger mild ale or a hoppy and soft brown ale of England.

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

1pt, 0.9 oz bottle poured into a Tulip stout glass. No date I can interpret on the bottle, but there is a stamp which reads "1347 01:09".

Appearance: Clear deep copper on the table, clear ruby-red to copper when held up to the light. Persistent 1/16" thin off-white head across the top with some persistent strands and sheets of lacing noted.

Smell: When cold, the First Gold hop as indicated on the back of the bottle dominates the aroma, coming across as earthy with a hint of skunk. As it warms up, the malts come out to play, with some toffee and caramel notes mixing in with the Single hop aroma.

Taste: Quick bitterness up front, then moves into a malty middle which has some buttery and toffee flavors in there. The hop bitter finish at the end is notable, but not lingering - counters the malt middle nicely. A beer simple in flavor profile, but it works very nicely.

Mouthfeel: Typical English ale - some carbonation on the tongue, a tiny bit watery but still smooth. Nothing special.

Overall / Drinkability: I suspect the simplicity of the one malt, one hop combination here would really stick out if this was on cask. Don't let it get too warm though - gets flat and a little too sweet towards the end. So with a full pint, I think one is enough to savor and call it done. Worth revisiting though.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin yet dense beige head that died down but never completely faded away, leaving rings of lacing down the side of the glass.
S: There are aromas of earthy yeast in the nose along with notes of bready and grainy malts and hints of raisins.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a bit more fruity flavors, particularly as it warms up. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and is quite malty and flavorful for the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ConorThomas
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On cask at the Central Bar, Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland.

Pours oxblood with a steady, creamy, white head. Sour grain and red pear on the nose.
Apple and tobacco leaf with spicy hops to end.
Light to medium, round and smooth.

Creamy with decent hops. A solid pint.
Considering this was pulled in a 'Spoons where a woman was retching at 4 in the afternoon, that's saying something.

Note: Labeled as 5.1%

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Adnams Broadside from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 459 ratings
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