Adnams Southwold Bitter
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Bitter - English
Ranked #62
Ranked #26,055
3.61 | pDev: 15.24%
May 25, 2021
Aug 12, 2002
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3.72 by Daneve76 from Australia on May 25, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JamFuel from Sweden

Pours ruby with soft, tan head.

Smell is malty and a bit roasted with notes of florals, leather and citrus.

Taste is malty and a bit sweet with floral hints. Notes of roasted malt, citrus, leather and elderflower. Pretty strong bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and well carbonated.

Overall, a nice bitter, well made and balanced.

May 07, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by James94 from England

L: Dark golden amber colour, head disappears quickly, some lacing
S: Wood, nuts, caramel, raisins, burnt apple, lemon
T: Chocolate, lemon, wood, vanilla
F: Dry bitterness at the back, medium-low bodied, good balance of carbonation

O: 4.25

Apr 22, 2021
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3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Sigmund from Norway

500 ml bottle, from Vaaland, Bryne. ABV is 4.1%. Copper coloured beer, moderate off-white head. Moderate aroma, some malts and toffee, hints of stale berries and "dusty" hops. The flavour has again some malts and toffee, but is quite dry. Just a hint of fruit. Moderately bitter hops in the finish, some nutty notes. Drinkable, but not Adnams’ best.

Apr 10, 2021
4.09 by GregSemenza from Connecticut on Jan 26, 2021
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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Storm_Rryder from Iowa

I dig this one ! I think I'm a fan of this style, I like this as much as hobgoblin. Light brown color, not much foam, low carbonation. Big caramel flavor at the beginning, but later on could detect some fruit undertones. Delicious, more english bitter please !

Jan 20, 2021
3.68 by JonnoWillsteed from England on Sep 30, 2019
2.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Dec 07, 2018
3.5 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Nov 14, 2018
3.64 by npfreeman from England on Jul 04, 2018
3.74 by TheCrowsEye from California on Dec 09, 2017
3.59 by Momon from Philippines on Feb 06, 2017
3.81 by Robertas from Lithuania on Dec 12, 2016
4 by louislouis91 from Ireland on Aug 03, 2016
3.62 by dcotom from Iowa on Apr 25, 2016
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3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by vinicole from England

Clear amber. Little head.
Sweet malt nose.
More malt than hop upon tasting. Toffee. Fruit and nut.
Moderate feel.
This was from the bottle. It is much better when cask dispensed.

Apr 10, 2016
2.69 by bhaugh20 from Ireland on Mar 23, 2016
4 by alkerby123 from England on Jan 19, 2016
4.24 by Foley67 from Scotland on Dec 24, 2015
3.9 by chickenm from Canada (BC) on Nov 08, 2015
3.61 by csurowiec from Maryland on Nov 03, 2015
4.27 by FCox143 from England on Nov 01, 2015
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3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by T100Mark from California

A 16.9 ounce Euro-bomber poured into Nonic/Imperial pint glass.

Appearance - A murky copper/brown color. Minimal head. Minimal stick age. Not the prettiest beer ever.

Smell - Sweet malt combined with a whiff of burnt toast. Mild flower/hop smell on the back-end.

Taste - Sweet malt. A bit of a Carmel flavor. Toasty. The hops offer a mild bitter finish.

Mouth - Moderate carbonation. A little oily. Nice enough.

Overall - This is an English bitter with a twist. The beer has all of the attributes of a good bitter/pale ale (smooth, balanced) but it also has a bit of a smoky flavor to it. Also, the look and color is a little different than a London Pride or a Old Crafty Hen. Not my favorite English ale but interesting all the same.

Sep 26, 2015
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3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

Enjoyed from the bottle in a pint glass. This nice bitter pours a hazel brown with a beautiful off white head of foam that has great lacing, a thick ring, and thick layer of mixed sizes of bubbles. Nose of subtle fruit notes and sweet malts. Very light. Flavors surpass the nose with nice sweet caramel notes and subtle fruit flavors of peaches. Light bitterness comes through on the back blending nicely with the sweet malt flavors. Decent mouth feel; medium low carbonation, medium light body, and a sweet lightly bitter finish with a touch of stone fruit notes and mild hops.

A solid bitter done by a solid brewer


Sep 09, 2015
3.54 by Sellen from Connecticut on Aug 24, 2015
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3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by scotorum from Massachusetts

Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into an English nonick

a: Clear deep amber with an inch and a half thick offwhite head which receded to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Caramel malt with light fruit notes.

t: Follows the nose with more caramel and less fruit, although the latter reemerge a bit later. Sweet to dry finish.

m: Light to medium, slight watery notes but good carbonation tingle.

o: A good English Bitter, better than some we can get packaged in the US, although at $4.50 a pint a bit too pricey for my regular consumption.

Jul 30, 2015
3.41 by Savaseri from Turkey on Jul 16, 2015
2.93 by rbloomberg3 from England on Jun 13, 2015
3.39 by hopley from Massachusetts on Apr 13, 2015
3.63 by poskok from Croatia (Hrvatska) on Apr 03, 2015
4 by 31Sam13 from New Hampshire on Mar 14, 2015
3.91 by stephenlee from England on Mar 08, 2015
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4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by rjplumer from Massachusetts

Malt, caramel bread type of aroma. Medium brown body with a bit of an orange hue.. Light tan head about a half inch or so to start and settles relatively quick to a light film. Mild sweet fruit and malt taste with a touch of bitterness. Touch of apple like crispness. Has a full thick feel.

Mar 05, 2015
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3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by FLima from Brazil

Nice copper color with a thick beige head with decent retention and leaving laces and a constant plate.
Aroma with notes of plums, English earthy hops, apple juice and caramels.
Likewise, bitter flavor with notes of English earthy and floral hops, herbal tea, unsweetened apple juice, some lemon, toffee, honey and plums. Just a bit tangy. Consistent dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation. Quite smooth.
Balanced and pleasant English Bitter with high drinkability. The warmer the better! After drinking the style often they grow on you. I hope I could get decent local offerings for the style for the right price.

Jan 31, 2015
3.49 by Iaido from Russian Federation on Jan 31, 2015
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3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
by BowWowWowYippyYoIPA from California

No bottle date

Look - Pours a clear, light amber with a good frothy off-white head. Bubbles range from medium to very small. Average distribution, decent retention, excellent clinging.

Smell - Steely old world hop character with a background of cereal sweetness. Fruity and estery, with aromas of bananas and maybe a little apple.

Taste - Nice bitterness upfront with a subtle undertone of cereal malt flavors. Finishes slightly metallic, like the underside of a bottle cap. Bits of fruit, figs and dates. Bitterness lingers.

Feel - Light and refreshing. Has a cooling sensation like fresh water.

Overall - An enjoyable beer. Haven't had many English Bitters, so I don't have a lot to compare it to. Would have rated higher if not for the steely hop character.

Jan 18, 2015
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4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BeerWithMike from Nebraska

Sampled last night on 1/10/15. Comes in a 500ml (16.9 ounce bottle) that was in the discount bin for just $3.00 at the Hy-vee in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

Pours a deep reddish-amber in color with a thin off-white head. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped that stuck to the sides of the glass. The aroma is for the most part English malts with a hint of fruit. The taste is the sweet malt right up front followed by a hint of fruit and finishes with a slight bitterness, which wasn't hoppy though. Actually very tasty as I have never had this type of brew. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, I liked this one and this style of brew.

Jan 11, 2015
3.45 by BeenTired from Pennsylvania on Dec 23, 2014
Adnams Southwold Bitter from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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