Adnams Southwold Bitter | Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

Adnams Southwold BitterAdnams Southwold Bitter
BA SCORE
3.61/5
164 Ratings
Adnams Southwold BitterAdnams Southwold Bitter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
England, United Kingdom
adnams.co.uk

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rastaman on 08-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,677
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
164
pDev:
15.51%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
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Photo of chickenm
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csurowiec
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FCox143
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of T100Mark
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Cheers

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Photo of Sellen
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scotorum
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Savaseri
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rbloomberg3
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of hopley
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of poskok
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 31Sam13
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenlee
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rjplumer
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of FLima
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Iaido
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BeenTired
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of torwart68
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of RickyS
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Carpetsmoker
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of ElJosharino
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Adnams Southwold Bitter from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 164 ratings
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