Adnams Southwold Bitter | Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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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

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Added by rastaman on 08-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
164
Reviews:
72
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
15.26%
 
 
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Photo of rarbring
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The ale is clear honey amber, a warm off-white head that settles slowly leaving very good lacing. Very small curtains.

The smell is sweet fresh bread with a dash of honey, ripe apples and pears. An orange, almost metallic finish.

Starts sweet, brown bread, brown sugar, a dash of oranges, then a straight bitter finish.

Medium carbonation, small foamy bubbles, soft and refreshing, a rather long dry finish.

Very session-able, a nice relaxing ale. The can bought in Sweden says 4.1% ABV.

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Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in the "Sherlock Holmes Pub" just off Tralfager Square. They have renamed it for their establishment as "Sherlock Holmes Fine Ale". It pours a slightly amber color. The aroma is somewhat faint, but you get both malts and hops in it. The taste is slightly bitter at first, followed by a good maltiness. Very smooth.

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Photo of govtmule
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first cask-conditioned beer. So, this could be skewed, but here is my impression...
I ordered this at Eli Cannon's on 3-12-04 while waiting for a table. It was served at slightly below room temp. It was kind of dark in EC's but it appeared to be more of a yellow or light tan than amber like the other reviewers said. There was a nice foamy white head. The taste was nice with some hints of fruit and a creamy feel on the tongue. Good balance. I could drink it all night without feeling too dense.

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Photo of claspada
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly dark amber color with a thick eggshell head of froth that recedes to leave solid lacing.

Aromas begin with earthy, floral hops with some emerging fruity green fruit esters with some more herbal hops in the background. As it warms you get some of the malt base composed of heavily toasted bread, light minerally aspects with some emerging caramel maltiness.

The tastes begin slightly biscuity and toasted maltiness with some minerally aspects in the finish. Hops are lightly bitter but balance the malt sweetness, mainly earthy and herbal. Some fruity English yeast esters also emerge as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is slightly bitter with a slightly balanced malt sweetness.

Overall this was an enjoyable beer that I enjoyed while eating my Malaysian dinner the other night. It is extremely drinkable, never boring and just a quality example of an English Bitter, one of the top ones I've had in the US for sure. It lacks the spoiled, old, oxidized flavors many English imports have which was very pleasing.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just had this on cask at Eli Canon's.
The brew came to me at room temp and displayed a clear orange/amber color with about a 1cm soft creamy white head. The head stayed around throughout most of the sampling.
Aroma is mild but I get some caramel malt and also a nice mix of earthy and grassy hop.
First sip reveals soft creamy texture and very faint carbonation. I get a sweet malty start which rolls over to a grassy hop finish that lingers on the roof of my mouth rather nicely. Overall the brew is mild on flavor and aroma but isnt that part of what a bitter should be? I could drink tons of these in a sitting I think. Good example of the style!

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Photo of scotorum
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Robertas
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Usually not my fav style, English bitter, but I'm trying to get a liking for it, so hopefully this helps my cause.

Pours a nice looking creamy bubbly 1 finger head that seems to just sit there like it has no place to go, and leaves nice lacing on the sides as it dances around them, over semi clear auburn honey brown color.

Nose has a typical earthy bitterness, just slightly herbal and grassy, a light coppery like aroma the good kind, a light sweet caramel and toffee malt aroma, hint of honey malt as well. The hops get a bit more grassy and quite aromatic the more I nose.

Taste gets more bitter, a definite English style bitter. Earthy hops, bittering hops, fairly grassy and herbal but bright, chewy even. malts bring more caramel and toffee like, but light soft and almost juicy like. bitterness grows to a decent mark as it goes, with more of that grassy herbal taste, and a slight nutty like flavor with just a touch of bready dough malt. Slight mint and tobacco like hop character, with a bit more sticky sweetness. Finish is drier but still slightly sweet and sticky, more herbal grassy hops and little malt flavor lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, soft though, with decent carb.

Overall better than I though. The herbal earthy grassy hops don't really turn me off, and in fact bring some interesting characters that I'm actually enjoying this beer. A nice malty balance that adds an interesting softness to it which could be the water.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on cask at TJ's Restaurant and Drinkery's Shelton Brothers tap takeover event.
Served cask temp in a nonic.

The color is a deep golden amber with very light haze and thick cream that settles gradually with fine bead and lace stickage is good. the smell is very herbal and has a nice fruitiness from the ale yeast ester which is slightly pear/apple tinged with a light spice in the nose almost comes forward as piney with a mineral element in the mix. The feel is good with light body mild carbonation as expected with moderate bitterness and fruitiness from the yeast which is tangy on the palate with a mild astringent tinge in the mostly dry finish.

The taste has a more piney flavor than the aroma lets on with some gentle bitterness which has a more herbal taste w/ gentle pepper tinge and accent with more yeast which brings a light alcohol flavor and subtle mineral tinge w/ a dry finish. The overall is a highly drinkable bitter -very quaffable. I would order this again as it is pretty full of flavor for a 3.7% beer.

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Photo of rangerred
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a dark brown with a slight chill haze. Just a small half finger head than doesn't last for long with a few streaks of lacing on the glass.

Aroma has dark fruits typical of English bitters along with toffee/caramel and some burnt toast. Pretty average.

The flavor continues the English fig, prune, toffee characteristics but I like that there is an additional bready/grain flavor. Everything is just a tad bit muted but no off-flavors are detectable. Bitterness is light with great grassy hop flavors. Mouthfeel is slick and silky but a little sticky which is slightly distracting.

Overall, a good English bitter but not quite up to the Fullers level. Still, I love this style and would really like to sample this out of a cask.

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Photo of vinicole
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of hoptualBrew
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Liquoric3
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of MRsojourner
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jwoolfe
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jmtpi
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Thomas_Picton
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of gwiedman1
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of match1112
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Celtics76
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Beermaine
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of T100Mark
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
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 alostplot
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%

Adnams Southwold Bitter from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
3.67 out of 5 based on 164 ratings.
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