Adnams Spindrift | Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BlackHaddock on 06-27-2010

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by CwrwAmByth:
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3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a chimay goblet.

Pours a faded colden colour.

Smells slightly hoppy.

Taste is alright, a hoppiness like a golden ale, with the addition of a full mouthfeel like with a wheat beer.

Overall a nice beer, like a golden ale with the wholesome and refreshing mouthfeel of a wheat beer

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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012. The bottle is a vivid sapphire blue - simultaneously original and gimmicky! Described as a blonde beer; my view is that it targets a share of the lager market.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear golden-amber hue with good, lazy carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that disappears rapidly. Aroma of light, grainy malt with notes of fruity ale yeast. Faint grassy/citrus hops, and a subtle whiff of stewed veg and banana in the background.

Tastes of light caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of fruity ale yeast, faint grassiness and mild stewed hops. Hints of stewed veg and unripe apples/acetone in the background. Mouthfeel is light, with prickly carbonation. Mildly astringent. Aftertaste of weak stewed hops/veg.

Bland fare - best served cold to minimise the off-flavours. The ale equivalent of a macro lager; it doesn't have much going for it. The faint hop aromas are nice at the beginning, before they are lost to a fug of yeast esters. The unappetising off-notes don't add anything. Adnams make some great ales - they should stick to what they do best. Give this a miss.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml, dark electric blue-tinted bottle. Does this protect against light taint?

This beer pours a clear medium golden straw hue, with one finger of fizzy, foamy off-white head, which wisps away just a little too quickly, leaving nothing in the way of even semi-permanent lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy, crackery pale malt, some stale lemon and blemished apple fruitiness, a slightly zingy yeastiness, and some further leafy citrus hops. The taste is gritty grainy malt, a touch of crusty breadiness, more subtle, old lemon fruitiness, and a soft herbal, leafy hop bitterness.

The bubbles are sedate, but not without a mild flinty edge, the body on the low side of medium weight, a slight clamminess tugging at an other otherwise pleasant smoothness. It finishes mostly dry, the crackery malt, herbal leafy hops, and waning fruitiness seeing to that.

An approachable enough pale ale, with enough varied flavour (I'm not going to use all caps like on the label) to warrant another pass or two, should one be deserted with this on Remote Pub Island. And the blue bottle appears to have had no ill effects - though I have no control subject. Oh well.

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Photo of Iaido
3.31/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +8%

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3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.85/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml Blue bottle. The rear label claims this is a bright blonde English beer brewed with East Anglian malted barley and wheat and hopped with English Hedgerow and other aromatic hops. The beer is dry and crisp with aromas of tropical fruit.

OK, time to open it. I've chilled it a bit, hope it doesn't mind!

Poured into a 'Hoegaarden' Grand Cru stemmed tulip glass.

Deep golden (almost lagerish), clear and bright, white head, losing ground very quickly. No head left by the time I'd typed this in! Maybe it doesn't like being too cold?

There is a hint of citrusy lemony smells but not much, certainly no malt flavours in the aroma or taste. None of the promised tropical aromas either.

The taste is citrus fruits, dry and refreshing, good job it's a sunny, warm day, as this is a summer style beer, not a winter warmer type drink. The front label tells me it 'evokes images of sea spray blown off a cresting wave', I'd better get my sou'wester before I get wet then.

Not overly impressed, I wish Adnams would stick to their original, regular brews. They didn't play the guest beer/seasonal beer game until a few years ago, now it would seem they brew stuff just for the sake of it sometimes.

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3.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml nice blue bottle. Shaker glass. Enjoyed @ Freiburg (Barcelona). Bright golden color & crystal clear appearance. White foam shows fairly good retention. Herbal & moderate malty aroma. Crispy upfront with herbal bitter flavor. Light body. Moderate carbonation. Watery texture. Spicy palate. dried astringent finish & herbs on the aftertaste. Well balanced malts & hops but quite flat beer.

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Photo of Foley67
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden in colour. Hoppy; mildly hoppy. Fruity; citrusy lemon and apple. Malty; pale malts, wheat; caramel. Sweet fruity malty and fairly dry throughout. Light bodied. A cross between ale and lager. Refreshing. Drinkable

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.54/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

A- Dark golden, perfectly transparent, some carbonation bubbles randomly showing up at times. A finger of perfectly white head, even with quite hard pouring, which immediately disappears, no lacing to speak of

S- Fresh herbal/grassy feel, with some light fruity/citric hints to bakc up. Delicate but nice and refreshing

T- Very light on the malts side (in terms of both flavour and body), with maybe a slight touch of caramel to be noticed. A delicate herbal/grassy feel pervades the whole taste, showcasing some sweet, background fruity notes (mostly lemon). slight hint of grassy bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall quite dry for an english beer. Very refreshing

M- Very light in body. Carbonation is gentle on both tongue and palate. Decently soft and smooth

O- Rarely i had a beer that was as easily drinkable as this one. It's pretty much all there though, just a nice refreshing option on a hot summer day

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +23.5%

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4/5  rDev +23.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +8%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of wordemupg
3.29/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 13/3/13

A clear bright yellow with lots of speedy bubbles feeding a thin film that leaves some random lace

S grassy and slightly skunky with some green apple and cracker, faint floral aspect

T much like the smell, no skunk and some faint toffee with a little lemon and honey

M thin and soft from the bubbles, finishes fairly clean with just a little grass left behind

O pretty basic beer but easy enough to drink, I could drink this on a hot day but I might get board pretty fast

My collection of blue beer bottles has grown by one today all the way up to 4, that's right I might have the worlds largest collection of different blue beer bottles

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3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

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3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of flyingpig
2.91/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light caramel brown colour with a bubbly white head that fades quickly to leave a tiny amount of bubbles around the side of the glass.

Light smelling with some faint hops and a little bit more of malts and touches of toffee/caramel as well.

Fairly bitter tasting beer to begin with, there is a bit of malt and earthy hops too. Like the smell, I felt the taste was lacking a little bit of depth and was pretty basic. At the end there was some more bitterness and a burnt caramel taste.

Light bodied although not what I would call thin. There is a fair bit of carbonation and bitter, almost burnt feeling finish.

The body on this one was too light and both the taste and smell were lacking, particularly considering the reputation of the brewery. I didn't feel this was the best of beers to be introduced to the Adnams range and I am sure there are a lot better beers from them out there for me to hunt down.

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