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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
Photo of BarryNL
2.06/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A shame that one of my favourite breweries was responsible for this. The beer is overly fizzy, even for a bottled beer. There is little taste or aroma and the mouthfeel is thin. The last of this bottle actually ended up down the sink.

It quickly became apparent from the taste and the style of the bottle what sort of market Adnams are aiming this beer at. This is obviously an attempt to grab a slice of the teeny alcopop market. The beer is tasteless and inoffensive enough not to disturb the teen palate. Served cold enough it would be virtually indistinguishable from mass American lager, and the attractive cobalt blue bottle screams 'trendy'.

I certainly understand why Adnams would want to tap this market - who knows, maybe it will even encourage the kiddies to try better real beers. For myself, I'll try and forget that this had anything to do with Adnams and continue to enjoy the excellent beers they normally brew.

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Photo of Mr_Pink_152
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

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 Hanglow
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

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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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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Photo of Pelicanrocks
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of WGO
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of KStark
3/5  rDev -7.4%

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

Photo of Sharpee1937
3.09/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pleasant but not something to rave about. Many flavours present.

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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 hopley
3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of wl0307
3.22/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, BB 09/2014, served lightly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a clear, pale golden hue with constant and mild carbonation as well as a nicely formed off-white frothy head.
S: on the nose, the assertive citrus/orange/floral hop notes are balanced by Adnams’ lightly salty, mineral and spicy yeasty touch, while the pale coloured malts and perhaps wheat malts provide a lightly sweet background in order for the aromatic hops and esters to shine.
T: very light in flavour, with a lightly starchy feel to the maltiness and lightly… lemony(?) on the hop side, the foretaste pretty much stays where it is instead of evolving… Given a second sip, the effervescent swallow still leads to just a clean and even crisp finish where residual aroma of citric and floral hops makes a belated and muted appearance, altogether very light in bitterness. All in all, this tastes a bit like a watered-down version of the already very mild “Explorer” blonde ale from the same brewery…
M&O: nicely carbonated, considering it is not a bottle-conditioned beer, but the body comes simply too light (not watery or thin, though) and the flavour mediocre. I don’t know what this beer comes in a non-conventional 330ml slim bottle; I hope this packaging is not to encourage binge-drinking straight from them over-chilled bottles…?!

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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of OF001
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

330 mL btl in a chalice at 5C. Blue glass, why? make it clear or brown. It looks cheap.

bright golden urine colour with a very thin head that fades quickly into a thin ring with very little active carbonation and no lacing. Looks like an under carbonated bud.

Smells of dry grainy pale malts, hints of sweetness and mild integrated creamy fruits.

pale malt with a hit of graininess, but juicy with a crisp mildly bitter citrus finish. Leafy hops and a lasting yeasty undercurrent that doesn't quite make it to the back of the palate.

Carbonation is gentle but leaves a high mineral content film on the palate; slightly metallic with calcium and some hard stone (like whisky stones). Its simple but adds a subtle complexion to make what would otherwise be a crap English blond to a drinkable one.

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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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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

Photo of Thomas_Percy
3.42/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

5.0% abv blue glass bottle, chilled to 5 degrees. Left to warm whilst drinking.

A - Light yellow & hazy. Thin but persistent head - apparently the result of the the inclusion of wheat in the recipe. Could be forgiven for thinking this was a lager. Very average.

S - Very little character. More reminiscent of a warm, flat bitter than the hoppy blonde it professes to be.

T - Very little floral hop taste. I expected more of the New Zealand hops, for a premium strength bottled blonde, it is certainly lacking. Rather, it displays more of a savoury, verging bitter character. Very smooth blending of tastes - perhaps thanks to the wheat.

M - Small bubbles, smooth, matches well to the generally balanced flavour profile. By far the best character of the beer.

O - Disappointing. Very much worse than any of Adnams other similar offerings - Ghost Ship, for example, exceeds Spindrift in almost every area. I understand why this beer exists - to bridge the gap between lager and craft beer. In that, it succeeds and Overall, above par, but not great. Would not buy bottled again.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
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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3.5/5  rDev +8%

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3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of TGS
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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