Adnams Sole Star | 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): 2.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by StJamesGate on 12-23-2012

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by StJamesGate:
Photo of StJamesGate
3.8/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pale amber with steady taupe froth.
Caramel biscuit and oily floral hop nose.
Marmalade on table water cracker, a slight tannic edge, then a nip of orange rind and pine hops.
Lemon zest finish and mildy bitter iced tea linger.
Light, crisp, watery.

Labelled as a "pale amber ale". Designed to fall into the <2.8% reduced duty bracket for beer taxes in Britain, but made with Chinook and Cascade hops.

Can't help but be a touch thin with such low gravity. Crystal and Munich used to good effect, not sure the Black - I'm assuming it's that bit of acidity - is needed. Not near an APA, but more of a hop dose than some English blondes. If that's true at this strength, how far off target could it be?

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.24/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2014. Picked up a little while back from a supermarket. Named after the sun (the east coast star), and described as a pale amber ale.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep coppery-amber hue with plentiful carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of caramel malt with hints of floral hops, grass/hay, fruity ale yeast and subtle stewed leaves.

Tastes of caramel malt with a hoppy character and a bitter finish. Notes of caramel, mild grain, floral hops, grass/hay, faint citrus, fruity ale yeast and stewed leaves. Well-attenuated, followed by a crisp, hoppy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with prickly carbonation and a fairly insubstantial body. Lightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter stewed hops, faint floral notes and a hint of caramel.

Pretty good given it's strength. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are a decent blend of caramel malt and light, floral hop notes. Solid bitter finish. The body is a shade too thin, but this isn't surprising given the ABV. A nice little brew that seems made for a warm day. Worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of Dracook
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml Bottle bought for me by my son-in-law (knowing I'd never buy such a beer): BBD 31 Mar 2014, poured into an 'Old Speckled Hen' badged vase shaped pint glass on 19 Aug 2013.

Just had a heavy Chinese take-away and need something light: this was in the beer cooler.

Looks fine: a good solid copper/amber body with a thin white head, the beer appeared bright and clean.

Pleasant biscuity malt aroma with a mild floral feel.

The taste is also on the malt biscuit side of things and it is only mid-mouthful that the alcohol content lets the brew down and you realise how watery the actual beer is.

It is fine for my needs at the moment: after that Chinky: however I'd be less impressed if I'd been served it in a pub or at a mates house.

Scored objectively.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.69/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a Dark brown in body.
Not much of an aroma which is bisvuity
. Excellent body. Rose Turkish Delight flavours. Short lived base bitter finish

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Photo of endless1408
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Sam-VW
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Mr_Pink_152
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of flyingpig
2.51/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml Bottle from Morrisons (£1.50):
Orange amber with a creamy looking, thumb sized white head, some lacing & good retention.

Light floral and hop filled aroma with some light, caramel malts and some lemony, citrus notes on top of these. There is a slight metallic aroma around the middle and it is rounded off with a little fruit and spice.

Earthy malts, a little spice and some earthy hops as well. There is a little citrus and some fruity bitterness. Pretty bland and watery at parts with some bitterness.

Light medium bodied and quite clean and crisp with a sharp, citrus tang and moderate bitterness. Overall the beer is a little watery though and carbonation is low to medium.

Very average, relatively low strength beer that was a little bland and unexciting with every flavour to subdued with them all just blending together in one pretty poor beer.

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Photo of charlatan
3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Copper coloured beer with a fair head and a very pleasant floral hop aroma with a hint of biscuity malt. This has a watery feel which perhaps makes it seem over carbonated, but despite that I register pleasant hop flavours here, beginning floral, became metallic, and ending with a nice herbal hose water finish. This may be the best of the recent batch of sub 2.8% abv beers incentivised by the government's tax regime that I've sampled.

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Adnams Sole Star from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
Beer rating: 3.22 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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