wheresthepath (1532) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[500ml bottle from Beers of Europe] Pours an orangey-amber with a moderate lasting beige head and a medium fizz. Good rich mouthfeel. Orange and the lovely sweet bready Adnams malt up front. Gingery spice comes through, followed by pine and lime and a little hint of tropical fruit. A mild grapefruit finish finishes it off. A typically tasty yet balanced and satisfying effort from Adnams, which shows that malt can pay a great role in a hop-lead beer. Well done!
jamestulloch (1320) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Caramel, toffee apple and pine domintes, but there’s a hint of citrus (green apples?)
Appearance: Hazy, amber body with a huge, lasting beige head. Very light carbonation. Lots of sticky lacing.
Taste: Tastes a little fruitier than the aroma suggests - some lychee and apricot. Subtle nutty flavour. Sweet caramel with a reasonably bitter, bitter finish. The 6.8% ABV is pretty well hidden.
Palate: Medium body with a silky smooth, oily texture. Gentle carbonation.
Overall: Beautifully balanced and conditioned. Would have liked it a bit hoppier, but I was pleasantly surprised by this. Quite malty for an American IPA.
carldurose (15) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2012
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Adnam’s go at a US IPA. Hoppy, fruity, bitter with a balanced malt finish. Not dissimilar to some of the more mass produced American IPA’s. Think Crystal malts with I guesstimate around 40 IBU bitterness from New World hops. £1.99 for 500ml bottle from M&S Harborne. Possibly the best beer from Adnama thus far and I toasted my daughter’s birth with Broadside a few years back at The Lichfield Vaults in Hereford. This rate / review is dedicated to Danny Boy Brown of Mediocre Adventures fame.
joe19612 (1837) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Marks and Spencers Southwold Summer IPA. Pours a dark orangey colour with a big white head, lots of fruit in the aroma, taste is very hoppy and a touch bitter with a dry finish.
Cuso (4387) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle as Marks & Spencer Southwold Summer IPA. Dark amber color with medium beige head. Aroma of grapefruit, floral hops. Taste, bitter hops with fruity and floral notes. Drinkable beer.
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - AUG 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home, Marks & Spencer Summer IPA. Hazy reddish amber, frothy white head. Nice soft fruity nose, bright mango hops, resinous grapefruit, touch of pine. Nice malt sweetness in the body, good strong hoppy finish. Very flavourful, punchy bitter finish. Lovely cross between old- and new-style
suurjuust (1031) - ESTONIA - AUG 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber, medium off-white head. Nose has malty caramel and a fair amount of piney-fruity-citrusy hops. Taste begins with some malt, light caramel sweetness, then develops into a pleasantly balanced hoppy bitterness with oranges, grapefruit, resin. Fairly simple, but very nice.
thirstyrabbit (1095) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle as M&S Southwold Summer IPA. Opaque orange body, medium head. Hoppy aroma with pine and caramel. Balanced taste with floral American hops and medium bitterness. Sweet fruity finish with medium bitterness. This is a nice and drinkable IPA that does what a beer is supposed to do instead of trying to ace some bitterness contest.
markas101 (1834) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
50 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK via M&S (M&S Southwold Summer IPA). Dark slightly hazy sap colour. Resinous aroma, earthy with a honey and some smokiness. Thick, bready with sweet malt on the finish. A bit thick for me, perhaps more autmnal than summer.
dogbomb (939) - ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (M&S Southwold Summer IPA). Rich amber tone and a yellowish-hue of a heady head. Nose is packed with aroma, tropical fruits, pineapple, grapefruit. Some floral notes. In the mouth and there’s a bit more of those floral power pushing through, some caramelic malts too. Well balanced with those strong IPA hops. Very full flavour, but surprisingly quaffable. Finishes with that nice IPA tingle, but with a lot of sweet warming malt in the mouth too.