Jonb5 (430) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Labeled as Marks and Spencer Southwold IPA.
Half litre bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.
A: Dark amber, clear, small of white head.
S: Initial Maris Otter malt and off fruit gave way to citrus hop.
T: Less hop content than expected. Moderate bitterness, slightly fruity.
M: Medium body, smooth, moderate carbonation.
O: More of an English strong ale than an IPA, didn’t seem very summery.
Leighton (13985) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Jack’s Sausage Festival - London. Labeled as Marks and Spencer Southwold Summer IPA. Decent beer all around. Pours clear gold with a large, frothy white head. Some bready pale malts mucking about, some tasty citrus, orange, light lemon merengue, moderate bitterness. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly resinous to finish, some further orange citrus notes, lightly toasted pale malts. Very drinkable for the ABV. Nice.
SarkyNorthener (3017) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from M&S. Dark amber beer with a residual head. Aroma is a touch bready and floral. Taste is oranges, floral, malts and some spices in there. Not too bitter or sweet, quite refreshing. Medium bodied and slightly carbonated, looked lively when poured though but this soon faded to the right levels. A very good beer.
wheresthepath (1787) - 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 (2121) - 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 (2141) - 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 (5986) - 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 (1802) - 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.