Brewed by Adnams
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Southwold, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 251   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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Broadside was first brewed in 1972 to mark the three-hundred year anniversary of the Battle of Sole Bay. Brewed with Pale Ale malt and First Gold hops, Broadside is a dark ruby red beer, rich in fruitcake aromas, almonds and conserved fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
allmyvinyl (5158) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2014
Cask at the White Lady USE. Pours reddish brown, thin, off-white head. Aromas are fruitcake as promised, but also a sulphurous, yeasty note, figs and cooked dark fruits. Taste lets it down a bit though... Goes too sweet and one dimensional. Sweet finish. Ok.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tompete (229) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2014
At the wharf. Reddish light brown with a very thin almost clear coloured head. Aroma of caramel and real malts. Flavour is thin roast and more caramel with a well done moderate bitterness. Body is medium and quite interesting. Finish is grainy and balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3928) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3 or 4 pints at Deep Ellum, December 2013
Nice to still see some English beers on cask occasionally around Boston that arent called "Old Speckled Hen".
A picture is worth a thousand words and how can I outdescribe the pint pictured here? Head is off-white, well-retained, leaving light lacing and clarity is very high. Seems to be in tip-top shape.
Light caramel, raisins and plums in the nose tends towards the maltier side with the caramel somewhat outdoing the fruitiness, though it does dry out sufficiently on the finish. Maybe a touch of dusty hops, quite EKG or Saaz-like but used very sparsely. Maybe a touch of cardboard-like dullness in the nose. Aroma strength is medium, quite good for the style.
Filling in the mouth, it at first seems too malty, too full-bodied and just all-around too dull and heavy for the style/intended purpose. Some fruitiness enters, hop bitterness, albeit light, does actually attempt to balance and the carbonation engages enough to stave off a lot of the body. And the beer isn’t terribly sweet, just sort of thick, for lack of a better term. And of course, that’s all relative to the style, this isn’t actually a thick beer. By the end of the first pint, it had already begun to go down more easily. The second and third were no problem at all (though that may be due to other problems, ahem, reasons....).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjsint (1130) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2014
Cask @ Wetherspoons, Milton Keynes. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long for Broadside! Ruddy brown with a thick white head. Aroma is complex: figs and malt, but also sulphur and sheet metal. Taste is sweet and warming, accentuating the malt and fruit. Verdict: lovely, but temperamental. Must be spot on if in cask, otherwise it’s an acrid mess. Search it out in worthwhile establishments.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mortlach (1066) - Rome, ITALY - JAN 26, 2014
26/01/2014 La Tana (tap). Ambrata.miele di castagno, limpidissima, schiuma bianca media, molto persistente. Al naso sentori di biscotto, leggero zucchero di canna, toffee, frutta rossa, luppolo, molto buona e pulita. In bocca attacco dolciastro, biscottoso, nel finale è ottimamente bilanciata con l’amaro. Corpo medio-leggero, piacevolmente watery, carbonazione media. Ottima beva, bell’equilibrio nelle componenti dolce-amaro.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerbaron42 (49) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
Aroma is disappointing, but the taste is full with a lovely complex hit, with a full biscuit and malt finish, good gentle bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hohops (433) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2014
Appearance is a copper/deep amber colour with a thick white head which lasts throughout. Aromas of malts, hint of toffee and caramel. Taste is full and creamy with bitterness, toffee and spices, a nice bready quality with hints of raisin in the finish. A nice bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (1207) - CROATIA - JAN 16, 2014
Cask in London, UK. Pours dark amber color, malty aroma, fruity taste. Nice classic ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11463) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Draft. Poured clear reddish brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted malt and bitter aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Soft drinkable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (6401) - Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Draft at Dutch’s. Pours a clear copper color with a large creamy off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, light toasted bread, earthy hops, some floral notes, fruit cake, light nuts. OK, but I would look for other things.

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