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


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Bottle. Filtered and pasteurised. Previously 5.5%. "Adnams Explorer is a light and refreshing blonde beer, with some citrus notes and grapefruit aromas. Fantastic served chilled. Adnams Explorer captures the spirit of discovery by blending Chinook and Columbus hops from the New World. The best in traditional brewing with a contemporary edge."

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mabel (6865) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2008
[1529-20080712] 500mL bottle. Sweet caramelized pine needles aroma has a leafy malt tinge. Clear, medium orange body with a small quick foamy white head. Sweet grainy caramelized malt flavour. Light-medium body. OK, if a little boring.
(@ Volo; Toronto, ON; w/ jerc)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blankboy (6286) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2008
Bottle (500ml) shared with HogTownHarry at Volo. Pours a clear golden-orange with an average size diminishing frothy white head. Aroma’s sweet,a touch sugary, along with light floral hops, some fruit and a hint of vegetal notes. Flavour, also sweet, of caramel malt, grain, a bit of honey and a light bitter finish. Average bodied. Nothing great but it’s alright.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogTownHarry (6131) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2008
Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy at Volo. Clear amber pour with a large fluffy sticky white head. Floral clover aroma, slightly dusty and spicy - the taste seems quite honey-like, very sweet, with floral bitterness in the finish not quite catching up to the caramel. Average body, slightly rosehip astringency, with a quick sweet finish. Refreshing, if too sweet, and fairly unmemorable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2008
Bottle@Home. Hints of citrus and hop in the aroma. Golden color, white irregular head, fair lace. Malty, light herbal/floral, light bitter, some citrus. Medium body. Refreshing and clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (2914) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2008
Bottle sample at Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2008. Clear deep golden with a good sized white head. Aroma is very nice, with notes of citrus and tropical fruit. Soft mouthfeel. Flavour is fresh and zesty, with citric hops sitting on a solid malt backbone. Nice and summery, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2008
Clear golden with medium white head. Sweet yeasty aroma with citric notes. Sweet yeasty flavor with wheat and citric notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (8091) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2008
2008-07-12. Golden yellow body with a small white head. Very mild aroma, light fruit, muted a bit, pleasant. (6+) Similarly mild flavour, light bitterness throughout has a quick sharp note near the finish. (6+) Average palate. Quaffable but average. Bottle at Volo, Toronto

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2008
Light malt aroma, some fruity hops also, amber, small white head. Taste is a decent malt, bready, buttery too. Crisp, clean, a snappy little drinker. Good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2008
(Bottled) Amber and slightly cloudy on initial pouring, with a short head. Grassy sulphuric scent. Very carbonated. Lime-citrus and biscuit malts, with a slightly sulphuric edge. Reasonable bitterness, and moderately dry. I certainly prefer the cask version to the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresthepath (1622) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2008
[500ml bottle from brewery shop] Shared with Dave. Slightly darker than I expected from the "blond beer" description. No head at all; medium carbonation, exactly right for the style. Strong citrus (grapefruit and lemon) balanced with a refreshing bitterness. Still the Adnams malty flavour here though - tastes like a Broadside mixed with Hooegarden! A top notch beer when you’re thirsty, this also goes very well with spicy food. This is one of my favourite English ales, and I often go back to it.

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