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


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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresthepath (1521) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 6, 2008
Bottle at Smokeless Joe 500 ml
Appearance: Golden shade of amber with medium well-developed rocky/creamy top. Fragmental lace.4-.
Nose : Aroma of honey , pale malts , dust , light zesty note behind.6-
Flavor/Palate : Softly textured , medium bodied brew. Light, straightforward brew with plain session qualities. Mentioned hops were largely missing. Adnams should think on further developing texture of this ale as it would benefit brew with such profile quiet much. (p2+) 11+/20

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Bottle at Smokeless Joe, Toronto. A forgettable UK Bitter. A touch of grassiness. Dry. OK.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
anders37 (16250) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a longlasting white head. Has a fruity malty and slightly hoppy aroma. Fruity malty hoppy flavor with some hints of citrus. Has a long fruity malty finish with some hints of apple in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
madquacker (1026) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - APR 24, 2008
A blonde?? Don’t think so. Mildly bland metal tastings over a placid dour core. Where is the grapefruit grove referred to on the bottle?? Compared to the Broadside is not good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
thewolf (11113) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 22, 2008
Bottle, bought @ Tesco, Earls Court, London.
Pours a dark, lightly pale golden. A creamy white head with good duration and light lacing. Aroma is a bit perfume-like, some yeast and subdued hops. Fine mouthfeel. Weak flavour, though. Lightly sweet with a heavy yeast note amongst a biscuity maltiness and a slight metal off-flavour.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2008
The label on the bottled proclaims something about a "citrus attack" but I found this beer yeasty and weirdly vegetal more than bitter or sweet. This isn’t one I’d recommend; lots of brewers are doing this sort of blond beer much better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gr0ve (2127) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 20, 2008
500 ml bottle, RBNAG07. Golden colour. Clear. Small off-white head. Herbal aroma. Floral hop flavours. Notes of citrus and juniper, likely from hops. Smooth texture. Light maltiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bozoNZ (719) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 29, 2008
Uni Staff Club Tasting 29/01/08 Light amber golden, good head. Nice sweet citrus nose. Mandarin pith flavours a touch on the sweet side. nice beer

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
evilsoc (191) - WALES - FEB 13, 2008
Looks lagered. Light amber, not much aroma to speak of really. a sweet chewy herby honey orange mouthful thats nice at first but nothing comes in afterwards to wash it away. a good ABV. It would not be good with less. In hindsight I may have had it too cold but i doubt i’d give it another chance. Many reviewers from down under seam to be getting stale tasting bottles. I didn’t have any problems like that.

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