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


on tap

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RATINGS: 158   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tommann (2600) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours dark gold with a thin, frothy head. Aroma is grapefruit and lager notes. Taste has lager notes and some tropical fruit to start. Grapefruit and citrus on the finish. Needs more hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1126) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Appearance: Dark golden color with a mostly clear body. Forms a two-finger, off-white, frothy head. Moderate retention, but next to no lacing.

Smell: Despite the bottleís description I get no citrus in the nose here. Rather, itís more of a generic blonde ale with notable grain smell not unlike a lager.

Taste: I hate having my hopes dashed and Adnams Explorer, while not a bad beer at all, certainly let me down. The brewery seems to market this as an American-style hoppy beer but the palate has next to none of the features. Much like the aroma, the taste is in the style of a generic, unoriginal blonde ale. Thereís slight dryness throughout the first half and mild bitterness. The second half is surprisingly grainy for an ale and tastes like a very mild macro lager. If I really concentrate I can get some slight peppery flavors like a saison, but they are well-masked and short-lived.

As the beer warms the grainy flavors grow stronger and the authentic flavors fade away. What was a mild sour tang begins to dominate the palate. Not that the palate is repulsive. There is a slight malty sweetness throughout the palate and the beer finishes clean, so there is no lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability: While it may have similar characteristics of a lager in the palate, Adnams Explorer is much closer to a traditional ale in terms of drinkability. Itís not crisp and bubbly, but a little thicker and flatter. Itís somewhat refreshing while itís in the mouth despite its slightly dry flavor. The 5% ABV seems a little high for such a lighter-bodied beer.

Overall, a disappointing brew thatís not really bad - just far from good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dedollewaitor (13677) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2011
Copenhagen Beer Festival, 2011. Pours clear golden with a small off white head. Grain and hay. Medium bodied. Dry and bitter hoppy end. Standard . .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (14290) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2011
26th August 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Amber coloured beer. Crisp palate. Malty with a nice banana note. Not too bitter. Long finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sm89walt (1741) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2011
500ml bottle. A fluffy & slowly disappearing white head, medium in size, atop a clear yellow body. Slightly grainy, lemon & summer berry aromas. Again the berry on the tongue with a floral note & a zesty, though moderate bitterness. Fairly light & crisp body with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ComradeK (978) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2010
500ml bottle. Pours a pleasant mid-amber, with a very minimal head and next to no lacing. There is a very strong caramel aroma on the nose, with very little detectable hop presence. This all changes as one begins to drink. There are some very strong floral hops to begin, with a little sweet malt. Those hops mix nicely with some prickly carbonation on the palate, moving into a sweet malt finish. A fairly decent bitter, although it tastes more like a standard bitter than an ESB to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Plovmand (6301) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2010
Clear amber with a creamy off white head. The aroma is light metallic, fruity and quite hoppy. The flavour is hops, fruit, citrus, caramel and light metal. Long bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (6483) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 4, 2010
500 ml bottle. 5.0%. From KÝbenhavn, Denmark.
Clear golden colour with small white head. Sweetish exotic fruity hoppy aroma. Flavour is also slightly sweet fruity hoppy. Tea-like fruitiness and quite mild bitterness. Easy-to-drink and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkel07 (3017) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2010
500ml bottle. Bright golden amber colour with a modest even layer of white foam. Grapefruit aromas abound with an earthiness hidden behind. Fresh, crisp and light on the palate with a slightly citrus flavour before a strong bitterness kicks in.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
floydian1 (898) - FNQ, Australia, - FEB 12, 2010
500ml bottle (expiry 23Jul2010) served chilled. A bubbly golden-orange beer with a medium just off-white head of good duration and lacing. Aroma of honey malts and fruity hops (oranges, grapefruits). Tongue is slightly sweet with a nice bitter citrus hop finish that lingers. Light-medium bodied with a slick texture and average carbonation and easy drinkability. A decent refreshing Summer bitter.

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