Brewed by Adnams
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Southwold, England


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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Adnams Explorer captures the spirit of discovery by blending Chinook and Columbus hops with the New World. The citrus attack will burst on your palate. Fantastic served chilled and the fruity hoppiness of the beer means that it goes well with cleanly flavoured foods. Try it with salmon, vegetarian options and with summer salads. (Contains barley). Silver medal winner at the 2015 Great British Beer Festival. Now limited release in keg to J D Wetherspoon outlets.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (6132) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2013
Cask (Edgar Wallace, Strand, London) - Golden in colour. Grapefruit, pineapple and biscuity malt in the aroma. Crisp, hoppy and moderately bitter taste with notes of pine, grapefruit and passion fruit standing out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (6191) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - NOV 4, 2012
Cask at the Castle Inn, Cambridge. Clear amber pour with a broken white head. The aroma is fruity and spicy. The flavour is very bitter, spicy and with citrus grapefruit notes. This is a truly exceptional ale from Adnams who should be congratulated for brewing out of the box. It's uber refreshing and my kind of session ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 6, 2012
The head is ok. The taste is citrus, soft, aromatic, a bit bitter. Overall medium. 11/9/9/10/-/9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dogbomb (1116) - ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2012
Cask. Slightly hazy gold, white top. Very hoppy lemon and lime nose. Hope explosion in the mouth, lemon, lime and grapefruit. A slight pepperyness and a vast bitterness. Cracking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2012
On cask at the Haymarket. Pours a dark golden colour with a fair white head that dies away quite quickly. Aroma of grapefruit, orange, lemon, yeast and grassy hops. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Mild bitterness and a nice dry finish. Lingering yeast and orange again. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mr_h (4020) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2012
Cask by handpump at Drum & Monkey, Glasgow - golden ale with a thick off-white head and slight haze, citrus hop aroma, lemon and grapefruit flavour with a prolonged bitter citrus aftertaste, thin body

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorgeLee (1511) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2012
Cask in the Windsor Castle, W8. A middle amber/copper coloured bitter, this is a light bodied ale with some summer session potential. Definitely a different hopping than the rest of the Adnams stable, with more of a citric feel, but it was a little more peach or mandarin than the promised grapefruit, and it felt a little artificially sweet to me, missing the real juicy potential of these hops. Decent enough for a change.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
trapped (1654) - New York, TURKEY - JUN 11, 2012
Tasted cask at Bucks Head, Camden, London on 18 May 2012. Rich yellow color with smallish white foamy head, low carbonation, hoppy taste, medium finish. Nice ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (5189) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2012
August Bank Holiday 2006, Sole Bay Inn, across the green from the brewery. Served in the new Adnams, tall pint glass (don’t like them). Paler than the normal bitter, but a lot darker than Regatta, a kind of light brown, with a rusty blonde thrown in. It looks good. Aroma of malt and fruits, but the table next to me have fish and chips delivered (good but expensive), so unable to assertain which fruits were coming to the fore! Good bitter taste and after taste, better than some 4.3% I could mention. Not heavy to the mouth, but there is body to it, I drank it in large gulps, I would have had another, but I was on a mission, so couldn’t. Reading a few of the other reviews, it would appear some were disappointed, that is a shame, because drinking it in Southwold is a joy. I just hope the unimpressed get another chance to try it, and it is more true to its normal self.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martin243 (947) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2012
Pint at the Bucks Head in Camden, London. Golden yellow with a dense white head. Grapefruit and cinder toffee in the aroma, and the grapefruit is the predominant flavour. Soft carbonation, and creamy mouth feel. A great refresher after trolling round Camden Market. I considered adding the pub to places, but it only had three fairly common real ales. However judging by this, they keep a good pint, and the sandwiches were nice too. Pity about the barmaid with the memory of a goldfish though.

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