Brewed by Adnams
Style: Mild Ale
Southwold, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 186   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Aromatic barley malts and an exquisite belnd of hops combine to create a wonderful balance of sweet biscuit and subtle fruit flavours, with a hint of chocolate bitterness. (Contains barley).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (9191) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2011
Bottle at 9:ans Ölhall (yes, it’s a new place) Göteborg, on April 29, 2011
Clear brown color, tan head. Sweet, fruity, malty scent. Malty, caramel, vienna taste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ComradeK (1076) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours a clear, dark ruby, with a tiny white head, yet passable retenttion and lacing. The aroma has a hint of cocoa, bread and some grassy hops. Citrus and pine hops are very strong to start, with some bitter dark chocolate coming in towards the middle and a cocoa and pine finish. It is slightly too slanted towards hops, without enough malt to support them. A reasonable beer, but not as good as some of their other efforts.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
omhper (21892) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2011
Bottled, thanks TEJA! Clear nut brown, brief head. Aroma of milk chocolate and prunes. Light bodied and mid sweet, cardboardy malt succumbs to tin. Metalic finish with low bitterness. Pointless ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkel07 (4534) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours a dfark ruby copper colour with an even layeer of beige foam. Malt aroma with some caramel struggling to get through. Full flavour and creamy texture in the mouth and sits well and is okay considering the relatively low alcohol content.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
finol (2648) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2011
Bottle. Pours redbrown with a beige head. Malty and a bit choclatey, good drinkabililty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hirigalzkar (2635) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2011
Bottle. Pours amber, creamy white head. Balanced aroma... a little hops, a little malt... Sweet malty taste, small smokeiness, medium hop bitterness in the end. Overall a well balanced and quite enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClubGonzo (4903) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2011
Bottle from Vaaland Spesialbutikken, Bryne. Pours a dark bronze body with a big, beige head. Aroma is very mild, with some dry hop notes and caramel only. Taste is dry caramel tones with a fine, slightly bitter hop balance in the finish. A nice, classic English mild.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lusikka (7622) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 5, 2011
500 ml bottle.
Pours a dark amber colour with a foamy head. Aroma of toasted malts and grass. Flavour of toasted malts, some grass, pepper and nuts. Medium bodied with a thin mouthfeel and a dryish finish. Average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1504) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2011 There are a few styles of beer that truly British at their core - the mild and the bitter being two of the most renown examples of the style (especially when served on cask). Adnams Gunhill is an ale that seems to be applicable to either style so I won’t try to pigeonhole it. Regardless, it’s one of the few bottled beers that can come close to replicating true pub ale.

I poured a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: A pretty ruby red color as indicated by the deScription on the bottle. It forms a white, frothy head which leaves plenty of lacing and retains well. Only a little carbonation is present.

Smell: Not much. Perhaps some typical British-style biscuity malt scents. A touch of fruit basket notes, too, but otherwise very mild in the nose.

Taste: Gunhill has a slightly sweet, biscuity/bready malt taste from start to finish. There’s a touch of red apple fruity sweetness common to British beers due to their yeast strain, plus a tang I often find in beers of this style. It’s a tad dry, but only a tad. It actually reminds me of Fuller’s ESB or Wells Bombardier, but with a simpler, milder palate (but a satisfying one).

Mouthfeel: Medium body bordering on light. Feels wet, watery, cold, and tepid in the mouth. A tongue-friendly beer, though!

Drinkability: Extremely smooth and highly quaffable. I paired this with lunch and it all went together extremely well as the beer is refreshing enough for pub fare, or simple as a session ale during the football match.

Overall, I’ve had better British beers, but I think this is an English pub in a bottle - genuine flavor without any obnoxiousness.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexcandy (63) - Whitstable, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2011
Aroma-Ozone Appearance-dark brown/red very light head Taste-Sharp/bitter hoppy short lived Overall- There are better Adnams beers.

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