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Brewed by Adnams
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Southwold, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 319   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Bottled; Occasional. Originally brewed as a one off to celebrate the opening of our new brewhouse and our new distribution centre, we have decided to repeat the beer again in 2009. It came first in its class at the 2008 World beer awards and has also won a Gold medal at the 2008 BBI (British Bottlers Institute) awards. The beer was created under the direction of our Chairman, Jonathan Adnams, whose instruction was to ‘Brew something to wow me’. The beer, our version of an American IPA, is brewed with a blend of Wheat and Pale ale malts to give a spicy, biscuity undertone to the beer, but it is in the hops where the beer really shines. A blend of hops from England, Slovenia and America (namely Boadicea, Columbus and Stryian Goldings) combine to give a wonderful grapefruit and tropical fruit aroma and bitterness that is balanced by the sweetness of the barley.


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grima (2101) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - JUL 25, 2013
Bottle from a trade with Cunningham. Many thanx for that gem!
BBE date 20.Jan.2013! Pours pale orange with very flat head. Smell is hoppy-fruity, slight floral. Starts floral hoppy, very bitterish, with lots of floral hops and slight fruity nuances. Middle part is also very floral, with some citrus fruits in the background. Some caramel malts are noticeable. Goes into a caramelly and floral hoppy finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Otterdance (164) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2013
Bottle (330ml) Amber with a thin white head. Floral and hoppy. Slightly sweet, but a long bitter finish. Felt more like a nice heavy lager than an IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elbernays (544) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 21, 2013
Pours cloudy orange with foam head. Malty caramel with bitterness aftertaste. Hints of citrus and a bang with the carbonation as it goes down. Nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cantabrian (848) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 7, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2013 For the un-initiated like me, some beers just pour flawlessly, with a universally-perfect amount of head. Other beers demand constraint, while the third group requires carelessness. Of course the first learning step would be to pour according to the type of beer, but I just do not seem to learn and I always pour consistently identical. No wonders some will have excessive head while others will have no head at all. But Adnams Innovation belongs to the first group mentioned on top: Just impeccable. Not only does it look spectacular, but this is a perfectly balanced beer in terms of aroma, flavour and palate. I lovely fruity hopiness spiced around the sweet malty body. This is the type of IPA that I would have loved to taste when introduced to the style. A true English IPA that proudly and elegantly carries a load of hoppy bitterness, much beyond many others that carry only the name on the label.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (2247) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 2, 2013
On tap at Hanging Bat, Edinburgh. A great English IPA. Pronounced hoppy flavour and aroma. Quality beverage.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
simonblaine (300) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 15, 2013
I loved this beer. Floral, hoppy, citrousy, tasty. Pours lovely, tastes lovely, smells lovely

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanLaursen (3159) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2013
Tap at Cockney Pub, Ĺrhus. Clear golden, small white head. Almost tropical fruity hoppy with floral and biccuity accents. Well balanced. Nice hop composition. Medium bitter finish. Crisp. Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (3610) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 14, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2013 (16/10/13) OK, re-rate from the bottle giving it a fairer crack of the whip. Some tropical fruit flavours, lots of toffee malt and a mineral edge. OK. (14/06/13): Keg at Cloisters: Hmmm. I think Adnams need a dictionary. Thank you for introducing me to the world of flat keg beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MF666 (266) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUN 13, 2013
Orange gylden, lidt hvid skum, dufter frisk af blomster, lidt vandet, let humlet på den gode frugtagtige måde, god moderat bitterhed i eftersmagen, der bider blidt bag i munden Free Føroyar!!!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Niall73 (1834) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2013
Draught at Pratts and Payne. Very sweet caramel and fruit. Full bodied. Sweetness takes over everything, almost sickly. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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