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


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RATINGS: 271   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
A refreshing beer of real flavour - distinctively hoppy and dry with malt aromas. Delicious served cool. Adnams brewery has stood in the heart of Southwold for over six hundred years and "Southwold Jack" appears on our beer labels. He continues to guard over our longest-serving beer brewed here in Southwold on the Suffolk coast -The Bitter. Bitter goes well with roast meats and fish cooked in batter as the clean bitterness cuts through the slightly fatty notes and hence keeps the palate refreshed. Our Bitter also makes a good aperitif. Available (pasteurised) in 500ml bottles and 500ml cans.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (9592) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 26, 2013
Bottle, enjoyed while pulling the rest of my beets and carrots out of the garden before our projected cold snap of -15C in the next 24 hours. It’s weird to think that the cold is coming, as it is 18 degrees C and sunny right now. Medium orange amber with a modest white head that laces thickly. Aroma is husky grains and caramel. Grainy caramel flavour, with a kiss of bitter hops to finish. Touch of metal. Not a bad working-in-the-fall-sunshine brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fredis23 (564) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Murky Light Brown, Medium Head, Medium Lacing. Malty Aroma, Sweet, Malt, Light Bitter. Slightly Watery. Easy Drinker, Mellow. Nothing Too Bad Nothing Too Exciting. Decent. I guess, Worth A Try...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (2139) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2015 First rating - 10/11/2013: Bottle from Asda, High Wycombe. RB score 6/3/7/3/13 (3.2) Copper with a low white head. Lots of malt, a little caramel, some autumn berries and a light earthy bitterness to finish. Yes it’s a standard bitter from a big regional, but as usual Adnams manage to do it a little better than the other big regionals and- somehow- manage to hide the pasteurization. Decent. Second rating - 8/3/15: Bottle that Dave shared with me - cheers! RB score 7/3/7/3/14. Really lovely rich malty flavour. Nice nuttiness too, with just a hint of berries behind. Good rich mouthfeel is spoiled just a little by fizz. However, as supermarket bitters go this is really rather good. Score shown is the average of all ratings.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Caramel and whiskey cask aromas. Light tan color. Mainly mellow sweet malt, mild bitterness. Light soft body, still crisp though. Solid example of the bottled bitters that get this this away.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gorm (1899) - Sandnes, NORWAY - SEP 19, 2013
Dyp gyllen farve med lys beige skum. Lukt av malt og karamell. Smak av malt, karamell og noe frukt. Supermarked.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Camons (10428) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle, DØE Øllets dag @ Bdr. Schmidt, Viby Centeret. Pours amber with a offwhite head. Aroma of malt, caramel, grass, little spice. Flavor is malt, caramel, spice, grassy hops. Medium body, soft carbonation, light bitter finish. 070913

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Bottle. Thanks for sharing, Bil. Light estery and rum-like brown malt aroma. Creamy, dry, fresh. A solid bitter, I thought could have used a little more bitterness, but had a nice yeast profile, a good mineral show, and some yummy fig-like toasted malts. A little bit neutered by the bottle presentation, but workable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjakopa (266) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - AUG 29, 2013
Pours a darker orange/reddish colour with slight head that dissipates quite fast. Aroma is hoppy with hints of caramel, malt and fruityness. Carbonation is medium and a bitter body, but aftertaste is quite hoppy and leaves a malty finish. Generally a good allround bitter for summer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmgreenuk (7834) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle from Tesco’s. Poured a clear medium amber with a broken white head and a little initial carbonation. The aroma is weak malt leading to a medium bitter flavour with some malt and bitter hops on the smooth, slightly watery palate. The bitterness lingers for a while in the finish. A decent English session bitter and quite refreshing when cool.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
yackery (165) - California, USA - AUG 9, 2013
500ml bottle. Appears as hazy pekoe tea with little head and frosty, sticky lacing that runs in ten seconds. Aroma is herbal hoppy and malty. Simple and pleasant without cardboard or funk but woody. Taste is mildly bitter. Palate is slightly flat soda water, light and thin with a slightly oily bitter finish. Overall, it’s not bad but not worth seeking.

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