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

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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available (pasteurised) in 500ml bottles and 500ml cans.
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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (3864) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Location: 500 ml bottle from Sparrow, 1/24/13

Aroma: The nose is crisp and fruity, with some malty notes, biscuit, and British hops
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark reddish color with a small off-white head and light, spotty lace
Flavor: The taste is a bit fruity and malty, medium sweet, with some light, crisp hops later on
Palate: The body is fairly light, not watery, with a crisp, clean feel, and some fairly lively carbonation
Overall Impression: This is a very solid one. It works in the style plenty well. Overall, it leans malty, but that’s the style, and they did a very solid job with the style here.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (2980) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2013
From a bottle poured a n color brown color with a fair amount of head. Light bitter malty flavor with a lingering finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ExpendableHero (748) - Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Copper colored beer with an off-white head. Aromas of raisins, and some caramel. Tastes of some caramel, raisins, hints of prunes, some brown sugar, and dark fruit. A bit earthy too. Taste is truly bitter, but it works. Bittersweet finish is quite dry. Smooth, enjoyable, and quite tasty. I would have this again.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3181) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 13, 2013
Dobry i gożki bitter. Bursztynowy kolor, mocna piana chć średniej wielkości, trochę pęcherzykowata. Aromat słaby choś świeże trawy wyczuwalne. Finisz jeszcze bardziej gożki niż pierwsze łyki degustacji. Klasyczny bitter

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
garthicus (2664) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 7, 2013
Appearance: Dark red, medium white head. Aroma: Slightly grassy, hoppy, quite malty, beautiful grainy aroma. Flavour: Caramel, lots of malt, grassy, tiny bit of dark fruit, a little bready with a long malty finish.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
frpilz (111) - Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Aroma of hay, poured out a clear mahogany beer with white head. Refrmeshing entry, smooth middle, and dry bitter finish. Good food pub beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmohno (1065) - Iowa, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Darkish orange/carmel color.Short head a bit of lacing.Pretty clear. Aroma has caramel with some buttery notes,light fruit/floral maybe peach. Also has a spice to it. Taste is fairly smooth with carmel/toast.Mild fruit/floral tones.Mild sweetness. Peppery type bittering.Mild plantyness. More in the buttery/carmel with some mineral taste overall. I would get this again,maybe not that soon though.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joe19612 (1840) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear copper brown colour with a white head, aroma is malt with some caramel, taste is sweet with hops and fruit hops with a dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rangerred (918) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2012
500ml bottle into an imperial pint glass. Pours a dark brown with a slight chill haze. Just a small half finger head than doesn’t last for long with a few streaks of lacing on the glass. Aroma has dark fruits typical of English bitters along with toffee/caramel and some burnt toast. Pretty average. The flavor continues the English fig, prune, toffee characteristics but I like that there is an additional bready/grain flavor. Everything is just a tad bit muted but no off-flavors are detectable. Bitterness is light with great grassy hop flavors. Mouthfeel is slick and silky but a little sticky which is slightly distracting. Overall, a good English bitter but not quite up to the Fullers level. Still, I love this style and would really like to sample this out of a cask.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (1624) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 18, 2012
For a beer that has come straight from the bottle, it looks as good as beer can: Lustrous amber with an enduring collar of white head that is leaving good lace down the glass. What impresses me about this beer, and indeed most of Adnam’s beers, is how it/they exemplify all that is good about the malt character of classic English bitters and the elegant balance with English hops. It is a harmonious blend of ripe citrus and orchard fruitiness and slightly herbal hoppiness. Rich, full and dripping with autumnal bounty. This is reflected in the flavour which is silky and oily in the mouth. Imagine this pint, some cheese and an afternoon in a pub with your favourite bar maid and, my friend, life doesn’t get much better.


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