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

bottled
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RATINGS: 213   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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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.


fidelis83's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fidelis83 (1901) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Clear medium amber pour with a 1 finger, soapy off white head that has decent retention and leaves some lacing. Aroma has lots of fruity ester, mostly tree fruit, and a little banana, planty, floral and citrus hops, caramel, bread crust, toast and light cereal. Flavor is again pretty fruity, nice toasty notes, biscuit, planty and floral hops, white raisin and some citrus toffee, and light mineral notes to teh finish. Light body, light, but somewhat sharp, blanketing carbonation, creamy to oily entry, slowly drying out to and off dry finish that has an odd, but pleasant lingering carbonation. Pretty good bitter, sweeter and stronger in flavor than one would expect from 4.1%ABV, even in an English Bitter. Would be a great fried food pairing, sessioner at a lower price point, I paid $3.99/500ml.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cmacklin (211) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 3, 2014
500 ml bottle. Pours a clear amber orange with a small off-white head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, hops and a hint of fruit. Sweet flavour of roasted malt, caramel, fruit and a dry, bitter hoppy finish. Medium body with oily texture and soft carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VDuquerroux (208) - Airvault, FRANCE - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle, 500mL. Home. A clear copper beer with a medium white head. Few bubbles. Medium persistence. Aroma of caramel, herbs, smoke, light floral. Medium refreshing bitter, light sweet. Light body, thin silky texture, soft carbonation, medium bitter finish. Overall, a good refreshing bitter beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (2403) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle at Sarah’s house adnams fest. Aroma is light caramel and earthy hay. Copper coloured pour with a short lived white head. Flavour is decent caramel, some straw, solid bitterness. Bog standard bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
forthebirds (26) - - JUN 11, 2014
Amber pour with minimal head. Caramel, bread, malty, slightly nutty. Medium body. A smooth drinker.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dogbomb (917) - ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2014
Bottle. Amber rusty ale with a thick off-white head. Smells like pie crust, cereals and builders tea. Taste is cereals, breadiness, some lemony hops, caramel and tea. Good drinking ale with a nice dry bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (9245) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 1, 2014
from Amstein - pours a clear dark amber-orange beer under a long lasting little foam; nice lace; aroma of tea and apples, light notes of spicy hops; moderate malt body, gentle bitterness; more notes of tea and caramel in the finish; quite dry - fresh and very drinkable

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bif (1382) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a beige head and bit of lacong. Aromaof malt, caramel bit of fruit and citr us in the background. Taste of malt, light caramel sweetness, bit of fruit and nuts. Mild bitterness and a fairly dry finish. Moderate body, smooth and clean feel. Enjoyable beer good for a couple.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CanIHave4Beers (3142) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Crushed with Jakebra
Pours a rich amber color with a small but fluffy off white head.

The aroma is fruity, toasty, and lightly sweet caramel malt with just a touch of earthy hop character.

The flavor is nicely balanced, only lightly sweet with a big leafy hop character and mild bitterness. The malt is very much the key player here with a light caramel, some fruitiness, and a mild toasty character.

It’s really very typical of imported, bottled, bitter in the US... but more agreeable than they usually are.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
ramboraffe (297) - SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2014
500 ml bottle. Clear brownish with small white head. Little malty smell. Taste is sweet with low bitterness. Malty but thin body. A bit watery.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikkopen (813) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 5, 2014
500 ml bottle. Clear coppery colour, thick off-white head. Fruity, caramel-malty aroma with some gassy and herbal notes. The flvaour is malty, with fruit and some caramel notes, and a nice, lingering bitter hoppy finish. Pretty good.


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