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


on tap

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RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   EST. CALORIES: 111   ABV: 3.7%
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Cask: Regular.
Originally known as "Southwold Bitter", in 2000 became "Bitter", in early 2006 became "The Bitter", in 2008 returned to "Southwold Bitter"
Was sold as "George Ale" for the George Inn in Southwark until 2007.
A classic cask bitter: the choice of a growing number of discerning licensees. Fragrant aromas of finest English hops and malt. Dry but refreshing, with a distinctive lingering bitterness. Appetising and delicious. Adnams bitter is a category champion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MiP (13995) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2005
Cask. Lager aroma. Dark copper colour, small bubbly head. Nutty flavour. OK bitterness. Nice standard bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
harrisoni (14509) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2005
Cask at The Tiger, Stowting, Kent. Mid brown to amber in colour. Hoppy nose with yeasty flavour. OK in mouth, slightly hoppy/yeasty finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3929) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 29, 2005
Cask conditioned at NERAX 4/28/2005
Dark copper colored beer, small, foamy white head, low retention (a good thing). Light alcohol (or perhaps very dry ester) notes in the aroma, some hints of bananas and soft, caramelly malt. Flavor of light cardboard, grainy malt, rather toasty on the finish. Medium body. No diacetyl noticed.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
asheft (2629) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2005
[cask somewhere in London] Barely hazy, medium-dark amber with a frothy, hand pumped head. Foam has a rubbery, shiny look and forms nice lacing. Aroma is fairly weak with some hints of grape and cranberry and a little caramel. Tastes fruity with subtle malt and english hops, but not very much caramel or toffee malt, as expected. There is a sharp bitterness that threatenes to linger, but eventually dissipates to a clean finish and a raisiny walnut aftertaste. Medium body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomSpears (65) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2005
A regular in these parts and often on at the kings Arms. Slips down nice and easy and refreshes the toes that other beers by-pass.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2005
Cask conditioned & on Handpump at The Alex in Derby 01/02/05. With a sparkler. Mid coppery Brown Colour. A pretty solid bitter. Quite tasty, bit tangy, avarage bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
freekyp (1557) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Copper colored English session brew. Traditional English malts and a nice lightly hoppy finish. Not outstanding, but solid and lightly fruity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Garrat (1303) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2005
Handpump At The Old Cannon.Blood orange in colour,small head,nice hop and malt aroma,nice bitterness,quite dry,a steady session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwik-lime (1429) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2005
UPDATED: APR 17, 2011 GRassy hop aroma, reddish-copper colour, little head. Taste is of dry, bitter hops with bitter aftertaste. Decent bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5346) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2004
UPDATED: APR 11, 2008 Sept, 2002: Clean and refreshing, a straight forward English bitter, thoroughly enjoyable with a perfect balance of dryly bitter hops, mild orange fruit and a subtle sweetness. Nothing dominates, everything works in harmony. The ultimate session beer: relaxed, refreshing, sociable. [3.2]
Aug, 2003: As George Ale in George Inn, Southwark. Dark amber colour. Mostly sulphur in the nose. Medium bodied, some fruit, almost sharp, then a tangy finish. A decent ale - it’s Southwold Bitter that’s been kept too long under blanket pressure. [2.9]
Dec, 2004: Blackfriars, London.Nice, but slightly underperforming. London Xmas Crawl.[2.8]
March - Easter Monday - 2005: George Inn - George Ale, Southwark. Nicely hoppy and quite fresh and tidy. Tastes dry hopped - but the barmaid didn’t know. [3.1]
April, 2008 The Three Horseshoes, Cranleigh. A lighter malt version of Broadside with the hops more to the fore. Very nice. [3.3]

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