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


on tap

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RATINGS: 229   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
freekyp (1620) - 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 (1304) - 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 (1472) - 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 (5398) - 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 - itís Southwold Bitter thatís 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 didnít 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]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4397) - Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Draft at Sherlock Holmes Pub. Small smooth ivory head with good lacing, transparent, softly carbonated, and an orange hue. Aroma was malty, light caramel notes, and hoppy. Sweet, lightly bitter, malty, and hoppy flavor. Smooth mouthfeel. Light-medium bodied beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Cask. Kings Arms waterloo. Amber with small head. Floral aroma. thin to medium bodied. Bland.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Cask: Clear reddish hue, good head formation. Fruity malt and light citrus hop aroma. Malty, crystal flavor, decent fruitiness, slightly spicy, dry fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
Cask. Pale amber colour, creamy pale yellow head and nice lacing. Very hoppy, resiny, spicy, earthy, mushroom-like aroma. Nice mouthfeel, slightly sweet on the front, spicy/earthy hop flavour fading into a lasting bitterness. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2004
Cask: Pours light copper with small white head. Floral hop aroma dominates. Body is thin-medium, though smooth. Nice sweet balanced bitter. Dry finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5538) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Cask at the Edgar Wallace in London. Bronze body with no head. Nice spicy hop and floral nose. Possibly some faint toffee or caramel. Taste is bitter hops but there is a nice sweetness blended into it. It seems to mix just right with the floral notes. Palate feels full with this one and itís pretty smooth. Finish is more bitterness.

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