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


on tap

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RATINGS: 238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 111   ABV: 3.7%
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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grumbo (1510) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2015
From cask at the Waldringfield Maybush, Suffolk. Pours a light brown colour with a small white head, an attractive looking pint. Aroma is malty, caramel, with fruity notes. Medium sweetness with a touch of sourness. Light body, texture fairly thin, average carbonation initially though going rather flat. Finish is of caramel. A good bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlackerMads (2907) - DENMARK - MAY 12, 2015
Cask. Clear hazelnut brown with a medium sized frothy off white head. Nuts, wood and cocoa in the nose. Soft malty flavor, brown sugar, light toffee, light grain, bark. Some black berries. Medium body, light fat, soft sweet with mild bitterness. Soft malty finish. Fair enough, a bit fat and not too interesting overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zimbo (906) - SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2015
Thick very creamy quarter inch heavy white head. Amber brown body. Dark fruit nose.Dominated by a bushel of apples with a dark dank must quality with an unexpected sourness before a longer bitter quality. Somewhat dilute. Lacks balance. Decent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mjp12 (1422) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2015
Very quaffable English bitter, best glugged by the pint, in a pub garden, in the sun

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuu666 (10874) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2014
Cask at the Hanging Bat. Pours pale amber, nose is sweet toffee, cereal, taste is sweet, thin, toffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (21887) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 10, 2014
Cask at the hanging bat... Copper.. Small tan head... Soft sweet caramel toffee fruits nose... Soft sweet toffee fruit.. Lightest smoke... Light bitter

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (6600) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2014
Cask at the Defector’s Weld. Hazy dark orange, still, small scummy white head, light lacing. Aroma is light, some fabric plaster. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is malty, semisweet toffee, twig, light bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cimbasso (772) - - NOV 6, 2014
Copper colour with a white head. Caramel malt aroma, and a taste of biscuity malts and fruity hops. A good, traditional English bitter with high drinkability and excellent balance. Just shows that a great beer does not need to be strong. An excellent ale from from a great brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (15579) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2014
Cask @ C4, Odense. Pours amber with bubbles on top. Caramel, biscuit, nuts, bread and. bit of citrus. Smooth and soft. Short bitter finish! Very pleasant!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MyLittleTown (8) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2014 does not count
Deserves it’s stellar reputation. A classic English bitter of the South/Eastern tradition. Fairly pale, with a loose head of biggish bubbles. Aroma is slight, but is followed by a strong grip on the palate and a truly bitter flavour which lingers. At 3.7% it is a proper session beer, and proof that great beers do not need a high alcohol content.

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