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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
caesar (6644) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2013
Cask @ the famous cock, medium sample. Clear amber color, short head. Aroma of caramel and toast, slight earthy hops. Bit bitter. Mediocre bitter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beer5000 (5903) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2013
Cask @ The Three Chimneys, Biddenden - Ashford. Labeled Adnams Best Bitter. Amber body with a moderato sized off-white head. Aroma has some caramel malt with a hint of toast and feels fruity. Flavor is mild, fruity, soft malt, mild caramel and moderate bitterness. Medium body and aftertaste. OK session ale, nothing extraordinary.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gruberm (329) - - JUL 20, 2013
A clear dark brown pour from the cask at The Westbourne. A nutty and doughy taste. Not much of a nose on it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
waynep1979 (5) - Aylesbury, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2013 does not count
Pleasant mix of fruit and malt. Lingering hint of clove.medium body,A pleasant bitter,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Green pears float atop this Brown Bitter’s mild caramel malts, joining citrus fruit allusions into a smoothly mineral finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam tops the hazy amber.
-Malts also develop honey flavors.
-Light leafy hops appear in the end.
-This is very drinkable, yet not very memorable.

On cask at The Mitre, Cambridge.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjsint (2334) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2013
A basic bitter, floral hoppy aroma with similar taste. Suprisingly hoppy/bitter finish, it makes you wait for it a bit but it’ll come.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
The_Bish (1123) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2013
Sorry suits. Pavement recruits. Extraterrestrial pursuits. For a female recluse. Saviour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dommod2011 (704) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2013
Share with Bish. I savoured every moment of this. Spangled headband swirling nauseatingly with industrial wasteland. Sanitised enigma and educated hops leaping with abandoned glee. Dabs of monosyllabic monologues with a twist of bandages. Cuttlefish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Brigadier (3540) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2013
On tap
Another plain vanilla beer, this one at least hit the spot after a long tour of rural countryside roads in southern England. It was either this or a Guinness and the lighter style won out. Drink it for a tick or when you do not care about ratings but otherwise I’d suggest passing.

Aroma / Appearance - The thin caramel base has wisps of dim white head. Mild ops, caramel, and creamy milk are the only signs of life.

Flavor / Palate - Creamy milk poured into a cup of tea provides a light bitter profile that does not offend the palate. The finish is weak and fades quickly. This has no huge flaws but is forgettable in the grand scheme of things.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (16885) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2013
Cask at the Seven Stars, London, 22/04/13. Clear copper with a thin off white head that dissipates to a few bubbles. Nose is malt forward, fruits, woody tones, toffee, light sulphur. Taste comprises dark fruit, light sugars, dark malt, caramel, touch of spice. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, bitterness in the finish. An average bitter.

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