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Adnams The Bitter (Bottle/Can)

Formerly brewed at Adnams
Style: Bitter
Southwold, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 473   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Available in 500ml pasteurised bottles, and in cans. Formerly known as Adnams Suffolk Strong Ale, now known as Southwold Bitter. Replaced in the Adnams bottled beer range by Southwold Bitter at 4.1% (different recipe). SSB is a refreshing beer of real flavour, distinctively hoppy and deliciously dry - perfect served cool. SSB commemorates the building of the famous Southwold Lighthouse, which has been guiding ships to safety since 1890.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - JUL 14, 2004
Extremely drinkable, a very nice beer also when served cold. This is one of my favourite beers ever. The aroma is a bit closed, but the beer looks fine and has the correct (for me) amount of bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrbasstrombone (8) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 29, 2007 does not count
This bottled beer is great! ! Looked good and with superb hoppy taste. Imagine how good the draught is....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2008 Second Sample: Wow. I love this beer. The last sample I had came across as this wild hybrid of Anderson Valley Pale Ale (mainly, the hop component) and Rochefort. The beer is incredibly soft, with this beautiful, restrained malt richness and gentle hop flavor. Absolutely perfect. Damn, thatís English. The flavors are the usual suspects: butterscotch, dirty English fruitiness, dirty English hops. I am generally bored by beers with that profile, but the balance of this one is simply incredible. An easy session bitter. Actually quite nice, really.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2761) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2004
Let me just start by saying I really like the bottle design, and the label shape complements it well. Thatís not factored into my rating, but it is an appealing product on the shelf. It probably factored into my decision to buy it. Anyway, it pours an attractive lightly hazy red-tinted amber. The aroma is lively with light fruits, some grassy and peppery hops, also hinting at a smoky tobacco leaf. Palate is medium and very smooth, with fruity malts giving way to earthy and peppery notes. Very smooth, very drinkable, with alot of character. I could drink a ton of this stuff, and would love to just have a cask of it sitting around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cunningham (7048) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2012 Bottle from systembolaget. Hazy amber colour with a fine white head. Very fruity and a lot of hops in the aroma. Similar rich flavour with a fresh carbonation makes this a wonderful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rarbring (2262) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2012
Aroma: The smell is a dash of sweet fruits, apricot, plum, some refreshing sour lemon and lime.
Appearance: A copper-toned slightly hazy beer, an off-white head that leaves tons of lacing.
Taste: The taste you meet is faintly sweet, saramel, some malty tones, digestive biscuits, in the sour area oranges and lemon, and finish of with a dry clean bitterness.
Palate: Medium low carbonation, a creamy mouthfeel, a dry finish.
Overall: This bitter is easy to drink, and more or less the one I most often have in stock.
Note: Can 500 ml. Reviewed 2010-04-06.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2003 Orange and clear with a good lasting tan head. Interesting, complex, fruity aroma, with notes of hops, apricot, and peach. Full malt palate, balanced with hops, and notes of carmel. Hop flavor lingers on the tongue. Well made.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hokiebeerguy (21) - USA - AUG 4, 2005
This is one of the best bitter Iíve found. Good flavor, but still very smooth for a bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JAN 16, 2006
12 oz. bottle. The soft and sturdy hops on the nose actaully belie the entrance on the palate. As a short dry fruit flavour develops a salty hoppy richness overcomes the tongue. Can I really taste the sea air? Amazingliy refreshing. Thank God itís sold in four packs rather than sixers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KnutAlbert (6713) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 18, 2006
Can, 50 cl. An outstanding bitter, with a full flavour that sould be the envy of many stronger beers. Hints of raisins, of stra plus a wonderful flowery bitterness from the hops.

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