Crunchie (36) - Somerset, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2009
I’m not old enough to remember this from first time around so all I have to go on regarding it’s previous demeanor is opinions from a few people I trust. Having tried Extra by myself in a 250yr old cellar preceded by a burst of pure Fuggles when the peg was ousted, I could almost say - this is Adnams Extra. But what it used to be like means little to my present palate, it’s what it has been like for the past week and a half that has mattered. And oh, what a week and a half! Instantaneous recognisation on smelling - THIS IS ADNAMS! That not overly estery yeast, the whiff of sand and sea and Southwold, pure fuggles in the way they should be used - abundantly. At this stage of writing I’m thirsty. A full, slimy, round mouthfeel with seriously good quality malt flavours carrying the earthy, floral, hoppy hops, racing around the mouth in celebration. It’s not aggressive and doesn’t need to be, the finish is carried beautifully and the bitterness builds and builds and builds. To me, this is just as hoppy a beer as some West Coast double IPA’s - it showcases hops, I don’t need to be hit around the head with a full hop sack to realise the flavour and I could enjoy 10 of them. This is not a rant against strong hoppy US hopped beers, they are enjoyed by myself to great extent, this is justification of the greatness of cask ale and a word I never get bored of using - subtlety. I don’t care if it’s never brewed again (although I hope it will) because my first experience of it will live with all my drinking life. A friend of mine who used to run a great pub in London said that when his father would visit him from Scotland, he would have a pint of Extra on departure from London and upon waking up in Edinburgh could still taste the hops and bitterness. Extra and Innovation in cask for my birthday? I hope so. ladnewton (2000) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2010
Cask at Bon Accord, Glasgow on 22 April 2010. Gold with cream lacing head. Pungent, fruity and hoppy with a bitter aftertaste on a medium textured mouthfeel. The extra "oomph" is noticeable. mr_h (5718) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - OCT 19, 2015
Cask, hand-pulled, Society Room, Glasgow (Festival Ale), floral, caramel, herbal aroma, copper with a thin off-white head, excellent lacing, biscuit, fruity flavour, creamy, sweet aftertaste. harrisoni (18970) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2010
Cask gravity at Reading BF 2010. Copper colour, lasting bubbly beige head. Little bit of caramel on aroma, but plenty of fresh English leafy hop on the finish. Good English hop. Lovely flavour. SarkyNorthener (4709) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2015
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2009
Matthew Hall, Walsall. Golden amber beer with small head and patchy lacing. Aroma Is fruity and malts. Taste is tangerine, malts and citrus. Good stuff.
Cask conditioned handpump Romany, Northampton. I recall this beer winning CBOB back in the day. For some unknown reason Adnams stopped brewing it. That was a shame as it was a quality beer; relatively hoppy for its time. Well it’s back. Apparently resurrected for cask ale week but let’s pray it can be more permanent as it’s still pretty good. Sure we are used to hoppier beers now in the UK but this still holds its own. It’s dark copper and pours with a nice white head. There’s a little soap in the nose amidst the citrus hops and a little spiciness to balance the hops and malts in the mouth. It’s just a lovely personable English bitter, the likes of which Adnams do so well. Whippersnapper British raters who didn’t see this when it was originally brewed should not miss this if it does turn out to be a one off.
bacchanalia (146) - milton, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2009
Super red berry fruit on the nose & pours a very deep gold that just looks so appealing. A lovely rounded flavour on the palate, that fruit remains but gets overtaken slowly by a ever more dry hoppiness. I hope Adnams continue to make great real beer like this instead of some of the blander beers they seem to have creeping into their range. RichTheVillan (8026) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2015
Cask at Charlie Hall; clear amber pour with a creamy white head, aroma has light citrus and biscuit, taste has pale malts, some tangerine, green tea leaves, light bitterness. madmitch76 (25101) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2015
29th October 2015oh6gdx (26487) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2011
Crosse Keys Spoons. Cask. Almost clear gold beer, bubbly white head. Palate is light and semi dry, decent fine carbonation. Nice condition. Smooth sweetish malts. Light floralness. A nice peachy mellow orange. Light finish brings a trace of esters. Pretty drinkable.
Copper colour, small fluffy off-white head. Aroma is dry fruits, mild wood, some caramel malts as well as some tealeafs. Flavour is mildly nutty, wooden, caramelly and ending in a grassy bitterness.