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


on tap


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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Cask: Occasional Returned after an absence of 10 years as a special in April 2009 but has appeared again since then. To celebrate the UKs first ever National Cask Ale Week, Adnams is bringing back a much-loved classic - Adnams Extra Special Bitter. Known to its fans simply as Adnams Extra, the beer was crowned the Champion Beer of Britain at the Great British Beer Festival in 1993.
According to Rob Flanagan, Sales Director at Adnams, Adnams is fully supporting Cask Ale Week and wanted to celebrate the occasion by bringing back one of our old favourites. Adnams Extra Special Bitter has reached near cult status amongst Adnams fans who remember the beer with great fondness, we are sure they will be delighted to hear that it is returning. We also hope that resurrection of Adnams Extra will create a buzz of interest in Cask Ale Week for those who have not tried it before.
Returned again for Wetherspoons Oct 15 Beer Festival.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Crunchie (36) - Somerset, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2009
Im not old enough to remember this from first time around so all I have to go on regarding its 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, its 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 Im thirsty. A full, slimy, round mouthfeel with seriously good quality malt flavours carrying the earthy, floral, hoppy hops, racing around the mouth in celebration. Its not aggressive and doesnt 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 IPAs - it showcases hops, I dont 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 dont care if its 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ladnewton (1927) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (5388) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (18219) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (4442) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2015
[email protected] 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2009
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 its back. Apparently resurrected for cask ale week but lets pray it can be more permanent as its still pretty good. Sure we are used to hoppier beers now in the UK but this still holds its own. Its dark copper and pours with a nice white head. Theres a little soap in the nose amidst the citrus hops and a little spiciness to balance the hops and malts in the mouth. Its just a lovely personable English bitter, the likes of which Adnams do so well. Whippersnapper British raters who didnt see this when it was originally brewed should not miss this if it does turn out to be a one off.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (7621) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (24287) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2015
29th October 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (26447) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2011
[email protected] 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.

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