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Brewed by Adnams
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Southwold, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 429   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The hops in Innovation are the stars of the show. We used Boadicea, Columbus and Styrian Goldings to create punchy grapefruit flavours and aromas of tropical fruits. These are backed up by wheat and pale ale malted barley which add spicy, biscuit flavours and a slight touch of sweetness. The outcome is a wonderfully moreish IPA, packed full of flavour. Silver Medal Winner - The Stockholm Beer Festival 2013. (Contains barley & wheat).

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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, - MAR 15, 2011
Aroma - This beer has a very floral, almost flowery aroma, with hints of citrus and tropical fruit, as well as some honey and caramel.

Appearance - Pours a clear golden, orangish body, with a frothy beige head. Some lacing and decent head retention. The beer does look like an American IPA, but the appearance is not super impressive.

Taste - Starts out with a pretty solid hop bite, with a little spiciness to it. Fairly sweet, with hints of honey and toffee. I was getting loads of fruit notes (pineapple, apples, mangoes, some citrus). The after-taste has some moderate bitterness and a biscuity undertone to it. Not very bready.

Palate - The mouthfeel is very smooth. Medium-bodied, low in carbonation, and very soft on the palate, with just a little bit of a pepper-like spiciness (which only complements the general feel of it all).

Drinks well, but I wouldnt call this beer sessionable nor quaffable. At a fairly high ABV, it goes down very easily, but you will start to feel it in your body, nevertheless.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FCox143 (44) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2017
Has a lightly hazy dark orange colour with a small white head. Aroma is mild hops and pine, very slight hint of grapefruit. Taste is a very standard IPA - some citrus some tropical fruits with grass undertones. Basic, but nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grumbo (2076) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2017
Bottle as the M&S Southwold Winter IPA. Poured cloudy dull amber colour with a short lasting off-white head. Aroma of biscuit, tropical fruit, and hop. Medium sweetness, medium bitterness, touch of tropical fruit sourness. Medium body, sticky texture, carbonation is soft. Has a light spiced finish. Certainly not an attractive brew, but very moreish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phfyysik (1069) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JAN 27, 2017
Pours amber with white head. Aroma is malty, sour grass, citrus, fruits, some resin. Taste is grass, sourish, fruits, silage, citrus, herbs. Nice beer!

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
suurjuust (3228) - ESTONIA - JAN 15, 2017
330ml bottle. Slightly hazy orange pour, medium to small off-white head. Nose is sweet malt, fruit and citric hops. Flavor is pine and lemon peel, hop bitterness, malty sweetness and yeast notes in the finish. Drinkable, but pretty dead and boring.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rubin77 (1456) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 15, 2016
F: normal size, light off-white, good retention. C: deep gold, clear. A: malt, tangerine, grapefruit, passion fruits, biscuits, oranges. T: tangerine, hint of grapefruits, tropical fruits, light caramel, hint of passion fruits, hint of spicy, medium body, good carbonation, oily mouthfeel, good balanced and tasty IPA, 0,5l bottle (as Marks & Spencer Southwold Winter IPA) from M&S in Brussels.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
AndreasP (190) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2016
Standard English ipa with a good balance of malt, fruity hop aroma and piney bitterness. More subdued than its American relatives.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Korcz (2239) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 1, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (6068) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 18, 2016
From M and S as Southwold Winter IPA. Appearance - cloudy amber with a nicely proportioned head. Nose - biscuits, light sweet spice, dried oranges and raisins. Taste - more sweet spice and dried fruit. Like hot cross buns. Palate - close to medium bodied with a creamy texture and a long dry balanced finish. Overall - lovely ale, falls into old ale as well as ipa.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DottorGonzo84 (4) - - SEP 3, 2016 does not count
Colore ambrato chiaro, limpido.Schiuma pannosa, non troppo persistente,al naso note maltate, un poco di erbaceo. In bocca maltato, caramello, note di uva, erbaceo e agrumato, pesca gialla. Finale di miele di acacia.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alomtnez (380) - SPAIN - AUG 12, 2016
On tap at Cervecera Flandes. Foamy white head wit good retention. Clear golden colour. Aroma is citrus (grapefruit), hoppy and slightly fruity. Taste is dry bitter, piny, grapefruit peel, some fruity and malty.


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