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


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RATINGS: 280   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
A refreshing beer of real flavour - distinctively hoppy and dry with malt aromas. Delicious served cool. Adnams brewery has stood in the heart of Southwold for over six hundred years and "Southwold Jack" appears on our beer labels. He continues to guard over our longest-serving beer brewed here in Southwold on the Suffolk coast -The Bitter. Bitter goes well with roast meats and fish cooked in batter as the clean bitterness cuts through the slightly fatty notes and hence keeps the palate refreshed. Our Bitter also makes a good aperitif. Available (pasteurised) in 500ml bottles and 500ml cans.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fidelis83 (2364) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Clear medium amber pour with a 1 finger, soapy off white head that has decent retention and leaves some lacing. Aroma has lots of fruity ester, mostly tree fruit, and a little banana, planty, floral and citrus hops, caramel, bread crust, toast and light cereal. Flavor is again pretty fruity, nice toasty notes, biscuit, planty and floral hops, white raisin and some citrus toffee, and light mineral notes to teh finish. Light body, light, but somewhat sharp, blanketing carbonation, creamy to oily entry, slowly drying out to and off dry finish that has an odd, but pleasant lingering carbonation. Pretty good bitter, sweeter and stronger in flavor than one would expect from 4.1%ABV, even in an English Bitter. Would be a great fried food pairing, sessioner at a lower price point, I paid $3.99/500ml.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
The_Bish (1123) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2013
Better than your average shite bitter that comes out in droves in the UK. Missus asked for something malty to share over roast beef, so I went with this as most of my stuff is hoppy or roasted. She liked it. It was nice. Not hugely malty but not very bitter either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dynamiteninja (1845) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2013
Bottle. Medium white head. Amber body. Spice, hops, lots of wheat, whiff of sulphur, fruit. Kind of sour with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (7481) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 15, 2013
Medium beige head. Deep amber body with carbonation. Caramelly earthy buttery aroma with nutty notes. Dryish caramelly nutty taste with spicy buttery notes. Mid-to-light body. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dryish spicy nutty malty aftertaste with soy sauce notes. Nice, if a bit simple. (0.5l can, Systembolaget Charlottenberg.)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dommod2011 (705) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2013
Heres the pitch. Theres this guy, like a cowboy but he finds himself north of the Danelaw. He doesnt know how he got there but he has a mysterious scar on his hand. His right hand. He only has one hand. Quickly pursued by marauding outlaw Danes he winds up lost in a type of supermarket. He decides on a shoot first ask questions later policy. Unfortunately, the only thing he has to shoot is the breeze. So he decides to die. Death by cop style. Seriously, you couldnt make it up.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
HenrikSoegaard (13828) - Randers, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2013
Can. Creamy White good mostly lasting head. Dark yellow color. Moderate malty and lighthoppy herbal aroma. Light bitter flavor. Short light bitter finish. Watery palate. Not good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tampierre (1360) - Pilsen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 27, 2013
Bottled 0.5l ; Devon ; UK ; Malty aroma ; Dark amber color with nice head ; Great balance between sweet and bitter taste ; Oily texture ; Very pleasant bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
booldawg (70) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2013
pours a chestnut brown, quite a bit of frothy head, about a third of the pint glass even with careful pouring. Soon dissipates to leave about a 1cm head throughout the pint. Full flavoured with good strength of body. Malt charachter definitely at the fore with traditional hop combinations taking a back seat. A proper english bitter. More of an ale for colder weather.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drowland (8490) - Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2013
2/25/13. 500mL bottle, sample from a distro, I believe. Not quite clear amber brown pour with a small, soapy khaki head that fades to a soapy ring with minimal lacing. Mild biscuit and caramel on the aroma with a touch of metal and fruitiness. Even maltier flavor with bold caramel and bread and a touch of fruity metal. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2014 Bottled 14/02/13. A brown beer which poured headless. A bitter beer lacking the house yeastiness of an Adnams cask product. Nice fruity flavours in the mouth. Some cardboard in the nose but all in all its not bad. Score 3.2
Subsequent rating scored 2.5. Average becomes 2.8

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