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: 3.23/5   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Grima (2386) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - JAN 28, 2011
Dark amber color, the head is large-pored, shallow and short lived. The Bitter Ale smells dominant malty spicy and bitter, with mild hop aromas. Starts very bitter, as it should be. A good hoppy aroma also comes through, coupled with a good spiciness. The aftertaste shows malty and spicy, very long reverb! The further course is malty and bitter, the hops are somewhat pushed into the background. Unfortunately, the beer gets a bit watery by time. Bitter dry finish!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sm89walt (2041) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2011
500ml bottle. Medium sized though mostly disappearing, frothy off-white head leaving a soapy lace; deep & clear chestnut brown body. Subtle fruit aromas, caramel/pasteurised malts and yeast too. Nutty & oddly hollow pasteurised sweetness on the tongue. More of the yeasty character follows. Medium carbonation with a fair, lingering toasty bitterness & a light to medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maris (1448) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2010
From a 500ml bottle on 11/12/2010. Has a mild aroma of malt, bread, grass, fruit and a hint of musk lolly. Tastes malty and biscuity, with a little sweet toffee and caramel in the mix. The bitterness is quite pronounced, and has an almost sour, peppery quality to it. This is an interesting bitter, and has a lot of flavour for the modest alcohol content, but it doesnt quite hit the mark for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ComradeK (1187) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2010
500ml bottle. Pours a clear red-amber, with a medium head. Smells like a classic bitter, with a whiff of citrus and some toffee malt notes. Moderate citrus and pine hops start it off, followed by lemon and honey, with a burnt caramel finish. A nice, complex, yet eminently drinkable bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bmeup (668) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2010
Good looking beer. Lots of caramel & floral aromas. Toffee caramel malts outweigh the fruity floral hops though. Pretty good English Bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerSkull (1374) - SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2010
Fresh fragrance with mild hops aroma and soft and sweet tons of malt. Flavor is malty with aromatic hops. Short vague hop bitter aftertaste. Fairly thin and bland!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
muffel (150) - Lower Saxony, GERMANY - SEP 8, 2010
Bottle 500ml. Brown/copper color, small head. Hoppy nose, some fruits, a bit spicy. Soft, malty mouthfeel. Overall quite hoppy and a long, bitter aftertaste. Not bad for a bitter, but a little disappointing for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LoFi (1711) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2010
Can. Amber with a white head. Aroma of bready malt with hints of orange. Taste has malts, fruit, some citrus, hints of spices, and a moderate bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndrewC (372) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2010
Well shoot me with a rusty shotgun... this is actually excellent. Smells like beer (rather than fizz which is usually what bottled beer smell of). Great toasty flavour. Good body and good finish. Just a good beer, a proper brown bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ha1ag (878) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2010
This beer looks excellent! It has dark amber color with medium-size firm white head. Fruity hoppy nose. Aroma has hops is fruity. The flavor is hops, roasted malt. Finishes with refreshing hoppy bitterness.

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