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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pintbypint (3575) - Edmonton, Alberta, - JAN 6, 2005
500ml brown bottle. Poured orange, rocky off white head sits atop. Nice aroma, malts, honey, dominated by floral hop. Light fruitness. Decent malts, toasted grain, some light caramel notes. Noticed a bit of orange character as it warmed up. Medium body. Finishes dry. Ideal for sessioning. Also has a cool bottle and graphics, although that had nothing to do with my rating!

gripweed57 (2301) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2017
From old tasting notes. Originally labeled as Suffolk Extra Ale. Copper red color. Rocky beige head. Nice floral hop aroma. Dryish toasted malt flavor with a hint of spruce and spicy hops.

alexsdad06 (10262) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle from old backlog notes. Pours a hazy orange amber brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor had sweet malts, toffee, caramel, aged fruits with mild bitterness to the finish. A tick is a tick.

MattiasA (862) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2014
Backlog. Can from Systembolaget. Caramamelly and bready with some dough. Decent, but thatís about it.

Erzengel (8615) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - MAR 19, 2014
Rating from 2012. Dunkelbraun im Glas, leicht malzig, Bitter-typisch. Etwas nussig, malzig, trocken. Etwas dünn, aber gut.

s_hartshorne (2767) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
Cask black rock wakefield. Dark amber colour. Good white head great lacing. Aroma is biscuity malts. Taste is malty bitter finish. Thin body. Nothing special about this one but ok.

rondphoto (4383) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 12, 2013
@ Sergioís Louisville Hazy dark amber with a 1/2" head that lasts, dots and splotches of lace. Taste is caramel malt with molasses and dark toast that moves smoothly through the palate to a mild floral hop finish. Taste is far bigger than one would expect from 4.5% abv, a terrific session brew. Seeing that it is retired is unfortunate, and makes no sense (unless Broadside provides most of the sales?) Highly recommended.

JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Bottle from World Market, Durham. Always had an inexplicable soft spot for this brewery, even if their beers werenít especially fresh or distinctive when encountered. Semi-hazed amber on the pour, has a chewy appearance that seems to suit the style a bit. Medium filmy head doesnít last long. Papery nose suggests age/oxidation but itís still fragrant and inviting enough. Solidly nutty and malty with just a touch of bitterness.

olio (10159) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 19, 2013
50 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20090429.
Pours golden color with a medium head. Aroma of hops, caramel, grass and malts. Flavor of caramel malts, hay and fruits. Decent.

laiti (8373) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 19, 2013
50 cl bottle @ home. Rated on 28.02.2009
Aroma is somewhat fruity with hops, toffee and some nuts. Flavour has fruits, some apricot, citrus, hay, toffee and biscuits. Good and clean bitter.

TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Wow, this is retired? Another bitter bites the dust but I have full faith that the British brewing scene is livelier than ever and continues to blossom daily. Good thing cuz Iíve always been kinda down on British beers but I havenít really had a large enough sample size to make any sort judgement. Bottles from spirit haus and the moan and dove in Amherst as part of the mug list. Bitter sour malt. Thatís what I get from every bitter, even most today and definitely back at the Dove in 2005.

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