6th November 2016 – Review by Rob
Southwold Bitter is a beautiful copper-coloured beer, late and dry-hopped with Fuggles for a distinctive, lingering hoppiness.
First brewed in 1967, it was originally called Adnams Best Bitter. It holds Adnam’s oldest trademark, Southwold Jack, and remains the original hero in Adnam’s range.
Southwold Bitter is as distinctive as ‘Southwold Jack’ (the knight with the sword) who appears on the pump clip and has done so through many incarnations.
On a cold afternoon post bonfire night, with a rip roaring fire in the garden ablaze I poured this offering from Adnams. The brewery is fairly successful in the supermarket aisle nowerdays so countrywide aplenty. First impact is the true indeed coppery colour, at 4.1% this is aimed at being a session beer, smell is non-distinct, but then again I smell of bonfires now so my nose maybe faulty.
Hoppiness – yes. Arguably a tad bland in the fiercely competitive bitter market, not sure if this will ever set anyone’s tastebuds alight, not a bad pint but indifferent. If they’re serving this on tap and it’s been looked after then I’m sure you’ll find a lovely pint in a beautiful country pub, just today I’m looking for something slightly more in depth I guess, my benchmark is set higher. Average marks.