Adnams Regatta

From notes, Summer 2007 when I drank this at "On the Waterfront" in Exeter, Devon, England. Spent MANY, many happy hours at this pub eating the "dustbin lids" pizza's as a student - now I'm back with the wife and kids! GULP. Well - what a shock! Adnams is a brewery that I have GREAT respect for, and generally I love their beers, but this was a HORRIBLE disappointment. Essentially a lager, and not a very good one at that. I guess this is simply one of these, dumbed down Golden Ales that have...

Adnams SSB (Suffolk Special Bitter)

$3.49, Arbor Beverage, Douglasville, GA, USA. Lovely orange pour with a sensible head and some lacing. This beer is everything beers like SN Celebration and Rogue can never be, but would be better off trying to emulate. It's a hoppy and dry bitter, where subtlety is key. You don't get knocked over with a huge whiff of hops in the nose, nor do you get a flavor like you're chewing on actual hops. What you get is a wonderfully crafted beer that is so much more difficult to make than a massive hop...

Adnams Broadside Strong Original

$2.99 500 mL, Green's Beverage, Ponce de Leon, Atlanta, GA. Without question one of the best beers that I have tasted in a long time. Great appearance, with a truly dark red, classic English Bitter look, a hearty, rocky head that has very good retention and lacing. A fruity, full bodied malty aroma and taste in perfect balance with the bitter finish. Everything is just right! Velvety smooth, large mouthfeel completes the experience. This beer isn't going to please hopheads because it is a...