Broadside Bottles

Rated 4.9 out of 5
Based on 45 reviews
£23.99
  • Strong Ale
  • 6.3%
  • 12x500ml

Broadside delivers a cannon of bold fruitcake flavours and a taste that’s endured for nearly 50 years. First launched in 1972 to mark the tercentenary of the Battle of Sole Bay, this dark ruby red beer has become a s... Read more

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Country
United Kingdom
Hops
First Gold
Malts
Pale Ale, Chocolate

Available in: Bottles Mini Keg

Broadside dark ruby beer

Broadside dark ruby beer

Launched as a 6.3% bottled beer on 20 May 1972 for the tercentenary of the Battle of Sole Bay, Broadside’s full flavours were an instant hit. There were clamours for a cask version, but it was felt that something more sessionable would be better suited to the pub trade. So, the brewing team were tasked with formulating a new recipe that delivered Broadside’s bombardment of flavour at a lower strength. The bottled beer remains the strong original (as it says on the label), but the 4.7% beer in cask shares its ruby red colour and rich fruitcake taste. Both versions have their fans and fifty years on, they are still going great guns. Both beers have the same malts and British First Gold hops, but in differing proportions. Black and chocolate malt is used to darken the beer; and pale ale malt provides its malty flavour, as well as fermentable sugars. The mashing regime is set so that both beers retain a lot of un-fermentable sugar, which gives Broadside its sweetness and full mouthfeel. The fermentation temperatures are slightly different too, but when Adnams house yeast gets to work, it charges both brews with characters of Christmas. Broadside has earned its enviable longevity thanks to its devotees, and the efforts of the brewing team to maintain its quality and consistency over the years. It is always a favourite at the brewing team’s daily quality control tasting and the tasting panel insists that Friday’s meeting includes samples of bottled Broadside, so they finish the week on a high note.
Broadside dark ruby beer
  • BBC One Saturday Kitchen Live

    It is an amber, rich ale with marmalade richness, fruitcake notes and I think it's brilliant.

  • Daily Express

    All the deliciousness of Christmas pudding, but is happier on the stomach. Norfolk and Suffolk malted barley merge with fragrant First Gold hops to make a raisin/sultana-like brew.

Description

Broadside delivers a cannon of bold fruitcake flavours and a taste that’s endured for nearly 50 years. First launched in 1972 to mark the tercentenary of the Battle of Sole Bay, this dark ruby red beer has become a showcase for East Anglian malt, First Gold hops and the unique, fruity characteristics of Adnams house yeast.

How does it taste

Broadside offers bold flavours and aromas of fruitcake, almonds, and that mouth-coating, conserved fruit richness you would expect to find in a strong ale. With its delicious, lingering Christmas cake characteristics, it is truly a beer to savour.

ALLERGEN AND DIETARY

Contains: Barley, Gluten

Nutritional information (per 100ml)
Energy (KJ / kcal) 239 / 57
average rating 4.9 out of 5
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Simply the Best

To my palate, this is without doubt, the best bottled dark ale in our country! It never gets shared or given away, such is my passion for that smooth, warm, lingering taste. Erm... think I'll treat myself now, so bye for now!!

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Gorgeous dark ruby beer

Smooth, well balanced, flavourful, fruity beer. One to savour.

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Broadside

One of our favourite beers

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Broadside best

A really excellent beer and my long standing favourite.

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80th birthday

only bettered by draught broadside !!

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