It’s a hot day this week, as summer has finally arrived in the UK so we’re heading to the coast – figuratively speaking – for something bright and refreshing in a pale ale from Suffolk brewer, Adnams.
While Adnams are primarily known for their beer, their business model is actually rather diverse. In addition to brewing, they also own hotels, make hand-crafted spirits and operate a handful of specialist kitchen stores. On top of all this, Adnams are a business with great eco-friendly green credentials – working sustainably wherever possible, and even publishing carbon footprint details for each of their beers.
The video below from Adnams website gives a lovely overview of what they’re all about:
Adnams Ghost Ship Review
As a costal brewer based in Southwold, Suffolk, it’s natural for their beer to be inspired by and reflect the nautical surroundings. Adnams claim the beer is inspired by one of their most haunted pubs, the Bell at Walberswick. The shores are reportedly littered with spooky ship wrecks – hence the name Ghost Ship.
Alongside the compelling story the beer is rather nice too – so let’s get to the tasting!
With the image of shipwrecks and the attractive Suffolk coast fresh on my mind, I immediately pour the beer into my glass, which is a lovely golden color with a frothy white head.
On the nose, I’m immediately greeted with the unmistakable aroma of fresh lime with a zest of lemon – similar to how the aroma is described by the brewer. The aroma is also described by Adnams as having a hit of elderflower – a fragrance I’m rather fond of – but this was not immediately apparent on tasting.
The body is supported by a robust malt biscuit backbone, which delivers a smooth and silky mouthfeel followed by a hint of nuttiness.
The whole experience is quickly followed by an assertive bitterness and fresh lemon aftertaste, which likely comes from the use of Citra and other American hop varieties.
Lovely fresh citrus aroma and aftertaste that’s perfect for a summer day – preferably by the coast.
It’s hard to pick something as the beer is very well rounded, but if I had to – the lack of Elderflower on the aroma as stated. Being outside when I tasted it could have affected this significantly, though.
Perfect for English Fish & Chips by the sea. The lemon zest is perfect for cutting through the grease.
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TA Brews rating: 4/5