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Adnams Ghost Ship - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 11-14-2010)
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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
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3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed 12 oz. on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. Bright golden yellow with a small quantity of white head, I am immediately struck by the tropical hop aroma, starfruit, watermelon, and tangerine with an unexpected smokiness. Unique "English golden" ale in that the smoke carries over onto the palate (!), thin and fizzy yet with a robust biscuit and nutty maltiness and a hopping regime that delivers robust citrus/tropical fruit flavors, along with the expected English floral/earthy character in the finish. Includes Citra hops and crystal rye malt which could account for these unique attributes.

CalgaryFMC, Jun 28, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Apparently a Liquor Depot exclusive in Alberta.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, densely foamy white head, which leaves a decent array of painted wave crest lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of sweet, bready pale malt, a touch of caramel, lemon and lime cocktail juice, a further tropical fruitiness - musty pineapple and guava - and some subtle, perfumed floral hops. The taste is bready, somewhat crackery malt, a big drop-off in the fruitiness from the nose - here it's just some muddled, sort of zingy, citrus salad notes, with an earthy, weakly bitter floral hoppiness rounding things out.

The carbonation is well on the low and understated side, the body medium-light in weight, and fairly smooth, just a wee clamminess stepping on its toes. It finishes off-dry, the wet cracker sweetness facing a pithy citrus fruit, um, bitterness.

Jebus. This is one of those kinds of beers where while there is absolutely nothing wrong with it, the converse is true as well. I just can't get up for this one - it's plainly drinkable, I suppose, but is as deeply memorable as the titular ocean vessel.

biboergosum, Mar 20, 2013
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4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a tulip pint glass. Best before June 30th 2014.

Rocking white head, three fingers deep and fluffy retention, filled with island caps and spider thick lacing. Body color is crystal clear brass bronze and shimering with some minimal carbonation. Practically textbook looking.

Nose is interesting. Did I just smell smoke? Smoke ash and some estery fruit bitters with a minimal malt sensing bouquet. Really interesting and different, not sure how I should react but it's neat. Not sure how this translates though on the palate.

Light bodied pale ale with some light caramel sense. Smoke action seems to turn to pine like hop bursts, and some more ashen earthen quality. Light bodied but a simple rich mouthfeel that coats everywhere in the palate. Somewhat chalky quality with this ashen bitterness mixed in.

A real interesting take on an English Pale, but the fruity ester quality doesn't seem to get out or some of the malt sweetness. Still quite delicious and easily drinkable for 4.5%.

smakawhat, Dec 24, 2013
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500ml bottle BBD 30 Nov 2013: opened on 15 Jan 2013 some 30 nautical mile north of where the Titanic went down. Stateroom 6187 on Cunards 'Queen Victoria'.

Poured into a tumbler twice it looked fine: amber, clear and clean, on top a full white head sat on both pours.

Citrus notes in the nose and taste: bitter, yet with a malty undercurrent. A well balanced and easy to drink beer, Adnams come up trumps again.

Body depth was just right for the 4.5%ABV and I'm glad I took the brew on board with me.

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Adnams Ghost Ship from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.