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Adnams Ghost Ship - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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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4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cask at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is orange with a small, soapy, white head. The aroma offers citra hops, biscuits, citrus fruit. This beer is a great fit for the cask. Beautiful feel. Bitter and yet smooth. Easy drinking and light on the palate. Good stuff.

Huhzubendah, Nov 29, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried during a tasting session on the Adnams brewery the tour, so keep in mind i'm basing this review off memories of about 50ml of the stuff!

Pours a lovely clear golden colour. Not much smell that I can remember. I do remember though, a great taste very clean and malty, I could have easily drunk a few pints of the stuff, and was very impressed.

Had to resist the urge to buy an 8 pint mini cask of this from the Adnams shop knowing I would have to carry it back home on the train. Overall a superb beer.

CwrwAmByth, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
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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4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On draught at W J Kavanagh, Dublin.

Bright brass with white film that rings.
Fresh white toast on the nose with some ruby red grapefruit and papaya.
Slight toasty toffee biscuit up front but fizzy citrus, lychee and peach hops cut right in.
Pineapple-orange juice and humming pine need linger.
LIght, crisp, oily, some cling.

Solid bit of Citra that shows the tropical side of that hop. Well-hopped for the strength, though maybe a touch thin. Still, Brits are doing Citra <5% (Oakham, Jarl) better than anyone right now.

StJamesGate, Sep 25, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

BlackHaddock, Apr 13, 2013
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3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear amber, thin white fluffy head, nice retention.
Smell is full of biscuit and caramel, with a faint tropical note covered by tasty lime and tangerine.
Taste: grainy biscuity malts, with a nice hoppy fruitiness at first, citrusy tropical as in the smell, a bit toned down. It goes through some pine, quickly to a dry leafy tobacco bitterness in the finish. Slightly salted grains throughout make up the mostly malty taste of the beer.
Smooth medium body and carbonation, refreshing at first but the bitterness piles up quickly, rather dry.
A nice English ale, reallly good in its style.

dcmchew, Apr 25, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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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3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can: a large, 440mL blue can with an old schooner on it. Decent, though I still have an issue (unreasonable or not) with cans.

Appearance: pours a slightly orange amber colour with sporadic carbonation. A half-finger off-white head hangs about for a time before dropping to a thick ring. Little lacing.

Aroma: smells of bread malts, with a touch of caramel and some floral hops. That traditionally English earthen aroma also - refreshing.

Taste: fairly close to the aroma, but with that earthen flavour bigger in the mouth. Definite bread malts and floral notes. Pretty good.

Aftertaste: the earth drops away somewhat to be replaced with that caramel sweetness on the nose. Lovely.

Mouth feel: a moderate body with moderate carbonation also. I think that is what makes this a better pale ale than most that come out of England - it has a decent amount of carbonation - it doesn't feel as flat as a lot of others.

Overall: quite a decent English Pale Ale, and for an incredible price. Where most of these are well over $80 - $100 for a case, this one was AU$55 for a case of 24 x 440mL (2014), putting it in the same price range as a standard Aussie lager. A good beer for a great price.

SmashPants, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of wl0307
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coming in a slim 500ml brown bottle, BB 30/09/2014, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.
A: pours a clear, bright amber colour with a thin light-beige foam, on top of
S: lightly piney notes, sweet lime, passion fruits, savoury prunes, and exotic esters (reminiscent of certain Belgian ales) combine to deliver a light-bodied but pleasantly focused aroma of hops and yeasts against a rather clean profile of pale and mildly caramely malts.
T: on the entry comes a softly sparkling palate of biscuity malts with a bit of starchy feel to it, ensued by a decent and lingering hop bitterness with a surprisingly low level of limey-fruity hop flavour and aroma (as opposed to the impression on the nose). The finish is moderately tannic bitter with good attenuation (i.e. dry-ish) to keep the palate free of burden.
M&O: the mouthfeel is generally clean and lightly carbonated, but not as smooth and creamy as the cask-conditioned version which I had just a week ago. All in all, in this bottle version, the fruity elements and hop profile on the palate both seem to be more subdued, but nonetheless this doesn’t fail to make it a thirst-quenching option if the cask version is not available.

*Cask-Conditioned Version
(Notes of 09/11/2010) Tasted by a half-pint at the John Russell Fox, a JDW pub in Andover, during the chain's beer festival in Autumn 2010; served by a non-sparkler pull. Notes: brewed with Chinook, Citra, Columbus hop varieties.
4.5 A: golden hue, great clarity, low carbonation, a creamy off-white head holds very wlel.
3.5 S: sweet citrus and passion fruits in abundance, semi-sweet pale malts as in most Adnam's ales. Clean, yet reasonably fragrant.
4 T: super-clean on the palate, great tea-ish & malty taste prevalent in most/all Adnam's ales, plus a touch of phenol, leading to a mildly bitter-sweet finish where clean pale malts' biscuitiness and spicy citric tannins intertwine & linger extremely well. Very pleasant hoppy finish with a good tangy feel down the both sides of the tongue.
4 M&4 D: super clean, healthy fizz level, light-bodied but full of flavour. Good balance is achieved, while all in all hoppiness shines through. A very well-crafted Golden Bitter.

wl0307, Oct 22, 2013
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Adnams Ghost Ship from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.