Adnams Ghost Ship
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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English Pale Ale
Ranked #13
Ranked #23,684
3.82 | pDev: 11.26%
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Very Good
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Photo of shambeano
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Dan Murphy's in a 440 ml can. Date on the bottom of the can (Best Before) is August 2019. Poured into a Tulip. A little bit of a gusher, so had to wait a little while to actually pour it.
Look: Orange gold colour. About an inch or so of thick head, slowly falls back down with some lacing. Looks alright.
Smell: A little hoppy to begin with, a touch of citrus and some sweetish honey malt. Not much else happening.
Taste: Much like the smell. A nice maltiness, with a slightly citrus hop. A touch of bitterness at the end, but its all very reserved. I think it is pretty well-rounded though.
Feel: light bodied, but still seems to hit all points of the tongue. Not particularly carbonated, which makes it seem heavier than it probably is.
Overall: I think for style, it is a well rounded example of an English Pale, well rounded hop and malt character, with neither overpowering the other.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had a pint with lunch today at the Red Lion in Eaton nr Norwich, very enjoyable more traditional' pale ale. An eminently sessionable beer. Nothing jutting out of place, goes very well with food. If I lived in the region it's the kind of beer I could order when visiting a local pub and it wasn't going to let me down.

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Photo of Oragyn
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It's got a citrus (lime) and malty aroma and pours a solid coppery colour. Has a nice subtle bitterness, satisfying zesty taste, tasting almost grapefruit towards the end and leaves a fairly refreshing, pleasant after taste. Solid pale ale.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very reliable beer in cask, can, bottle and mini keg

Rating overall, review for can

Pours copper, clear, two finger head.

Aroma is a mix of modern American hop and caramelly malt, some toffe and tablet there.

Taste brings a bit of pithy bitterness but it's restrained.Juicyness and those malt flavours are there albeit in the background. Some dryness on the finish.

Good beer and great value

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Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, golden colored brew. Tight and lasting head which leaves good rings for lace.

The smell leans to the rich pale malt. Nearly no hop presence.

This fits the classic English Pale Ale profile with sweet fruity base and a balancing local hop (Kent and Fuggles?). The body is rich with a muted effervescence. The well-balanced aftertaste lasts a long time considering the strength of the malt base.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

6 mnths old 440ml can

look: orange, copper, a bit hazy, low carbonation, good head retention.

aroma: was a bit muted. what I got was some kind of critus note, like lime and some sweet like caramel.

taste: pretty hoppy and fresh for a 6 month old can. Citrusy and rubbery. Some grapefruit and lemon.

mouthfeel: medium bodied, and hoppy leathery aftertaste.

overall: nice pale ale. I'd like to drink it fresher. I would definitely try it again.

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Photo of matuto
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle, exp. 12/2017. Amber beer, a bit hazy. Subtle mineral, citric and earthy aromas and taste. Watery mouthfeel. Nice bitterness showing up after a while.

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Photo of saboliver
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle. Fairly modest nose, malty with a touch of citrus. Nothing dramatic. Very pleasing malty first taste with limited hoppiness and the faintly metallic tang that is a pleasing feature of some Adnams ales. Hops and bitterness come through a lot more later. Perhaps a bread or biscuit note to the malt taste developing during drinking. Medium carbonation with a little bit of fizz in the mouth but not too much for me. Fairly light and easy-drinking. Would be a pleasant session ale.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Enjoyed while on vacation in the UK. Pint served cool (from tap) at the Crutched Friar in London, nearby the Tower of London. Served in a Adnams Ghost Ship pint glass with some bad ass ship on it.

Appearance - Bright orange and amber colored brew. A half finger of white head sits on top as isn't going anywhere. Spotty lacing all over the glass.

Smell - Slightly earthy and musty with orange peel thrown in for good measure. Maybe some pepper in there as well and the light floral aromatics work nicely in the background. May be a strange combo but it works.

Taste - Light and fairly floral with middling bitterness, intensifying towards the end. Some orange peel shows up again.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and fairly light. Carbonation is low, but fits the flavors.

Overall - A pretty solid pale ale. Ghost ship is worth the price of admission and certainly wouldn't say no to a second pint.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From Elcervecero. In Ikea's pint glass. Playing Pillars of Eternity. Very mineral, with citrusy notes to lime and lemon, a light body and a well adjusted bitterness level. Sessionable but lacking taste and body

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Photo of DypsoBubble
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought in tins from Sainsbury's supermarket. Good value at five quid for four.
Good light session beer with fruity citrus tasting hops. Nice balance of carbonation, acidity, bitterness and flavours. Excellent for a hot summer's day.

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Photo of Umbriel
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The somewhat cheesy label makes you think this is another pale ale in a sea of beers. But this one is particularly good and I came across it as a random buy. It's so well balanced and not too hoppy, too sweet or too bitter but has a lovely, very subtle burnt ash flavour. It exudes balance and it goes down very smoothly indeed. Recommended.

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Photo of Spike
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

500ml bottle.
L: Clear, dark amber colour with a thin, white, head and lots of lacing.
S: Tangerine, honeysuckle, and pine.
T: Malt & citrus, metallic bitterness.
F: Thin & watery mouthfeel with some carbonation and a hoppy astringency.
O: Looks ok and bitterness is good but taste and feel is underwhelming. Thin and a bit harsh. A big brewer’s attempt at an anglo-American pale ale.

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Photo of vinicole
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale amber. No head but plenty of rising bubbles.
Aroma of citrus hops tinged with malt.
Taste reflects the smell with a touch of sweetness counterbalanced by a tannic astringency.
Moderate feel..
and better on cask 28/07/17

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Photo of bark
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask @ Charlie’s Pub, Copenhagen Denmark.

Clear liquid, copper colour. The low head is cool white.

The bitter-hoppy smooth smell is somewhat sour, some floral notes.

The taste got distinct bitter flavours, but in a very English way. Citric fruits and ditto peels, orange squash. Medium body. The aftertaste is a bit harsh with lemon peels and dried flowers. The finish is a bit harsh.

Medium carbonation, stronger than expected from a cask ale. Smooth liquid.

A bit too harsh, I get the expression that this is an English bitter with too much modern world hops, not an APA with an English twist. Still, a quite nice beer.

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Photo of drmeto
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

-pours a slightly hazy golden-amber with a medium to big,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-Follows the nose plus a bready finish
-low to medium bitterniss
-medium carbonation
-light body
Good,refreshing Ale.
Somewhere between an English Bitter and SNPA

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Photo of charlatan
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber coloured beer with onion and tangerine oil in the nose. Sugests interesting hops and indeed the beer is pretty hoppy for an English pale ale. The hops are pretty spciy and astringent. I was less keen on the dry feel.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sadly, the bottled, not cask version. Adnams seems to always do a good job at putting out solid beer without ever being amazing. Ghost ship seems to keep that tradition alive and well. Pours a clear bronze with a low head and very little lacing. Nose has some nice fresh hop aroma, falling somewhere between grassy and piney. Flavor is somewhere between a UK and US pale ale...reasonable hop/bitterness levels, solid malt backbone. However, it is certainly short of exciting. Could pound back a few without any complaints thought.

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Photo of ChinaskiWMA
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I spent a week this summer in Southwold, drinking this from the bottle and on tap from the Red Lion (the Lord Nelson was packed). This beer is the perfect blending of the subtle and balanced characteristics of an English Ale with the juicy, citrusy qualities of American IPAs (but no bitterness). Not surprisingly it's brewed with Citra hops.
The look is amber and clear. I would love to taste it unfiltered. The nose gives you toasted bread, yeast, and some citrusy fruit. Initially, very thirst quenching and mild flavor of English ale yeast and malty biscuit, giving way to mild grapefruit citrus. Soft flavor upfront, and soft finish. I can drink this all day.

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Photo of gutbucket2
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

5 litre cask bought from brewery. (contains yeast). Strong sweet citrus and toffee aroma. Taste the same. Mouthfeel: this is where the beer scores highly. Terrific lengthy taste of citrus hop and malt including rye. Overall: a stunning ale from Adnams. Chewy texture, unusual in a 4.5% beer. I recommend buying cask-conditioned. Bottled version does not contain yeast.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On to Adnams and their nautically-themed beers, this time Ghost Ship, a ghostly Pale Ale (their words). Now I quite enjoyed their Broadside, an English Special Bitter-cum-Old Ale, so I was a teeny bit excited to give this a go, with a sense of apprehension at the low 4.5% ABV (low ABVs generally go hand in hand with muted flavours)... after reviewing the HUGE disappointment of a Pale Ale that is Matilda Bay’s Lazy Yak I’m not holding my breath on this blowing my socks off.

Poured from a 440ml can into a nonic pint.

A: Presents a clear amber body with a fluffy 1 cm white-with-a-hint-of-beige head that soon settles to a thin covering leaving spiderweb lace on the side of the glass - a good sign indeed mateys (I’m continuing the nautical themes in my review). 7/10.

S: Melon and stone fruit characters lead the nose followed by a nice earthy & herbaceous note and some toasted biscuit malts. There are touches of bread yeast in the background as well... this is one ship shape brew, ahoy! 7/10.

T: At first the flavour is mild and unassuming, like a cool summers sea breeze wafting over Portsmouth. Then we get some slight citric acidity, a light and sweet malt toasted malt base, and a touch of tea-leaf tannin and citric bitterness in the finish... No stormy seas here, just smooth sailing. Any negatives in the flavour department? Well it’s the same issue I, personally, have with any beer below the 6% ABV mark - it could benefit from a little more flavour intensity. 8/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a light, slightly dense bubbled, almost English pub (but a little bit more active) carbonation, better than a tankard of grog. 8/10.

D: Sessionable? Very, and for the price it is even better than most craft beers on the Australian market at a downright reasonable $13 a 4-pack (that’s nearly 2 litres of a half-decent Pale Ale). Recently I’ve found myself keeping good English Ales in the fridge alongside Torpedo cans and FBS bottles - and this is a great go-to option for when Plonk runs out of Tanglefoot cans (which they’re selling for $14 a 4-pack), overall I’m impressed by this easy-drinking EPA with hints of APA and will definitely get it again in future... weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen me mateys! 8/10.

Food match: The overall fruitiness and herbaceous character of this atypical English Pale Ale would work well with fresh asian cuisines such as Vietnamese or Korean.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I thought the nose on this -- heck the palate too -- was like a perfect synthesis of American vs English takes on the use of hops/malt. It has a really prominent floral nose, which evoked American pale ales, but the palate doesn't shy away from some malt sweetness. There's enough bitterness to tie it all together too. Enjoyable pint, served in good condition at the Lamb and Flag in Covent Garden.

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Photo of Lemreway16
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I like Adnam's Beers and was keen to try this. It is an excellent beer with along with its hoppy taste many hints of citrus fruit melons et al. Trouble is for my taste buds its too fruity - I prefer the old fashioned tastes of hops and malt but that's me and I can recognise a good beer. What I will say its an ideal beer for a lager drinker seeking to convert to real beer to try. Its not too heavy and light in flavour.

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Photo of FLima
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a thin head with short retention, but leaving some laces.
Lemony aroma with hints of lemongrass, mild pine, musk and some English earthiness. I am not sure why it reminded me a bit of sorachi hops used on one of the versions of Duvel Tripel hop.
Bitter and citrus flavor with notes of lemon-lime, herbal and earthy hops, caramel and biscuit malt, citrus fruit like peel, English yeast, mild spices or rye, some pine drops, musk and tea with lychees. Dry aftertaste with a rounded bitterness.
Light towards medium body with perfect carbonation.
Refreshing English Pale Ale with a predominant lemon citrusy. Although they use American hops, naming Citra for example, it feels very different from a traditional APA. I guess the little blessed guys are the culprit again to still make this very English.

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Photo of magpieken
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

440ml can. 31 Jan 15. Pours a bright, pale gold/light amber colour with a large frothy white head which settled down to a couple of millimetres, leaving minimal lacing. Big hop aroma along the lines of an American Pale Ale: pine, resin and citrus; but also some underlying bready maltiness. Quite bitter but not excessively & some gentle sweetness but it’s the bitterness that dominates. Light to medium body, quite thin texture, low carbonation and a lingering bitter finish. 7.

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