Adnams Ghost Ship
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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Style:
Pale Ale - English
Ranked #13
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #25,654
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 11.23%
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
141
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Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
 
England, United Kingdom
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Wants
  10
Gots
  53
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Sigmund from Norway

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 4.5%. Clear deep golden to amber colour, moderate white head. Very nice aroma of fruity / citrussy hops. Relatively light bodied, but has a solid hoppiness throughout. Citrussy notes, resinous and bitter in the aftertaste. Not very sweet, but has some notes of caramel malts. Another decent ale from Adnams.

Apr 05, 2021
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StoutSkull from England

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have tried the canned version of this beer as it was recommended to me as tastier than the bottled version, it pours an amber with orange tones light body with an off white tone foamy top, the aroma is floral and citra hops , tastes malty with slightly citrusy notes of the british hops and malts, it is a light bodied refreshing beer with a minimal bitter aftertaste and minimal carbonation; it is pleasant and easy to drink as a session beer.

Feb 06, 2021
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Jsteez from Utah

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice British pale ale with an American hop twist. Smooth and hoppy, but balanced and... did I say smooth? Citrus (from Citra hops) and a little fruity, with a lighter body. Some toffee notes from the English malts. A nice bitter bite at the end that has you crying for more. Copper/orange color.
A good pale ale. Easy to drink a few

Dec 10, 2020
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shambeano from Australia

3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Jan 15, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Dec 23, 2018
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Oragyn from England

4.06/5  rDev +6%
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.

Sep 07, 2018
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Hanglow from Scotland

3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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

May 13, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Mar 25, 2018
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jamesroses from Argentina

3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Mar 16, 2018
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matuto from Brazil

3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Sep 09, 2017
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saboliver from England

3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Aug 09, 2017
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Jul 31, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
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

Jul 26, 2017
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DypsoBubble from England

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Jul 08, 2017
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Umbriel from England

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Jan 28, 2017
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Spike from England

3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

May 30, 2016
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vinicole from England

3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Apr 09, 2016
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bark from Sweden

3.64/5  rDev -5%
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.

Mar 29, 2016
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drmeto from Germany

3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a slightly hazy golden-amber with a medium to big,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-grassy,spicy,orange,grapefruit,tangerines
T:
-Follows the nose plus a bready finish
-low to medium bitterniss
F:
-medium carbonation
-light body
O:
Good,refreshing Ale.
Somewhere between an English Bitter and SNPA

Jan 02, 2016
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charlatan from Scotland

3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Dec 15, 2015
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Sep 07, 2015
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ChinaskiWMA from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Aug 25, 2015
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gutbucket2 from England

4.29/5  rDev +12%
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.

Aug 12, 2015
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doktorhops from Australia

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Jul 24, 2015
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breadwinner from California

4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Jul 13, 2015
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 141 ratings