Adnams Ghost Ship | Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by wl0307 on 11-14-2010

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Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcmchew
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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%.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
3.77/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bark
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
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 needle 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.

2nd tasting, bottle: Plays in the spiced orange deadzone between EKG and something like Chinook. More conventional than last glance, but there are bits of papaya in there. Oakham still sets the Citra bar, or Black's of Kinsale for Ireland.

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Photo of FLima
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
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 EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 440ml can with a BB of Nov 2014. Purchased from the Adnams webshop a little while back.

A: Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear orange-amber hue with medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Some lacing.

S: Aroma of sharp fruity hops with hints of grapefruit, citrus, mild peel, white fruit, grass/hay, caramel malt and ale yeast. Lovely.

T: Tastes of fruity aromatic hops with a tangy bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, white grape, mild melon, grass/hay, caramel malt, ale yeast and subtle stewed hops. Slightly sweet, followed by an appreciable hoppy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and good body. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, stewed leaves and ale yeast.

O: A fantastic pale ale and a recent favourite of mine. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour have a robust hop presence underpinned by subtle caramel malt. Fruity notes abound! Body is OK. An ale with excellent balance and delicious hoppiness. Very drinkable and well worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (500ml from Morisons):
Golden amber colour with a thumb sized, creamy white head that stays pretty well with little reduction in size over a couple of minutes.

Medium strength sweet malts, some floral hops and a good citrus aroma following this. There is some bitter malts and a small amount of caramel but generally quite faint.

Bitter malts and a nice citrus and lemon backing. There is some floral hops and a strong biscuit flavour after this. Definitely a bitter beer but not a bad taste.

Medium body and about the same carbonation level, there is a small amount of spice and a mild citrus tang but it's definitely the bitterness that dominates.

Drinkable but the aroma was lacking a little and not really that noticeable. It did hold its head fairly well though and looked pretty good but it's not a beer I'd pick up again given the choice, it was just too ordinary a pale ale.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of innominat
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of steverx8
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heygeebee
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of vinicole
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Kirk
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of hansavijaticar
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of drmeto
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
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 CalgaryFMC
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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