Last week, Adnams launched Ghost Ship, or should I say re-launched. I was invited to the launch but of course I could not make it for obvious logistical reasons. Instead, the good people of Adnams sent me a sample of the new beer.
At 4.5% this is a session beer but what a session beer. It's no quaffable English pale ale, this is a beer for citrus lovers. Sol and Corona drinkers can take their bland beer and add lime to give it some sort of flavour but Ghost Ship achieves this naturally through the use of hops resulting in a much better experience*.
The aroma is almost entirely citrus at first. Lemon and lime pith followed by some tropical fruits and then a little biscuit before finalising on lemon sherbet.
In the mouth it gets interesting. Once you get over the mouthfeel, which is very soft but well carbonated. It's not fizzy like a lager but more like a soft water Pilsner or Kölsch. We start off with tropical fruits and then the lemon and lime citric notes power through and you are left with a lingering bitterness and your mouth demanding more. There is only a slight malt backbone here, what's there is overpowered by the citrus and tropical fruits.
As session beers go, for me, it does not get much better than this. I love how there is so much flavour packed in to 4.5% here and it just goes to show that the combination of Chinook, Motueka and Citra brings to the party.
It should be noted that I think this version is different to the version previously released as a seasonal, judging by older ratebeer reviews that is. It sounds like the original version was a little on the boring side but I did not find this in any way boring.
* I mention this because I would be curious to see how Sol/Corona drinkers react when given a beer like Ghost Ship? In my experience, most Sol/Corona drinkers are women. That's just an observation and may not be backed up by facts. It would be a mistake to market this as a beer for women but I believe some clever marketing might get women drinking it. I guarantee my wife would love it.