TheBeerNut recently talked about Spindrift from Adnams. I reckon I was a little less impressed though. Perhaps it's the lighting but mine looks nothing like the thick orange liquid TBN poured. I thought the aroma was skunked, I got a whiff of it as soon as I popped the lid off and it was a little more apparent then when I poured. This changed quickly to a bunch of tropical fruits however. Upon tasting I immediately saw what TBN was talking about when he mentioned the texture being thick and somewhat sickly. It is and this means that it's hard to drink a lot of it. Bitter orange and tropical fruits seem to dominate. I don't really get the appeal of the beer. Adnams make some fantastic beers but I can't see where this fits in. Why is it in a blue bottle? Why 300ml (hard to drink more?). For me this is something to swat away.
I see on the Adnams site that spindrift is no longer in a blue bottle. And on tap it's 4% instead of 5% so I wonder is it any better on tap?
Banks Bitter to the rescue then? Well, no... A tannic ice tea like bitter pale ale that does not seem to have much character. It's 3.8% so it's a sessionable ice tea. That said, it was far easier to drink than spindrift so a bit of a win I suppose.