Ben Dean-Titterrell

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Month: May, 2017

1001 Beers: 6. Adnams Ghost Ship

Ghost Ship

Adnams Ghost Ship

From: England

Brewed by: Adnams Brewery

First brewed: 2010

ABV: 4.5%

Obtained from: Tesco (Colchester, Essex)

Adnams Ghost Ship was the first beer I’ve had for this project so far that I’ve drunk with food. I have to say it went wonderfully with the fish and chips I had that evening. This was all thanks to the strong, dominating citrus taste of this IPA. The tastes of lemon and lime were obvious from the first sip and stayed with me the whole way through.

Another thing I noted about this beer was how it was nicely balanced on the palette. It wasn’t too heavy and it wasn’t too light. It reached a lovely middle ground where it could be enjoyed with a full flavour whilst at the same time not being overpowering. Ghost Ship is best had in full, long swigs that fill the mouth with all the intensity of the taste rather than in short, shallow sips.

Bottle Top

I like to close my eyes and envisage the optimal time and place to drink each beer I try. For this one I saw a pint of this in a garden (doesn’t have to be a beer garden) on a warm, balmy summer’s evening as the sun sets.

Scoring this beer was certainly a tricky one. Torn between a three and a four I’ve eventually opted to give Ghost Ship a strong three out of five.

3 out of 5

1001 Beers: 5. Fuller’s London Pride

Fuller's London Pride

Fuller’s London Pride

From: England

Brewed by: Fuller, Smith and Turner

First brewed: 1959

ABV: 4.7%

Obtained from: Tesco (Colchester, Essex)

When I drank my first sip of Fuller’s London Pride, I really needed a drink. I was in a frustrated and irritable mood. Someone had let me down with a bit of bad news and I really wanted something to take my mind off things. Fuller’s London Pride did exactly what I needed.

This ale was smooth and light on the palette. It wasn’t harsh on the tongue and it wasn’t so strong that it was hard to drink. I felt relaxed as I drank it, it helped clear my mind of the frustrations of recent events. The flavours were good but at the same time incredibly simple. This beer was, for lack of a better word, accessible. It was welcoming to a beginner, to those unseasoned to the nuances of ale drinking.

Bottle top

It had a lovely amber colour which glowed well in the right light. It looked like the idyllic type of ale you envision when you read “real ales” on the outside of a pub. I drank London Pride in my bedroom and feel that this was not the optimal place to drink it. This beer felt like it would be more at home in a pub, perhaps drank alongside some classic British pub food.

Fuller’s London Pride boasts that it is the UK’s favourite premium ale. As far as I’m concerned, it deserves to be just that. A high 4 out of 5.

4 out of 5