Adnams are on a roll delivering yet another stunning ale which double underlines why they are Brewery Of The Year 2011 according to The Good Pub Guide. One of Adnams’ Seasonal Range this will be available from May to October 2011 and hopefully again next year.

I tried this on cask and bottled a couple of times in my local, in Southwold andf rom their Cellar & Kitchen just off Goodge Street in London and have to admit that for me the bottled version is a much tastier proposition and lead to me ordering nearly a whole case. This pale ale is very drinkable and refreshing with hints of citrus and a not too much of an overwhelming taste as some pale ales can have. The additional carbonation from the bottle really adds something that elevates a strong ale to even higher heights.

Adnams Ghost Ship has good bitterness with a attractive lemon and lime aromas. Ghost Ship is a ghostly pale ale which takes its inspiration from Adnams 600-year-old haunted pub, The Bell. Brewed with some Pale Ale malt, Crystal Malt, Munich and some Wheat Malt giving the beer a malty backbone. Colombus, Chinook and Citra hops add great lime flavours.” (

“As well as having its own resident ghost, The Bell sits in one of England’s most haunted villages, Walberswick, where George Orwell famously spotted the spectre of a small stooping man, prompting a lifelong interest in ghosts. Walberswick’s shore is littered with the eerie wrecks of smuggling ships, much like the one on the pump clip. And just out to sea, now under the waves, lies the ghost town of Dunwich. Previously one of England’s biggest ports, Dunwich was washed out to sea in 1286. Legend has it that the bells in the church tower can still be heard ringing on calm winter nights. (

Overall – a lovely pint and definitely one to look out for when available.

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