Adnams Mosaic Pale Ale

A very light Pale Ale

Adnam’s brewery in Southwold, Suffolk has been around since 1872 and is still going very strong. Southwold is right on the coast and some of their most famous beers have a nautical theme to commemorate this, such as Broadside and Ghost Ship.

This beer is Mosaic Pale Ale, made from only Mosaic hops and designed as a showcase for this new (2012) hop variety, which is a daughter of Simcoe and Nugget. I like the idea of single hop beers as it is a chance to truly understand the taste of a single style of hop when not mixed in with other types, so I was quite excited to try this one out.

Adnams Southwold Mosaic Pale Ale
Adnams Southwold Mosaic Pale Ale – 4.1% ABV

The beer poured with a nice, white fluffy head that only lasted for a couple of minutes. The picture does not show this but it was a very pale colour, even for a pale ale, straw to light-gold, and had a bit of haze as well.

As I would expect from a single-hop beer, it had a strong hoppy aroma of sweet tropical fruit, primarily mango and citrus, with a light sweet maltiness.

The flavour was unfortunately quite disappointing, it had a mid-level of hoppy bitterness which I found to be soapy with a hint of pine, very different to the aroma. There was also very little malty sweetness to balance. A disappointing mismatch of aroma to flavour.

The beer had a medium carbonation with a short finish, no more than a few seconds. The mouth feel was unfortunately quite watery.

This beer is not offensive in any way, there just is not much to it, it would be ok for a couple during a session, but it feels like it is trying to showcase the single hop variety too much at the expense of balance.

  • Overall Enjoyment
  • Session Compatibility
2.5

Summary

Hops but not enough malt for balance, not bad for a session but not the best.

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