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