Thursday, February 24, 2011

Adnams Gunhill

Another beer courtesy of Adnams in England, this is another traditional English Bitter (or is it a mild? I dunno, styles are arbitrary if you ask me). I decided to pair this with a "toastie" - a sandwich made with ham, cheese and turkey cooked on a George Foreman grill kind of like a Panini. My favorite bar, Mahar's, makes sandwiches similar to this (only bigger and better, of course) and I'm thinking this might be something you're likely to find in a traditional British pub. Could my viewers from the UK please comment on the accuracy of this?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (624) - Albany, USA - FEB 24, 2011
There are a few styles of beer that truly British at their core - the mild and the bitter being two of the most renown examples of the style (especially when served on cask). Adnams Gunhill is an ale that seems to be applicable to either style so I won’t try to pigeonhole it. Regardless, it’s one of the few bottled beers that can come close to replicating true pub ale.

I poured a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: A pretty ruby red color as indicated by the description on the bottle. It forms a white, frothy head which leaves plenty of lacing and retains well. Only a little carbonation is present.

Smell: Not much. Perhaps some typical British-style biscuity malt scents. A touch of fruit basket notes, too, but otherwise very mild in the nose.

Taste: Gunhill has a slightly sweet, biscuity/bready malt taste from start to finish. There’s a touch of red apple fruity sweetness common to British beers due to their yeast strain, plus a tang I often find in beers of this style. It’s a tad dry, but only a tad. It actually reminds me of Fuller’s ESB or Wells Bombardier, but with a simpler, milder palate (but a satisfying one).

Mouthfeel: Medium body bordering on light. Feels wet, watery, cold, and tepid in the mouth. A tongue-friendly beer, though!

Drinkability: Extremely smooth and highly quaffable. I paired this with lunch and it all went together extremely well as the beer is refreshing enough for pub fare, or simple as a session ale during the football match.

Overall, I’ve had better British beers, but I think this is an English pub in a bottle - genuine flavor without any obnoxiousness.

Grade: 7/10

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