Yes I'm wearing a suit and no, it's not because I'm reviewing this beer. It's due to the fact I had just gotten home from a job interview and I thought it would be fun to shoot a beer review while so well-dressed. Anyway, this is the last of the six beers sent to me from Sean at Adnams Brewery in England. Some of the BeerTubers from the UK have said this is Adnams' best (or among their best) beers. I was certainly hoping so since most of the beers until this point had been only okay at best.
3.2AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Dark copper/ruby red, slightly hazy. Noticeable carbonation. Forms a generous, off-white, soapy head - good retention and lacing.
Smell: Generic ESB scent with slight toasted cereal malts and hints of red fruit. Noticeable skunky/oxidation scent as well - not extremely foul, quite subtle, and easy to block out.
Taste: It took a few swigs to get used to the palate on this beer. It started out quite sharp and tangy, but eventually smoothened out to a more traditional ESB role. Mild palate for the most part, especially the first half. There’s slight toasted cereal malts and a surprisingly creamy texture and flavor. The second half is lightly bitter with a quick sour tang taste that leaves as quickly as it arrives. As the beer warms it becomes more fruity with red apple notes. Not a dry beer by any means, though. Not the tastiest palate in the world, and as a pub-style ale it works - nothing more, nothing less.
Drinkability: Perfectly medium-bodied in weight and density. Soft, somewhat cold mouthfeel that never dries out. Actually becomes more refreshing as it warms as the flavors begin to mature. The 6.3% ABV seems right on the money, although I could imagine sessioning this beer no problem - especially with pub fare.
Overall, not the best ESB on the market as it seems to have a few kinks to work out. But it is a solid performer in the end. I think this particular beer might be for more refined tastes than mass audiences, though.