Friday, March 4, 2011

Adnams East Green Carbon Neutral

The third of the six beers sent to me courtesy of the Adnams Brewery in England. This is stronger in terms of ABV than the first two beers, but seems to be the lightest in flavor. I should've used this beer review to go on a rant about how global warming or climate change is totally bogus and how one "carbon neutral" beer isn't going to do anything to change the world... but maybe I'll just upload a documentary dealing with that subject instead ;)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (624) - Albany, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Adnams is a brewery, winery, distillery and a chain of hotels on England’s east coast. Their beers used to be available in the United States, but disappeared off store shelves several years ago. They recently contacted me to sample some of their beers as they are considering selling their products on our side of the pond again. Here’s the first of the six reviews:

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

Appearance: Crystal-clear gold color with plenty of carbonation, initially. Forms a small, bright white, frothy head. Unfortunately, it doesn’t retain or lace that well. Beer looks like a macro lager.

Smell: Very little aroma with a slight grassy note and perhaps a bit of macro lager funk. A hint of lemon gives me something to look forward to.

Taste: This is a mild beer to say the least. British pub-style session ales like this usually have at least some flavor, but AEGCN is quite bland. The first thing I notice is how watery the palate is. On the backend I get a quick kiss of grassy hops and a mild lemon citrus taste. It actually reminds me of an extremely cold macro lager, although I doubt this beer is brewed with any adjuncts. There’s nothing particularly off-putting about the palate aside from its lack of genuine flavor, although I do notice a slight sourness that intensifies as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Thick, soft, wet, and watery. Not crisp like a lager, but clean as one.

Drinkability: A very quaffable beer and a brew that would be a great choice to drink en masse on a hot summer’s day. The bland body almost demands to be paired with snacks to make it work as a refresher, otherwise it drinks like a lager without the crispness (been there, done that).

Overall, there’s nothing really special about this beer. Although it is interesting how such a small traditional British brewery made a beer so similar to the big boys.

Grade: 4/10

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