This week I and one or two other writers were fortunate enough to be sent a couple of beers from Adnams.
They were waiting by my back door when I got home from work on Friday and it was with impatience that I put them away to settle from their journey before opening them.
The beers in question are a single hopped Pale Ale – Mosaic being the hop in question – from Adnams’ Jack Brand range, and South Town, a Red Ale brewed in collaboration with Camden Town Brewery.
And so it’s Sunday and I can wait no longer.
This is what I think of the beer I was sent.
Mosaic Pale Ale (4.1%)
Pouring a light gold with a good frothy head, the smell of this lovely fresh Pale Ale is straw and gooseberries, lime leaves and honey.
The malts are all candy floss and Caramac bars, apple cores and crusty white bread, a gentle yeastiness bumping around in the corners that adds a good meatiness to the beer that make the hops feel even brighter.
And this is a beer that’s all about the hops.
They’re chewy jelly sweets, fizzy sherbet, lime zest, green grape skins, gooseberries and resinous woody fence posts that lead into a crisp dry, bitter finish.
Very nice indeed.
South Town (4.9%)
Brewed with Australian hops, rye and oats, South Town is a collaboration between Adnams and Camden Town Brewery, and it’s superb.
Pouring a deliciously deep amber, the smell is perfumed plum jam, brown bread and treacle.
The rye adds a meaty pumpernickel and toasted bread richness and the flaked oats give a light creaminess over which the hops come on all mandarin marmalade, lemon pips, orange rind and a super dry lime leaf bitterness that makes the finish almost endless.