Some time ago I reviewed, here at The Brewclub, the first beer brewed – in their ‘Jack’ brand craft brewery – by ‘Adnams’ of Southwold, in East Anglia.
I gave their ‘Innovation Flavoursome Ale’ 3½ stars (here) declaring it to be “a refreshing blend, and at 6.7% ABV it’s deceptively dangerous on a hot summer’s day“.
So, now I find myself facing the first lager that Adnams have ever produced, again in their ‘Jack’ brewery.
I find it astonishing that Adnams have never, since 1872, ventured over to the ‘lager’ side. That said, this, their first lager won a gold medal at the 2014 International Beer Challenge, so I’m looking forward to this.
It pours a classic golden colour, with a head that could best be described as ‘reluctant’.
I wouldn’t describe the nose as brilliant, but there are clear peach, passionfruit and citrus notes; it’s been dry hopped with ‘Galaxy’ hops, it’s definitely inviting.
The flavour is dry and crisp, it’s brewed with authentic Pilsner malt, and those Galaxy hops serve to enhance and already pleasing lager experience.
This is a refreshing, rewarding lager and well worth seeking out.
I’m happy to give this 3½ Brewclub stars, and wouldn’t be surprised to see this appearing in my beer fridge this summer.