A light pale ale with a sweet citrus aroma consisting of lemon and lime and hints of elderflower. Golden in colour and refreshingly crisp, it provides a prevalent maltyness and washes down with a satisfyingly spicy citrus tang. Hoppy after tones with a late arriving bitterness that coats the tongue.
Ghost by name, ghost by nature
Owing to its somewhat sentimental value, Ghost Ship is a bit of a favourite at MFBR. First experienced on the morning of 2012’s Great British Beer Festival it got the day off to a memorable start, with the irony being that the rest of the day is an amber blur. Deep gold in colour, when first poured it proudly wears a creamy head which slowly fades away… much like a ghost (oh we’re just getting started).
A strong lemon and lime aroma will greet you as you approach for your first sip and a hint of elderflower is detectable to the more experienced nose. It is a clean and agreeable ale with a mild and balanced bitterness. A friend of mine who only recently began drinking ale in place of over-carbonated pisswater is a big fan of Ghost Ship, perhaps indicating that these qualities make it a good starting point for those only just discovering the world of real ale. That said, Ghost Ship is an ale that promises to please all palettes.
Initially malty, it also brings a playfully hoppy aftertaste that is typical of any pale ale. It combines bitter and sweet superbly and leaves a memorable tang that will encourage you back from more, and being such a light beverage it is certainly easy to sink a few (told you there’d be more). In addition to all of this, the name and badge inevitably place the image of pirates into your head, making it an instant winner in the mind of any logical person.