Advantages Tasty, refreshing and good on a hot day.
Disadvantages Plenty of better beers around when the weather turns colder.
Hopefully summer is approaching so I can start to think seriously about beers that are suitable for sitting outside pubs on sunny afternoons. I am picturing something light, refreshing and tasty. The other afternoon I was doing more than just picture a pint of Adnams Explorer!~~~THE BREWERY.
Adnams Brewery began life in 1857, when George and Ernest Adnams set up the business in Sole Bay, Southwold in Suffolk. Brewing had occurred on the site as early as 1396, but the present company became a public company much later in 1891. The brewery merged ownership with the Loftus family in 1901 and the business still has three members of this original duo of families working there today. As a company, Adnams are keen advocates of traditional pubs and cask conditioned beers, brewed using natural ingredients. Their beers can be found in almost 100 of their own pubs and also in pubs nationwide.Some of their beers you may come across include Broadside (a rich fruity beer
~~~THE BEER.***A Bit of Background***
Explorer was brewed after extensive research from the brewery. It is aimed at younger drinkers and it was also hoped that the light colour and fresh taste would make it appeal to women too. It is called Explorer because the hops used to brew it are from the New World. Using them combines traditional brewing methods with the contemporary flavours of American ingredients – the spirit of discovery and exploration!To start with it was only brewed as a summer seasonal beer during the summer of 2004. Such was its success with the drinkers it became part of the Adnams permanent portfolio in February 2006.
***Vital statistics***Adnams Explorer weighs in at 4.3% ABV and is brewed using Columbus and Chinook hops – originally from the American Pacific North-west. The Columbus hops are used in the initial brewing stages and the Chinook are used later (they are used to dry-hop the beer – “To introduce hops to the wort after the boil. Dry hopping significantly increases the hops character of the aroma and flavor of the final beer without increasing the bitterness”) for aroma and extra flavour.
***Look, Aroma & Texture***Explorer is a golden blonde beer with a fluffy reasonably long lasting off-white coloured head. The aroma is fruity and fresh and primarily of grapefruit and banana, with a background scent of biscuity, caramelly (perhaps toffee) malt. This combines with hints of lime and a faint sweet honey smell. Texture is lightly carbonated and fresh on the palate.
***Tange’s Taste Test***The overwhelming flavour you will get when drinking Explorer is citrus. Actually though the flavours are more complex than that. To start with you are hit with sweetness (honey I would say), which gives way to tart grapefruit, lemon and lime and a little bit of tropical fruit. This is balanced by a base flavour of biscuity malt. As you drink the beer becomes increasingly bitter, leading to a finish that is dry and an aftertaste that combines this bitterness with a light zesty citrus flavour.
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Adnams Explorer captures the spirit of discovery by blending Chinook and Columbus hops with the New World. The citrus attack will burst on your...
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