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Adnams Sole Star - 2.7% abv Pale Amber Ale

By Sarah Groves, also posted in News on

Adnams Sole Star 2.7% abvSole Star is our new 2.7% abv ale with a light floral / citrus aroma, gentle caramel notes and a good level of bitterness. It's brewed with Pale Ale, Crystal, Black and Munich malts and Chinook and Cascade hops. Fergus had a terrific response to his 'Would you drink a 2.8% abv beer’ post in August. From over 50 comments, the majority of you said yes, you would be happy to drink such a beer, so we've spent the last few months working on a full-flavoured yet lower abv style. As well as benefiting from a reduced duty rate because of its low abv, it's ideal as a lunchtime pint for the responsible drinker. Fergus Fitzgerald and Sole StarFergus explains how he selected the malts and hops to create Sole Star: "The Black Malt helps give a good depth of colour, and the Munich and Crystal Malts give the beer its depth and body as well as some toffee notes. The hops - Chinook and Cascade - were used as they are good bittering hops with attractive citrus characters yet are not too aggressive or harsh. The aim was to create a lower abv beer with all the taste and body of a standard strength ale." Some drinkers will also be pleased to know that in addition to having the lowest number of alcohol units per pint of any beers in the Adnams range (1.6 units per pint), Sole Star also has the fewer calories at 80 calories per half pint. Sole Star is named after the brightest star in our sky - the sun - which rises first over the East Coast and the Sole Bay Brewery each morning. Sole Star will be available in cask only at selected outlets from Monday 5th December. If you try it in one of our pubs, we'd love to know what you think. Watch Fergus talk about our new beer in this video:   Beer Reviews Hopzine [Video]


Sarah Groves