Fairfields Farm Crisps: Adnams Ghostship flavour - The Review
Beer flavoured crisps? Surely that is too good to be true?
I like crisps. I don't eat them hugely often in a weak attempt to "stay in shape" (a telegraph pole that swallowed a beachball), nonetheless, I'm well versed in all things crispy and what a good crisp should be like. So I'm well poised to review the subject of this morning's missive, some crisps that taste like beer.
For those of you who don't know, Adnams Ghostship is a pale ale that comes from Southwold on the Suffolk coast. It has a beautiful hoppy body that brings with it a citrus twist at the top of the palate. It is light and quaffable in huge quantities. A high ranking beer by my regards, and a brilliant rival to the amber ale that is Doombar. But someone at some point must have sat down and thought, can we make crisps that taste like beer? And it turns out that the answer is yes.
Here is a picture of my lunch. Enjoy.
Most Brits will remember the weird phase that Walkers went through when producing every possible flavour under the sun, I believe squirrel was one, alongside chocolate and chilli? Still, crisps come in a multitude of flavours but often require a bit of imagination and the power of suggestion to really "taste" like what the packet says. But here with this new flavour from Fairfields Farm you don't need to fill in the gaps. These crisps straight up taste like beer. And not just a generic beer-y after taste, as in, these taste like Ghostship ale.
These are some good looking, and great tasting crisps.
Now, I'm not sure what witchcraft the good folk over near Colchester got up to, but they have brilliantly infused the flavour of a citrusy, brightly hopped ale into some crisps and I am all for it. The aroma from the pack is very on the nose, you can tell that these are going to be beer-y from the immediate smell of a traditional pub. There's the tang of the salt on the crisps before being followed by the mellow, almost rich lager smell. Appearance-wise they have a more rustic appearance than Walkers or Pringles and are better for it in my opinion. They clearly come from potatoes and the care in their production went into the flavour and less the needless effort of making them all look like crisps should. They have a more robust crunch than Walkers, owing to their thicker cut but this is no hardship at all. Once in your mouth, you can really taste the beer here. The overpowering taste is like that first sip of a pint where the flavour of the beer is well aerated in the head of the drink, every mouthful is like that first glorious sip. Then the flavour progresses, there's almost a salt and vinegar tang at the halfway point before it settles to a smooth ale finish with the distinctive Ghostship citrus twist, here almost making it like a shandy or a radler.
I always do the weird foldy thing with my packets, even if I'm not in a beer garden, but actually at the dinner table at home...
Overall, I love them. I like the Fairfields Farm crisps anyway. We order massive boxes of them on the regular and their flavour range is compact, but well done, definitely a case of quality over quantity. Next on my list to try is the Bacon and Tomato flavour that arrived in yesterday's shipment, fingers crossed as the Colchester crisp company has set itself a high bar so far. The true test will be trying them with a pint of the original ale... good things pubs are now opening here in the UK!
Oh, and if you just want potatoes, they'll sell you some of those too. Check out their store and get shopping!