1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Abbot Ale - Greene King / Morland Brewery

Not Rated.
Abbot AleAbbot Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
82
good

539 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 539
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 16
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-07-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 539 | Reviews: 341 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by tjd25:
Photo of tjd25
tjd25

France

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

Thin lasting head on a transparent dark orange copper color body. The smell is enjoyably mellow, nicely malty and woody with light fruity notes of hops. The taste shows a rich and round maltiness getting slightly chocolaty with light winy notes. A strong fruity character mixes cherries, ripe raspberries and a light sweet hint of lemon. The mouthfeel is round an rich with a sweet chewy hoppiness. Quite drinkable, character-full for the style, and overall very enjoyable.

07-06-2005 10:02:30 | More by tjd25
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +13.5%

Tried this outta the bottle over a year ago and really liked so I tried it on the nitro-tap,poured a great creamy copper with a very sticky head,aroma is malty and more malty.Had that very disctintive Englisg hop taste with a malt backbone and a very dry finish.I was glad to try this on tap I really enjoy this beer.

07-31-2003 02:30:48 | More by oberon
Photo of davemarc87
davemarc87

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

03-20-2014 03:25:35 | More by davemarc87
Photo of RoyalT
RoyalT

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

Appearance – This one is a thin but very dark orange in color. It’s almost a light brown, really. The head came up moderately but did not show much retention.

Smell – The bitter English-style aroma is here along with the very lightest sense of sweetness. The leafy bitterness smells dirty, like fresh soil in a damp cave. There’s a hefty dose of malts here, too.

Taste – The leafy character comes out at the taste and picks up more sweetness at the tongue. The sweets are like RC Cola. There’s a strange spicing here that I can’t quite make out and had me scratching my head. What is it, and why is it here?

Mouthfeel – This one is in between light and medium-bodied with some stiff bitterness throughout. It’ is lightly carbonated and exceptionally smooth.

Drinkability – The smooth, session-like quality of this ale helped it along nicely, although the flavors were very different and at times even a bit funky.

04-15-2005 02:34:35 | More by RoyalT
Photo of cam477
cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

09-26-2013 01:21:37 | More by cam477
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
Rijtjeshuis

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +8%

Look (3.5/5) ~ coppery gold in colour with brilliant clarity. A moderate head on the pour: about one finger on decent pour, reduces quickly without any lacing. Very good carbonation inside the glass.
Aroma (4/5) ~ very good, though overall I wouldn’t say it was an intense aromatic experience. Malt character was somewhat bready with caramel and some apricot-like aromas (though that may also have been the yeast). Some light hop character that is fruity and earthy, I’d be guessing your usual suspects for this style: Kent Golding and Fuggles. Some nice fruity aromas: as noted, some apricot-like notes, but also some plums, and a floral hint. A bit of butteriness, sulfur and carbonate round out the finish. I may get a very faint smokiness.
Taste (4/5) ~ very well balanced. I get similar malt character: a lot of bread and biscuit notes with some nuttiness are the dominant force with some straight-up caramel adding sweetness. Hopping was very good: some of the earthier varieties with a bit of floral, and only a hint of that metallic character that these sometimes get; bitterness was overall moderate and balanced the grist nicely. The finish introduces a touch of fruitiness, probably from the yeast and some malts, that leans a bit sweet and toward darker pitted fruits (this is a bit stronger than the nose). Finish with some sulfur and carbonate helps dry this out.
Feel (3.5/5) ~ pretty much what I’d expect from an ESB. The carbonation was overall pretty gentle (note the weak head). Body was in the moderate range, with some residual sweetness and syrupiness, but not as much as others of this style.

I’ve recently become much more acquainted with the PA/ESB family of beers (having brewed some and drank a lot of commercial examples). I have to say that Abbot Ale is probably the first or second brew I think of when I do this style (I’m also huge fan of the obvious choice, which is Fuller’s ESB)).

I think that this one represents the median of what an ESB should be (although I do love some of the outliers like Wells Bombardier), and shows the overall ‘drinkability’ and exceptional balance of this style remarkably well. This is what I aim for when I brew these.

can to nonic pint glass.

12-28-2012 23:43:00 | More by Rijtjeshuis
Photo of BeerAdvocate
BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.9%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #33 (Oct 2009):

Bright amber, shiny clarity and a thick creamy lacing resting on top. A little bit buttery and a little bit of caramel; a subtle but pleasing aroma. Smooth and light carbonation somewhat feigns an almost cask-like mouthfeel. Very malty with a kiss of orange and herbal hop. First caramel, then topped with a buttery yeast tone, then some toasted grain. Baked apple and golden raisins within the small fruity ester. Finishes a little sweet with a long linger of malt.

A reminiscing beer, one to put back a few as the night draws on. Delicious.

11-15-2010 21:47:03 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of Todd
Todd

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +13.5%

Presentation: 1pint "Draught Pub Ale" can (widget beer). No freshness date.

Appearance: Rich toffee/amber in colour. Pours a magnificent cascading head that rests with a finger thick pure white and tight creamy head, that leaves its tracks on the glass as you drink.

Smell: Delicate aroma of sweet grains and a mild bubble gum-like hop floral nose.

Taste: Silky smooth and creamy, with a robust full body. Rich sweet toasted malts are followed by a raw hop leaf feel on the palate with floral flavours, some earth. Bitterness is more to balance, and it does just that. An alcohol presence can be detected hidden within the mildly fruity flavours -- tastes strong. Finishes with just a touch of dryness and light metallic flavours.

Notes: Abbot Ale is Greene King's flagship ale, and a damn fine English Ale. I'd love to try this brew on cask, but the widget can will do just fine in the meantime.

07-07-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
Photo of sponberg
sponberg

New York

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

On tap at the Man of Kent tavern.

Medium dark amber, with a thin persistent head that was still hanging around at the end of the pint. A very buttery malt, earthy hop nose - very much keeping in style.

A very round, soft malt character defines this beer, along with a very firm, earthy, spicy (Goldings? Fuggles?) hop character and bitterness. After every sip I found myself thinking "What a fine session beer this is." And then it was gone, confirming the fact.

07-13-2003 21:51:55 | More by sponberg
Photo of generallee
generallee

New York

4.08/5  rDev +12.1%

Presentation: It was poured from a 1 pint .9oz or 500ml can into an imperial pint glass. The can lists its abv at 5%. The can reads "English Pub Ale" Full Flavoured, Smooth & Mature" and Brewed longer for a distinctive full flavor".

Appearance: It has a rich amber color with a small creamy off white head. It has slick lacing which coats the glass but slides right down as I sip. This head doesn't last to long as it fades out buy about the mid way point down the glass.

Smell: The nose has a soft malty buttered dinner roll like character. There is a slight suggestion of fruit and hops way off in the background.

Taste/Palate: It has a light to medium body with the same mellow bready and buttery character detected in the aroma with just a hint of toffee sweetness. There is also a very slight earthiness like white button mushrooms in there. It has some light, somewhat distant herbal hop notes on the back end which reminds me of black tea with lemon. The hops still add a good balance to the mellow malt sweetness. It has light carbonation on the palate giving it a smooth creamy texture that slides down with ease.

Notes: I was looking for a little more definition from both the malt and the hops but overall it was still enjoyable and easy to drink.

07-14-2010 11:31:31 | More by generallee
Photo of Jason
Jason

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +13.5%

Mild chill haze which means that this brew must have not been sterile filtered, still a bright orange amber colour with a thick two fingered nitro head shows something about this ale. Fruity aroma with a light caramel and floral hoppy company. Yum … nitro smooth, this is pseudo cask at its best. Creamy smooth, forced at that but it certainly adds to the drinkability for sure. Flavours are thrown around like junk in a cluttered house, clean but just in a scattered mess. Flavours of steeped hop tea, fruity with leafy hop all over. A drop of caramel and bready malt but the soft hop flavour keeps on coming back. Nitro starts to wear off a bit and then things seem to go thin and flat other than the hop flavour of course. One of the better non-stouts in a nitro can, something I’d go back to over the others.

04-19-2002 21:13:39 | More by Jason
Photo of merlin48
merlin48

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

12 oz bottle pours a clear, orange/red body with a one finger, offwhite head. Minimal head retention leaves some attractive patch lace on the glass.

Aroma is nice, with caramel malt balanced by floral hops.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied.

The taste features a sweet caramel flavor that is balanced quite well by hops bittering. The hops are herbal or floral, and lend a dryness to this ale. Crisp and refreshing, with some fruity pear and apple undertones.

Good drinkability. Not very complex, but extremely well balanced. Certainly, a different approach for a pale ale, as this one is a departure from most British and British style American pale ales I've sampled.

06-02-2004 10:27:47 | More by merlin48
Photo of Billolick
Billolick

New York

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%

Red (new graphics) Nitro can with widget, that produces the frothy super thick head and creamy mouthfeel of this brew. Tons of lacing, and tons of sheets of lace all over this quaffer. Notes of maple, caramel, vanilla up front, smooth and satisfying. The mouthfeel is what this brew is all about. Finish is long, creamy and, suprise, smooth. Decent, if somewhat bland, sessioner.

12-01-2004 22:07:07 | More by Billolick
Photo of henryclay_
henryclay_

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

05-10-2014 16:37:34 | More by henryclay_
Photo of JohnnyBarman
JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.9%

One of my favourite go-to beers; there's usually at least one in my fridge at any given time.

Pours a clear copper-ruby, with a thin white head that remains as a significant ring throughout. Looks like an EPA should.

The smell is great: apple, bread, a bit of cherry, lots of maltiness. Great stuff.

The taste is on line with the nose: sweet maltiness up front, sour apple and grapefruit on the finish. Lots of spiciness as well. Not terribly complex, but balanced.

Mouthfeel is decent, medium carbonation.

One of my favourite widely-available English pales. Would love to try this one on draught!

11-27-2009 02:44:15 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of andrewdanks
andrewdanks

California

3/5  rDev -17.6%

06-07-2014 22:40:02 | More by andrewdanks
Photo of bsp77
bsp77

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9.9%

Serving glass: Poured from non-nitro can into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear amber with a thin but sustained off-white head.

Smell: Cherry, dry tea-like malts, and floral English hops.

Taste: Semi-sweet caramel and tea malt mixture that I expect from an English Pale Ale or Bitter. Some cherry as well. Light floral and metallic bitterness at the end.

Feel: Low carbonation, medium firm and smooth body, semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Everything I expect from a good everyday English Ale. This deserves more attention in the US (I think it sells a lot in England on draft).

07-20-2010 16:09:15 | More by bsp77
Photo of innominat
innominat

Ireland

3/5  rDev -17.6%

08-25-2013 12:27:56 | More by innominat
Photo of wjimson
wjimson

Antarctica

3.53/5  rDev -3%

Served a bit too cold as the beer was slightly frozen. Drank it as it warmed up. Even at warmer temperatures the beer had little smell, and the head dissapeared too quickly, leaving no lace. In other words, it looked like ice tea after the beer sat for a while.

The taste was a different story. Subtle by wholesome malt taste, leaving no sourness in aftertaste whatsoever. A nice hoppy and bitter finish. No noticeable unwanted and metallic tastes. Maltiness becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

A very drinkable treat. Just like ice tea or pale ales.

03-25-2007 02:53:50 | More by wjimson
Photo of fionn13
fionn13

Ireland

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

06-03-2012 23:54:18 | More by fionn13
Photo of stephenlee
stephenlee

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +3%

08-08-2014 19:31:22 | More by stephenlee
Photo of ahugenerd
ahugenerd

Newfoundland (Canada)

2/5  rDev -45.1%

12-16-2011 19:47:45 | More by ahugenerd
Photo of Thrasher
Thrasher

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +21.7%

All around great beer, clean nutty malt taste with just enough hops to balance and a lipsmacking finish. Incredibly tasty and each sip begs for another. It is tough to describe a precise flavor, in fact when you examine it closely it almost seems bland. But that finish/aftertaste brings it all together. Mouthfeel is watery but that's overlooking the exquisite head that pours forth the nitro can.

05-07-2002 16:08:46 | More by Thrasher
Photo of far333
far333

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%

Honey colored with a thick off-white head that hung around for the duration of the pint. It literally had a head from start to finish, and left fat rings around the glass. Aroma is sweet and doughey. Flavor is sweet, yeasty, with hints of apricot. Also a bit of a tangy finish. Smooth and velvety mouthfeel.

10-25-2003 22:00:52 | More by far333
Photo of 2cansam
2cansam

New York

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

A - Copper colored, small head disappeared quickly leaving a little lacing

S - Strong butterscotch smell with a little bit of malt

T - sweet caramel flavor with a little bit of a hoppy zing

M - smooth and creamy, this is a really enjoyable beer to drink

O - across the board a real stand up English brew, Ill definitely keep an eye out for it in the future

04-29-2011 23:39:20 | More by 2cansam
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Abbot Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.