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Abbot Ale - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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570 Ratings

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Ratings: 570
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.79%
Wants: 21
Gots: 31 | 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)
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Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had an amber-brown color and a somewhat clear consistency. There was about a half inch of creamy head and some good lacing.

S: There was a sweet malty aroma, along with some hops and almost a bready smell.

T: Tasted of toasted malt up front, floral hops going down. Not a badly constructed flavor.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole, a solidly made pale ale. Not my favorite by any means, but good.

Photo of Hornet2003
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

50cL bottle brought back from UK.

Appearance: Nice amber/gold colour with very slight head that dissipates very quickly.

Smell: Slightly woody. Almost oaky with slight hints of whiskey. Malty and nutty with a nice hop kick.

Taste: Malty sweet with whiskey notes. Mild flavour overall. I wish it was a little stronger tasting.

Mouthfeel: A little prickly and watery. Body is a little thin overall.

Drinkability: I could knock back a few pints of this in a pub with no worries. Very sessionable, but not the most exciting beer in the neighborhood.

Overall: Nice elements, I just wish they were turned up a notch.

Photo of EatsTacos
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from the LCBO

Pours amber with a super creamy offwhite head, sheet lace.
Aroma is mellow and malty, kind of musty like wet wood, and sugary.
Tastes about the same as smell, sweet and malty, wet wood again. Easy drinking for sure. Sweet. Medium body, smooth carbonation.

Nothing to get really excited about

Photo of morimech
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a small white head that settles to a thick cap. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass surface.

Has a wonderful English floral hop aroma. A little biscuit malt lies underneath the hops.

More hop biased than the other English Pale Ales I have sampled. Slightly floral and fruity flavors combine with the biscuit malt. Very nice. Has a nice crisp finish.

The body is a bit thin. It suffers from the lack of nitro that benefits many of its competitors in the style. Carbonation is low.

Very good flavor and refreshing. One of the best in its style.

Photo of dsa7783
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can just copped from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Appearance: An aggressive pour yielded a ruddy, tawny, dark-copper hue with a decent-sized foamy head that soon dissipated and deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Aroma: Malty, definite hints of vanilla and caramel...
Taste: The taste strongly complemented the aroma... Bread, butter, caramel, vanilla, and biscuits abound...
Medium bodied mouthfeel...
Decent-level of overall drinkability...
Not my favorite depiction of the style, but a solid stab nonetheless...

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another canned beer that doesn't suck!
Huzzah! Can design/label is a different, but otherwise the same brew.

A crisp copper orange brown with like no head.

Aroma is smooth malty goodness

Smooth almost cream soda like flavors. Malt is smooth caramel, toffee, and prevailant. It's got a good medium body, richer than the color/appearance would hint to. There are some crisp and carbonated bitterness, but its quite malt forward. I'd consider it an ESB, but a PA works, close enough.

I love this brew. It's just really fresh and balanced. Quite a nice canned treat.

Photo of PiecefulToker
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber copper brown, crystal clear, with a 2-finger head that dissipates to a solid layer of a few millimeters. Leaves thick splotches of lacing.

S: Caramelized sugars, yeast, sweet malt, nutty and toasty, some hops.

T&M: Goes down creamy smooth, medium to light body, and practically flat, just like you would expect from an English pub ale. It starts off with sweetness from the caramel malt, with some good toasty and nutty flavors, followed quickly by some pretty floral tasting hops with a lasting bitterness in the back of my throat after swallowing. This finishes pretty dry, and with some sourness almost like sour mash. The more I drink, the more I like it, but I am not overly impressed.

D: Definitely a decent session beer. Low on carbonation, but decent body. Goes down almost too easy.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear and golden. nice off-white waterfall leaves a creamy 1" layer of thick head. Head lasts to the bottom but leaves very little lace.
Smell is hops, malt, light citrus and yeast.
Taste is hops, malt, light resin note, hint of grass and citrus.
Light medium body, light effervescence. A solid British brew.

Photo of sstackho
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL can purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Pours a clear, medium gold with little head. Decent malty aroma. Enjoyed on a warm night, just after finishing some work and before a downpour started - so I could be "refreshing beer" biased. I'm even having it fridge-cold. And it IS hitting the spot right now. Not complicated. Smooth upfront with decent maltiness, turning into fruity English hoppiness as it goes down. Better than I expected.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, color is somewhere between coppe red and burnt orange with a slight head that quickly subsides.

Aroma is full of bready caramel malt. Floral hop, nutty, with a generous touch of ripe fruit.

Taste is initially sweet but quickly changes to tart. Quite dry and woody. Toasted malt balanced with floral hop, and a touch of tobacco. Fruit lingers in the flavor with strong notes of apple. Finish is metallic and dry with a pleasant bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

A nice session brew. Tasty enough that I wish I had more than one. Worth a try.

Photo of bashiba
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark amber with a bit of a thin light tan head.

Smell is light and minerally with a bit of toasted malt and a touch of light hops.

Taste has that classic english flavor with nice mineral and toasted malts and a nice light and clean juniper hop finish. The flavors balance nicely with just a touch of buttery diacytle poking through.

Mouthfeel is creamy and a touch slick with a bit of an oily residue.

A tasty and easy drinking English Pale.

Photo of woemad
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16.09oz can purchased at Huckleberry's for $2.49 a couple of weeks ago. From the size of the can I assumed it was a nitro-can, lack of widget-related jargon notwithstanding, but that is not the case. No freshness date. It would seem that Greene King has stopped using the artwork derived from H.H. Asquith's smiling face. Perhaps an attorney for the descendants of the Earl of Oxford had a word with the brewers. Funny if they did, as Asquith's Conservative opponents referred to him as "squiffy", apparently in reference to a fondness for drink. In any event, the label does not match the image posted on BA.

Poured a dark amber color that took on a brighter tone when held up to the light. There was about an inch of beige foam on top that stuck around. Lace was initially present in thin sheets that quickly receded to isolated spots on the sides of my UK-style pintglass.

Smelled very much like one would expect for an English Pale Ale. Mild, flowery hops and biscuity malts are present. Decent without really impressing or, to quote Radiohead, "no alarms and no surprises."

The taste starts off with an odd, apple-like fruitiness that seems wrong for the style, but not to a degree that made things truly unpleasant. Still I'd like to see it dialed down a smidge. The fruitiness then fades to a toffee-like sweetness that would benefit by slightly more hop-skewed balance of ingredients. With just a bit more hoppiness the sweetness would be. Mildly dry at the finish.

Somewhat dry in the mouthfeel, and somewhat light bodied. I think I'm used to west coast pales that have a little hop resiny oiliness to their mouthfeel.

Not a bad beer, but not particularly essential, either. It had been a while since I'd consumed an English Pale Ale, so it made for an interesting change of pace. My last beer from Greene King was Old Speckled Hen, consumed from cask (my first time - from cask, anyway!) at a pub on Denmark Hill in London. Maybe I'd have appreciated this more that way. It's a little too sweet for session drinking, and not interesting enough for me to go back to as a stand-alone beer, either. For a bit of atmosphere I grabbed the closest at-hand CD that happened to be by an English band. This turned out to be ELP's Tarkus, which is "busy" in a way that I think would work better with an IPA. Perhaps that's why I found myself wishing the hops were more assertive, instead of my palate being permanently corrupted by west coast-versions of the style!

Photo of velkyal
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a beautiful deep amber colour and poured with a fluffy head which disintegrated within about 5 minutes of pouring. The first taste was a revelation, a balance of malt and fruit with just enough hop to make you long for a Ploughman's lunch in an English meadow in July. In the aftertaste there is sufficent zest so as not to leave your mouth feeling as though it is coated with treacle. With a fragrant bouquet and superb drinkability, this is an excellent ale.

Photo of danny013
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into an English pint glass. Pour is nice and smooth, seems to be lightly carbonated as it settles out with a thin, 1/8" off white head and a crystal clear deep orange hue. Head thins out halfway through the pint and leaves a bit of lacing. Fine looking ale overall.

Aroma is dominated by malt sweetness with some fruity notes and a hint of a nice, bready English yeast.

Taste is great, though hard to wade through. Slight initial apple taste that quickly fades to a nice malt sweetness/toffee flavor. Perhaps a hint of toasted grains? Bready/biscuit flavors pull through next and round out to a nice earthy/spicy hop bitterness. Pleasant toasted malt sweetness and hop flavors linger on the tongue. Very good.

Mouthfeel is good, very smooth. Very little carbonation gives it a very "classic" English ale feel. Light to medium bodied, makes for a nice brew that can be enjoyed.

Drinkability is excellent. Overall, a delicious brew that is nice and complex yet remains easy to quaff and enjoy in quantity. A great example of an English pale ale - let it warm up to cellar temps and the flavors really shine through with the low carbonation. I could drink this all day and night.

Photo of lowbrau
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rich amber color with a light, foamy head. Good head retention, with slight lacing.

Smell: Ripe fruity notes, some butter.

Taste: Very fruity, with a slight whiskey hint. Complex ester and malt flavors. Minimal hop characteristics.

Mouthfeel: Very light carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. Almost buttery.

Drinkability. Smooth mouthfeel and clean finish make it very drinkable.

Photo of baos
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint Can poured into glass jar. (not a widget can)

A: Nice orange-caramel body with two finger creamy head. That sticks around. Very good lacing.

S: Very nice toasty maltiness and mild hop aroma.

T: This beer is a lot better than I expected. And the flavor really grows on you. The nice bitter after taste is perfect I've upped the ante on taste from 3.5 to 4.5 while I've been sitting here doing the review. A slight orangey-piney hop bite over toasty malts. Yummmy. Some dried fruits in there as well.

M: Very nice since it just came outta a can. Pretty creamy.

D: I could go all night. (thats what she said)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours from the can into my 25cl tulip with a frothy, half-finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, reddish amber color that shows a bright, deep red tinged, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite fruity smelling with notes of Macintosh apples, fresh cut - not quite ripe pears as well as malty notes of toffee and perhaps a hint of butterscotch. The fruitiness of the nose is quite distinctly different from what I am used to in a beer, it has a green, under-ripe edge to it that is interesting (though not necessarily in the best way).

Soft and creamy up front, but has a touch of prickly carbonation to it at the finish. The flavor has a green apple note to it as well as a touch of toasty malt character that adds some bread crust like touches and a biscuit like flavor. A touch of butterscotch / toffee seems to round things out a little bit as does a herbal, slightly astringent, earthy hop flavor and bitterness in the finish. This has a nice body to it; light, but with a reasonable heft to it that has a nice presence on the palate.

I am not sure why, but I was expecting more from this beer. It seems a bit bland and the flavors & characteristics that are here don't quite seem to mesh / integrate very well.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Photo of BretSikkink
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangey amber color, head is of course lush and creamy. Good retention, lacing is thick and sticky, although it does eventually disappear around the top of the glass settling on the lower half of the glass.

The malt bill of mostly toasted, there's some spicing, and a bit of soft, light fruit as well.

The flavor is more of the same, distinctly peppery, with a mineral water character.The hops I think are the vanguard of the spiciness, as it's also a rather fruity flavor, but definitely not overboard.

The finish features the hops as well, there's a light tickle of malt sweetness, and it's rather dry. Medium-thin mouthfeel, obviously a creamy, but not a great English pale.

Photo of Cheech22
1.83/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

I'm hesitant to post a review of this stuff because the only two times I tried it were in the London Gatwick airport, and on both occasions it tasted as though this stuff had been sitting in the bottom of the keg for about Lord knows how long before I got to it. There was pretty much zero carbonation and it was very sour, which leads me to believe that I am correct in my assumption that both were spoiled batches (it was an airport, after all). I'll give it another shot if I can find it in a store stateside.

Photo of rye726
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew is a copper color and holds a thick tan head. The nose has soft sweet malts and some floral hops. The flavor profile starts with piney hops and has a mild sweet malt profile. Light crisp body is clean over the palate. A good English pale to wash down a meal.

Photo of cyrenaica
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can
5.0% ABV

I tried this beer on May 9, 2008 after purchasing from the Queen's Quay LCBO outlet. The beer poured a translucent rusty brown colour with a thin white head. The aroma was caramel malt, a little hops, and some nuttiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy, with little carbonation. The flavour is nutty, malty, with some hoppy bitterness

Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a amber-orange with a thin, compact light beige head that quickly dissipated to a macro-bubbly, spotty layering leaving a clean lacing.

S: light with traces of dry caramel and not much else.

T: light dry caramel with a light flowery bitterness. Smooth with a touch of dry spiciness and sour malting rounds things out.

M: light, very slicky and dry with a subtle dry floral hoppiness in the finish and fade.

D: Good drinkability, moderately enjoyable, smooth with a nice clean malting and light bitterness makes this good for a few.

Photo of thesultan
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: formed a stable, off white head that stuck around till the end of pint.

S: A good balance of sweetness and malt but no stand out aromatic fragrances.

T: The balance between malt and hops is quite exceptional, leaving your tongue with a slight lingering bitterness.

M: It's good heavy beer, perhaps a lacking in a bit of carbonation

D: It strikes a good balance between character and drinkability. Complex, flavoursom and smooth.

A perfect strong ale.

Photo of Offa
4.68/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is among my all-time favourites.

It is deep copper with a nice, creamy head (I should not that this is from a regular can, not the draught/nitro can shown or which seems to be popping up unfortunately). that lasts forever, slowly srhinking, and leaves some nice lace.

The aroma is malty and hoppy, with caramel, toasted bread, earth, pine, citrus. It has a wonderful, well-rounded character and range of elements.

The taste is similar, with the same qualities noted in the aroma. It has an amazing sweet-bitter quality that is wonderfully balanced, being both at the same time. It's very tasty, with a great feel, never bland, and exceeddingly smooth and drinkable.

Photo of rohrbachsfan
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on cask at the Old Toad, an English Pub in Rochester, NY.

Appearance: Amber color with tall foamy head.

Smell: Sweet malt and strong diacetyl butter aroma.

Taste: Malty with a pleasant hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Nice easy drinking English pale ale.

Abbot Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 570 ratings.