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Abbot Ale - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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530 Ratings

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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 14
Gots: 21 | 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.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge


2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

So this is I think the third English Pale Ale I've had from a nitro can and I think at this point I can say that a Nitrogen Widget doesn't really add anything to the experience...

The pour is good enough - the beer itself is a dark amber color with a light tan head. The pour generates plenty of that nitrogen "reverse cascade" and forms a dense foamy head that lasts through much of the drink. No lacing on the glass.

The nose is just fine - again a typical English Pale Ale with plenty of fruit notes dominating.

The taste is pretty disappointing - it's got most of the standard Pale Ale fruit notes but the focus is more on the grain here. This one's a bit more grainy with plenty of saltine cracker notes (I suspect toasted barley) There's also a pervasive bitterness that isn't a malt note and isn't a hop note (at least one that I recognize) There's kind of a 'bottom of the coffee pot' bitterness here that does not in the least enhance the taste.

Mouthfeel is also disappointing. Even though it's nitro-charged there's no real smoothness as you'd hope. There's a slightly oily feel as you'd expect from the style but otherwise a thin, watery body.

All in all I think I'm done with Nitro-Charged English Pale Ales. There as so many high quality bottled EPA's that don't seem to need the aid of a widget and I think I'll stick with those...

Serving type: nitro-can

07-25-2005 04:08:26 | More by RedwoodGeorge
Photo of BuckSpin


3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My 1st nitro-can. Once I got a primer on the correct way to pour a nitro can without losing all your beer, it poured a warm, ruddy, brassy orangish hue with a 1" head of solid packed cream foam. In that this was my 1st nitro-can, I was tempted to say it had an 8" head! Nose was warm, friendly, hints of some body malt, yeast, biscuits, mildly sweet yet a bit dry.

Its very even, smooth, malted, noticably creamy, a little flat (meaning no peaks), with a clean, pleasing dry taste. Hints of some breaded hues, bitterness, but balanced. Its not a rollercoaster ride of taste, but nice, safe. The tastes all combine nicely into a even presence on the pallete, with a mildly dry, slightly bitter finish.

It was enjoyable, safe. I would drink it again.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-13-2005 00:51:41 | More by BuckSpin
Photo of tjd25


3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 10:02:30 | More by tjd25
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Glug, glug, glug goes the can, the brew settles smoothly and show a copper/amber hue, under a creamy off-white, well-maintained head.

Aroma, soft, sweet, and lightly spicy...fresh, green hops...rather nice!

Taste: neat, tidy, hop-laden jump on the palate...then smooth and mellow. good malt in the body. Classic English pale ale, apparently "brewed longer for a distictive, full flavor." I wouldn't call it "full", but it's fuller than many, maybe even most. "Full-flavoured, smooth, & mature" it says in a ring around the top of the can. They left out "sophisticated".

There is something in the taste I'm not crazy about, maybe it's that fresh, green hop character mentioned above mixing with caramel malts?
Drinks down ultra-easy, nonetheless...a very nice ale, no question.

**reading other reviews, I've got it! Caramel Apple!

Serving type: nitro-can

06-24-2005 00:45:45 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Andreji


3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a couple pints of the Abbot Ale at 'The Anchor', a riverside Cambridge pub.

The appearance- as I've stated- I prize very much because mainly of the pour. pumped into the glass, the tan head tends to settle slowly-but-quickly, in a sinking-but-ascending fashion the bubbles move, where finally you could dip something onto the creamy but small head, above this bright, orange-to-caramel toned body. not carbonated, tho. just visibly stable.

The smell was rather weak, somewhat nutty and sweet. not brilliant though and the environment- early hours and smoke-free- was not a factor here.

The taste is quite alright but just not great. sweet, but not far beyond that, seeming much more of a session thirst quencher than a tasteful brew. weak on the hops which are practically unpercievable at the end and- again with 'em brits- the carbonation is almost unexistent to the point of making it dull.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2005 23:09:56 | More by Andreji
Photo of mynie


3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with almost no head. The no head part is strange, since this is a nitro can.

Smells a little spicey and a little pasturized. Not much of anything, really.

Tastes pretty darn good. Sweet like apples up front, more sweet malts in the middle, and an bittersweet English Brown Ale ending. Quite nice.

Creamy mouthfeel and it goes down smooth.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-16-2005 04:54:42 | More by mynie
Photo of hungryghost

District of Columbia

3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange/copper color. Slight lingering carbonation, creamy head.
Smells a little sweet and a little malt. not much of an aroma.
Tastes sweet, me thinks i detect some honey in there. Some malt and a bitter finish.
First few sips are creamy in yer mouth, then just average.
An ok beer, not outstanding.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-13-2005 07:21:37 | More by hungryghost
Photo of allengarvin


3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New red cans. They ditched the nitro widgets (thankfully), so it's just carbonated with CO2.

Appearance: Lovely reddish-amber color, clear, with a thin white head.

Smell: Sweet, grainy scent, with just a touch of flora hops.

Taste: Fairly malty flavor. Hop presence restrained, just a slight bitterness, and hop flavor is slightly resinous though faint. Finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: Soft, creamy mouthfeel, though a bit powder after the finish. Low carbonation.

Not too bad, this makes a fair session beer. A little more hops would be appreciated. Also, since they got rid of the nitro, this is now one of the few good canned beers around, something to take to the pool or beach where glass isn't allowed.

Serving type: can

05-06-2005 00:59:53 | More by allengarvin
Photo of RoyalT


3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A regarded brewery, but this one needs Costello. Hop bubbles, too simplic, bitter and thin mouthfeel and nothing in taste. Maybe this works fresh and cask-conditioned, but was difficult to finish. Had it again two years later and it certainly was no better.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2005 03:27:26 | More by Sammy
Photo of RBorsato


3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Light/tawny brown with a low beige head, good carbonation, and some decent lace. Spicy malt and hop aroma with a light buttery diacetyl aroma. Spicy and fruity (raisins) malt dominates but balanced nicely. Fairly strong diacetyl/butter compared side by side to their own St. Edmund English Ale and Bass. Light-medium bodied with a dry bitter finish.

Would have rated higher before tasting next to St. Edmund and Bass (which is not one of my favorites but was easier drinking).

Per club notes: Pale Crystal and Amber malts. Challenger hops (bittering) and Fuggles hops (finishing).

Per GK website: Abbot Ale is brewed with pale crystal and amber malts to give an attractive colour and rich malty taste. Challenger hops give it bitterness with a spicy overtone and to really boost the taste and aroma to the maximum it is late-hopped with Fuggles to provide the floral tones and fruity esters. 5% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2005 19:40:06 | More by RBorsato
Photo of Southernbrew


3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a moderate bronze with a 1/2" head.

English hoppy aroma with a nice caramel sweetness.

Medium-body, fairly smooth. Light floral hops blend with bready flavors, a bit of caramel and soft tea flavors. I would say the flavors are a little too blended, with one flavor overlapping the others. No bad flavors though. I would also say this beer could use a bit more carbonation, a little too creamy for a pale.

Not a bad beer, a few complaints but I'd drink it again no problem.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2005 02:49:27 | More by Southernbrew
Photo of kbub6f

New York

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The nitro head is cream-colored and dense. Nice. The beer is clear, rosy amber. Sticky, thick sheets and mountains of lacing. Nice buttery, nutty nose with a little ink. A buttery caramel front leads to a thick, creamy, malty, rich middle. The slightly metallic finish has telltale nitro inkiness, but still manages some nice butter. There's actually quite a bit of flavor. I like it.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-19-2005 16:40:57 | More by kbub6f
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

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


2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours thickly creamy and yellow. Creaminess quickly cascades into clear amber beauty with a creamy off-white head.
Smells like European hops, almost lager like with a thickly sweet background nose.
Taste is sickly sweet and metallic, with a bit of bitterness in the throat, nothing to write home about.
Creamy, nitro mouthfeel, some redeemability here.
Pretty drinkable, but a little too sweet. And metallic. Maybe could use more hoppiness and/or freshness.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-30-2004 23:49:51 | More by nortmand
Photo of BeerAngel


2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice clear copper color with a soft creamy tight-bubbled off-white head that sticks around for a bit. The smell of grassy malt and toast subtley float out of the froth. This beer repeats the aroma in the flavor and is quite undercarbonated as none is detected in the flavor. It tastes really, really flat! It has a light to medium bodied mouthfeel due mostly to the nitro widget inside yet suffers greatly due to the lack of carbonation which I think affects the mouthfeel too. Drinkability suffers due to the afforementioned attributes. Very lackluster!

Notes: I've drank these before, but it's been a while. I thought I had remembered that these were better than this experience. Maybe my tastes have evolved or maybe something has changed since a few years ago. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2004 00:58:28 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of dgallina


3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours translucent copper with a small tan head which evaporates quickly, leaving a film and light lace. Nose is sweet caramel malt; attractive if quite simplistic. Straight-forward caramel malt flavors with slightly sparse hop finish. Taste is two-dimensional at best, but not unpleasant. Creamy but somewhat thin body. Easy to drink, but not particularly outstanding. Not something I'd rush to buy in preference to more interesting brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2004 03:41:39 | More by dgallina
Photo of OronoChris


3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good cask brew. Poured with a solid sustaining head and subsequent nice lace.

If you are in need of thirst quencher this is a good beer.

Very smooth.

Nothing out of this world, however could be used for a good session.

Nice maltiness, very creamy, worth a shot, especially out of a cask.

Serving type: cask

11-15-2004 17:40:38 | More by OronoChris
Photo of foamer


4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber, one finger of head with excellent retention

Aroma: malty

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy

Taste: different than anything I've had, malty with a mild hop character, many fruity esters, I get a lot of hints of grapefruit from this

Drinkability: a good solid cask ale, and a nice session beer

Serving type: cask

11-04-2004 16:57:11 | More by foamer
Photo of walleye


2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

from the nitro can. poured copper with a smooth med size head that lasted a very long time.flavor sweet citrus, honey, caramel, malts, peaches. flavor,very weak caramel, floral, dryness. was disappointed I was hoping that aroma would be present in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2004 03:47:30 | More by walleye
Photo of maccroz


4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Upon first pour this looks like a frothy white cloud as the nitrogen settles. It's rather fun to watch acutally. As it settles, it reveals a golden-brown, almost like a Bass or a Newcastle with a white Guinness like head.

It tastes very creamy and sweet. It's a really good English Style ale as it does not have the "funk" that is present in some others. It's similar to Boddingtons in taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2004 03:32:05 | More by maccroz
Photo of oelergud


4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Red clear copper body with a creamy white head that looks like a piece of cheese cake floating on top of the beer. Bubbles so small you can barely pinpoint a single one. Good retention but little lace. No carbonation apparent.
Pleasant dairy almost cheese cake like smell with a hoppy character to it.
Very simple taste, slightly spiced hoppiness but dominantly mild and mellow. Nice mild hoppy after taste
Incredible smooth and creamy mouthfeel, moderate coating.
Pretty good drinkability.


Serving type: nitro-can

09-18-2004 01:34:44 | More by oelergud
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried a pint of this during a lunch of Bangers and Mash with my Daughter at The Tipperary Pub in London...
The Abbot is a clear, dark copper bier with a frothy white head which fades fast but leaves excellent lacing! Aroma was laying low, and hard to pick-up, though I did find some light, toasty malt and caramel. It was less than medium for body, yet still nice on the tongue. Caramel malt lends a pleasant semi-sweetness which is easy on the palate. Light floral hops near the finish lend a decent balance, and the flavors stick well in the throat. A solid session bier.

overall: 3.75
appearance: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2004 13:30:06 | More by Bierman9
Photo of Zorro


3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Nitro can gives this beer a truly cool pour, bubbles sinking like Guinness except that you can REALLY see it in action with this beer.

Pours a clear amber with a dense thick off white head.

Smell is mild and fruity with a whiff of apple and a little sweet.

Taste is light and fruity with a little floral taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

A pleasant easy to drink brew that is really mellow, a good choice for most foods.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-29-2004 23:30:37 | More by Zorro
Photo of cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

Pours with an amber body. Head forms but soon dissapates, some lacing on the glass

Smell, malty, quite powerly leafy aroma, slight dry sweetness also

Taste, musky and leafy, few off flavours, slight hop profile also

A pretty average ale, does very little to impress me and has a few off flavours


It wasnt great before, and now they've started bottled in clear bottles...silly chaps

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2004 18:59:08 | More by cypressbob
Abbot Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.