Abbot Ale - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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BA SCORE
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good

348 Reviews
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Reviews: 348
Hads: 608
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 25
Gots: 56 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-07-2001

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Photo of fx20736
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a Nitro Can into a British Pint glass.

Coppery orange, solidly carbonated with a 1 finger creamy almond colored head that leaves it's quota of lacing.

Aroma is a delightful, rich, fragrant mixture of great Pale Malts and Jolly Rancher fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: fake creamy, like a Nitro can beer is.

Taste: Dry fruitiness on a bed of pale Malt going down with a slight hop sting and a creamy finish.

Notes: Clean tasting, dry and mildly fruity this is a good English Pale Ale.too bad it is Nitro (509 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: tan/amber body, 2 finger creme head, spot on
splendid lacing encasing the pint glass

S: mild roasted nuts, caramel, grain, malt, honey, lemon zest

T: sweet light grain, malt, hint of citrus, creamy butter
light bitter smooth finish

O: Fantastic English Pale Ale, another standard
excellent session pint for me.

SUBLIME, TREAT YOURSELF! (345 characters)

Photo of rebel1771
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an amber color with a decent head that sticks around a long time.

S: Light aroma of caramel and a hint of lightly roasted malts.

T: Buttery smooth sweet malts with just a twang of bitterness in the end.

O: I love this beer. Nothing pretentious just an awesome classic English pale ale. (297 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colour with a smooth, creamy, light tan head. Good head retention.

Malty caramel aroma with a touch of earthy hop. Slightly metallic.

Crisp, caramelised malt. Medium hop. Low bitterness. Okay.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

A decent but unexceptional Pale Ale. Nicely balanced. (307 characters)

Photo of paxkey
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

drinking from a chimay glass/goblet/chalice.

greene king 1799. i like the portraiture on the can. gonna let the can warm up from the fridge. its too cold. back in 30 minutes.
back in 5, couldnt wait.

smells very beery from the can.
poured straight down the centre of the glass. half a finger of head seems to be sticking around. looks soapy and bubbly.
a ton of carbonation. bubbles all around the body.
color is beerlike. medium dark amber. medium opaque, cannot see through the beer.

even at cold temps i'm getting some flavors in the nose. sweet decaying fruit. some swirling gives off bubble-gum and yeast. a tiny funk makes it interesting. smells nice.

mmm. full bodied, wet, creamy. no carbonation acidity or burn. starting to smell alcohol off this but it is welcome. starts off with wonderful hop bitterness, finishes with malty goodness.

gulping it down now, getting some metallic flavors..some lacing left on glass but not much.
i am thirsty but i am gulping this stuff.

starting to feel a little heavy in the belly but this is a large can at 500ml. tasting a little bit of the tin flavor i always get from canned beer. (1,135 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - A clear, red-amber colour, flat looking. Thick, creamy head yet only about a half-finger of it. Fleeting spots of lace.

S - Light on here. Restrained fudge/caramel malts.

T - As anticipated by the nose, is fronted by the fudge and caramel malts. Quite yeasty. Some sharp spicy hoppiness at the back end.

M - Beautifully creamy smoothness in the moderate body. Leave a thin coat on your tongue. Very low carbonation.

O - Nice and full, perfectly creamy ale. Extreme sessionability. Just the thing to go with a hot curry. (527 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear orange-amber body with a thin head layer.

S - Sweet caramel and butterscotch nose. Malt syrup and hard candy.

T - Malty caramel flavors up front with some hop bitterness in the middle. Buttery, caramel nuances with a raisin sugar kick. Some dark, dried fruit sugars, maybe prune or dried apple skin.

M - Very smooth and slick mouthfeel, with a sweet body. Carbonation fizzes early and fades fast in the mouth.

O - A nice sweet pub ale, with a proper balance of sweet and smooth. (494 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pint at Rats Tavern Cusco Peru Aug 5 2011

A Clear dark copper with some tiny particles but near zero carbonation but a well mantained cream colored head that leaves lots of lace

S a strange fruity smell with lots of caramel and candied corn

T heaps of caramel malt with a little bread

M flat yet creamy, full bodied for the color

O decent but not mind blowing, decent flavors for such low booze

made a good session beer at 11000 feet under a blinding sun (461 characters)

Photo of stjaernstoft
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Abbot Ale, ABV: 5.0%.
500 ml can, 19.10 SEK (inc. refund) at Systembolaget.

A: Amber, almost red liquid, and a small, but firm and creamy, off-white head (when settled). The head sinks slowly, and leaves some lacing. I like it.

S: Mild, sweet, malty and somewhat fruity aroma, with notes of grains, toffee and bananas. A small, but rather pleasant nose.

T: Balanced fruity and grainy taste, with more hints of toffee and bananas. Towards the end I get some dried fruits and bitter hops. Mmm... British-y.

M: Really smooth, balanced and very drinkable. Medium body and bitterness. Very good.

O: A very stable, and balanced British ale. It's not a very provocative beer - but it's just so very well-made (and priceworthy). It'd be perfect with (for example) pork chops, or when you're just hanging out with the guys. I'll have another one. Right now. (853 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL can into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich golden-orange hue with a thin layer of frothy ivory foam on top. Despite its low head, I rather like it.

Smell: light, sweet malt aroma. Mild in intensity, but pretty nice.

Taste: very biscuity flavor with some sweeter maltiness coming in at the end. There's a hint of grain and a very light bitterness. Not much in the way of hop flavor, here.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a low level of carbonation. Despite that, it is pretty smooth and appropriate for the style.

Overall: this is a solid session beer. It's not precisely to my taste, but it is drinkable and inoffensive. (637 characters)

Photo of
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - bright amber orange with a small but persistent head of off-white foam.

Smell - very subtle stone fruit aromas with a bit of soft cocoa and some herbal hops.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied and well-carbonated

Taste - Ripe plum and peach, soft herbal hops, and buttered bread. (287 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Handpump half-pint at the Windmill in Stratford-upon-Avon.

A: Clear copper body with a 1/2" of fine, dynamic off-white foam. Mediocre retention, nice lacing. Highly attractive ale.

S: Super soapy - wtf? The glass looks the same as my last half-pint, which didn't smell like this at all... Anyway, under the strong detergent smell I can pick up some floral hops + caramel malt. Off, but not quite a total loss.

T: Much better than the smell - toffee malt, peachy sweetness, and some earthy hops bitterness on the balanced finish. Tasty.

M: Pretty full body with moderate, fine carbonation. Nice.

O: I had this one as a quick follow-up to the abysmally bad Old Speckled Hen, and was afraid that I was in for another horrid experience when I caught an initial whiff of straight soap. Perhaps that was the fault of the pub, since this beer did just fine once it was in my mouth. Definitely worth trying for its warm, balanced flavors and decent intensity.

Cheers! (965 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper colour - completely 100% transparent. Head recedes almost too quickly - leaves lacing. Individual bubbles can be seen rising.

Smell of English hops, serious beer garden smell.

Taste is restrained, malt driven, some biscuits/dough maybe? Light and easy to drink, the bitterness only catching up and as the bottle goes down. Difficult to find inidvidual elements to describe, as the taste is plain 'English'.

Mouthfeel is thin, but that's par for the style, could go down all night.

Easy drinkng, English style personified! (540 characters)

Photo of alankwak
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cooper/Amber with decent head retention and lacing. Low/medium carbonation.

S: Low aroma as far as hops goes. Slight malty aroma.

T: Very good. Nice butterscotch/buttery flavors yet with low hop bitterness. This beer has a hint of baked apples/citrus flavors that is common in high quality Ales. Trace of smoke?
M: Full English Ale mouthfeel.

O: In a nutshell I found this Ale to be very much the same as Old Speckled Hen. Perhaps a little more hoppy. Yet with the same high quality. (490 characters)

Photo of dbaker61
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Coppery amber color. Got about one finger of dense off-white foam which lasted about two minutes, dieing down to a ring of bubbles. Left a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell: A little skunkiness, due to the clear bottle. Buttersctoch and hops in the nose.

Taste: A nice bitter bite. Just a hint of sweetness from the malts.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Crisp, dry, bitter finish. Little carbonation on the palate.

Overall: Very pleasant. The bitterness is not overwhelming; seems to be well-balanced. The initial skunkiness is not off-putting. I'd drink it again. (573 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as an amber color with a creamy looking off white head. The lacing is minimal on the glass. The smell has some grassy caramel sweetness with some grainy malts in there too. The taste is a smooth creamy earth flavors, grainy, not much hops. The mouthfeel is very smooth, not much carbonation at all. (318 characters)

Photo of Stocean1
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - chestnut amber - one finger head - foamy - good retention - superb creamy sticky laciness - a little murky

S - refreshing pine,malt, some grass, sweet, hops

T - sweet malt, some grassy hops, hint of fruit

M - medium bodied creamy mouthfeel, slightly bitter on the finish - little carbonation

O - decent english pale ale - enjoyed the mouthfeel and appearance the most (376 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium amber in color, very slightly hazy. The head is a smooth, white, and fluffy.

S: Slightly sweet and bready, there is a nice malt scent and some light caramel flavors.

T: Caramel and malt come through from the aroma. Very light light hop flavors, earthy, and floral. A slight biscuit flavor in the finish, but caramel dominates.

M: Medium to light in body, semi dry, and the carbonation seems just a touch active for the style. Still good though.

O: Overall very enjoyable, but not something I would likely by a lot of. A good example of some English traits, but perhaps not the greatest example. (609 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Drink Bar in Tallinn. From notes.

A - Poured a dark copper/amber colour with a one finger creamy, khaki head. Great retention and lacing. No real visible carbonation. Hazy.

S - Sweet fruity malt. Quite mild. Some gentle hops.

T - Same as the aroma with fruity malt and gentle hops. Still quite mild. A bit more hop in the taste with a little buttery aspect.

M - Creamy with mild carbonation and a medium body.

O/D - Standard quality English ale. Highly drinkable and fairly tasty without being a knockout. (520 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16.9 ounce can - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an amber-toned body with a sudsy, whitish head. Good clarity.

Smell: A balmy little aroma smelling of sweetish butterscotch and ripe, fruity figs.

Taste: It's rather tangy! Very lightly bread-based maltiness with a sweet, caramel syrup touch to it. Small hint of diacetyl. A very faint nuttiness follows, then it goes into a mildly spicy hop character and low, low bitterness. Finishes fairly clean beyond a precluding sulfur, minerally flourish and benign with just a smidge of vague sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: You know, it is rather tangy. Then bland. But initially tangy! (710 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size frothy and fizzy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5minutes or so before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, pears, tea, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and the beer has a nice smooth velvety feel on the tongue. I can taste lots of caramel and malts mixed with some pears and oranges. It also has some notes of tea and some light hops. It finishes with a malty caramel aftertaste with some light lingering hop flavour.

Overall – This beer is very well balanced and extremely drinkable. I’m happy I gave it a try and will surely pick some up again. (736 characters)

Photo of 2cansam
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (361 characters)

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL can at 45 degrees into a 20 oz mug.

A: It pours a clear amber color with a finger of cream-colored head that holds and laces well.

S: Caramel, buttery diacetyl, and some toasted malt.

T: Buttery diacetyl tatkes center stage with light fruitiness and strong and complex maltiness coming in later.

M: The body is of medium thickness with a creamy and smooth finish.

O: This is tasty and good. It's one of the better English ales I've had and might be better with a nitro widget. (488 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into An Brainblasta goblet in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Pours a textbook copper with a three finger head of no cream, decent thickness, and mediocre retention. Generally appealing.

Sm: Cream. Butterscotch. A light scent.

T: Cream, butterscotch. A bittering hops finish, but very slight. Certainly atypical for a pale ale. Very simple, but good for what it is. It's balanced well, but two notes are pretty easily balanced. Built strangely for the style, but built very well. I prefer it to most of the usual takes on the style.

Mf: Buttery, smooth, wet, until the climax which is slightly more coarse and dry. Really quite nice, actually.

Dr: It slides down easily enough, but it costs too much. Give it a go. (732 characters)

Photo of Kartoffeln
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Coppery orange with a dense, creamy white head that dissipates to a very thin, bubblier head, leaving a bit of lacing.

S: Sweet, slightly roasty malts with floral hops and a faintly mineral aroma.

T: Rich, sweet malts, a bit of fruity tang, and undertones of citrus/spice throughout.

M: Light body and carbonation, but exceptionally smooth and creamy - cask-like when poured hard. The floral, earthy hops come out in the bittersweet finish (leaning strongly towards bitter).

D: Very easy drinking and well-balanced; a prime session ale. (544 characters)

Abbot Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.