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Abbot Ale - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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545 Ratings

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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 16
Gots: 26 | 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 BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blurry orange-amber with a cascading head that settles into a soft, thick disk in about 15 seconds. The head is pretty creamy courtesy of the nitro, but I'm not optimistic about lace. In fact, there's a fairly thick sheet on the glass opposite, but it only rises about two fingers above the surface of the beer.

The nose is subdued and is of gently toasted malt and spiced fruit (apricots, peaches). The flavor wasn't that impressive at first, but has come into its own with warming. It's primarily caramel malty with an undercurrent of spicy hops. The fruitiness appreciated in the nose is still present, but is understated. Increasingly bitter, ultimately dry finish. The body is light-medium and is mouth pleasingly creamy thanks to the widget.

I can't decide if I like the nitro gimmick or not. I do like the creaminess that it imparts, but I've also heard that it masks the flavor to some extent. In any case, Abbot Ale is good beer. I've had better English ales, but this one is tasty and drinkable.

BuckeyeNation, May 01, 2004
Photo of ngandhi
1.6/5  rDev -56%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The sweet malt body reeks of Budweiser. Thin, but artificially empowered by a nitrogen injection that doesn't even make the beer attractive, this ranks high in my list of most dissapointing beers. It strives at some semblance of quaffability and fails in every respect -- from its all-malt, yet categorically cheap flavor, to its diseased piss appearance. At least the American macros use adjuncts freely and make a drinkable beer with it. This is an absolute mess that culminates in a lingering aftertaste of lemon, solvent, and shame.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, Mar 22, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft can from a 4-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, did the cascading thing, forming a huge, thick, frothy, slightly off-white head, which had amazing staying power, as expected for a nitro can. Ok, so I'm a sucker for a nitro. Light malt and hops nose drifts off the coppery brew. Smooth, smooth, smooth, with a taste of caramel malts and a late appearing hoppy bitterness. Not quite as good as when I had it on tap at British Beer Co. last spring, but I digress... Smoothness makes for great mouthfeel, and that combined with the taste makes for great drinkability. Can you say "session"?

ppoitras, Mar 14, 2004
Photo of Globetrotter
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes in a tall, contoured brown half-liter bottle with a parchment looking label featuring the smiling image of some cleric. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 10/30/04, I opened it in honor of International Women's Day on 3/8/04 - and gave most of it to my wife.

Lovely clear copper hue under an off-white two finger head that lingers briefly and leaves a few spots of lace. The nose is crisp with fresh malt and a touch of flowery hops. The mouth is very carbonated, quite light, and non-cloying. There's a good strong malt opening, followed by a typical British hoppy bite in the finish. Just a bit of a metallic edge in the taste, but this is pleasant within the overall picture. Quite an enjoyable brew.

Globetrotter, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of bditty187
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear coppery-bronze hue, it is rather thin in color, I fear it will be watery. Nitrogen induced creamy off-white head. Yes, the cascading affect is pleasant to look at but the “widget” is such an annoying gimmick. Anyway, the head settled at two fingers in height, very sturdy, the retention was fantastic. Also, the ensuing lacing was webby and active. The nose was lacking in potency, what I could detect was indifferent to the ol’ snout. There was some hints of fruity-malty sweetness, I can’t help but think the nitrogen is masking some of the aromas. Wow, this is easy drinking! Obviously this was intended. The flavors are very weak, some vague maltiness, hints of fruitiness and marshmallows, clean and meager hop bitterness, and some sweetness is noticeable at the finish, as is a mineral twang. Abbot Ale easily defeats the Boddingtons Pub Ale abomination; too bad I can’t get this in town as this would make a good session ale. Medium-light in body, a little watery, the carbonation is small and slick, as designed, I’d say the mouthfeel is somewhere between good and tolerable. I picked up a nitro-can on a whim in Iowa City; it was a dollar at a grocery store. If I could find this locally at a reasonable priced I’d buy it again, just to session with. Worth trying.

bditty187, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a perfect thick white head. The aroma is good also. It is rich in pale malts, but has some carapils to boot. The taste is decent. It is bitter and flavorful, but something about this beer just doesn't work. It is medium bodied and adequately carbonated. It goes down smooth and has a creamy finish; a real crowd pleaser over in England I'm sure, but I'm not completely sold on it's worth over in the USA. All in all, not a bad beer, but also not a great beer.

WesWes, Feb 03, 2004
Photo of pezoids
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Friends and I once had drank this beer all night in a small town in the middle of England in some small obscure pub. At the time, I thought I had found the best beer in the world. Drinking this evoked fond memories, and was damn good, too. From the nitro can this beer poured out beautifully. Ultra bright, clear and amber-copper in color. This had a wonderful head of what looked like whipped cream. The creaminess lasted throughout the entire drink, stable and when poured, had a nice cascading effect – which was to be expected from the nitro can.

The aroma is of creamy sweet malt, with some lemony grains. Very pleasant. The flavor is very smooth (with help from the nitro) and light. There is a sweet fruitiness there, and the beer leaves a slight and pleasant bitterness in the throat. Some grassy hop notes hidden in there.

Half decent body of malt with some buttery textures. This is suspiciously easy to drink. Almost too easy. Very enjoyable. Hey, what’s not to like here?

pezoids, Jan 21, 2004
Photo of bark
2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This ale comes in a nice designed bottle, 500 ml with best before date.

The foam is rich and very white, but quite soft and disappears relatively fast. The colour is light copper with a shade of red.

The smell is a little disappointment; it is like average ale of this style but more delicate. It was hardly any scent at all, but there was a little touch of hops.

The taste… To be honest, I didn’t really like it. The first thing that hits the mouth is carbon dioxide. Lots of sharp carbon dioxide (perfect for a lager or pils, but not for ale) makes it hard to feel any other taste.

The taste developed in three stages: First, a quick rush of metallic tones. Then comes a fresh, sweet taste resembling of dark bread baked with treacle. Third, the carbon dioxide comes back, but this time together with a nice body of dry hopes.

Its dry, well-composed aftertaste is the best part of this beer. It might be a real gem on tap or as real ale, though.

bark, Jan 05, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an unblurred amber color with a light tan and very creamy modest sized head, with the lace a quite thick and sticky sheet upon the glass. Fresh malt nose that is sweet a clean to the senses, start is rich in malt, sweet and the top chumpy in feel to the palate. Finish is devoid of carbonation, as one would expect from a nitro can, with the hops inobtrusive in their bite and presence, not a bad beer, drinkable and a good first beer of the day, after the “Big Beer Night” of yesterday.

Gusler, Dec 21, 2003
Photo of far333
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

far333, Oct 25, 2003
Photo of SetarconeX
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This would seem to be the beer that's finally proven to me there might be something to those nitro widgets. Wonderful appearance, with the froth spreading itself through the brew, and gradually dissapearing from the bottom up. Wow.

Smell is, however, sweet and very faint. The taste, which perhaps being a step or two above Wexford Cream Ale, is still nothing too spectacular. This is a beer to be enjoyed visually more than anything else. That, and the unique creaminess that can only come from one of those nitro widgets makes this one go down nice and smooth. Definately one to try.

SetarconeX, Oct 24, 2003
Photo of diablo14
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

along with marstons pedigree, i rate this the best beer you can drink out of a can. especially ofter miles and miles of travel and probably months of storage in some warehouse somewhere.

its the golden brown color of your traditional english ale, with a light, but creamy head which hangs around no matter how thin it is when you first pour it. at its peak it has a sweet nose with a strong blast of butterscotch, and has a brilliant caramel, biscuity flavour, with hints of dried fruit, backed up by wonderful hop bitterness. alas the older the can, the less the impact of the hops.

what i really like about this one is its session potential. i find it quite easy to drink great volumes of this beer, but the flavor still strikes a chord with each can. it is infinately better out of the bottle, as the can has metallic overtones you find in all canned beers. but thats another thing that really impresses me. between all styles of casing for a beer, the difference in quality with abbot ale, while still noticable, has been kept to a bare minimum. you gotta love that. nothing worse than a beer that fluctuates wildy depending on what vessel its being drunk from.

diablo14, Oct 16, 2003
Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presented in a green can with an abbot on the front. Poured a nitrogen cascade to create a thick white head atop an amber beer. Aroma is a bit sweet as well as floral. Taste is clean and crisp with a gentle hop balance with light malt flavor and a definte english water character. Light mouthfeel allows this beer to be easily drinkable.

RenoZymurgist, Oct 06, 2003
Photo of stcules
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red colour, not particularly vivid, with a foam that presents some big bubble. The foam is thin, buth thick...
Smell sweet, vanilla and toffee, fruity (sweet cherry, papaya?), rose's petal. Green tea, berry fruit (blueberry?) in the background. It's a "sensual" smell.
The taste is more typical for an ale: malt, vanilla. Taste round and warm.
Hoppy aftertaste, with some light rhubarb. Vanilla again.
Medium-light body.

stcules, Sep 21, 2003
Photo of goz
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darkish-amber, thick creamy white head and oodles of lacing from the nitro tap. Aroma is fairly dead, but mildly malty. Flavor is bready, biscuity, somewhat sweet, minimal hop presence. Body is creamy, but somewhat thin. Might not be too bad if it wasn't for the nitro tap sapping it's aroma and some of the flavors away.

goz, Sep 04, 2003
Photo of Elemental
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice, creamy and smooth.
I had this on nitro tap which gave it a thick creamy and light head that didn't die. The color was slightly amber with a nice copper hue to it. The smell was light and slightly hopped with an almost sweet fruity smell to it. The body was light but slightly hazy. The taste was excellent, as stated above it was nice, creamy and smooth. It had a typical body and taste for a British ale with a large variety of flavors to taste and explore.
Bottom Line: Excellent!

Elemental, Aug 19, 2003
Photo of freed
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Abbot himself watched me from the tap handle badge while I was finishing my bitter. He wasn't angered I hadn't chosen him first, he knew his time would come...

Like all nitros, the thick creamy head easily marked which beer was mine. It was a abundant, and it lasted the entire beer. Underneath the full foam cap was a rosey amber body with a mildly fruity and malty fragrance, even with a hint of an aromatic hop like a Golding. The first and subsequent sips reveal a similarly fruity and aged malt body. Subtle but still interesting variety of flavors. A lighter body, standard to a British ale, it drank nicely, and really ought to have had another.

freed, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of fattyre
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear medium dark red/brown color with a moderate dissipating off white head. The smell is of rich tea-like malt. The taste is earthy tea-like malt with a mild alcohol and caramel middle and mild piney hoppy finish with a firm mouthfeel. a drinkable fairly well balanced english ale.

fattyre, Aug 02, 2003
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

oberon, Jul 31, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I finally decided to try this after seeing it many times in the local grocery store. Started out badly, with an unimpressive smell, and an even less impressive pour (virtually no head - maybe I should have tried the nitro). Taste isn't bad, hard to define. Almost reminds me of a German Alt or bock? Carbonation a little high, body a little thin. More malt than hops. I had a Fuller's ESB in between two of these, and it blew the Abbot away. (ESB is one of my absolute favorites). There was nothing that stood out with this beer. I have 4 left, so hopefully I'll enjoy it more next time.

JohnnyDuvel, Jul 26, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep rich amber brown, with a thick creamy almond head. My mouth is watering like crazy. Rating is for the second one, because I drank 3/4 of the first pint in one pull. I absolutely love beer like this. Rich full aroma, with a distinctive east kent goldings scent backed with lots of maltiness carrying a pear esteriness. Flavor is fantastic. Medium bodied, nitro carbonation. Lots of maltiness, with all the hops coming through in the finish, balancing some estery fruit flavors. Fairly dry, your tongue begs for more. I'm happy to oblige.

UnionMade, Jul 22, 2003
Photo of sponberg
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

sponberg, Jul 13, 2003
Photo of CharlesRiver
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green King IPA was one of the first beers that I had when I went to England for the first time in 1994. That was when I fell head over heels in love with cask ale.

This isn't cask or the IPA, but it is as close as I can get from a can. Light brown in color with a thick off white head that lasts. Not much of a smell, just a bit of malt and a touch of sweetness. The taste is more malt in the beginning with the flavor falling off at the end. What happened here? Everthing was going great until the aftertaste. I guess that is the big difference between the can and cask.

NERAX is less than a week away so I will once again have all the English Cask Ales that I can drink.

CharlesRiver, Apr 24, 2003
Photo of IrishRedRock
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This started as an intriguing beer, then kinda went downhill from there. The nitro pour was of course very nice, an amber brew with a thin white head that lasted throughout. At first this beer had no aroma at all, but as it warmed the ripe, toasted malt aroma was quite strong.

This beer was tolerable at first, but as I drank more I disliked it more and more. The malt flavor is pretty unique, and the buttery maltiness of this was a bit hard to take after a little bit. Mouthfeel is very creamy as expected from the nitro can, but I couldnt get past the taste that just did not agree with me.

IrishRedRock, Apr 16, 2003
Photo of goindownsouth
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very intriguing brew in the great English Ale style. It poured so smotth with a legit and creamy head. It was a thing to behold. Better out of the tap than the bottle, the flavor from this ale was all that you would expect. It was slightly sharp, but very little in the way of hoppy-like snap. This is one I would like to try again, preferrably out of the tap. Bottoms Up!

goindownsouth, Apr 05, 2003
Abbot Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.