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Abbot Ale - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

531 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 531
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-07-2001)
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goz

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-04-2003 00:47:26 | More by goz
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Elemental

Oregon

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!

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-19-2003 18:19:50 | More by Elemental
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freed

Oregon

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-09-2003 16:56:35 | More by freed
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fattyre

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2003 13:30:08 | More by fattyre
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-31-2003 02:30:48 | More by oberon
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2003 16:00:33 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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UnionMade

Colorado

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-22-2003 10:37:28 | More by UnionMade
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sponberg

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2003 21:51:55 | More by sponberg
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-24-2003 16:06:13 | More by CharlesRiver
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-16-2003 18:21:24 | More by IrishRedRock
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-05-2003 05:56:47 | More by goindownsouth
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Rocko

Sweden

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought this brew in a 500ml bottle. It pours crystal clear light copper color, not very bubbly at all. The creamy head grows quickly and leaves a nice lace.

Not much of a smell but there are buttery, creamy and fruity hints. The taste is also very modest, not so bitter and heavy on the palate. The taste is however pleasant and smooth...

I've got real troubles of pinpointing the diffrent tastes it gives because it really doesnt taste much, but that's maybe not bad if you want an easy drinkable bitter with less complex taste. Overall it's decent, drinkable yes, but not a tastebomb.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2003 08:12:21 | More by Rocko
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Reidrover

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought in the green pint can with the Abbot on the front and the 'widget " inside.
Nice , nice pour, after the marvelous creamy cascade is finished the beer looks a gorgeous light amber almost orangy colour..witha nice sized creamy thick white head.
Wonderful aroma of English malts and nice hops too..fresh lemony hints, very good.
mmwonderful creamy sweet malt taste followed by a nice dull hop bitterness at the end..stays around
Wonderful feel in the mouth very silky smooth..but with enough bite at the end to keep the taste buds intrested!
All in all a wonderful English Bitter..the best I have tasted so far in the nitro-can..very drinkable!

Serving type: nitro-can

04-02-2003 19:49:19 | More by Reidrover
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bmills1608

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the nitro can almost white, just a touch of tan to take it to that off-white catagory. Stays white as it cascades, to take on its true color of bright orange-copper.

1 1/2 inch of thick rich head, no noticable bubbles so dense and tight is the head. A really handsome bitter sitting in an imperial pint glass. Nose is sweet and rich, with hints of cocoa, vanilla and banana, very ripe and inviting.

Taste is plump with toasted malts, quite nutty, with flavors of butter toffee and a touch of vanilla. A metallic flash leads the way to a super clean bitterness the tingles the sides of your tongue. There was really no hop aroma or flavor to speak of, but the restrained pure bitterness was rather nice and balanced the beer rather well. Mouthfeel starts off nice and creamy but suprising becomes a bit thin as you swallow. Carbonation is so low it is almost non-existent. Finish is clean and a bit bitter.

I am a huge fan of English pales and bitters. This one was really nice, but, somewhat typical in comparison to other nitros of the same basic style(Tetly's, Ruddles County).

Serving type: nitro-can

03-25-2003 16:11:17 | More by bmills1608
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Mitchster

Michigan

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

One of the better English Ales in Nitro-can. Pours out to a light-amber with a creamy luxurious white head and excellent retention. Chill haze is evident. Carbonation is very mild. Lacing is excellent, leaving one solid sheet. Aroma is very nice, with decent, but not overpowering, caramel...some toasty pale malts, vanilla, and butterscotch. Mouthfeel is, of course, very soft and smooth, with a watery medium-light body. Taste begins with some warm graininess, malt huskiness, a subtle dry-cider note, a firm malt body, and just enough hops to balance them. The hops are very smooth and linger in the finish, nicely complementing the slight astringency of the grain husks and alcohol. Just a hint of alcohol makes itself noticeable in the finish. Thankfully, I'm not picking up on much metallic taste, as I have found most English Ales to be unpleasant in this regard. A very well done mild.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-14-2003 21:38:12 | More by Mitchster
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Admiraldinty

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah the Nitro. Pours a huge cascading tan-off-white head. Beer itself has a deep orange. Nose is very yeasty (breadlike) and somewhat metallic (due to the can). Soft hops, herbs, and some fruityness. There is also a bit of maltiness as well. This stuff is super smooth, and fun to drink. I'd say it's slightly better than other nitro can English pub ales. All in all not bad, but I'd really love to try it on tap. England here I come!

Serving type: nitro-can

02-17-2003 14:25:14 | More by Admiraldinty
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once the cascading head has settled the body is clear. It's deep copper with an orange-red tint; and the ivory colored head is dense and creamy. The aroma is intriguing: malty, bready, lightly fruity, gently caramel - almost butterscotch. The body is medium-light with a low level of carbonation and very fine bubbles from the nitrogen breakout. Very creamy in the mouth. The flavor is gently fruity upfront, revealing caramel and some buttery notes as it crosses the palate, and finishing nutty with some light residual bitterness. A very nice, highly drinkable, and enjoyable beer. A great session beer except that I think I'd find myself seeking more bitterness after the first or second pint. A hard beer to score because the nitrogen pour gives it such a nice head and creamy mouthfeel.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-10-2003 20:41:48 | More by NeroFiddled
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

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

A nice, clear copper color with amber highlights. Pours with a two-finger dense, creamy head due to the widget. The aroma is light and fruity. Very light on the palate, a strong malt flavor with some hops bitterness. I have a hard time defining what the flavor is, but it's interesting none the less. It has a smooth mouthfeel, and is an easy drinker. A good beer, but not my favorite style.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-09-2002 09:10:40 | More by aaronh
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inebrius

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle no nitro.

Creamy smooth and well balanced ale leaves a quality lace behind a fast disappearing light amber liquid. Malty fruit nose, hints of floral. A draught is mellow sweet, a touch of caramel malt, a nice solid bitterness that stays and beckons. Good stuff. Me likey!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2002 05:56:49 | More by inebrius
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like this one a little more than Boddington's. It is creamy and the flavor sits much better as you make your way through the brew. Score another for the guy who invented the widget!

Serving type: nitro-can

08-14-2002 07:53:08 | More by Dogbrick
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Pegasus

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely copper color with a thick and creamy white head, very thick lace. Roils quite impressively after being poured, a delicate stream of fine bubbles rises to the surface after the head settles. Aroma has a sweet grassy aroma with honey notes. Very smooth flavor with toasty malts dominating, the hops assert themselves towards the finish, along with earthy flavors. A touch of bitterness lingers after tasting. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and creamy. A very well-crafted ale.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-19-2002 19:53:43 | More by Pegasus
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StevieW

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An all around pretty good beer. Nice copper amber color with the supercharged foamy head. The head stayed all the way to the bottom. Nice sweet smell hits your nose, toasted toffee sweetness jumps out. Very balanced taste, nitro makes for a creamy feel. Certain amount of sweetness thoughout, but thr strong bitterness reminds you of the style. A bit watery at the bottom of the glass. Very drinkable.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-30-2002 19:04:29 | More by StevieW
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Mark

California

3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent cask ale that had the usual great smoothness but was nothing spectacular. Dark amber and fruity, solid sheets of lace add to the ambience. Subtle hop accent, I liked it but usually opted for Fullers or Sheperd Neame when in this fine pub. (favorite Wetherspoon pub)

Serving type: cask

06-25-2002 19:56:04 | More by Mark
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

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

Just your average English Bitter, malty then bitter, very enjoyable, but not super complex, a bit sweet at the start aswell, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2002 17:47:21 | More by rastaman
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The can almost exploded on opening...one of those nitros that gives two "heads", one under the other as it settles out. The "top" head is extremely dense and creamy in mouthfeel. Slight murky amber color, fresh bread smells. Thick and smooth in first impression with a slight caramel flavor. Perhaps one of the most cottony nitros I've had. Doesn't "turn" quite as watery as a Boddington's at the end. Pleasant, straightforward and not a bad simulation of a hand-pulled cask pint. Just a speck more complexity would have been groovy.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-04-2002 08:21:39 | More by ADR
Abbot Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.