Abbot Ale
Greene King / Morland Brewery

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English Pale Ale
Ranked #47
Ranked #37,547
3.68 | pDev: 14.67%
Greene King / Morland Brewery
England, United Kingdom
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Photo of MichaelGennings
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Abbot Ale from Morland Brewery, Bury St Edmunds, UK. 5% alc. 500ml can.

The beer pours a thin white head and the beer is an amber colour.

Smell is sweet maltiness but somewhat faint. Aroma notes transfer to the taste. Flavour is mild.

Beer has a somewhat watery mouthfeel. Body is light to medium.

Finish is smooth with a hint of malty bitterness.

A decent offering from across the pond. Pleasant but not extraordinary. I’d love to try it on tap.

Grade: B+

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Bottle and part of a Greene King head brewers choice that I received as a gift
Pours a light brown body with decent enough white head
Sweet dark bread dough aroma
Boiled sweet taste

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Photo of Spike
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.
L: Rich, lustrous, dark copper colour with a one-finger, white head. Few streams of bubbles and lots of lacing.
S: Caramel & sweet biscuits.
T: This is all about the malt. Toffee, caramel, fruitcake, lightly toasted malt & brown sugar. Hops appear to be for bittering only.
F: Medium body, coats the roof of the mouth, long & dry finish.
O: Malt, malt, malt. Rich & sweet & velvety.

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Photo of KooVee
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Lighter shade of amber, quickly dissipating foam.

Aroma is dark fruit and sugar, classic British hops, but only there in the background, a bit of bread.

Taste is very smooth, easy drinking. Again, dark sugar flavours and a bit of bitterness. No caramel to my taste buds and seeing clone recipes I doubt there'd be amber either, as there is no roastedness. What comes to my mind is the trad. pure pale malt with dark sugar and maybe caramel for the colour. A bit of bitterness in the aftertaste to cut the fruit from the sugar. Mouthfeel is medium, low carbonation, easy to drink.

Probably would be better on draft so the flavours and aroma of pale malt and fresh hops would be more prominent.

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Photo of elnachooo
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

De carbonatación media. Cerveza de aroma a caramelo, pan y cereales. En boca es una cerveza de cuerpo medio, amarga y seca. En su final se siente el caramelo y la malta.

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Photo of HughJarce
1/5  rDev -72.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Drank 8 cans of this stuff last night at home (500 ml cans, 5% ABV).
Wow this beer is garbage. Tastes horribe and is way too bitter.
Can't score it for look because I drank it out of cans, but the look is irrelevant imo if the beer tastes bad.
Not entirely sure what "feel" means when it comes to beer (it felt wet in my mouth if that's what that means, probably not), but I'll never be buying this stuff again.
Cost me the best part of £10 for 8 cans. I feel completely ripped off.
I bought it on a whim but won't be buying it again.
How does anyone like this stuff? It has nothing going for it as far as I can tell.

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Photo of Stoven5
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is beer at its its best, maybe years ago was better but still great today. Hard to find in the USA where I live but never mind, Ontario and LCBO's are only 200 miles away and they sell it in 500ml cans about 17ozs. For many beer lovers not enough hops or even any , well fine but for me this is good beer. I did grow up in the UK so may sound one sided but also lived in Germany 2 years ,Australia 10 years, two so called beer drinking nations.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty...very malty. You decide if that's good or bad. For me it's alright, I like the malts.

Carbonation from the can is almost like a proper draught.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at The Man of Kent in Hoosick, NY.

This one pours a clear light amber, with a small wispy head, and not much lacing.

This smells mainly bready, with caramel and tea like hops.

This is fairly boring. It's muddled and a bit watery, with neither the malt nor hop character really impressing much.

This is watery and thin, with nevertheless a high level of drinkability.

This is drinkable enough but very boring.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper pour with lasting finger of off white foam (4.0). Aroma is bready malt and a touch of caramel (4.0). Flavor is similar with a slight sweetness (3.75). Smooth and balanced throughout (3.75), finishes ever so slightly dry. (3.75)

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The appearance was a clear malty copper colored body with a film of a head just sitting on the top of the body, barely any lacing. The smell had sweet English malts, "soapiness" more or less to some drinkers. The taste was sweet through the malts, that English malty aftertaste, sticky sweet finish. On the palate, it sat a light to medium in body and was fairly sessionable. Carbonation is standard for the style leading to a decent smooth sort of coating of the mouth and tongue Overall, this is a good beer for the style, and good beer to me, now where’s my fish and chips.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark amber hue with a thick, dense, head that stays put. The nose is of honey and toffee. The taste is fairly sweet upfront followed by a lingering bitterness. This is a very typical British ale. It could be easily identified as a UK beer in a blind tasting, in my opinion.

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Photo of superspak
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml can into imperial pint glass, no can dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy medium orange/amber color with a small dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts the whole glass. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of honey, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, and grass; with lighter notes of caramel, toast, pepper, peach, pear, apricot, apple, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of honey, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, and grass; with lighter notes of caramel, toast, pepper, peach, pear, apricot, apple, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/grassy/spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of honey, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Light carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a nice English pale ale. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth, clean, and pretty refreshing to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500mL can (date stamp L4323 05:49) served in a tulip stout glass.

Appearance: Bright amber with an initial 1/2" thick off white head that eventually died down to a thin 1/16" but persistent foam all the way across the top. An occasional island of lacing noted.

Smell: Faint herbal hop aroma, with a bit of metallic note and hint of butter.

Taste: Biscuity malt with some additional sweetness complimented by leafy bittering hops. A hint of butter as well. Some metallic note at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Spot on for style - light carbonation, a tiny bit sticky.

Overall / Drinkability: Very drinkable, and I think this would pair better with food rather than having it by itself as I did. One pint is enough, but I would not mind at all having it again, and I wonder what it would be like fresh out of a cask. A classic English Pale Ale from start to finish and a great looking beer.

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Photo of hreb
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500mL clear glass bottle served in a short tumbler. Beer has a crisp, even lagery aroma. Color is crystal clear and of an orange amber hue. No bubbles and only minimal head formation. Flavor is dominantly biscuity and bready, with a buttery richness in the background, which also forms the aftertaste. No surprises here: a malt-forward English ale. Malt aftertaste throws the whole thing a bit out of balance and keeps this out of great beer territory, though it is most enjoyable and successfully conveys what English Ale is about.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.51/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Amber color, clear. The head is the strong point of this beer, ecru, compact, very dense, long.
The aroma is a strong foundation malty, slightly caramel, with subtle notes of fruit.
Taste: here definitely much more caramel maybe even too much, again delicate fruitiness well and it would be enough.
Gentian delicate, soap. Low saturation.

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Photo of JPNesker
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

It's got one trick but does it very well. Color suggests a very heavy body but in reality its pleasantly light and crisp. Still a malt bomb but pleasant hop/caramel notes on the finish. Superb!

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cask ale pumped a rich golden amber with a 1/2 inch of creamy tan head that recedes to a solid cap. Aroma of caramel and candy...trace toffee. Taste of creamy caramel...sweet full bodied.

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Photo of stevoj
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice smooth bitter here(.5l bottle). Taste of toffee, aroma of butterscotch and caramel. Nice copper color with small creamy head. Mouthfeel hits the spot for this style. Imagine the tap variety would be a little creamier, but good effort here...

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic example of an English Pale. Had on cask at a restaurant in Philly but it made me feel like I was at a pub in London. Earthy, bready, creamy and delicious.

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Photo of RQuigley
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This English Pale Ale is in a 500ml can, 5%
Not a bad beer. Surprisingly creamy with a fruity and hoppy taste. not strong. This is a beer I think would be good as a draft. Will have to look for it.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Have had on draft and usually expereinced poor head and dank dishwater appearance. Cans produce a better looking beer in my experience of this one

A weird musty smell. Not much aroma though.

Taste is always musty yeast, low level of bitterness and watery yeasty underwhelming "british pub bitter" flavour.

Overall I have had this many times and it is always underwhelming and bland with a sickly dishwater theme. A beer that steered me away from English ales and sent me towards Czech and German lagers in my twenties. It took the discovery of American style craft beers and Belgian ales to reawaken an interest in ales after this kind of dull fare put me off.


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Photo of Dennis-King
4.93/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am reviewing this with hindsight. In the 1970's this was the beer that changed my life. It made me realised the difference between the crap keg beers that the big brewers sold and quality real ales. In those days Green King was a small regional brewer and Abbot was the finest beer around. 40 odd years later I have still to try a better beer. Unfortunately the beer sold now is a pale shadow of that beer.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear and amber in colour, white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, biscuits, earthy hops. In taste malty low bitterness. Medium body, low carbonation. Not bad.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tried this from the hand pump … at a place where they didn’t know the first thing aboiut cask conditioning. Served too cold and too carbonated. (But they swore up and down it wasn’t from the tap.) It has a nice warm caramel color with a creamy cap of foam. Light aroma, with a pleasing biscuity caramel malt taste. Ended up coming across more like an amber than a pale ale/ESB.

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Abbot Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 697 ratings