Abbot Ale | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Abbot AleAbbot Ale

Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 357 | Ratings: 655
Photo of Dennis-King
4.82/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | 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 DoctorStrangiato
4.73/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 500-ml can into a large stein.

Appearance - Clear amber ale with a wicked 1/4-inch foamy head. Looks amazing.

Smell - great malt aromas with detectable maple and chocolate undertones.

Taste - surpremely balanced flavours of toffee, caramel maltiness with a slow rolling even-out on the tail. Minor bitterness and a lightly roasted hoppy flavour at the very end.

Mouthfeel - extremely smooth and creamy effect. Doesn't get much better.

Drinkability - this strikes me as highly drinkable wiuthout ever being boring. The only risk I could think of is how rich it is... something to savour in due moderation.

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Photo of Offa
4.65/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is among my all-time favourites.

It is deep copper with a nice, creamy head (I should not that this is from a regular can, not the draught/nitro can shown or which seems to be popping up unfortunately). that lasts forever, slowly srhinking, and leaves some nice lace.

The aroma is malty and hoppy, with caramel, toasted bread, earth, pine, citrus. It has a wonderful, well-rounded character and range of elements.

The taste is similar, with the same qualities noted in the aroma. It has an amazing sweet-bitter quality that is wonderfully balanced, being both at the same time. It's very tasty, with a great feel, never bland, and exceeddingly smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of dBmV
4.62/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding English ale! Poured from a pint can. It poured a nice chestnut brown color with a small head that lasted the enitire pint. I wish i find this on tap. Creamy and rich with a classic ale smell. Zero aftertaste. High quality no doubt. Ice cold pint can single ready to go from beer world in largo on ridge rd. A new favorite.

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Photo of bigpatvoodoodad
4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I haven't had this since I used to go to the Richmond Arms pub in Houston, so I decided I'd give it a whirl again. All I can say is I could kick myself for not buying it sooner. This is a damn good beer. I love the flavor. I bought this and Boddington's Pub Ale. Needless to say, I wish I'd just bought the Abbot Ale.

A - 4.5, Poured very well and a nice amber color.
S - 4.5, Loved the smell.
T - 4.5, This is a great tasting ale
M - 4.5, Not too sticky and not too thick, perfect actually
D - 5.0 I could drink this all day and night.

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Photo of ZachT
4.54/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Copper colour. thin, fluffy white head. Caramel malt aroma with a subtle ester fruitiness. Malt forward, with caramel/toffee notes and a slight apricot fruity flavour. Dry finish, good carbonation. Leans on the malty side but still well balanced. A good classic english ale.

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Photo of yzer
4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed a pint of Greene King Abbot Ale at a London pub earlier this week.

This is a gorgeous and popular English Pale Ale notable for it fragrant Challenger and Fruggles hops. The crystal and amber malts are subtle in this brew, so GK Abbot Ale does not exhibit the sweetness of many EPAs. It's very refreshing ale.

The color is full amber with red highlights topped by a generous off-white head. Carbonation is restrained and not particularly long lasting.

Malt aroma dominates floral hops from the head, but taste is balanced toward a hops bite. Given the tartness of this brew I was surprised by the full and silky body. I could stick with this ale all evening.

Greene King Abbot Ale definitely goes down as one of my favorites.

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Photo of ellflle
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Remember this brand from on tap in England. I was amazed to see the brand in my local beer store. Beautiful appearance, lovely balance of malt and hop flavors. Smooth, clean, with a substantial alcohol content and satisfying without heaviness. A fair value for an import, and a fine drink.

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Photo of Juanca
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Here in Peru there are not many places where you can sample beers from other countries, so when he had me between a place where European beers were selling did not think twice. The first beer I tried was this and go which was a surprise. It's a beer with a strong taste, excellent aroma and rich flavor, one of my favorites ever since.

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on cask after a Duelle Teve on tap. Twas a good beer drinking night! It is a totally well balanced beer. Not much fragrance, maybe from the cask. The head is almost soapy in appearance (not taste) - interesting. It is a more savory beer. The taste is fantastic definitely buttery, a bit salty even with a very slight toasted flavor. Like a cold buttery crossant just out of the oven. Subtle hops. With many of my favorite options on tap, I kept going to this one in cask. Truely brilliant!

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Photo of blakesell
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the 16oz can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a rich clear amber with a hearty creamy 2 finger head of foam that lingers longer than expected. The lovely creamy cap refuses to dissipate and clings to the sides of the glass. Head appears to be two different colours, bone white and more of a creamy tan deeper in the froth.

Smell- Noble hops and mild fruitiness. Not much in the way of malt character. I'd wager a guess and say there's a certain margin of Munich malt in the grain bill. May have a light level of diacetyl as well, but not a lot.

Taste- Hops are present and balanced. Malt is very sweet and sticks to the taste buds right before those hops come in and give a light prickly feel on the tongue. A biscuit flavour lingers on the mouth afterward. Drying on the finish. Greene King really knows their stuff.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, prickly, wonderfully carbonated, medium light in body. Not warming with alcohol.

Drinkability- The more that is drank, the more it feels like can be drank. This is a wonderful beer, likely the 2nd best I've ever had from Greene King with the first being Ruddles County. I'll be pursuing more of this one in the future for sure.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

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Photo of freed
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very good. Poured a nutty light brown with a very very thick and creamy head. Smell was quite malty. The taste, too, was very malty and had a very creamy consistency. Very similar to Wexford Irish Cream Ale if you have ever had that before. Overall, I was quite impressed with this one. Very smooth and very easy to drink, providing you like this style. Will likely buy again.

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Photo of mapman97
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great British Ale. Very smooth and creamy with a thick head that you can float a penny on. The head comes from the C02 widget in the can. The taste is mildly bitter, but not as much as most english bitters, with a nice hoppy finish. Very drinkable and refreshing. The can is very interesting and tends to attract the eye so that you to read it more than once. The label claims the frementing process takes a full 7 days so all batches are "Blessed by the Sabbath". Comes in 4 packs and is usually affordable but never cheap.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

All around great beer, clean nutty malt taste with just enough hops to balance and a lipsmacking finish. Incredibly tasty and each sip begs for another. It is tough to describe a precise flavor, in fact when you examine it closely it almost seems bland. But that finish/aftertaste brings it all together. Mouthfeel is watery but that's overlooking the exquisite head that pours forth the nitro can.

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Photo of meechum
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice dark amber to copper pour with a nice fluffy and thick white head with lacing that fell slowly

S - A good malty and nutty smell

T - The taste was mostly malts and a bit of honey in there with a bicuit flavor and a nice small hop finish

M - Good carbonation..overall good

D - A very drinkable brew in my opinion..enjoyed very much

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Photo of nasty15108
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip pint glass.

A - Poured amber with a slightly off-white foam that quickly subsided into a thin film. Minimal laceing.

S - Rich malty smell. Rich buttery aroma, hints of butterscotch.

T - Very creamy malty taste up front followed by a slight hop bitterness in the finish.

MF&D - Smooth, creamy and delicious. IMO the low carbonation makes this the perfect session ale.

1pt. .9oz Bomber was even more tasty than the can!

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Photo of Daredevil
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

in Switzerland I get this one in cans only and as such it is my medium price favorite ale .... finally (visiting England once again) I got to drink this one out of a bottle ... must say the difference is quite astonishing ... the flavors are fuller and more lucent ... an already great brew now truly reveals it's marvels ....

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Photo of danny013
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into an English pint glass. Pour is nice and smooth, seems to be lightly carbonated as it settles out with a thin, 1/8" off white head and a crystal clear deep orange hue. Head thins out halfway through the pint and leaves a bit of lacing. Fine looking ale overall.

Aroma is dominated by malt sweetness with some fruity notes and a hint of a nice, bready English yeast.

Taste is great, though hard to wade through. Slight initial apple taste that quickly fades to a nice malt sweetness/toffee flavor. Perhaps a hint of toasted grains? Bready/biscuit flavors pull through next and round out to a nice earthy/spicy hop bitterness. Pleasant toasted malt sweetness and hop flavors linger on the tongue. Very good.

Mouthfeel is good, very smooth. Very little carbonation gives it a very "classic" English ale feel. Light to medium bodied, makes for a nice brew that can be enjoyed.

Drinkability is excellent. Overall, a delicious brew that is nice and complex yet remains easy to quaff and enjoy in quantity. A great example of an English pale ale - let it warm up to cellar temps and the flavors really shine through with the low carbonation. I could drink this all day and night.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served as a dark amber colored beer with creamt white head. Great lacing, as would be expected.
Smell shows nice bready malt notes.
Taste also bready malt in the front, with a light hop presence.
Very flavorful and refreshing and the nitro tap makes for a creamy mouthfeel.
Would be perfect to session.

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Photo of baos
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint Can poured into glass jar. (not a widget can)

A: Nice orange-caramel body with two finger creamy head. That sticks around. Very good lacing.

S: Very nice toasty maltiness and mild hop aroma.

T: This beer is a lot better than I expected. And the flavor really grows on you. The nice bitter after taste is perfect I've upped the ante on taste from 3.5 to 4.5 while I've been sitting here doing the review. A slight orangey-piney hop bite over toasty malts. Yummmy. Some dried fruits in there as well.

M: Very nice since it just came outta a can. Pretty creamy.

D: I could go all night. (thats what she said)

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Photo of slitherySOB
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely toffee and red colour, with a thick two finger head that lasts. Some lacing to the glass, as well as a settled ring after every sip. Slight smell of malts, fruits, flowers and tea. Smooth flavour, with plenty of rich malts and a bit of alcohol. Their is a raw hop presence at the finish. Enough to balance the grains. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a slight dry finish. An excellent beer.

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Photo of vancurly
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange with off-white head, which leaves some lace upon descent. No bubbles.

Marvelous nose....toast & marmalade, and muesli grains.... I should try this for breakfast. I think I have a good, fresh, sample, judging by the other comments on this ale's aroma.

Mouthfilling flavours, starting with some English noble hops, toast & grain, more spicy hop flavour, finishing with more grain & hints of toffee. I dunno what some of you blokes were tasting, but this is great.

Some nuttiness persists after a few minutes.

Medium body with an effervescence that is not evident in the glass, but is in the mouth. It carries a good bitterness through to the end.

A few years back I put a pint or two of this away in a pub in Bury St Edmunds, just a block from the brewery. That was great. This is a pretty good substitute, half a world away...

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Photo of Reidrover
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
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!

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Abbot Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
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