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Abbot Ale | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Abbot AleAbbot Ale

Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery
United Kingdom (England)

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Reviews: 358 | Ratings: 650
Photo of damndirtyape
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 -3.3%
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 Beginner2
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
Listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", my review and possible re-rating comes after I Have this again.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.51/5  rDev -31.4%
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 +15.6%
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 DrunkinYogi
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
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 -6.8%
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 +13.7%
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%
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%
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
4.82/5  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 Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +2.2%
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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Photo of kevinlater
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can into nonic pint glass

a: dark orange/copper, transparent, topped with just under a finger of off-white head

s: biscuit, caramel, apple, and floral touches. lesser notes of stone fruit

t: biscuit, apple, and apricot are dominant throughout and are very pleasant. mid-palate has those floral hop notes from the nose, and the back-end is mildly bitter

m: very smooth. mild carbonation and a light body make for a fitting mouthfeel

o: a delicious english ale. fruity and malty

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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 founddrama
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice smooth pub ale, in the same vein (to my palate) as Boddington's. I'm getting some fruity esters and biscuity malts.

There is a mild hop bite on the finish, as well. (Funny side note: big IPAs may have ruined bitterness in anything below like… 80 IBUs.)

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Photo of gnikola
2.3/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A dazzling look, very clear dark orange or light amber with small white head, high carbonation. Weak smell of caramel and lager-like yeast. Taste is slightly sweet, slightly bitter. Absolutely no hop aroma. No complex maltiness. A weak specimen of bland English ale, only good as a summer refreshment.

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Photo of delta490
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Pours a deep clear amber with a a short lasting creamy white head. The aroma is rich and malty, with caramel and dark fruits. The taste adds an earthy hop flavor on the finish. The body is still and smooth. A great bitter.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured from a bottle. Head is about 1.5 fingers, off-white with moderate retention; clear, copper body. Aroma includes soft, resiny hops; a nutty malt aroma with a touch of caramel; browning fruit. Flavor largely characterized by coppery bitterness and nutty, biscuity malt; hop flavor is lightly earthy and resiny. Medium body, low carbonation.

Pleasantly drinkable, though not especially complex.

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Photo of AddyCanuck
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm pretty happy I picked this up today. I was looking around the LCBO for something that wasn't from Ontario and won't break the bank and picked this up out of luck. Best decision in a while.

Served from a can into a pint glass.

A: Transparent with a deep copper color. 1.5 inch head that quickly disappears. Solid lacing throughout. A few bubbles rising to the top.

S: Abbot Ale doesn't give off much of an aroma but there is something there. Has a sweet floral smell to it.

T: For me, this is where the beer shines through. At first, you get a nice sweet taste that kind of reminds me of strawberry-apple juice. Towards the middle you get something that tastes like Lyle's Golden Syrup. Finishes off with a bitter note that lingers.

M: I found it to be a bit on the light side. This wasn't a bad thing as it worked with the sweeter flavours it had. Has a nice smooth texture to it.

O: Abbot ale offers a mild experience with a great deal of character. The smooth and fruity feel of the beer makes it great for a session or replacement for fruit juice.

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Photo of Derek69
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I still can't honestly believe that this beer is so cheap here in Ontario, Canada. It was $2.10 for a tall boy when i first saw it months ago, it's increased since however.

Pours a dark copper colour with a decent amount of head. Doesn't seem to give off a lot of aroma, but the taste is truly great. Feels like a cask ale, not overly carbonated. Lots of flavour, hints of caramel, maybe some raisins, hard to describe. You will not be disappointed though!

To me, it's a fruity, dark-ish beer with lots of character, at a great price. Seems like a winning combination.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear coppery color with a hefty and quite solid just off-white head,
The aroma is quite weak and pretty neutral, only small hopy are detectable.
The taste starts sweetish and fruity and following this after same time there is a pleasant bitter taste.
The finish is nicely bitter with that feeling staying with you for some time.
Very nice and very drinkable. Thumbs up.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can purchased from LCBo for $2.10 CDN. Served well-chilled into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear copper color. 1.5 fingers of frothy white head with good retention time. Some bubbles are rising to the top. Nothing spectacular beer, but a decent looking brew.

Smell - Dark fruit and molasses predominantly not a lot else and the aromas weren't terribly strong wither. What is there is pleasant but a lot of straining needed to pick up the aromas.

Taste - Lots of sweet ripe fruit that has been candied in molasses. Dark fruit. Exactly like how you would expect it to taste given the nose but with a lot more intensity and deliciousness.

Mouthfeel - Velvety smooth and a bit syrupy (but that works with the molasses flavors). Low carbonation but still rather dense feeling beer.

Overall - Nice brew that pleasantly surprised. I could see myself buying a few of thee again.

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Photo of Dapuma
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Having recently been on an Ale kick I wanted to try the Green King brewery ale's and went about getting Wexford Irish Cream Ale along with the Abbot Ale

The Abbot ale is not a bad beer, but a bit too bitter for my liking, the head on the beer was very thin and wore away quickly

Side by side with Wexford it is a superior beer, but I would rather have a Tetley's in this style

I think it is probably a decent beer for the style, just not my favorite ale - if this was maybe 10 ibu's less bitter I would enjoy it much more

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Photo of Kevichella
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into my Hobgoblin pint glass from the bottle.

Appearance. Amber with a slight red warmth shining through. Bit too similar to lager for my tastes. The head quickly reduced to nothing after a few minutes.

Smell: There is a warmth and maybe some slight chocolatey or spicyness.

Taste: The taste mirrors a fainter smell, though there is more of a lager taste to it (i'm not sure what else to call it).

Mouthfeel: Fairly fizzy when held in the mouth.

Overall: I thought i would enjoy this more than i did, it was a bit too similar to the generic lagers in the pub to my untrained palette.

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