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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-07-2001

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Ratings: 675 |  Reviews: 364
Photo of Sammy
2.7/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A regarded brewery, but this one needs Costello. Hop bubbles, too simplic, bitter and thin mouthfeel and nothing in taste. Maybe this works fresh and cask-conditioned, but was difficult to finish. Had it again two years later and it certainly was no better.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruits, and a mild hop aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is light and easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

brilliant brew here, how have I missed this before? luxurious creamy off white head from the nitro tap, a dense clear maple color underneath. it smells and taste about the same, a balanced, clean, incredibly satiating blend of English pale malts and appropriate hops in greater proportion than I expected for an English brew. its got a nice crisp bitterness after the grains roll through, and even notes of pine forest and earthy must, which give this beer impressive depth. I love it on nitro, gives the body some life, and drinks like an old world classic. my first beer from green king here, and I look forward to trying more of the lineup, this is a really nice pub ale that deserves some attention. a fine all day drinker.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as an amber color with a creamy looking off white head. The lacing is minimal on the glass. The smell has some grassy caramel sweetness with some grainy malts in there too. The taste is a smooth creamy earth flavors, grainy, not much hops. The mouthfeel is very smooth, not much carbonation at all.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a crystal-clear medium amber hue - nothin' pale about this, with a fey fingers of puffy, creamy white head, which leaves a wall of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells very mildly of soft British malt, and some light herbal hops. The taste is bready, kind of sour-ish, malt, and somewhat lemony old-world hops. The carbonation is very low, the body smooth, solid, but a little cloying, and it finishes off-dry, some herbal, grassy hops and sweet maltiness lingering.

Not a bad pale ale, but it gets a little too clammy after a while.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite similar to most nitro pub ales. Extremely thick and rich looking with dense nitro carbonation and a beer flavored whipped cream on top. Aromas are very light of caramelized malts. Tastes similar with a subtle English Pale Ale spiciness and bittering. The nitro dulls the flavors quite a bit, but really amps up the body. Very creamy and silky smooth texture. If this beer were a little bolder in the flavor and aroma, it would be killer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into An Brainblasta goblet in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Pours a textbook copper with a three finger head of no cream, decent thickness, and mediocre retention. Generally appealing.

Sm: Cream. Butterscotch. A light scent.

T: Cream, butterscotch. A bittering hops finish, but very slight. Certainly atypical for a pale ale. Very simple, but good for what it is. It's balanced well, but two notes are pretty easily balanced. Built strangely for the style, but built very well. I prefer it to most of the usual takes on the style.

Mf: Buttery, smooth, wet, until the climax which is slightly more coarse and dry. Really quite nice, actually.

Dr: It slides down easily enough, but it costs too much. Give it a go.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
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 zeff80
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly burgundy color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled floral and grassy with some strong maltiness.

T - A malt-forward pale with with some nuttiness. There is an earthy bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice canned English ale. Greene King is a solid brewery that imports to the U.S.

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Photo of superspak
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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 brentk56
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a rocky egg shell head; decent retention and a few sprigs of lace

Smell: Balanced aromatics, with both the toffee malt (some diacetyl detected) and earthy hops present

Taste: After the toffee malt sets its backbone and provides a little bit of butterscotch diacetyl, the earthy hops make their presence known, too, by mid-palate; after the swallow, the distinctive fruity character and earthy hops are somewhat dominant, with a spicy element that adds a nice dimension

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: More an ESB than a pale ale in my book, this is nevertheless an enjoyable session beer

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a clear medium brown color ale with a small bubbly head with limited retention. Aroma of malt is slightly sweet with little hops distinguishable. Taste was also dominated by some discreet sweet malt with a dry ending. Body was about average with some average carbonation. A bit boring overall and would have profited from having more English hops to provide some floral notes.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can it leaves a small to medium head over a clear reddish golden colored beer.
The head dies down, leaving a decent lacing with a sweet caramel and with a light citrus aroma.
Abbot Ales taste was also that of caramel and light citrus, leaving a light dry after taste.
This beer was good enough, I just felt like I wished there was just more taste to it, or a richer taste. I guess maybe I was expecting a little more from an English beer, they seem to have so many good ones that come across the pond.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Large, creamy white head with good retention and a clear, amber-orange body.

S - Malty with caramel and a hint of hops.

T - Malty with lots of caramel but little to no hop flavor. The finish is moderately bitter with a chalky dryness.

M - Medium body and low carbonation. The finish is dry with a chalky mouthfeel.

D - Easily drinkable. Good malt character, though it may be a bit weak on hop flavor and aroma.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, light caramelized malts, tea, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, honey, citrus and tea. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but is strong enough to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it might not be the absolute best beer in the style but it's solid enough to be worth drinking for a long time.

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: cask at Yards Brewing Co., Philly, PA, for their 5th annual Real Ale Festival 2012

Beer list proclaimed a 6.5%ABV on this one.

Poured a darker amber color with a small soapy head. Light aroma, caramel and light fruits. Taste of sweet caramel and wort, lighter notes of toffee and dried apricot. Pretty nice, but not amazing. Light-medium body, and pretty smooth going down. Not something I'd get again, but definitely not bad.

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Abbot Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 675 ratings