Abbot Ale | Greene King / Morland Brewery

661 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-07-2001

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +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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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz can into standard shaker.

A - Clear amber, minor white head

S - Surprisingly fruity - bananas and pears. Some hops and caramel. Intriguing.

T - Fruity, banana and some kind of weak berry, clove and mild caramel

M - Medium to light, kind of a buttery finish

D - An interesting taste which makes drinkability suffer a touch. The effervescence was higher than expected in an English brew. I like the 'flatter' English ales like Caffreys, Boddington...

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Photo of boss302
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Greene king abbot ale 5%, on pull

A red clear nice creamy head. 3.5

S malty caramely aroma. No significant hop flavor. 4 

T malty with mild hop balance. A very clear well balanced beer. Not too sweet like so many other British beers in the south. 4 

M Med body. Head lasted the whole glass. 3.5 

D very good and worth a second pull. 4

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Photo of megahurts4
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Greene King Abbot Ale

Appearance: Clear amber, good lacing, and a very small head.

Smell: Malts and citrus fruit (apricot and others).

Taste: Pleasant malts, apricots and other fruits, and slight hop.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light and smooth.

A very pleasant beer from a can. It's not stellar, but nicely balanced and crafted.

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Photo of farrago
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Half finger of cream to eggshell white color, mostly dense foam with a few larger bubbles here and there, retention not an issue since not much to start from, no stick to the lacing, however, it does slide down in an extremely solid sheet. Creamy nose feel with a sour, lactose edge, banana pudding and milk, green apples and pears, hard toffee candies, somewhat floral yet you can't really say there's any hop-driven bite, the malt seems to win by default, smattering of mixed spices, stutters too much. Medium-bodied, for all the fluff and creaminess cannot achieve deeper mouth presence, carrot and celery notes there as much as toffee, butterscotch or cocoa. The hops are weak and cannot come close to lending spine to the whole. Little bit of citrus, the carbonation is soft and kind of a wuss. You get a very clear message which makes you think it is as it should be. Allowing for this, not this imbiber's cup of tea and pretty damn glad the glass is close to empty.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a small creamy head.
Nose shows heavy skunk before giving way to some caramel and toffee. Also some floral hops hidden in there.
Very similar flavours in the way of malt along with some cookie dough. Finishes weakly, almost bland.
Nice creamy carbonation, very low though.

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Photo of grac1970
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear amber with a decent foam head that did not die off too quickly when poured from the can into a pint glass

Smell: a nice smell with a hint of fruit; otherwise not a strong smell to it

taste: an enjoyable fruity taste that became a slightly bitter or burnt after-taste that settle down to a somewhat nutty flavour

mouthfeel: a bit watery feel to it actually; the flavour lingered at the back of my mouth

drinkability: good - I rather enjoyed this pale ale. I believe it is the first English pale ale I've had.

This is my very first review for the BA.

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Photo of kwjd
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange with huge, thick white head. Head doesn't want to dissipate at all, leaving rings of lacing after sips. Smells of floral hops with toffee and caramel malt balancing it out. Nice bitterness in the flavour. Very creamy mouthfeel, makes this a smooth drinker. I had this on cask last year and preferred it, but still enjoyed the can.

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Photo of Mjoepp
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper, large creamy head which last forever.

S: Sweet toffee, fruitdrops (candy). No hops can be identified.

T: Malty, toffee, fruitdrops, burnt sugar.
Aftertaste dies out quickly with just a hint of toffee. No or little bitterness.

O: Nice to drink, but nothing special.

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Photo of darkmartin
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to clear, light-brown with orange hues. Small, frothy white head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Smells of yeast and spices. Some citrus hops as well.

Taste: Much more malty than the smell suggested. Almost no hops in the taste, however some very good smooth nutty flavors. Also a faint sweetness that shows up in the finish. Despite the lack of hops, flavor is really quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy-smooth. Very little to zero carbonation.

Drinkability: Despite the faint hops and lack of carbonation, this beer really tastes good. Quite impressive.

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Photo of pauljmccain
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper color with off white head. Slightly hazy.

S: Nutty and spicy, english hops.

T: Nice flavors but a bit overpowering. Nutty and spicy, very bready flavor, with a bit of banana and other fruits, maybe cherries.

M: Low to moderate carbonation, but not chewy at all. Not much going on here.

D: A good session ale, refreshing, but in my opinion could do with less spice in the flavor.

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Photo of bsp77
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from non-nitro can into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear amber with a thin but sustained off-white head.

Smell: Cherry, dry tea-like malts, and floral English hops.

Taste: Semi-sweet caramel and tea malt mixture that I expect from an English Pale Ale or Bitter. Some cherry as well. Light floral and metallic bitterness at the end.

Feel: Low carbonation, medium firm and smooth body, semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Everything I expect from a good everyday English Ale. This deserves more attention in the US (I think it sells a lot in England on draft).

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a thin skim of a head. No lacing, some chill haze.

Grain and light toasted malt. Maybe some leafy hops.

Nice balance of bitter toasted malt, some boiled grain, definitely black tea-like elements, some buttery notes, and a mild astringent bitter finish. Some slight tropical fruit/some sot of fruity edge in there as well. Very decent.

A bit watery, thinner than I'd like

Goes down easy, but too thin to want to chase these one after another. Decent flavors, odd intensities. Worth a try.

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Photo of generallee
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a 1 pint .9oz or 500ml can into an imperial pint glass. The can lists its abv at 5%. The can reads "English Pub Ale" Full Flavoured, Smooth & Mature" and Brewed longer for a distinctive full flavor".

Appearance: It has a rich amber color with a small creamy off white head. It has slick lacing which coats the glass but slides right down as I sip. This head doesn't last to long as it fades out buy about the mid way point down the glass.

Smell: The nose has a soft malty buttered dinner roll like character. There is a slight suggestion of fruit and hops way off in the background.

Taste/Palate: It has a light to medium body with the same mellow bready and buttery character detected in the aroma with just a hint of toffee sweetness. There is also a very slight earthiness like white button mushrooms in there. It has some light, somewhat distant herbal hop notes on the back end which reminds me of black tea with lemon. The hops still add a good balance to the mellow malt sweetness. It has light carbonation on the palate giving it a smooth creamy texture that slides down with ease.

Notes: I was looking for a little more definition from both the malt and the hops but overall it was still enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this in cask form at the Sherlock Holmes Pub in London. Appeared as a dark gold-copper ale with a roughly finger-and-a-half wide white head that had good retention and lacing in the glass. Smelled of hops and candied fruits.

This beer was exceptionally smooth and the primary elements of the taste mirrored its smell. Up front there is a pleasant hop/floral taste and a candied fruit element. I also detected the trademark diacetyl taste I find in many English beers and the (what I find to be) delightful taste imparted from the hard water. The beer had an excellent hop-malt balance that made it easy drinking. There was minimal carbonation, that added to the smoothness. Found it to be enjoyable, so I ordered a second.

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Photo of degerbah
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy reddish tan with a very small amount of head. The aroma is very bready. The taste is malty with a small hint of hoppy flavoring. After I got over the flatness characteristic to the style, the beer really started to grow on me. Each sip I enjoyed the beer more. There really isn't much aftertaste at all as I finish through the beer. I really enjoyed this and might go out of my way to try this again.

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Photo of mwa423
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy amber with a slight head that quickly disappeared.

S - Lots of dried fruit, some spiciness, and a bit bready.

T - Very light flavor, full and sweet malt flavor with some of the dried fruit flavor I noticed in the aroma. Very light on the hops and once you get past the absolute lack of carbonation, it's a good flavor.

M/D - Mouthfeel is very flat and a bit creamy, nitro would do great things for this beer. The beer grew on me and would call this a very drinkable beer to enjoy.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber with a thin, creamy white head that remains full. Thick lacing.
Smell is light malts, with a very faint spice aspect.
Taste is light, creamy malts with a slight bitter bite at the back end. Faint spices come in, as well as some very faint hints of clove and ginger.
Mouthfeel is smooth, with a pretty clean finish. Low level carbonation, and a medium-light body.
Very easy to drink. A very refreshing beer for a Saturday afternoon.

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Photo of cratez
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can from the LCBO. Pours a tawny burnt orange with dark golden hues and a thin white cap. Smell and taste are mild fruit, marmalade, floral and metallic hops, toffee, whole wheat biscuit, tangy and bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel is silky, lighter than medium, excellent hop bite, dryly citric and cracker-like aftertaste. There's some warmth going down as well. A basic but satisfying EPA, similar to the draught version of Headstrong Pale Ale. Good example of the style.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Smells like some molasses and a hint of licorice. Pours to a deep golden color with a thin off white head. Taste is a tangy mix of maltiness and noble hops with a large presence of currant. Aftertaste is both sweet and bitter, balanced to say the most. Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery but this brew makes up for it in unique flavor. If this brew had a decent backbone it would be quite good. All in all a good drinker but I must downgrade for the lack of backbone.

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Photo of nick76
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The aroma is sweet with caramel, toffee, yeast, lightly roasted malt, and a tiny bit of hops. The appearance is amber with an average head. The taste is like the aroma but it is also a bit fruity and astringent. The palate is smooth. Overall this is not as good as I remember it the first time I had it.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from a can into an Abbot Ale imperial pint glass. Part of my glassware photography project.

Beer is clear and reddish with moderate carbonation and a tight off white head of small bubbles that has some staying power. Looks attractive.

The aroma is mostly malty but overall subdued. There is some nuttiness, almost smell like a red ale. Smells pretty good.

Beer is full bodied, no real bitterness to detect, forward sweetness. Serious body. No carbonation in the palate to speak of but it doesn't need it. There is almost a fruity sweetness in the midpalate. Second taste, there is some lingering malt in the back of the mouth that nearly gives rise to an aftertaste. Overall its an unoffensive decent beer. Drinkability is good, its a little heavy methinks, otherwise its fine.

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Photo of ludachris
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfectly clear honeyed amber that one finger of tightly knit cream coloured head that displays excellent retention and leaves minimal lace.

The nose is deliciously fruity with notes of candied apple, cherries, sticky dark fruits, ripe grapefruit and a healthy dose of bready and caramel malts.

The taste is subdued in comparison to the nose but all of the flavours are still detectable with a light cherry and apple fruitiness upfront and caramel making itself to the back where it meets up and balances a bitter grapefruit character. Bready malts are present throughout but sit in the back, adding a bit of chewiness to the body.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, light, and greatly balanced. Minimal carbonation, but that's expected for the style. An easy and pleasurable one to put down.

I'm not a big fan of EPA's, but this one really stands out from the bunch I've had. Fruity, refreshing, and an easy quaffer. I think this would be great to have on tap. For the style, two thumbs up, and definitely recommended.

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Photo of bob3701
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a clear honey amber color with a very small off-white head that retains well and laces nicely. Caramel malty aroma. Sweet caramel malt flavor with a sweet finish, a very mild taste. Very low carbonation, almost reminds me of a cask ale. Very easy drinking and pleasant taste. Highly recommend this one.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.82/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather luminous pale amber with medium to thick head that is rather creamy. Nose is pretty much non-existent. Cannot detect any identifiable properties. On the palate there's a gentle, soft malty & biscuity flavor with light hop bitterness for balance. Easy drinking, and almost watery in fact which isn't appealing.

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Abbot Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 661 ratings.
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