Abbot Ale | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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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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Photo of Offa
4.65/5  rDev +27.4%
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 rohrbachsfan
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on cask at the Old Toad, an English Pub in Rochester, NY.

Appearance: Amber color with tall foamy head.

Smell: Sweet malt and strong diacetyl butter aroma.

Taste: Malty with a pleasant hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Nice easy drinking English pale ale.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hey ABBOT, CAN you hear me now?!? That is an allusion to Bud Abbot and Lou Costello, comedians from the mid-20th century. Next, my review.

It poured with a finger's worth of lovely ecru head that experienced good retention. The nose had a pleasant sweetness to it, like mild honey, or better yet, honeysuckle! The color was a deep honey-gold with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel was medium with a mild sweetness on the tongue. The finish had a slight bitterness, but enough to sustain the likes of me. I'd like to try this in an N2 can.

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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 Traquairlover
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 0.9 oz can poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear amber with a small white foam head. Head is very small but with good retention maintaining a a foam cover on the surface for a good long time, light lacing on the glass. Lots of very tiny carbonation bubbles.

S = Very fresh smells of grain fields, bread dough, Spring flowers. A very nicely balanced English pale ale.

T = A very good accompaniment to the smell, light bitterness from hops, but a great buttered toast malt layer keeps it well balanced. A nice long bitter finish.

M = Medium bodied (heavier than I expected), very good mouthcoating. Nice amount of carbonation.

D = This is a very enjoyable, drinkable pale ale, I definitely recommend it for a relaxing, relatively low ABV beer.

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Photo of nasty15108
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
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 blakesell
4.48/5  rDev +22.7%
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 claytri
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a healthy amber with a nice bit of off white head. The aroma was of bicuity malt with a hint of floral hops. The taste was nice biscuit malt and a clean hop finish. The feel was medium a bit wet, but a dry finish. A nice beer that would make for a wonderful session.

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Photo of meechum
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
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 pmcadamis
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - This pours a honey amber hue with a massive four finger khaki head that has hints of almond, and leaves a whole lot of lace on the glass. Retention is outstanding, and the head gets frothy and pitted as it takes it's time relaxing to a solid finger of whipped cream. This is a good lookin' beer.

S - Honey and nut breakfast Honey Bunches of Oats, or hot oatmeal with honey drizzled over it. Some gentle floral hops are present, and this nose is fairly well balanced between hop oil notes and malty honey and almond aromas.

T - Lots of honey and nuts in this sweet brew. I taste lots of honey coated almonds and whole grain cereal. There are hints of succulent fruit along with some mild hoppage.

M - Gentle smooth carbonation and a medium body make this a silky sipper that goes down easy. The mouthfeel is delightfully mild, to match the flavors in a way. The finish is slightly hoppy and only very slightly dry. This isn't sweet, but the finish is "wet" I guess you could say.

D - This is a great session brew, or pub brew as the English might say. This won't floor you with complexity or bash you over the head with outrageous flavors, but it is a study in balance and "pleasant" flavors. This is an all around good beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 that the pope on the label of the can? So then it should be called Pope Ale, shouldn't it? What do you think? Oh hell, I give up, let's move on to the beer:

In one swift opening of the can, the beer pours into a pint glass, leaving a filtered copper/orange with a creamy head on top. Diacetyl and faint esters make up the aroma. The taste, while a little metallic from sitting in the can, is enjoyable and easy on the palate. Again, mellow fruity esters and a little diacetyl mixed in. After a couple sips, the metallic taste vanishes, and paired with a smooth low carbonated feel, becomes a quaffer's delight.

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

Pours a clear amber color with a thing frothy off white head. The aroma is weak. It lacks character all around, but some malt notes are apparent. Taste is alright. There is a slight hop bitterness with a mild sweet maltiness. Mouthfeel is thin and kind of boring, it lacks carbonation. Drinkability is fairly high though with low alcohol levels and simple flavors. I enjoyed it more as I drank and really enjoyed it as it warmed slightly.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one grew on me from full to empty, and luckily it's a large can, which helped with the "growing"...Pours a well-filtered rusty orange which sits under a creamy, puffy head. Head is a quarter-inch thin, staying put the whole time.

Not much aroma happening...what can be detected are mild malts, gentle hops; fruit and tobacco in the background.

Flavor offers a tangy but mellow sweetness, fruit succulence with a polite hop kiss. Biscuity, toffee-like malts balance the sweeter end of the flavor. Banana and juicy pear show up too. Pretty dry on the finish, which leaves a leafy bitterness and orange flavor hanging around. Slight metallic edge to the finish--unsure if that's the can thing or not.

Feels quite nice in the mouth: creamy, round and buttery, propped up by medium carbonation. Very "creamy DIPA" feeling.

If you're not looking for humongous pale ale flavor, this is very drinkable. Found it enjoyable and would love to try it on tap in its homeland. Give it a I said, it's a real grower with a surprising bit of depth for what is usually a pretty simple style.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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 soulgrowl
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Lightish amber bronze topped by a bubbly barely off-white head with a spotty surface and mediocre retention.

Smell: Straight-ahead biscuit, toasty, caramelly, very buttery; actually, maybe it's more like a pastry than a biscuit. A fruity resiny undercurrent is reminiscent of applewood, and hops lend a hint of dry, grassy spice. Sweet, and almost lager-like in its malt clarity.

Taste: Balanced and tangy, with a pleasant toasty malt base, full of sunflower seeds, warm sourdough bread, toffee, and dry-roasted peanuts. Hops lend a just-right bitterness and full, permeating flavors of pine and field greens.

Mouthfeel: Bone-dry and light, almost too light.

Drinkability: This is a lovely, light yet flavorsome ale with a full-on British character. I wish we could get more beers like this in Japan.

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Photo of stephendr
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. pub can - color of clear honey, with a thick tanish colored head - nose of light malts, cherry, and vanilla – taste of malt, light hops, and some red fruit - body is medium, and with light carbonation – aftertaste of vegetation , and coffee grounds

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle and can 50 cl, tasted in 2006.
Appearance : Copper colour (containing a small amount of caramel)
Smell : hops aroma
Taste and mouthfeel : malty and fruity taste in the mouth, sweet and sour final persistant
Drinkability : good English beer in the style pale ale

Reviewed 10-28-2007, translated from french 1-6-2008.

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Photo of ralree
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish copper with a nice 1.5 finger head. Head is made of tight bubbles. Slowly diminishing to what looks like it will be a great lace.

S: Fruit, grains, and malt with a light hop backing. Alcohol evident.

T: Very pleasant taste. Really sweet hop flavor - very flowery. Fruit also dominates the primary taste. Malt provides a nice secondary flavor to this. Final flavor is slight bitterness with a little bit of fruit, earthiness, and some alcohol. Slight alkaline taste - a little mineral heavy.

M: Medium-bodied and well-carbonated. Great for this style. Just a slight bit astringent.

D: Very drinkable - my favorite pale ale so far. I'll be buying more of this.

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Photo of brendan13
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper orange colour poured into mug with a couple of centimetres of off white head that settle into a this whisp.
S - Sweet caramel & honey dominates the nose. Bit of a floral hop note.
T - Again sweet maltiness is present but more hop bite to balance it out.
M - Medium, slightly cloying mouthfeel. Lowish carbonation.
D - Maybe a touch too sweet to make it a sessionable beer.
Still, a nice beer with character and not too overpowering.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Looks good. Clear dark copper with a solid creamy head.

S - Smells a bit tart, with some butter and metallic undertones. Lemon, nuttiness and a floral hop also come through.

T - Ooh. Very bitter and not in a good way. One dimensional harsh bittering, without enough backing malt or hop flavour.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation and a drying finish.

D - Not for me thanks. Kind of one-dimensional and harsh.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

faintly hazed coppery brown with a very thin head.
the aroma is very mild, containing toffee and caramel mostly and a little bit oa alcohol actually. i'm not picking up much of anything in the way of hops.
the taste is also nice and mild, but a little more assertive. the same toffee and caramel are here, with a nice mild english ale fruitiness. a little bit of bittering hops and a tea-like quality emerge at the back end, but the sweetness wins out in the end. simple, but effective.
medium bodied, with fine moderate carbonation.
good drinkability... a good beer to fill up your imperial pint glass with, sit back and enjoy, and not think too hard about.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I have really no clue where this one came from. I have received so much in trades and BIFS in the last couple of months that it really is not too much of a shock that I cannot remember where one or two came from. But that is neither here nor there, lets review it anyway…

A – Poured a nice deep hazelnut brown. Great color on this, looked like hickory wood or something. Ample carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session, with a small amount of side glass lace around the edge. The head was not too impressive, maybe an inch or so on the pour and fading quickly down to only a thin layer across the top. Looked pretty much like an English ale.

S – Aroma was very grainy, almost musty in smell. Lots of malter bread, and a lot of caramel as well. Had a definite roasted nuts kind of back to it. Very full aroma and very pleasing as well. Not something to be taken lightly, but at the same time also not very heavy. Nice for a good pub ale and quite a bit stronger then most I have smelled in this category..

T – Very nice here, lots of caramel and malt tones that were littered in the back with a tiny bit of English bittering hops. Nice sweetness balancing It all out very very well. I was quite impressed with this one. It was a very full bodied flavor with lots of earthen grain and malt tones.

M – Super smooth and clean would be the best way to describe it. Not too heavy and not very carbonated but still very very good. It was really a nice combination of factors that led to a decent mouthfeel.

D – Great I could have had another with ease when I was done. A rich full feel was just about perfect for drinking. Not a sipper this was a good sit down with the game ale.

Overall I was very impressed with this little brew that I really did not even know that I had. It was quite good and defiantly something worth taking a shot at. I would defiantly recommend trying this one If you can, it might surprise you a bit as it comes through with a lot more quality then I thought it would.

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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 scottakelly
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Thin, white head. Light copper, slight amber. Lots of carbonation.

S: Sweet malty aroma, earthy hop aroma. Hint of citrus.

T: Malt forward, but not very sweet. Medium dry on the pallate, with decent bitterness. Some earthy hop flavor. Nicely balanced, but not exceptionally complex.

D: Very high.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear and red-brown, with a big creamy head that persists as lacing.

The aroma is caramel, celery, lemon, and grain.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy, with the standard low carbonation of an English ale.

The taste is of coffee beans, molasses, bitter hops in abundance, and some aspirin. The aftertaste is a bit like bitter tea.

I had this on a couple occasions in England and it was never very exciting on tap, either. A fairly standard ale.

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Abbot Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 672 ratings