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Cains F A (Formidable Ale) (Cask)

Formerly brewed at Cains
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Liverpool, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.15/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Regular. Previously 4.8%.
Only ratings for the cask version to be entered here. The bottles and canned versions are pasteurised and have a separate listing.
Cains FA is no small beer: despite its deceptively pale golden colour, it boasts a big, smooth flavour and strong punch. Brewed with the finest English malts, and conditioned in cask with dry hops to produce fresh hop aromas and a fuller flavour, delighting the mouth and stimulating the tongue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cunningham (6052) - Halden, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2013

Appearance: Clear amber color with a fine off white head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Fruity, malty and mild hoppy.
Palate: Medium body. Slightly sweet and an ok bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Fruity and fresh hoppy. Fine malty back.
Overall impression: Fresh and very tasty. One of the best I have got from Cains on tap.
Personal stats: On tap @ source

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gam (3735) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 9, 2013
Misty gold pour medium block sized head carbonation medium aromas lemon grain fruity hops skunky note the flavours tastes okay is honey malt the nasty so called taste a bitter citrus origin taste mild grainy touch some apricot once into the ale not too bad best tastes hops sweet malt and bitter finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stravale (2567) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JAN 9, 2013
Cask @ Doctor Duncans, Liverpool 040113
Golden, clear, pillowy white head, good lacing
Aroma of soft sweet caramel malts
Taste - Caramel malts, light bitter hops, touch of soft fruits, not a lot going on here for 5%, easy drinking though, nice soft mellow toffee caramel malt
Palate - Medium body, sweetish malt palate. Finish - fairly bitter, cleans off palate quite well
Overall - Solid, workmanlike, drinkable, easy going, fairly bland for a 5% beer, but it was still quite nice

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
merseybrew (82) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2011
cains used to be great, this is a sad indication of the current state of play used to be known under its moniker of formidable ale, now known locally as f*****ng awful avoid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
berkshirejohn (5395) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2011
Cask at the Old Manor (JDW), Bracknell - ABV 5.0%. Bright straw with a compact white head; grainy aroma with some tropical fruit; syrupy in the mouth, with more grainy, floury, tastes and a little fruit; then a lightly bitter finish. Not very exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (40504) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2010

Cask (handpump) @ Charlies Bar, Pilestraede 33, Copenhagen, Denmark.

ABV. 5.0% Clear medium orange color with a small, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, fruity, nutty, light hoppy, citrus - orange. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. [20100410]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 19, 2010
Cockney Pub, Aarhus, DK. Cask, 190410. Amber with small head. Aroma of hay and citrus. Flavor is malt with spices and some lime

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (37019) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 12, 2010
From cask at Charlies. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is malty andhops fruity. Mild bitter and fruity. Dry malty base with a light bitterness coming through. Crisp caramelish and light fruity. Crisp bitter and dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
KimJohansen (10404) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - APR 10, 2010
Clear golden with a tiny off white head. Herbal hops, malt and somewhat fruity notes. Flavour had herbs, malt and hoppy hints. Finished dry and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (24434) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 10, 2010
Cask at Charlies. Clear golden coloured with a medium sized white head. Fruity aroma of grass and hops. Fruity flavour of grass, hops and citrus. Dry hoppy finish.

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