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


on tap

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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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Pasteurised in kegs and cans (previously pasteurised in bottles too).
Previously known as Cains Traditional Bitter.
NOTE: Only ratings for the canned and kegged version should be posted here. The cask version has a separate listing.
A regular winner of awards for quality and flavour, and winner of the silver medal at the International Brewing Industry Awards 2002, this refreshing yet full-bodied bitter is a favourite with beer drinkers everywhere. The rich flavours of premium malt and goldings hops are unmistakable in this well balanced, traditionally brewed bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Onslow (1235) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Pour from a 14.9 oz can. Clear reddish brown brew with almost no head. Aroma of toasted malts and a bit of yeasty sour. Taste is lightly roasted grains, a bit of toast, a little sweet malt. Watery palate but very refreshing, leaving the mouth feeling clean.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Can. Poured a medium amber with a creamy, medium-sized head. Aroma and flavor were mild: some toffee, nuts, mildly malty, some earthy hops. Light mouthfeel. Good, I suppose, for such a low alcohol entry. I expected more.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
obguthr (4318) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Draft: Body odor smell. Crystal clear chestnut, medium off white head. Mildly nutty, but somewhat like dishwater. Thin and watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cunningham (5163) - Halden, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2012
Amber colour with a tan head. Toffee and fruity nose. Mild flavour with toffee, hopps and a moderate fruitiness. A bit flat carbonation on can.
[Can from Liverpool, England]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ttoadee (816) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2012
From can. Light brown pour, no real head. Malt on the nose, and maybe a handful of dark fruit. Slightly bitter across the tongue, but it seems more from the carbonation than hops. Thin finish, with a slight hop bitterness. I expected more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
kiwianer (3415) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 1, 2012
The head is ok , the body brown. It is bitter, creamy, herb-bitter, and just a little bit watery. => Overall ok! 11/6/6/6/8/6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPAsavedMYlife (345) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Low alcohol bitter... doesn’t really deserve to be in the same category of others. Carbonation is high, and creamy. Bubbles stuck to the side of the glass. Smell is weak toffee, carbonation, barnyard funk aroma. Moutfeel is decrepit. Taste is slightly roast, mostly toffee flavors with a thin body. High carbonation. No real presence of hops, just a slightly bitter finish. Overall clean hidden yeast, also, not the usu.. old world brewing heavy on the honey flavors. Exactly what I would be looking for on a hot summer day, with more flavor depth than a lager. Enjoyability 4/5.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 2, 2012
440ml can. Pours dark amber with a thin wispy white head. Notes of sweet caramelized malt, chewy raisins, wood, toffee, nuts and resinous dates. Medium bodied, lightly sticky with soft carbonation. Enjoyable, but not exceptional.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wilnatp (630) - Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2012
TAP: Brown pour. Light aroma and flavor. Taste is sweet malt, sour dough, brown sugar, and chocolate.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
unclemike (2403) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - APR 11, 2012
Pours an light amber color with an off white head. Aroma is of hops that are slightly floral, along with some sweet malt. Flavor is basically the same, and has a rather weak and muted taste. Body is light and slightly watery. Overall an ok Bitter but not worth picking up again.

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