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

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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2011
pour from a can. pours a watery brown with little head. i picked up on some caramel and bread. very slightly roasty on the tongue with some earthy sweetness. light bodied. ehhhhh

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Velkyal (296) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2011 Pours russet with a creamy off white. The aroma is light toffee and some spicy hops. Tastewise it is plenty of caramel, backed with a crisp hoppy bite. A touch thin, but easy drinking.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2012
16oz can. Pours a dark copper with some what of a small off white head. Aroma of bread, earthy malt, and some sugary carmel. Pretty tame. Flavors arenít that bad for a 4% beer. Earthy wood, slight bitterness, caramel. Light bodied, yet kinda creamy at the same time. Just a hair of bitterness. Hasnít made a big impression on me, but I actually donít mind this at all.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iammadeofjelly (192) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2005
Having recently moved to liverpool from staffordshire (where marstonís beers rule) i was inclined to try the local brew. In the case of cainís i was very pleased. Rather mild but fruity flavour. A good pint poured from a pump (not a silly tap). I shall be sampling the other cainís beers.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LordCrabapple (109) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2008 Rather nice, I have to say. Quite drinkable. Cheap enough, too, for this old miser.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jordinc (104) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2013
Low carbonation but very creamy, almost felt like it was on a Nitro tap. Malty and sweet with a lot of caramel malt flavor. Nice easy drinking bitter.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lawman357 (93) - Missouri, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Meh... pretty tasty pour, looks pretty in a glass. Nothing particularly notable regarding taste, palate, etc. Makes a good yard bitters or porch bitters.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeAgain (70) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2009
A little bit on the dark side for a British bitter, but thatís not a major flaw. Nice creamy head that stays right to the bottom of the glass. Nice floral hop aroma, with a very nice malty, almost raisin-like fragrance. The taste is a bit lighter than I would have expected, but everything is in such harmonious balance that this ale gets points for that alone. When this brewery was under the Higsonís label, I thought it was one of Englandís best ales - certainly Liverpoolís best! The new ownership and brewers at Cains has done a magnificent job in keeping ales in this region among the worldís finest for the style!

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ktrowland (10) - Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2012
1/29/12. 16oz can. My cats donít like it and neither do I. Meow me meow meeeeowww. It tastes disgusting like disgusting bile.


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