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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopTsing (427) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2012
From the can poured a nice, dark amber brew with a creamy, light tan head. Well balanced flavors and aromas of malt and hops. Full bodied and delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonas (5697) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 23, 2001
Tried the can version. Mild taste of aromahops, fairly transparent not that remarkable.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29474) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2002
A dark amber beer with a fine head. It has a sweet aroma of malt with hints of fruitiness. The flavor is a nice flat english bitterness. It contains notes of smoked malt in a good malt blend, that gives it a nice slight sweetness before it ends on a great dry hoppy bitterness. Definatly a great beer, I wish I knew where I could buy it (I got mine from the brewmaster at Ceres when Ceres still owned Cains)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsmerig (1260) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2011 Fairly bland overall. Poured nice from a tap at Iron Abbey in Horsham, PA. Rich amber color with a welcoming head. Recognized some maltiness and a bit of hops, but overall very bland. Revised with can comments. Flavor is a bit more complex and full flavored when drinking from can. well bAlnced between malt an hops. Subtle bitterness towards the end finishing with nice rich malt notes.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rangerred (936) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Poured out of a can into a pint glass. Appearance is a beautiful rich copper with a 1.5 finger head that slowly fades into a thin layer. Smell is of rich caramel malt Taste is toffee and caramel with a nice crisp grassy flavor. Finishes slightly clean. To me this is an average to above average bitter compared to what is available here is the States. I like the low abv and could see myself drinking a lot of these.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ralphdot (988) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2012
4.0% amber colour with a nice but thin head, sweet malt aroma, fruity malt taste and moderately bitter, nice.

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 marston’s beers rule) i was inclined to try the local brew. In the case of cain’s 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 cain’s beers.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (9602) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 21, 2005
canned, labeled Finest Bitter; from the Fête de la Bière 2005, Lausanne - dark and bright amber colour, very shy foam, the nose shows a pleasant aromatic hoppiness with deep flowery notes and a touch of red fruits and honey in the background, low carbonation and a good malt backbone, a moderate but long lasting bitterness while the hops show themselves a last time in a quite malty aftertaste

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (3220) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2009
A medium brown bitter topped with a thin creamy head. Clean and fresh beer with a hint of floral hop and a dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Served on draft at Mellow Mushroom Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear copper color with a medium sized creamy head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of floral hops and caramel malts. The taste is caramel, toasted malts, bitter leafy hops and a faint bit of fruitiness. Medium bodied. Very drinkable.


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