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


on tap


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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmohno (1533) - Iowa, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Light brown/copper color.Good head tiny nitrous bubbles creamy semi thick whipped eggwhite like. MIld lacing. Sweet toffee nut,buttery aroma.Mild/slight hop herbal/spice maybe. Taste is caramel,pretty sweet,some mild hop herbal/citrus,nutty,butteryish, smooth,candy like finish(toffee)some lingering mild bitter. Overall: its a little on the sweet side but pretty tastey for a 4% beer,almost a nutbrown.

   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 that’s 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 Higson’s label, I thought it was one of England’s best ales - certainly Liverpool’s best! The new ownership and brewers at Cains has done a magnificent job in keeping ales in this region among the world’s finest for the style!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40811) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2010
50 cL can. Pours clear and golden amber with a small white head. Aroma is dry hoppy and slight malty. Flat malty and light tobacco hoppy note. Roasted malt, rather dry. lasting roasted malt flavoured. Mild bitterness and lasting roasted malt note. Smooth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Sweet bread notes on the nose, with some fruitiness coming through. Pours amber with a dense off white head (nitro poured draft). Mild malty notes with hints of light caramel with an earthy bitterness, and mildly bitter finish. Not bad!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
cheap (5360) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2012
This beer pours dark from a can with a pleasant aroma. One of the better smelling beers which are not fruit beer. Creamy anulus. Nice and mellow with soothing fine co2, not a whole lot, just enough to let you know its there. Yes, simply a riendly beer, glad to try this. I liked the other Cain I had too, it was just as mild. This what I think when I think beer, just simply good mild stuff. Does have a slight alky feel to it on the finish. Does get a little flat near the end of the can.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2012
tasting. bright amber pour with a small white head. biscuit, toffee and light apple nose. med body with bread, toffee, grapes, apple. smooth throughout. sweet caramel malt finish with a light lemon tartness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jordinc (105) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (4327) - South Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2013
440ml can poured crystal clear, chestnut colored. The aroma features medium and dark malts Notes of unbaked bread and roasted nuts. Improves upon warming. Taste: Mainly mild toasted malts. Some faint English hops towards the finish, with a mildly bitter finish. Mouthfeel: a bit too thin-bodied. Low-medium carbonation works well. Overall: a fine choice in a malty, low ABV ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14161) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Can from Malt & Vine. Pours dark amber with an off-white head. Aroma is med caramel with citrus/floral. Med body, nearly. Flavor is roasty malt with some fruit/floral. Light pitted fruit, but the finish is more bitter and malty. Decent drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10756) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Draft. Light toffee malt aroma. Dark amber with small head. Lightly sweet toffee malt and mildly grass/hay flavor. Nice (especially since I was able to get it fresh).

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