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


on tap


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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Pasteurised in cans and bottles.
The cask version has a separate listing.
A golden coloured typical ’English Ale’ with a beautifully smooth mouthfeel. Brewed with the finest English malts.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, - OCT 7, 2006
500ml brown bottle. Poured a clear gold with fizzy head. No lacing.Hoppy fresh grassy IPA aroma. Well balanced cereal malt flavour with lemon notes. Faint bitterness.Neutral mouthfeel. Very easy to drink belying its 5% ABV. Maybe thats why its called FA(formidable ale)

Camons (12680) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2014
Bottle @ Home. Pours golden with a small white head. Aroma of malt,, light caramel, light hops. Flavor is sweet, malt, little caramel, light grass. Thin to medium body, lively carbonation. 220914

miquelcrush (2053) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUL 2, 2014
Bona cervesa, bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

ken1 (2022) - DENMARK - OCT 24, 2013
An odd earthlike flavor with some bitterness and a watery aftertaste. Color is amber with a white head.

ManVsBeer (10680) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2013
Golden ale, no head. It’s a typical premium bitter with a slight sweetness for its aroma and taste. Easily a session beer.

Hanoi (958) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2013
Bottle: Nose is malt and cereal. Taste is cereal and slight lactose. Very little bitterness. Light hops. Passable bitter

SarkyNorthener (4676) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2013
Bottle. Golden ale with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma is sweetish and a little metallic. Taste is malts, fruits maybe plum and caramel. Quite sweet. A little too carbonated. Quite nice if you fancy a sweet beer for a change.

Hansen (8595) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 6, 2013
Dark golden coloured and clear. Has a white head. Sweet aroma, malty and light bread. Flavor starts moderate sweet and creamy, finish bitter and dry. Soft carbonation.

maraisd (4) - - SEP 24, 2012 does not count
Lovely smooth ale, nice caramel malty aroma, looks heavy but.is.surpsingly easy to drink,sweet and tasty.

BlackHaddock (7416) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2012
Can’t believe I’ve never reviewed this before: 500ml bottle best before the end of July 2012, poured into an Abbot Ale badged glass tankard two weeks before that date. The deep golden body had a slight hazy look but the perfectly formed head and aroma compensated for it completely. Malts all the way here with hops always trying to break even both in the smell and taste: this ensures the beer is semi-sweet and has a mini bitterness at all times as well. The 5.0% ABV suits it nicely and it sits well as the beer sinks down my tankard leaving some thick lacing after each gulp.

chrisv10 (17802) - DENMARK - JUL 2, 2012
Bottle, 5%. Slightly hazy deep golden/amber with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, hops, little fruit and a little caramel. Flavour is malt, hops, medium bitter, little sweet, high carbonation, fruit and a little grainy.

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