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


on tap


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RATINGS: 152   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
nealblind (1824) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Light to mid brown with some head. Smells of green grapes, caramel, booze, roast malt. Tastes like a watery malt drink. Bitterness is moderate at most. Salty on the tongue which is cool. Cains mild was much more enjoyable though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jayb0 (1184) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Pleasant surprise. Poured nicely, decent head and appetizing light brown color. Whereas we compliment many big beers for hiding their ABV, here I was impressed the other way, for the low session ABV the beer hid that fact well, delivering decent malt flavor, some mild bitterness, and reasonably rich mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (11266) - 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).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Can and served in my GI Imperial Pint Glass: Pours an okay amber hue with a small fading head and not any lace. The aroma is that of crystal malt, touch of 2-row, touch of Northdown hops, touch of soap and a fair amount of Diacetyl... crystal malt mostly. The taste is far too sweet and buttery even for a English Bitter. The mouthfeel is soft and could have benefited from some creamy nitro bubbles to give it at least a handpull feel. Meh, Blah, below average.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14964) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (4823) - 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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrnkMcDermott (3075) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2013
440 ml can from Binnys, Plainfield. This is a bin for 50, and its dated May 04. 12, so Ill try to take age into consideration, since Ive seen this beer before, and besides, I can now tick Merseyside off my UK map. Almost expected a can this size to have a Widget, but no. Foamy pour of a carbonated beer over a brown body. I smelt some over-sweetness when I poured, but once in the glass, could not pick it, or anything, up. Just a "watery" nose of a mild ale. Despite the foamy head, the actual carbonation of the beer is pretty low; not totally cask-like, but striving for it. So Im left with a deliberately light beer: mild malts with a bit of toast. A slight tone of earthy hops, but mainly there to match the light sweetness of the malts. Its a testament to canning beers that this light brew is still palatable. Although to the middle I start to catch some phenol. I spect this is better enjoyed in a pub than in my cold basement.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holdwine (1217) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Was hoping for a better bitter. Average at best, better as it warmed, but still missing the classic bitter pull of a draft from England. A bit light and watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - MAR 25, 2013
14.9oz. can. Aroma of lightly sweet, nutty malt, mildly herbal, floral and fruity hop, with notes of toast, caramel and faint woodiness. Mostly clear medium amber-red in color, with a foamy, lasting, off-white head. Flavor profile is very lightly bitter, spicy and earthy to start, turning sweeter and fruity with some very faint toasty caramel malt and a touch of biscuit and honey late. For all its visible effervescence, none comes across on the palate and it could certainly use some. Light, watery feel, body is extremely light as well. Drinkable, as long as its somewhat cold.

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