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25
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Formerly brewed at Cains
Style: Bitter
Liverpool, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Low alcohol bitter... doesnt really deserve to be in the same category of others. Carbonation is high, and creamy. Bubbles stuck to the side of the glass. Smell is weak toffee, carbonation, barnyard funk aroma. Moutfeel is decrepit. Taste is slightly roast, mostly toffee flavors with a thin body. High carbonation. No real presence of hops, just a slightly bitter finish. Overall clean hidden yeast, also, not the usu.. old world brewing heavy on the honey flavors. Exactly what I would be looking for on a hot summer day, with more flavor depth than a lager. Enjoyability 4/5.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Velkyal (321) - 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.

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

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 arent 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. Hasnt made a big impression on me, but I actually dont mind this at all.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iammadeofjelly (194) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2005
Having recently moved to liverpool from staffordshire (where marstons beers rule) i was inclined to try the local brew. In the case of cains 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 cains 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 (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.

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.

2.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmctaster (88) - Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Amber in color and tan foam. Lack of head may be due to age of beer. Taste of sweet malts and toffee. Very thin. Tastes likes cains mild without the hops. I would like to taste a fresher beer.

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 thats 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 Higsons label, I thought it was one of Englands best ales - certainly Liverpools best! The new ownership and brewers at Cains has done a magnificent job in keeping ales in this region among the worlds finest for the style!


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