Early June in the Okanagan Valley sometimes features days full of very localized weather phenomena. On this particular day, my father and I were both outside working away at various projects in the blazing afternoon sun, only to discover the next moment that the sky was pouring a ferocious amount of rain upon us. Upon a skyward inspection, it was clear that a massive dark cloud had crept towards the property and was unleashing its liquids upon us; this meant that Mother Nature thought it time for a break.
As we watched the rain from inside the veranda with diverse English ales in hand, it became apparent that it was only raining on about half of the property, and that the rest of the valley below was still sunny and dry. It seemed to me like the sort of a day when Peter Rabbit might get caught out unexpectedly in the rain, and when Beatrix Potter would have to gather up her painting things in rather a hurry.
Greene King Abbot Ale
Appearance: golden amber
Nose: digestive biscuity malt and spicy hops (a mixture of coriander and nutmeg)
Palate: malty, and tangy like a Swiss steak
Finish: hops and over ripe pineapple
Overall: a well balanced ale
Rating: 4/5 Excellent