The Tanner's Jack - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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The Tanner's JackThe Tanner's Jack

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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.37%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 08-02-2002

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Reviews by zakery:
Photo of zakery
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear amber-brown. Whispy tan head. No visible carbonation.

Smell: Very mild caramel malts. A little earthy.

Taste: Clean and mild malts with even milder hops. Nice and refreshing although it lacks some character.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium-low carbonation.

Basically a lighter version of Old Speckled Hen. Very simple and unchallenging on the taste buds. It might be a good starter for a session of different english pales and bitters.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark orange color with little head that went away real quickly.I didnt get much smell from this one a little yeasty orange tinge but not much.Taste was kinda run-of-the-mill kinda bland .Went down pretty well but not one of the breweries best for sure.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A copper pour from bottle to pint glass with a weak and quickly disappearing head. There is little visible carbonation. The malt is the primary fragrance with notes of stock feed and grass. The maltiness is the theme but not too sweet. There is a minor hop finish and a tad of skunkiness. The mouthfeel is nothing special but I can't find an overwhelming fault. Average I guess is the best adjective in this case. Overall this is a fine summer sipper with attrractive bottling though lacking in freshness info. The (-) in my B- rating is in that the style wants for more hop both in the nose and finish. This brew is a better hop character away from a B or B+, though this is obviously just speculation.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoyed this ale. The nose was pleasantly sharp with hops. The initial taste had that nice bitter hoppy bite with a hint of fruityness and a clean dry finish. The malts are present at the first taste but fade quickly giving way to the hops. There really wasn't anything super striking about this but it was just generally enjoyable.

I picked this up as a single at a local store. It was the last on the shelf and I didn't think much about that until I went back to get some more. The clerk at the store checked the computer and stated that it was no longer available from the brewery. Hmm. As I check things out online the future of this brew seems murky at best. Hopefully I'll be able to find it again soon.

Photo of Byeast
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear , copper/ orange , with a thin head.

Smell: a mild maltiness with some fruit , bit of sweet potatoe pie-and spice, and some yeast.

Taste: a medium malty profile , with just a bit of fruity color from esters , some yeasty qualities , a bit of diacetyl, slight mineral flavor , and a balancing leafy hop tone in the finish.

Mouthfeel: on the thin side, a medium carbonation, with a dry finish.

Drinkability: it's a drinkable brew , unique flavors are present but each occur seemingly just for a flash. A good quaff though.

Photo of Bamabrew22
2.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This was a simple, English ale. Poured a delicate amber into a glass with barely any head at all. Smell was of old leather and barley. Taste was good, but not great; spicy, fruity notes with a hint of malty sweetness. Overall, a good English ale, but not as good as others out there.

Photo of Thrasher
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very handsome beer with incredible head that lasted. Aroma gives hints of must, earth, butter, a little lackluster. Caramel hops to the forefront, excellent bitter profile. Some vague off flavors of grains, raw grasses, husks. However the beer neatly sidesteps these to a finish that is warming, spicily dry from the hops, and compels you to drink more. A little watery, but more than adequately creamy and smooth. Nothing outrageous here, just a reliable bitter to hang your hat on.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another clear bottle, another liquid that doesn't look particularly appetizing. Poured, it stirs up some bubbles into the orange and brown beer. Aroma was skunky again, oxidized old wood, musty basement Newcastle brown ale stuff going on.

Still had a musty taste, and furthermore, one absolutely devoid of hops. I mean, I get it, its a traditional english pale, but dammit man, I've had kool aid hoppier than this. Just tasted like fetid swamp water that people threw old tin cans in, because it had that kind of metallic off flavor on top of the staleness. How it packed that much bad flavor into a thin body, I have no idea. Even some mild bad sour notes that might be purely accidental or a result of the clear bottle, who knows. Nothing about this beer was good, way too expensive for crap. BMC all better than this. Have you had an MGD lately?

Photo of ADR
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear bottle. Very clear brown, above amber color. The yellowish head is gone in about 15 seconds, big bubbles and some hazy marks. Aroma is caramel-sweet, fairly pronounced. Medium-bodied, a little buttery diacetyl, a little melted sugar. The hops mostly show as a pepper toward the finish. Overall, a fairly unspecial brew to me, pleasant but not at all outstanding. In a way, a little more carbonation would have kept it from being a speck cloying.

Photo of LXIXME
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bit above the glass gave this beer a big white head above a clear copper honey colored beer that doesn't harbor much lacing at all and which finally settles with no lacing at all.

Light alcohol, sweet caramel grain malts blended with a light sour almost skunky citrus aroma on this light to medium bodied beer.

Sweet caramel malts outweigh anything else that might be going on here.

A light almost dry caramel laced aftertaste might lend this beer to be a good drink with seafood or something, would like to find that pairing, otherwise as a stand alone drink it's not overly impressive.

Photo of Brenden
2.45/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm going to go against my usual policy and do a review of a beer that's clearly gone bad for one simple reason: because some genius decided it would be a good idea to bottle a beer in clear bottles then ship it overseas. Sure, it wouldn't be old or bad by default, but using glass bottles? That's just bad policy.

First off, let's note that this beer really is a beauty. The color is a clear, brilliant amber and activity is continuous. A nice, off-white crown between one and two fingers high sits thick and rocky, daring me to break it. It takes some time to dissipate to foam and when it does, lacing is in thick patches with few breaks between them, then, toward the bottom of the glass, the lacing's got legs creeping all over the place.
As soon as the cap's off, I know buying a beer in a clear bottle was a bad idea. It smells like hundreds of stoners were kicked out of Woodstock for smoking too much pot and they've been living in my kitchen ever since, or like someone loosed a labful of skunks genetically modified to continuously spray musk a hundred times more potent than a regular skunk's in my kitchen then set them all on fire, leaving them running and spraying in terror and panic to eke out the last miserable moments of their tortured lives. Also, they're fire retardant. There's also a touch of floral hops, a bit of caramel malts, and grains. But mostly hippies, genetically modified skunks on fire, that whole thing.
The taste seems like it may be a bit better at first; there's a big sulfuric character, and everything else seems light and faded, but grains, hops and malts are still here with floral, grassy bitterness. It does go sour very quickly, though, then is a funky mix of bitter and sour that's just bad.
The mouthfeel seems like it might be good under normal conditions. Now it's a little thin and somewhat slick, though it's got a good smoothness and it does get fuller in my mouth.
Maybe it's good. I wouldn't know.

Photo of dacrza1
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle at home...smooth, clean, easily drinkable in mass quantities. Recalls the feel of sitting in London pubs a few years back, although this beer holds little memorable. Copper color pours a light, thin average body with lacing that produces a nondescript light thin average taste. A serviceable brew that I’d serve friends by the case...

Photo of Reverand
4.53/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful dark amber color with a thin white head that is gone in seconds. Sweet caramel aroma that was quite enticing. Smooth buttery taste with a hint of hops. An easy beer to drink and a perfect mouthfeel due to the balance of hops.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Tanner's Jack pours a beautiful, clear amber body with an orange cast beneath a creamy head of off-white froth that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace about the glass until the very bottom of the pint.

The nose is nutty and just a touch caramelish, with some low-level diacetyl, as well as some mineral qualities, and a handfull of grassy hops.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied with a light bristle to the tongue from its fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation.

In the flavor, it's diacetyl shows a bit more, but the nuttiness it lends is splendid - and it's not overdone. Some delicate fruitiness also peeks through; and it's balanced by a firm bitterness, and a healthy dose of grassy and mildly leafy hops.

If you don't object to a little buttery diacetyl, this makes a brilliant session ale that maintains its character; is easy on the palate and never overwhelms; and won't send you into orbit at only 4.4% abv. A very nice pint indeed!

Photo of cjgator3
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark copper color with an off white head. The aroma is malt with an almost stale cigarette smell. The taste is much like the aroma is a dry and slightly spicy finish. Overall, this is a pretty decent brew but not something to get excited over.

Photo of Backer2004
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No particular characteristic stood out with the Tanner's Jack as I tried this as a 4 ounce taster at a New Year's Eve party. Clear glass didn't impress nor did it's poured appearance. Flowral scent and fruity aftertaste. Didn't want to drink more than the 4 ounces.

Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle because I'd never even heard of the stuff. Pretty familiar with the brewery so why not. Poured into a regular pint glass.

A: A clear light brown color. Not much head on this beer, but a fair amount of carbonation.

S: This beer smells skunky with a more herbal smell coming through.

T: A well balanced beer with sweet malt flavors on the back end of the taste.

M: A light easy to drink pale with a thin mouthfeel.

D: Watching some cricket, putting back a few with the boys, perfect choice.

Photo of bashiba
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper color with a big fluffy and sticky light tan head, good retention and lacing.

Smell had a nice bit of bready malts with a hint of peppery spice.

Taste had a strong bready malt taste with hints of English Yeast and pepper, a nice mild hop finish for a good balanced beer.

Mouthfeel was light and carbonated.

Easy to drink, good english session beer.

Photo of KTCamm
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium amber/copper with fast white foam dropping down to nothing.

Malty, bready smell.

Taste is a light pale with modest hop. Everything is subdued. Light finish. Minimal carbonation.

Good drinkability, all around so-so.

Photo of edchicma
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coppery red with a quickly dissipating head that leaves decent lacing. Nice malty aroma...taste was similar with the malty presence remaining until the finish. Mouthfeel, initially oliy and full ended in a slightly astringent quality. I'm not a big fan of oily feeling brews, but the finish balanced the oiliness. Felt like more than a 4.4 abv brew.

Photo of hotstuff
3.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured into my glass, this brew had a small off-white head with fine-small bubbles. The body was amber in hue. The nose is floral. The flavor is somewhat sweet and acidic and some bitterness was observed. This brew had fair lacing on the sides of my glass.

Photo of tone77
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a clear 12 oz. bottle. Has a orange/brownish color with a 1.5 inch head quickly filling the glass, lots of carbonation. Smell is very mild, some malts. Taste is malts up front, a touch of caramel, some hops are present at the finish. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good brew.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Packaged in a clear bottle.

A: Pours a moderate amber-orange color with a thin head.

S: Skunky aroma is first detected on the nose. not much beyond that.

T: Labeled as a flavorsome and well hopped ale, both of which I fail to detect. watery and thin hopping.

M: Mouthful is light and watery, with almost no malt character, and a slight skunkiness in the background.

D: A funky bland palate with bad drinkability.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.87/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a coppery/bronzed color that has a slight haze to it. There isn't much of a head and it doesn't retain very well...settling to a patchy layer. It looks to be quite carbonated, as there is lots of big bubbles rising and popping at the top of the beer. There is a good amount of sticky lacing that clings to the side of the glass. There is a viscous quality about the look of this beer too.

S- Deep and rich aromas of sweet malt dominate here. It is slightly milk chocolaty, and actually reminds me to a point of macintosh toffee. There is also a more astringent sweetness in the backround, like molasses boiling. The finish is slightly leathery/woody and without a hop bitterness.

T- Very similar to the aroma, with a dominant malt profile. There is a biscuit character noted and there is some bitterness on the finish, although it is modest. Overall, the flavors are mild and smooth.

M- Medium bodied and the carbonation is actually very mild, as I was hoping it would be. It is buttery smooth and allows the palate to really process the caramel/toffee and the leathery finish I find.

D- The overall mildness of the beer IMO makes this quite easy to drink without getting overwhelmed by the flavors. The general sweetness and lack of alcohol detected is very nice. It's somewhat crisp for an English Pale Ale but it's different and I like it!

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack of this; comes in clear glass bottles with an unusual, attractive, orange-brown ale inside.

Pours a clear orange-amber with slight carbonation and a nice fluffy off-white head that quickly drops. Aroma is bright hops behind a semi-sweet, slightly caramel malt flavor. Ever so slight smokiness. From another bottle, I got a petrol/oily/industrial/leather/chemical aroma- is this a psychological suggestion from the tannery connection on the name? Not sure, but I had to take it down a notch because of it.

Flavor: a nice, easy drinking malty brew with a slight back-hop note as it goes down (and it goes down easily); the hops aren't as strong as the label would imply (IMHO), but they are there.

Overall, this was a real pleasant surprise- a little pricy for what it was, but very glad to have the chance to check it out. I went back to the place I got it, and the one case was gone- glad I grabbed it when I got the chance.

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The Tanner's Jack from Greene King / Morland Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.