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The Tanner's Jack - Greene King / Morland Brewery

The Tanner's JackThe Tanner's Jack

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144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.62%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 08-02-2002)
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Photo of delta490


3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a clear amber with a fizzier white head. Head has minimal retention, but there is still some lacing on the glass. Steady stream of carbonation.

S- rich malty aroma with caramel and fruit

T- A little towards the bland side. The flavors are similar to the aroma, but dialed back. Would like a more robust bitter

M- thinner and a little watery

O-not a terrible English Pale Ale but a little lacking in robust flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 17:28:30 | More by delta490
Photo of soju6


3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a copper color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus and mild malt sweetness.

T: Taste of malt, some caramel sweetness and mild citrus in the background. mild bitterness and a fairly dry finish.

F: Moderate body and smooth with a nice balance.

O: Enjoyable Bitter, nothing fancy but still quite solid.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 15:20:55 | More by soju6
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to tiny wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, mild hops, and a caramel aroma that comes out more as the beer warms up. Taste is much the same with caramel and fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer but as the beer gets warmer it becomes harder to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 05:00:14 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of boyessen


2.05/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Received this in a beer of the month shipment.

Little malt in the smell but a skunky scent overtakes the malt quickly.

Tastes similar to the smell but not quite as skunked. Less skunk flavor as I finished the bottle, little more malt and caramel, still can't find the hops.

Very lightly carbonated, with a very smooth mouth feel

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 22:51:54 | More by boyessen
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 22:21:41 | More by LXIXME
Photo of DirtyPenny


2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into my Magic Hat Wacko glass.

A: Bright orange. A minimal beige-ish head disappears within seconds.

S: Like a skunk hiding in grass. Kind of to be expected with the clear bottle I suppose.

T: Surprisingly not bad. Skunkiness on the nose was actually fairly minimal on the palate, but increased as this approached room temperature. A pretty one-note brew otherwise. Brown bready malts are prominent, with just a touch of floralness.

M: Light and fizzy without much else interesting going on.

O: This sure was a beer. Without the review I doubt I would even remember this in a week. Even now I anticipate someday going through my reviews some day when I'm 90 years old and arthritic and saying "Wait, I don't remember that." To be fair, I'll probably say that about a lot of things at that age.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 21:55:42 | More by DirtyPenny
Photo of greybeardloon

Rhode Island

2.63/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No clear date.

A: Fairly dark for a pale ale. A nice head with decent retention.

S: Faint soap, something else...leather, or is that just suggested by the label? Maybe a touch of sulphur.

T: Subdued caramel malt, some metal and the quickest flash of toast. Hop bitterness on the finish, but no hop character, nothwithstanding the label's promise to the contrary.

M: A bit thin.

O: A dud, but at least the abv is low.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 00:14:39 | More by greybeardloon
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2/5  rDev -40.7%
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?

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 05:41:20 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of jsisko01


4.53/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There's a very strong chance that this beer is expired but I have no way of telling.

Appearance - Pours a clear brownish amber color with an inch thick, frothy head. Leaves thin lacing.

Smell - Malty, bitter, sweet, hints of caramel, and a slight bit of leather.

Taste - Strong caramel flavor and very malty. Not so much on the bitter side.. I taste some barley, coriander, and a buttery flavor as well. Somewhat of a residue flavor from the leather I think too..

Mouthfeel - Has a pretty light body with low carbonation.

Overall - This basically tastes like a watered down pale ale. Not much bitterness to it but I like it quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 05:45:16 | More by jsisko01
Photo of tone77


3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 15:42:05 | More by tone77
Photo of Lauthaha


4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a small beer mug (A&W).

Appearance: Pours a rich golden-brown color. Head is bubbly and leaves heavy lacing as it recedes to a small but measurable amount of foam on the surface of the brew.

Smell: A gentle malt feeling underlines a fresh, crisp forest-type scent. Slightly piney, with a pleasant bitterness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very toasty malt flavor, and gently bitter hops...very much like pine sap, but without the super-nastiness. Gentle carbonation and a clean rinse make this beer worth its time.

Overall: Tasty, entertaining. Not bad by any means, a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 02:13:18 | More by Lauthaha
Photo of Brenden


2.42/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 16:48:10 | More by Brenden
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Best served in a English Pint]

Poured a clear dark amber/copper with a small white creamy head that was mostly diminishing and had fair lacing. The aroma was heavy of cookie malts, sweet yeast and a hint of caramel. It tasted lightly sweet from begining to end with the finish being rather weak and empty of flavor. Mouthfeel was very light in body and watery in texture with a flat carbonation. Overall a brew with not much flavor at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 15:42:30 | More by KajII
Photo of inthebeeraisle


3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 00:14:51 | More by inthebeeraisle
Photo of Reidrover


3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz single. Pretty average to look at..darkish copper hued ale with a small but persistent eggshell white head. Typical English Bitter aromas. some caramel,nutty with a hint of hop. Nice enough nutty, caramel aspect to the taste to begin with then for some reason right at the end some rather unpleasing black tea pops up then dissapears. Ok on the palate tends towards watery at the end though. Overall pretty average stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 18:09:26 | More by Reidrover
Photo of megahurts4


3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Morland Tanner's Jack

Appearance: Golden brown, large initial head quickly fades, some lacing.

Smell: Skunky, coriander.

Taste: Coriander, grainy hops.

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth.

Bottom line:
Low alcohol content, very smooth and flavorful make this beer very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 05:04:25 | More by megahurts4
Photo of darkmartin


4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to clear golden-brown with a small, frothy white head.

Smell: Smells of butter and caramel malts. Only slightly hoppy in the nose.

Taste: Predominantly tastes of butter and sweet malt. Almost no hop bitterness, although the taste makes up for it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a bit of a chew. Very little carbonation. Quite smooth.

Drinkability: Very smooth flavors and intriguing smell makes these go down pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 06:55:33 | More by darkmartin
Photo of ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 03:39:18 | More by ChrisCage
Photo of DrJay


3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange/amber, sort of coppery, with a rocky collar and thin skim of fine beige bubbles. Good head retention, a bit of spotty and streaky lace. Nice aroma. Malty with caramel, brown sugar, bready. Grassy hops, a little floral. Moderate bitterness, slightly herbal hoppiness with more of a grassy character. Mild malt sweetness, bready with a bit of buttery diacetyl. Smooth and buttery up front with a malty texture following. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Decent overall. I really liked the aroma, but it seemed a little lackluster in flavour.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 00:30:13 | More by DrJay
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 00:20:32 | More by KTCamm
Photo of nick76


3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is sweet and yeasty with caramel, toffee, malt, and a bit of grass hops. The appearance is amber with a small head. The taste is like the aroma with a clean finish. The palate is smooth from carbonation. Overall a nice beer and a great example of a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 01:06:19 | More by nick76
Photo of drizzam


3/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from the clear bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle. The body of the beer is a deep gold color topped with a decent one finger white head. Head retention is decent.

S - As soon as I popped the top on the bottle, I swore Pepe Le Pew walked across my living room. Heavy skunk aroma...when will some of these breweries learn to quit bottling in clear bottles? I'm not sure you can get a beer from overseas in a clear bottle without some skunk to it. After some of the skunk faded, I could smell a mild malt aroma and some grassy hops.

T & M - The taste followed the aroma...mostly sweet malt with a tiny bit of a hop bite on the back end. Mouthfeel is thin and the brew finishes crisp. Carbonation is on the very low end of the spectrum.

D - I've said it before and I'll say it again...breweries need to get away from clear bottles. They aren't all that sexy and any beer Connoisseur usually steers clear because they know the effects light can have on beer. I think this is a whole different beer if it's bottled in a brown bottle.

Anyways, with that rant out of the way, this beer could be a good session brew if found fresh (Good luck with that). I wonder if they have it on tap over the pond? I would be VERY interested to try that.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 19:37:15 | More by drizzam
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a nice amber color with a thick, billowy, white head. The head dissipates leaving a layer of foam.

S-A grassy hop smell with a touch of malt. It smells more like a Euro lager than an English Pale Ale, but I think that is because it must have skunked.

T-Malty, biscuitty, with a slight hop finish. It tastes better than it smells, but still has some skunkiness to it.

M-I would say the mouthfeel was the best part of this beer. It was very creamy.

D-The skunkiness of this beer make it a one and done for me.

Overall, I think this was once a good English Pale Ale, but the clear bottle made it very susceptible to being skunked and that ruined for me. I would like to try a fresh bottle to know what this tastes like in its prime.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 17:44:59 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle. It has some very small bubles but it's completely clear with some lace and some malt scent.

It's extraordinarily smooth and crisp. Lite bodied which makes it very easy to drink. The flavor is not special, but it's a very easy to drink beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 22:26:41 | More by Amalak
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy


3.38/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 23:21:39 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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The Tanner's Jack from Greene King / Morland Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.