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The Tanner's Jack - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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The Tanner's JackThe Tanner's Jack

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BA SCORE
77
okay

147 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.62%
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:
No notes at this time.

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

LXIXME, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

pin, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of vegasmac99
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

vegasmac99, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of RWACKO
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

RWACKO, Jun 13, 2012
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.

DirtyPenny, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

LJWalker, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of Danny1217
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Danny1217, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

JohnK17, May 10, 2012
Photo of Jim_DemonDeacon
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Jim_DemonDeacon, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of greybeardloon
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.

greybeardloon, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Chopman50
2/5  rDev -40.7%

Chopman50, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Horbar
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Horbar, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Hanzo, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of craftbeer31
3/5  rDev -11%

craftbeer31, Feb 25, 2012
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?

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of animal69
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

animal69, Jan 02, 2012
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.

jsisko01, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
4/5  rDev +18.7%

jmdrpi, Nov 19, 2011
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.

tone77, Jun 02, 2011
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.

Lauthaha, Apr 27, 2011
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.

Brenden, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of KajII
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.

KajII, Mar 01, 2011
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.

inthebeeraisle, Feb 24, 2011
The Tanner's Jack from Greene King / Morland Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.