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Greene King IPA Export Strength - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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BA SCORE
75
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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 18.58%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 05-25-2006)
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Reviews by Shadman:
Photo of Shadman
3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the bottle and label...very English.

Nice golden copper colour..nice off white head, although it recceds quickly.

Nice pale malt aroma, some toasted caramel, floral hop.

Smooth pale malts, some buttery caramel, bitterness pronouced, but in a tea like English way. Finish is dry and quite withering.

Carbonation is on the low end which fits in this case. Very velvety smooth

Nice...bottle alone is converstion worthy. Will se if my beer guy can get some in.

Shadman, Jun 23, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.58/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Jan 2013. Label has had a make-over since the photo was taken. Described as a stronger 'export' version of their regular IPA.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A deep marmalade-amber colour with good carbonation; large bubbles rise quickly to the surface. Forms a decent head of frothy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or so before dissipating. Aroma of caramel malt with notes of toffee, tart apples, fruit, grass/hay, stewed hops and a hint of sherry. Faintly sweet, with a mild whiff of diacetyl and cardboard in the background. Hops - where are they?

Tastes of caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of toffee/caramel, grass, fruity ale yeast, stewed hops and mild sherry. A hint of sweetness. Not much hop presence. A subtle, dry bitterness upon swallowing, followed by a faint twinge of cardboard staleness. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, but insubstantial. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of caramel malt and stewed leaves.

Meh - a subpar ale and not much of an IPA. Where the hops be at? Reasonably well made, but dull as ditchwater. Drinking an IPA should be a pleasure, not an exercise in mediocrity. Can't say I rate this too highly - no need to seek it out.

jazzyjeff13, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml fresh bottle. Yellowish with a decent white bubble head that leaves lace lines. A little below average aroma, a little cheesy it is. Medium mouthfeel cushioned by foamy malt. A decent bitterness, understated but increasing in intensity as it gradually overcomes the palate.

Sammy, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of CanuckRover
3.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hm. The regular version of this IPA is listed as a Bitter and the Export is listed as an English Pale Ale. Strange, and slightly annoying.

Not great looking. Bubbly head that disapears almost immediately. Visible carbonation. A dark amber.

Nice orangey English malt with a slightly soapy character. Vague caramel sweetness.

Slightly buttery/slippery on the tongue. Caramel sweetness, but could have been turned up a notch, as it's a little watery. However, it picks things up in the finish. Malt rounds out and some laid back English bittering hops kick in. Quite drinkable.

Little thin in the mouth, but nothing objectively wrong with it.

I think people are a bit harsh on this. I also think it falls in the category of English IPA, why call it something other than the brewer?

CanuckRover, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of paxkey
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought at the LCBO. Different than bottle pictured. This has 5.0% ABV. Does not have Export Strength on label and overall label design is different.

Tried this on tap in England.

Poured in a chalice. Color is pale to medium amber. no head. great lacing.

very nice aroma. bready malt, cakey sweet smelling. like christmas cake. fruity, some sour notes. slight vinegar. peach.

bitter sharp tasting. a little thin and metallic on finish. nice mid-palate with sweet malts shining through. finish has some legs with flowery hops and sweet malts competing. definitely some metal on aftertaste. some vinegar.

paxkey, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear deep orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry English style hops with some dry malt. Taste is also quite dry with some noticeable hops with a medium bitter finish. Medium body with OK carbonation. I thought this was a bit too dry and lacking in floral notes.

Phyl21ca, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of ZorPrime
4.05/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml clear bottle.

Bear received from BBrianBoogie during CanBIF6. Cheers Brian!

The beer color is copper, clear with little carbonation. The head is shy and disappear rapidly. The aroma is light. Caramel malts (typical of english pale ale) with light notes of hops. On the taste, some sweet caramel malts with some toffee or butter notes. Very refreshing I like it to be a session beer. Bitterness is light. A little bit thin in the mouth however...

I thought this one was an IPA, I see that it is placed in the english pale ale. Considering my tasting notes, it is more on the english pale ale side than the IPA.

ZorPrime, May 16, 2010
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Greene King IPA Export has a thin-to-medium off-white head, some lacing left on the glass, noticeable bubble streams, and a rather murky, amber-brown appearance. The aroma is of rich, sweet, brown bread crust, yeast, caramel candy, and hop resin. Taste is the same, with some mellow bitterness and a fairly odd earthiness. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit chewy, and Greene King IPA Export finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and interesting.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.2/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear 500ml bottle, different label and bottle shape to the BA picture, still 5.0% ABV and now called 'IPA Export', well in the UK anyway.

Poured into an 'Abbot Ale' glass tankard to make it feel at home!

Good solid amber body, clear and bright, looks inviting. A well formed, cream coloured, foaming head sat on top. What a pity the head had a retension span of a five year old.

Expected a more pronounced hop nose, it is hoppy, but nothing like those monster hopped beers the US is currently producing. The aroma is of summer fruits, so the aromatic hops worked well. As the beer warmed a maltier smell began to eminate from the beer, making it seem sweeter in the nose.

The bittering hops also do their bit, because the beer has a pleasing bitterness without going over the top. This isn't all about hops though, the malts (hidden in the smell at first) are detectable from the first sip, or gulp. Caramel like molasses move the beer above a lot of IPA's in my opinion.

This is one of the sweetest IPA's I've ever had and I like it, the hop bitterness stays longer in the mouth than the malty flavours and as the mouth drys the hops completely dominate. The combination of the two tastes compliment each other very well in this brew.

Very drinkable indeed.

BlackHaddock, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for just a minute before it was gone.

Smell - malts, caramel, pears, tea

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of malts and caramel. There are also notes of pears, tea, and a slight amount of hops. The beer finishes with a malty aftertaste with a small amount of lingering hop flavour.

Overall - One of the better English IPA's that I've had so far. It would make a good session beer and it was very well balanced.

spinrsx, May 02, 2011
Photo of brewemstrong
1.98/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Deep, dark amber with no visible carbonation but a solid 1.5 finger, tan head that doesn't stick around for very long. Lacing appears normal.

S: Ummm, smelly socks hops... Maybe some adjuct grains in with the light malt. No alcohol noticable.

T: Bread malt but almost a complete lack of hops. Some bitterness to the finish but nothing in the middle.

M: Medium-high carbonation. Nothing really sweet and sticky and nothing too hoppy to bite.

O: Not really something I'd get again. Lack of hops on the tongue make this more of a APA than IPA.

brewemstrong, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of Kitsune
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Kitsune, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.3/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 500-ml bottle into a pub ale glass.

Appearance - clear golden amber colour with very little head, some surface bubbles linger with a very slight ring lace.

Smell - smell is of the finest toffee and thick malt. A pleasing aroma to be sure.

Taste - wonderful taste of caramel and toffee over top of an even hop bitter at the end. Very little sweetness, just enough to appreciate the fine malt flavour at the start.

Mouthfeel - very natural feeling, limited carbonation but made up for by the hop focus.

Drinkability - a fine ale for any occasion, tasty and distinguished.

DoctorStrangiato, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of rarbring
3.78/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear copper amber brew with small bubbles, a high warm off-white head, good lacing and some curtains.

Smelling herbal and citric, grass, nettles, lime and lemon. Some nuts and cereal.

Starting with dark sweet bread notes, then some lemon and grass, and bitter orange peel.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, oily and slightly coarse, a long dry finish.

A well done IPA, much hops for the bucks.

rarbring, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of kmo1030
3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

good looking amber colored beer with a smallish light tan head.
the nose has got floral hops, toffee and caramel notes, pretty standard, but nice.
the taste has toffee right up front, with caramel following in short order. the there is a slightly metallic bitterness and grassy herbal hops middle to back. there's some fruitiness, mostly fig. bread crust develops with warmth. not very bitter at all, but i'm inclined to believe the original IPAs might have been similar.
body is a little thin with active, but fine carbonation.
good drinkability, very sessionable. on the whole, a fine tasting beer, but it's been done, so i'm not going to be running out for more anytime soon. i'd like to see a little more in the way of hops and bitterness.

kmo1030, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of kosmoraios
1.98/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light orange with a soda-fizz head. Aroma is of medicinal hops. Taste is light and watery with herbal hops and some sweet caramel malts. I'm almost positive I taste some corn adjunct though, and this ale is fizzy like a club soda. Mouthfeel is insubstantial and light with an unpleasantly pointed aftertaste. Blech. Fail.

kosmoraios, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of GreenCard
2.73/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: copper brown, good clarity, light tan layer of frothy foam that slowly compacts

Aroma: malt, pumpernickel bread, cinnamon, hint of rust, vegetal hops

Flavor: dryish malt backbone with a slightly acidic edge, passion fruit, bitter apple, hint of roast, finishes dryish with a lingering vegetal aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, sharp, slight astringency

Other comments: It's been a while since I've had the standard GK IPA so I can't draw any direct comparisons. Definitely more flavorful and substantial. Not sure if that's a good thing or not.

GreenCard, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of Long813
2.8/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

G: Pint

A: Clear bottle, pours a clean, orange/red colour with a one finger off white head, with minimal lacing

S: Nothing exception, the regular hops that is expected

T: Hops, grainy, barley

M: Crisp, medium-high carbonation, dry after taste

D: Nothing special to grab my attention. Although it is easy to drink, it lacks the character to want me to buy more.

Long813, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of funkengruven
3.83/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting find out this way, this poured a nice deep amber with an inch thick head into my pint glass, the head dissipated to a small ring a little while later, smell is malty, a bit hoppy, flavor is strong on malt, hops are quite evident, Kent Goldings I am pretty sure is what is. Mouthfeel is bold, lots of flavor, good for sipping slowly, nothing offensive here so it does go down quite easily.

Would I recommend this, yes. it is a pretty solid brew. I did find that the label was a little misleading since this did not resemble any IPA I've had in the past, it falls a bit short on hops. Either way however, it likely won't knock your socks off but it's still a good beer nonetheless.

funkengruven, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of bryehn
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love their Abbot Ale, picked up a 500mL bottle that looks completely different than what's listed here.

Very nice rusty amber colour with a moderate tan head that gets retained as a collar. Lots of visible fine carbonation when held up to light.

Smells like toasted malts, with a real grape-like fruity character and a lemon grass tone. Also orange pekoe tea.

The taste follows suit, no bait and switch here. Toasted malts, a fruity tone, brewed tea. All with a lemony bitterness at the end.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, with a decent carbonation and a light, but noticeable bready body. The lemony taste really lingers for me.

This is a really solid sessionable English ale that I could have at any time. Mild, but very pleasant. Just enough to get me hooked, wish it came in a more portable format.

bryehn, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.36/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Scary carrying this around in a clear bottle - might've been DOA?

Wow! A ton of foam when pouring - had to pour in shifts. Ended up not smelling or tasting foul, and not particularly hoppy either. Mostly crusty, melanoidin-y British pale malt and typical English fruity esters, asleep in the background.

Darker in color, a robust tawny, than I would expect in an "IPA". With each sip, the more boring and ham-handed it seemed. You know, it does have malty similarities to other older, traditional English IPAs from England that I've tried, but that malt is just a little too old-ish, papery, and up front - does this suggest it's an old, oxidized bottle? Perhaps. Could've sworn the best-by date was still ~2-3 months away.

Hops were all but absent from this experience. This is more of an ESB - and I've been through this "huh?" thing with IPAs over there. Fuller than you'd want, but dry enough to knock it back.

Not incredibly moreish. Maybe I expected just a morsel more than what I got here.

Bouleboubier, May 09, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
1.75/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Mine is labelled simply "Greene King IPA Export", but the beer listed as such has one review and shows the ABV as 6%, but mine is 5%. I've reviewed it here as excepting the title, it is consistent. Bottle into Erdinger pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. IPA has historically been my least favourite style.

A: Pours a two finger head of decent thickness but little cream. Retention is ~1.5 mins. Clear copper colour.

Sm: Hops - I assume bittering. Barley. Maybe some cream.

T: Very hoppy, with some unwelcome bittered caramel (it's as bad as that sounds) and malt. The balance is garbage. The build probably won't even satisfy fans of the style, as it aborts the "bittering hop on the climax" approach for some manner of half-assed hop medley. The butterscotch is okay, but gets viciously murdered in the climax.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and crap. It even betrays its style.

Dr: Poorly priced. Terrible quality. I just hate the flavour outright. Even for what it's trying to do, it's shite. It's even in a clear bottle; obviously the brewers need a brewing lesson. Garbage.

kojevergas, May 12, 2011
Photo of zeff80
2.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out (of a clear bottle!!!) a clear, orange/ruby color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. Minimal lace.

S - Smelled like it was light struck - a little skunky. Otherwise, grassy aromas are present.

T - It tasted grassy, grainy and of a light roasted malt flavor. Fairly bland.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light-bodied brew.

D - Two negatives: (1) clear bottle (2) called an "IPA" when it clearly is not. Basically, it's an average English pale ale that could suffer from light issues.

zeff80, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of nokes
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmmm...had to pour this pretty aggressively to get any head on it at all. Really nice colour...a reddish amber hue I like a lot...if only it had a head on it.

I expected a lot more on the nose, to be sure. Just a bit of a slightly sweet butteriness. Not overly impressive.

It tastes pretty good. That's the best part, I think. A bit sweet (caramel) at the start with just a hint of bitterness that grows through the end and then tapers off to a fairly dry finish. Seems pretty understated on the hops side. I would have expected more, but I didn't really smell much there, so...

Mouthfeel-wise, it's moderate, but a bit heavy on the stickiness. The carbonation helps to cut that some, but not quite enough to balance it out entirely.

Not a bad beer. Not a great beer. Certainly fine to drink; I wouldn't refuse one, but I likely won't be looking for it, either.

nokes, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of bruachan
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"export strength", eh

copper color with a sudsy head. nice enough lacing

the aroma is sweet with some flora/mustyl hop notes. nice, but not outstanding

the flavor is marked with significant bitterness. the malt is not very dynamic. woody hop flavor

bruachan, May 28, 2007
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Greene King IPA Export Strength from Greene King / Morland Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.