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Greene King IPA - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Greene King IPAGreene King IPA

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BA SCORE
73
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156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 17.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  3.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 04-22-2007

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Ratings: 156 | Reviews: 68
Reviews by Kbogac:
Photo of Kbogac
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lighter brown with a thin loose foam. Light scent of citrus orange apple from the hops. Maybe some malt. Taste is light malt and hops. Some caramel, biscuit and I get a little apple at the finish. More biscuit as it warms. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is very minimal but it's a cask pour. Overall un-exciting light session beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of newk340
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from a cask while at the Sherlock Holmes Pub in London, just down the street from Charing Cross.

A: served a dark copper in a pint glass. gorgeous brown/amber with a decent head but little lacing.

S: malts are certainly evident, but there are some hops and caramel that linger as well.

T: rather bland in flavor following the smell. possibly due to the cask pour. would like to retry from a bottle.

MF/D: decent carbonation but relatively smooth. easily drinkable but nothing to brag about.

Photo of merlin48
3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a clear copper body topped by a small offwhite head. Some frothy lacing is left on the pint glass. Aroma is toffee malt and a hint of floral hops. Light medium body with medium carbonation. Taste is toffee sweetness with a vague hint of pear fruitiness and a subdued hop bitterness that is earhty and floral. More of a Bitter than an IPA but pleasant enough to enjoy a pint or two, but not really one to seek out.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.47/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic. This one's the 5% export with no clear freshness date. Pours a robust amber-brown hue, with a few scattered bubbles for the head, which dissolved entirely, leaving no trace of head or lacing. Oh well...

The nose is slightly hoppy, with a touch of malts and caramel.

Surprisingly sweet and malty to begin, with the hop bitterness arriving later and lingering for a while. Not as sharp as I'd like it, but it'll do nicely for a bitter. Notes of toffee, caramel and lemon as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-slick, with decent carbonation, making this highly quaffable.

Not bad at all. Could use a bit more work to get it more within the bitter/IPA range, but still a fairly sessionable bitter.

Photo of Runofthemiller
1.85/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I flew to London and got this?!? Seriously?!?

This is a bad beer and an awful IPA. I dumped it in the street and got something different.

My first home brew in college was substantially better than this.

No hop smell or taste. Very malty. Sort of like Lillian's Irish red.

Avoid

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 440ml can with a BB of Nov 2012. Picked up from a supermarket a while back.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear dark amber colour with medium carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam with decent retention; this slowly subsides to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of caramel malt with notes of grass, hay and stewed hops. A stale hint of cardboard/sherry in the background.

Tastes of caramel malt with a dry bitter finish. Notes of grass, hay, stewed leaves and hints of wet cardboard. A restrained, earthy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with decent body. Mildly astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter stewed leaves and faint caramel.

Meh - a pretty bog standard bitter from one of the biggest ale brewers in the UK. Not much cop as an IPA, and even taken as a bitter it's bland. The aroma and flavour are uninspired - mild hop notes and a crisp but understated bitterness. The relatively low carbonation is OK, though the body could be thicker. Decent balance. This is drinkable and I'd turn to it in an emergency, but it's dull fare. No need to seek it out.

Photo of aschwab
2.81/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After two weeks in the Balkins, I had a layover in London. I had enough of Euro Pale Ales and wanted something hoppier and something with flavor. In short, I wanted a good IPA. The first English pub I saw had this in cask, and I thought I had found my answer. I was slightly mistaken. This was not like an American IPA. It was served at room temp (which can be expected in England). It had no head, but it looked the right color for an IPA. It just did not impress me with the flavor. There was not much hop flavor in it. It is drinkable, but it did disappoint, I guess I just had too high of expectations....

Photo of robnews
3.92/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Stella chalice.
Not much head to speak of. Very thin. Nice dark red orange appearance.

Caramel smell is the first thing noticeable.

Tastes nice initially, bitter near the end covered in moderate carbonation. malty and caramel throughout. lingering bitterness afterwards. Not a bad beer...no hop flavor present.

Tasty IPA, though not a strong one. A good beer to try. I have it regularly.

Photo of Sammy
3.16/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A pint in a traditional pint glass, enjoyed at Macgreggors Jefferson Street. Somehwat too cold, very creamy white head-with tons of lace. Fresh, and bitter,drying and not all that enjoyable. Neutral aroma. Malting of bitterness an English thing. Not your American IPA.

Photo of opalchemist
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice copperish amber with shortlived cream white head.

Nose: Fresh and piney; a bit sour.

Tongue: a bit like weak malty coffee, slightly creamy, with bitterness [strangely not very hoppy]. Not very persistent.

Mouthfeel: again like slightly creamy coffee, less carbonization.

Afterthought: surprisingly short.

Overall: Not a bad beer - but comically without a lot of character. Still very drinkable...

Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.15/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a clear glass bottle at John's Market in Multnomah Village. Not into clear glass, & I know this isn't a high volume mover. What the heck. I was feeling like a British beer. Poured into an Imperial pint glass, perfect fit.

A: Pours a clear copper with a rich white head that dies down quickly. Doesn't seem to carbonated, but upon further inspection there are plenty of bubbles.

S: Smells a little skunked. Kind of a dutch lager smell. Hops are barely there.

T: A tame IPA for sure. Given the 5.0% abv & English origins I am not surprised. Not as sweet as other English IPA's I've had before. Low hop character with a mellow smooth finish.

M: Once again smooth, rich mouthfeel that seems to coat the palate. Clean taste without having much going on.

D: A very easy to drink beer. I'd like to try it from a can or on tap next time.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.5/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro-tap must make all the difference in the world, because this beer, on tap at Sierra Grill in Northampton, MA was phenomenal. Even my wife liked it. I am just so surprised to see how poorly rated this beer is. In fact, I am not sure I am reviewing under the same beer, to keep it simple I figured I'd review under the name give at the bar.

Nice frothy head, that never ended, laced to the very last drop. Extremely fragrant on the nose, orange blossoms, and slightly tart lemon drop. Awesome on the palate as well, perfectly balanced bitterness finishes with a clip of hoppiness.

If the Nitro-tap does this for every beer, do away with anything else.

Photo of PhillyStyle
2.58/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask on April 25, 2009, at The Brewmaster, Leicester Square area, London, UK:

A: The beer appeared an amber/copper color with a thin white head.

S: The aroma is moderate, mostly grains with hints of hops.

T: The taste is nice, but definitely not an IPA if held up to an American IPA or even Meantime IPA, and cannot really be compared to say a Fuller's ESB, but an average pale ale. Follows the nose mostly, grain with some hops.

M/D: The beer had a medium body to it, smooth and easy to drink. It had a light bitter aftertaste to it. This is not really a memorable beer and would order again only if there was nothing else on tap that I had not tried or liked.

Photo of emerge077
3.16/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Globe Pub in Chicago.

Gold color, thin head with some lacing in a pint glass. Dull lager type aroma, grains and mildly grassy. Taste brought more of the same, dry and grassy hop character, with a body that felt more lager than IPA. Dry finish, and a pretty subdued taste. Thin on carbonation but slightly above "watery" in body. Easy to drink, but ultimately nondescript and forgettable.

Photo of dbaker61
3.28/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Burnt orange color. Poured with about a finger of dense head. Good retention, lasted about 2 minutes before dieing down to a cap. Generous lacing.

Smell: Slightly sweet, citrous. Just a hint if hops in the aroma.

Taste: Nice amount of hops flavor, mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Very little carbonation. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Clean finish.

Overall: Sessionable, quite drinkable. Refreshing amount of hops flavor makes this IPA one I will have again.

Photo of Amalak
3.15/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has a dry and flavorless taste. It has no discernable flavor...no bitter. Maybe a touch of sour aftertaste. Very plain on the tongue. Easy to drink/light. Unimpressive but at least it goes down smooth.

I like cask beers, but if you call yourself an IPA I need bitter hops and some sort of a kick.

Photo of Proteus93
3.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A little surprised by the lack of reviews on this one... I had never really noticed how long it was on the shelves before this, but it seems there would have been more people trying it. Anyways, on with the review:

A: A clean, copper pour with a nice and creamy head that forms fairly quickly and has decent retention... not very sticky at all, though.

S: Softer malt scents over hops, as to be expected, I suppose (that is, for the style, and for being a little more used to such intense hops in American styles). A bit of a floral / herbal hop aroma, and a nice malt balance.

T: Something of a light chocolatey flavour, a bit of a bark taste in there, as well. Hops seem very mild to my palate, and a bit flowery, but just barely so. Maybe a little simple, but not too bad.

M: This was a bit of a weak point. Rather thin, very little carbonation, and nothing really left behind. Not really anything worth noting here at all, unfortunately.

D: In terms of ease of drinking, it's certainly VERY easy to consume. The low ABV (3.6%) means it will take some time to be noticed, so it would be incredibly sessionable, though I don't think I would session it myself. The price is a little high for what it is, as compared to other selections I may have. Not horrible, but not something to write home about.

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours from the can a modestly hazy dark gold to amber color with a smallish bright white creamy head that settles quickly leaving a patchy bit of lace. Nose has a ripe lime crispness, backed by malt, very little hop aroma, start has a decent malt presence, tangy at the back, light to moderate in feel at the top. Finish has a pleasant acidity, hops mild but pleasing, a bit of a paradox this beer, “IPA or Bitter”, nonetheless, drinkable, nice change from the “Big Hopped” IPA’s I normally drink, quite dry aftertaste.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.8/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was suprised to see I hadn't reviewed this beer before, must have missed it somehow.

Anyway, I am having a Pale Ale day and this is my first one (Purity Mad Goose, Brew Dog Punk IPA and a Brooklyn East India Pale Ale to follow).

The 660ml brown bottle was out of date by two months on opening and was poured into two vase shaped glasses, one a pint, the other a half.

Looked fine, clear and mid-amber in colour, the head was almost white and full, staying for most of the tasting.

Hops dominated the aroma, not 'in your face' nasty, just a good harty smell (First Gold and Challenger are used).

The hops are also the main feature of the taste, again not over the top. The beer has a good balance and all the ingrediants blend together to produce an easy drinking ale with a typical English IPA feel to it.

At 3.6% you don't get a huge mouthfeel or heavy body, but you would never guess it had such a low alcohol content.

I am not a big fan of Greene King (for many reasons), but credit where credit is due, this is a good beer and one I have often drunk, although normally in cask form.

Photo of monorailred
2.07/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was on a layover at Heathrow and was in the mood for a nice, hoppy IPA. What I got instead was this. I knew something was off when I could barely smell any hops. My first taste convinced me they pulled the wrong beer. I sent it back and watched them pull another. It was the same. It's not an awful beer, but it is an awful "IPA."

Overall, meh. I would not come back to this well again.

Photo of boss302
3.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Greene King IPA chilled, on creamer tap. 

A red clear nice thick creamy head. 4

S honestly not that much hop aroma. Clean but not hoppy for an IPA. 3

T clean tasting no hop bite smooth. Nitrogen takes the bitterness out of the beer. 3 

M really thin, I think carbonation would serve this beer much better. 2.5  

D drinkable, but not a great IPA. There seems to be a lack of bitterness and flavor in beers served in southern England. I had much more flavorful and hopped beers in Northern UK. 3  

Photo of jwc215
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-cask at The King's Arms, London:

Pours copper amber with a thin bubbly head. Patchy lacing sticks.

The smell is lemony, leafy, slightly woody.

The taste is of caramel with lingering hop bitterness in the finish. Rather non-descript, even dull. Not "off", just rather bland, though it does have an initial sweetness and an ending bitterness.

Other than a touch more bitterness, this isn't really much of an IPA. A slightly more bitter "bitter" or pale would be more appropriate, IMO. Body is light, on thin side.

Weak (even as a "bitter" as is correctly classified here, as it is no "IPA"), but drinkable. Easy, but pretty non-descript and "forgettable".

Photo of jcurtis55
3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this at the King's Arm pub in Greenwich England. I was somewhat disappointed with this IPA. Of course, I'm used to American IPA's and this one just didn't have the hops I was expecting. The mouthfeel and flavor were both very light. What flavor there was was a bit of fruit.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.52/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pumped from a cask into an dimpled mug, dark orange brown amber with a short white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S:standard English hop smell, big on malt, caramel, balanced

T: odd flavor of apple, caramel, sweet, light pine hop finish

M: creamy with low carbonation

O: reviewed from notes on 8/2/13

Photo of rarbring
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brew is clear light amber, has an off-white head with little lacing and small curtains.

Smelling of apples. grass and nettles.

The taste starts with sweet toffee, then some pears and also lemon peel.

Little carbonation, a soft texture, medium body and a light dry finish.

A good medium alcohol brew, decent and British.

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Greene King IPA from Greene King / Morland Brewery
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