Greene King IPA - Greene King / Morland Brewery
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Reviews by monorailred:
2.08/5 rDev -34.8%
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.
09-05-2013 11:16:25 | More by monorailred
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3.18/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
08-07-2010 11:00:10 | More by newk340
3.53/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
01-11-2008 13:51:26 | More by merlin48
3.48/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
04-18-2010 17:59:11 | More by JohnnyBarman
1.88/5 rDev -41.1%
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.
09-26-2013 00:23:02 | More by Runofthemiller
United Kingdom (England)
2.7/5 rDev -15.4%
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.
11-16-2012 22:05:45 | More by jazzyjeff13
2.78/5 rDev -12.9%
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....
06-25-2009 18:42:54 | More by aschwab
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.88/5 rDev +21.6%
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.
11-06-2010 23:45:42 | More by robnews
3.15/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
08-03-2007 02:28:50 | More by Sammy
United Arab Emirates
3.38/5 rDev +6%
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...
09-28-2011 00:42:43 | More by opalchemist
3.15/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
02-23-2011 01:35:21 | More by inthebeeraisle
4.5/5 rDev +41.1%
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.
05-04-2007 21:40:16 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
2.55/5 rDev -20.1%
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.
05-01-2009 17:17:09 | More by PhillyStyle
3.15/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
12-01-2008 03:13:58 | More by emerge077
3.25/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
05-31-2011 11:43:30 | More by dbaker61
Greene King IPA from Greene King / Morland Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.