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Greene King IPA - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Greene King IPAGreene King IPA

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68 Reviews
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Reviews: 68
Hads: 177
Avg: 3.17
pDev: 29.65%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | 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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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.5/5  rDev +42%
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.

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Photo of PartyBear
4.2/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a chilled 660ml bottle in to a traditional pint glass.

A - Dark to medium brown in colour. Pours with a good head, however this fades fast. Doesn't appear very lively.

S - Quite sweet malty aromas, overall very mild though.

T - The initial taste is bready malts, which is followed by a mild bitter hoppiness. The flavours are very subdued, and not over powering, ending in a slightly bitter creaminess.

M - Smooth, and refreshing yet carbonic. Light for an IPA.

D - I personally love this beer and have been drinking it for years. I think it demonstrates that you don't need excessive alcohol and brutally strong flavours to make a great beer. I can understand the lower ratings from the American drinkers as they are used to IPA that attacks the palete with an onslaught of bitter hops but that is not what the English IPAs are about. Try it and enjoy it for what it is; an easy to drink English IPA. Also, a word of warning, this IPA is far superior on cask and bottle in comparison to cans.

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Photo of nasty15108
4.14/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured form 1 pt .9 oz can into a pint glass.

A - Cloudy amber color with a thin off-white head and good lace work throughout. Highly carbonated.

S - Creamy slightly fruity smell.

T - Creamy taste. Malty with slight hints of butterscotch up front with a slightly bitter finish.

MF&D - I wish this IPA had a little more complexity. It was a little thin in body, but very drinkable. A good session beer. I'd drink this one again.

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Photo of Moxley
3.98/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tall boy can into a small pilsner glass.

Poured a cloudy golden brown with a thick off white head that stayed around through the heavy lacing.

It had a very interesting smell of butterscotch with traces of malt and hops.

It was creamy and smooth with very little carbonation (which I like) coating your mouth in good way, leaving you with a very distinctive butterscotch flavor.

I would definitely consider this a session beer. It goes down smooth and sweet, and could be enjoyed again and again.

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Photo of robnews
3.92/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

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Photo of Wattsox
3.92/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pleasant dark amber colour. Thin head which didn't stay around too long, though was served in two pours into a smaller beer glass which could account for it.

S: Caramel / malts the most obvious smell, light on hops.

T: Quite nice for a session beer, malty with a touch of bitterness on the end.

M: Light carbonation, not too heavy, quite a smooth, light drink overall.

D: Nice and smooth, very easy to drink. Could very well be a session beer.

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Photo of Hermanater77
3.87/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

People commonly associate Great Britain with warm beer, and for good reason. While cask served beer is not necessarily "warm," it is served at basement temperature... roughly 55 F. I will honestly say that I was a little skeptical about having my first cask served beer, but after I tasted this unique English style bitter IPA, my mind was changed. Sure, most beers served here in the states are meant to be enjoyed cold, but I can appreciate a nice English cask served bitter.
Greene King's IPA has a very unique smell and appearance, seemingly poured (as the brewer's name implies), with a tinge of greenish color. As far as the taste goes, it is definitely hoppy, but not oppressive. I appreciated how smooth it was and the aroma was pleasant as well. Nothing special while it first touched your lips, but the aftertaste was highly enjoyable. Not sure how this would taste from a can or any other serving type, but if you can find a bar or local pub with this on tap, definitely give it a try, especially if you can appreciate beers from the UK.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.85/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL clear bottle poured into a pint glass.

Out of the three formats I've tried, bottled is my favorite (can, cask, bottle).

A: brownish-copper beer has clarity, 1-finger head with minimal lacing.te

S: sourish-sweet and malty.

T: the flavors are more pronounced here in the bottled version for whatever reason. While I found the canned and cask versions to be a bit on the bland side, this one had a bit more umph to it.

M: nice carbonation, moderate body.

D: very refreshing!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.8/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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Photo of T100Mark
3.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pulled (cask) into a pint glass at The Plough in Bloomsbury, London.

Appearance - Reddish copper color. Amazing clarity! Thin white head made up of very fine bubbles. Minimal/moderate lacing. A good looking ale.

Smell - Mild malt nose. A touch toasty. A faint whiff of citrus.

Taste - Mild malt flavor (no surprise there). A bit toasty. Slightly bitter on the finish.

Mouth - Smooth. The carbonation is barely perceptible. A little thin.

Overall - This is a mild bitter that is perfectly balanced and very sessionable. Having said that, I like my ales with a little more character. Nice but a little lacking. It sure was pretty to look at, though!

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red/amber colour with a nice frothy head that sadly dissipates.

Smells pretty skunky? Maybe because of the clear bottle, but I don't mind this at all. Very malty, some caramel aswell.

Tastes like it smells, skunky at first with some biscuity and caramel malts, finishes dry, burnt and bitter, and a bit of citrusy aftertaste, I enjoyed this.

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Photo of ecoastman
3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle bought at store.

Appearance - color is copper amber, carbonation, head full to start but short retention. Clear and inviting.

Smell - sweet, nutty, caramelly. Slight skunkiness after pour quickly disappears.

Taste - Similar to what you smell. Very mild and easy to drink. Might be accused of being borderline watery. Slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Light and thin / watery and smooth. Slightly flat.

Drinkability - Easy to drink and would order if no other choices seduced me to try something else.

Overall - representative of the intent of an English bitter.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.67/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml can served in an imperial pint glass at fridge temperature. I found it amusing that this is classified as an English Bitter rather than an IPA... labels aside, I can't wait to sample this.

Appearance- A light, tawny gold beer pours from the can... the head rises a creamy finger and a half, resting elegantly and remaining full. It appears light and easy, sessionable on the eyes.

Smell- I'm getting a smoky, medicinal, almost Scotch whiskey aroma... like a Belhaven ale... it's really quite nice and it reminds me of the Holidays several years ago when I first got into single malts. Aside from that, the nose is clean with a wisp of tangy hops.

Taste- The hops rule here as they appear early in the mouth, then stay right through to the finish and thereafter. The distinctly English character, with Challenger and First Gold hops, balances well enough with the malts and the result is a very light, easy session beer that would be great with nachos or similar noshes.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Very soft and simple in the mouth... the gentle carbonation withers after a few seconds, which is fine for this delicate, approachable style. I'll agree this is more an English Bitter than an IPA, it drinks so smoothly and restrained.

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Photo of Boppar
3.66/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask in Exeter, UK.

A: Coppery with a couple fingers of foamy, frothy, "look at me I jut got hand pumped out of a cask" head. This went away.

S: Smells faintly floral, and mostly malty.

T: Tastes like biscuity malts, sweet malts, and a very faint floral hop array. It has more flavor than I expected from a Brit IPA. I like it.

M: Warm, flattish and creamy. It worked surprisingly well.

D: Yes. Total session beer.

This style worked much better on cask than I had thought it would. I think it helps that it was predominantly malty (ie: not an American IPA), but the warmer temperature really brought out some sweeter flavors, and the low carbonation gave it a comfortable mouthfeel.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange. A good amount of foamy whit head. Looks pretty good. Smells hoppy. Not particularly hoppy but a good amount of citrus o the nose. Tastes sweet and bitter. Mild hops on the tongue but fairly subtle. Solid mouthfeel and very drinkable. Definitely benefits from cask

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Photo of BTPete
3.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on cask at Mahar's in Albany, NY, notes taken directly from phone.

Greene King IPA Cask

To mug

A:very clear golden color. No bubbles and 1 cm head with lacing.

S: a clean smooth malty smell, little hop presence in the nose.

T: once again a really smooth clean IPA. Ends a little bit with some hops, subtle though. This isn't a CA IPA ;). I get a biscuitty flavor after the smooth and I don't get hops til the end. This is post BrewDog punk. Ruined my palatte?

M: smooth, did I mention smooth.

D: good beer and very drinkable. As for IPA's I've been hop beaten for years so this is a change but welcome. Cask English IPA is different and good.

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Photo of merlin48
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of shamus
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA has a very strong malt flavour. That being said it's a nice one. You can taste the mashed grains in the body. It's smooth and very nice when chilled. It's sweeter than what i like but this is a confidently produced product that is sure to make some people very satisfied. I'm just not getting much in way of hops in this but that's okay since overall it is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of TerryW
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber pour with a moderate head that ettles to a heavy film, but gives up lots of lots of lace. Good looking beer.

Hoppy nose with a whiff of malts and caramel. Taste is hoppy and nicely bitter. Biscuit and carmel from the malt compliment the hops. Nice gentle lingering bitter finish.

Overall a decent enough brew without being outstanding in any way. Drinkable, properly made and worth a try.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.52/5  rDev +11%
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

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Photo of hyland24
3.52/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tall boy can into pilsner glass.

Poured amber with an off white creamy head with thick sticky lacing.

The smell was tough to place. Very faint hint of hops which is unusual for an IPA.

The taste caught me completely off guard. I was expecting to get the hoppy bite typical of this style but instead got a nice mellow creamy butterscotch taste with almost no hop kick.

The beer was creamy with little to no carbonation. It was slightly chewy with a slight oily feel which helped to keep the mouth coated. I could easily pound a few of these fairly quickly making this a definite session beer It even says so on the back of the can. I definitely recommend this but dont expect the typical strong hop taste common in this style.

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Photo of rarbring
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
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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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.47/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
3.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

turns out the cans are also imported here to china. saw this at carrefour and decided, "well, it can't be THAT bad"...

500ml can. bottom of can says "feb 09", and indeed the additional importer's sticker states that this was canned on feb 28, 2008, with "best by" of feb 2009

deep amber color, clear. some head, fades to ring. minimal lacing that doesn't really stick.

gentle toasted malt aroma, hint of apple. grassy hop that gives ever so slight hint of pine. metallic whiffs.

flavors are similar, actually. gentle bitterness with definite hop character, if a bit subdued.

a bit thin and watery, but smooth. gentle carbonation is clean and crisp.

at 3.6%, this is indeed just an english bitter/pale ale, as BA categorizes it. otherwise the score would be tremendously lower. the printed description on the can still purports this beer as following in the tradition of the original IPA's, so i still have to mark it down somewhat for claiming something that it just shouldn't try doing. this beer is not "hoppy", no matter how much or often they say so.

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Photo of Daredevil
3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

got this one in the City Arms in Wells after having asked 'which of the ales has the least ABV content?' (I had some way to drive afterwards) ... strong hops, only hints of malts ... this is actually a great thirst quencher rather than a brew accompanying a meal ...

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Greene King IPA from Greene King / Morland Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.