Greene King IPA - Greene King / Morland Brewery
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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
United Kingdom (England)
4.22/5 rDev +32.3%
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.
08-16-2009 18:25:55 | More by PartyBear
4.13/5 rDev +29.5%
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.
03-22-2008 19:07:13 | More by nasty15108
4/5 rDev +25.4%
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.
03-28-2008 00:27:09 | More by Moxley
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.93/5 rDev +23.2%
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.
12-06-2010 03:04:23 | More by Wattsox
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
3.88/5 rDev +21.6%
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.
02-11-2011 03:39:37 | More by Hermanater77
United Kingdom (England)
3.88/5 rDev +21.6%
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!
12-11-2009 23:30:20 | More by fullsweep
United Kingdom (England)
3.83/5 rDev +20.1%
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.
04-27-2009 09:24:35 | More by BlackHaddock
3.75/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
07-05-2008 21:33:46 | More by GodOfBeer
3.7/5 rDev +16%
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.
11-20-2008 03:48:10 | More by ecoastman
3.68/5 rDev +15.4%
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.
05-09-2008 13:04:56 | More by Boppar
3.65/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
11-10-2009 03:50:57 | More by yelterdow
3.6/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
03-25-2008 16:45:31 | More by hyland24
3.6/5 rDev +12.9%
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
02-15-2011 00:25:05 | More by Urbancaver
Greene King IPA from Greene King / Morland Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.