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Greene King IPA - Greene King / Morland Brewery

Greene King IPAGreene King IPA

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 16.46%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 04-22-2007)
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Runofthemiller

Maryland

1.88/5  rDev -41.6%
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

Serving type: cask

09-26-2013 00:23:02 | More by Runofthemiller
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djura

Serbia

1.98/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Got it from England.

A - Ruby reddish color,with almost not any foam. Lots of bubbles.
S - Very poor,nothing exited.
T/M - Can't feel anything because of huge unpleasant carbonation. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. Watery taste. As i drink some cheap supermarket beer.

O - So,ether this beer is really bad,ether something was wrong with this bottle i got. Huge disappointed for this beer. It said on the bottle so many positive things,so this IPA must be much,much better then it is. Also,where is IPA taste in it?
I know what i drink,and this is so bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 18:30:22 | More by djura
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monorailred

Texas

2.08/5  rDev -35.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2013 11:16:25 | More by monorailred
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TheSarge

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I poured this from the can into a pint glass, with a relatively strong pour, which only produced about a half an inch thick head that dissipated very quickly into fine lacing. The body of this brew is copper in color, and quite filtered.

The aroma is dominated by hops, which seems slightly lemony to me.

The taste is leathery and watered down. There is a sligth hop bite in the end, but nothing like a good old American version of this brew.

This beer is nothing one needs to seek out. It's so watery and weak. I almost gave this a 1 in the taste category, until I just saw it is classified as a bitter. That's what I would've initially thought based off taste. I don't know why it's labeled with IPA.

Serving type: can

05-04-2008 13:00:56 | More by TheSarge
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

2.3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured chestnut / mahoganey hue, perfectly clear. One finger off-white head quickly settled and left a thin, disappearing surface coating with a fading ring. No lacing and lazy carbonation. Smell was grassy, musky, hint of malt but mostly absent. Very little by way of hops, some malt, bitterness front and centre but with an astringent metallic cloying thud lingering in a non-favourable way. Overall impression not very good. The label says to be drunk with spicy foods like curries and that's not a bad idea as it might overshadow some deficiencies in the brew. Least favourite of the three I've had from this brewery so far.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 00:43:17 | More by ThatWineGuy
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dansmcd

Australia

2.5/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear red amber topped by a tight white head and nice drools of lacing.

S - Mild. Subtle biscuity caramel.

T - Follows the nose, basically pretty flavourless, even for the style.

M - Thin watery body, low carbonation.

O - I know the style is mild but this is just too featureless my for taste.

Serving type: can

03-31-2012 13:57:50 | More by dansmcd
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kmacphail

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.55/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A light brown pint poured with a poor head that gave no retention.

The nose was dominated of a very bitter scent of hops, so bitter it almost resembled vinegar. No other fragrances from the nose were obvious.

A nice initial taste of hops were followed up by a very bland beer, no real flavours, nothing that could be identified, very disappointing.

The medium mouthfeel was appropriate for this type of beer, however the lack of any real taste made this beer a chore to finish.

Serving type: cask

06-27-2007 17:59:57 | More by kmacphail
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

2.55/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Serving type: cask

05-01-2009 17:17:09 | More by PhillyStyle
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maximum12

Minnesota

2.58/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My excitement at finding a tap handle with "IPA" on it dissolved almost the instant this beer hit my poor tongue.

Ordered up at the infamous Sherlock Holmes pub just off Trafalgar Square, my first entrance into a British Pub. Great experience; just before Armistice Day & there'd been some kind of vet's gathering nearby, so the place was packed with roaring, ribbing, funny-as-hell British vets. Wish I could have stayed longer!

OK, so I can't put off talking about the beer any longer. Very light color, clearly filtered to within an inch of its life, which in the process removed most of the smell & almost all of the character. After bracing myself for a cleansing IPA on the palate, I got what I later found out to be a weak, watery, rather washed out English Bitter. Not a bad beer, but unremarkable in every way, shape, & form, & a serious let-down considering the branding (IPA!) & great atmosphere.

Mediocre. I wouldn't bother with this one again, & would choose a mixed drink or water if this was all there was on offer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2009 02:09:32 | More by maximum12
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rapayn01

Kentucky

2.68/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I drank this beer from the bottle at a barbeque in Brighton. It was part of a 4-for-3 sale at the Waitrose that weekend and I should have purchased more bottles of Jaipur IPA instead. This is a fairly bland IPA -- not very flavorful, though I rightly expected a greater hops taste.

The beer is a fairly nice brownish color in the clear bottle and I did not note anything special about the smell. I may have picked up some mild hints of citrus -- or perhaps a hint of soft flowers.

I've now had 2 different beers from Greene King and would encourage them to up their hop quotient.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 15:22:05 | More by rapayn01
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

2.7/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Serving type: can

11-16-2012 22:05:45 | More by jazzyjeff13
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drpimento

Wisconsin

2.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

There appears to be either two different lablels for the same beer or two different beers with very similar labels: Greene King IPA and Greene King IPA Export Strength. I went to Greene King's website and their local version looks like this one and is listed at this strength. However, in their export page they do list the one that has "Export Strength" on it and from what I've seen elsewhere, it seems to be the same strength!

That said, this one poured out of the can with a big foamy, thick head that lasted most of the way. Oddly, no lace. Color is a slightly brown amber. Very mild aroma, not of hops at all, let alone IPA. Malty, dryish, slightly grassy. Flavor is the same with just a hint of a play between bitterness and sweetness. Slightly sweet finish. Very nice body, but overall relatively bland.

Serving type: can

04-22-2007 00:01:10 | More by drpimento
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vishneda

Illinois

2.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this off of a nitro-can shipped in from the UK thanks to a friend.

I didn't find anything about this beer that I really love.

To like: Slightly sharper bite in the flavor of this beer than in a traditional bitter. A little more hop than usual. Unobjectionable overall making it clearly sessionable.

To improve: This nitro-can was a little over carbonated. Light flavor other than the hop notes and very little to make the beer stand out against its foes. There are a lot of beers to choose from in this space so I would pass on it.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-24-2009 00:29:11 | More by vishneda
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aschwab

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -13.7%
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....

Serving type: cask

06-25-2009 18:42:54 | More by aschwab
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This ENGLISH BITTER was poured from a 500ml can into a pint glass.

Pours a nice amber colour with a decent head and some lacing.

Smells slightly off, malty and hoppy though.

Tastes even more off, nice balanced malts and hops but with a distinctive artificial/chemical tang.

Overall this beer is ok. Rubbish compared with other good bitters though.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 21:06:09 | More by CwrwAmByth
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TubaManJack

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall Boy(500ml) into a pint glass.
Appearance- An amber brown body. A small and rapidly disappearing head, dispite a very vigous pour. There was lacing at one point.
Smell- A certain stale smell initially when the can was opened. Fortunately that quickly passed into a brief floral hops explosion. It subsided into a sweet malty typical Bitter nose.
Tastes Just like an average bitter
Mouthfeel and Drinkability- Very smooth and crisp and Low ABV to boot.
Summary- A backyard grilling or lawnmower beer. Not really any redeeming or memorable qualities. I shall be looking else where for an Better Bitter.

Serving type: can

05-17-2009 08:58:27 | More by TubaManJack
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Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: can

10-30-2007 17:44:59 | More by Gusler
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boss302

Florida

3/5  rDev -6.8%
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  

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-13-2010 02:48:15 | More by boss302
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mulder1010

Australia

3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ML poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A-- Poured a clear, dark amber color. Very short lived off white head that quickly went to film. Decent head retention as head goes to one finger and slowly dies off. Little bit of carbonation showing in pour and just a few wisps of film.

S-- Stewed asparagus, stewed cabbage and a bit of cat pee. Using a sav blanc reference. A bit herbal skunky and soapy but does have some freshness to this. Nose softens up a bunch with air and gets more palatable.

T-- Lots of hop presence in the taste. Mostly spicy vegetable hop taste but not that bad. Not a fruit or pine bitterness and it is very short lived.

M-- Thin and sweet. Very much like a simple syrup taste. Hops drop off and get a lot of residual sweetness. Keep thinking thin iced tea but quite clean. Light feel and medium carbonation.

O-- Not a lot to this and not all that bad. As a palate changer it works. Not something I would want a lot of but it works in some odd way.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 14:39:35 | More by mulder1010
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Kbogac

Illinois

3/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: cask

11-22-2011 21:55:39 | More by Kbogac
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Small big bubbled head. But it leaves some excellent lace (blanketing the glass). The liquid is caramel brown and is crystal clear.

Mild smell that reminds me of a mild ale. Certainly not an IPA.

Lots of crystal malt flavor up front. The body seems flat, even for a cask conditioned beer. Little hop--this is very much improperly named--I think British Mild, not IPA. As a mild it is mediocre. As an IPA it clearly misses the mark.

Serving type: cask

04-11-2014 22:30:22 | More by smcolw
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iceball585

New York

3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Golden color w/ a nitro head that lasts

S- Slight hop smell, but nothing to brag about

T- Hints of honey and bread

M- Hop start but smooth finish

D- Could drink a little or a lot

I really wouldn't call this beer an IPA. An english bitter it definatly is but a lot of people would see the IPA name and would definatly be let down. If your just rating the beer by itself then it's not too bad.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-17-2007 03:14:57 | More by iceball585
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Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pouring into a mug results in a brownish amber ale with a finger of head.

Smell consists of a minimal hop scent, as well as something similar to nectar.

Taste is somewhat complex. Some sweetness rolls over the tongue initially, which evolves into some bitterness and earthiness. An earthy aftertaste stays in your cheeks for a bit after.

I don't know if I would call the finish crisp and refreshing, but overall it is a decent brew. Unfortunately for it, I know better bitters and IPAs for its price point here.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 21:39:43 | More by Seanstoppable
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Koufax21

New Mexico

3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had from cask at Bull's Head Cask Festival in Letitz, PA.

A - poured a pale straw color with just a few straggling bubbles for what represents no head.

S - the faint aroma of musty, wet grass is there, but not much more.

T - pretty bland. It is balanced adequately but not much substance to balance.

M - smooth and slick. Light in body.

O - not too excited about this one. At a whopping 3.6%, you could session this quite easily. I will be moving along to satisfy my tastebuds.

Serving type: cask

11-05-2011 16:35:54 | More by Koufax21
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap into a plastic pint at Twickenham stadium.

A: Clear orange-amber body under a 1/2" of creamy off-white foam. Good retention and lacing. Nice.

S: Herbal + earthy hops, as well as some biscuity malt and apricot. Ok, but far from excellent.

T: Some nice nutty + bready malt, followed by lightly fruity yeast and some grassy hops. Fairly dry, watery finish. Drinkable, but not terribly enjoyable.

M: Fairly light bodied with moderate carbonation. Ok.

O: I'm really confused as to why this calls itself an IPA, but whatever. It's a mediocre, forgettable beer that has the one saving grace of being hugely quaffable. I could easily drink this all day long at the stadium. Perhaps I will...

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 00:28:51 | More by woosterbill
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Greene King IPA from Greene King / Morland Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.