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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
74
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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 04-22-2007)
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1.75/5  rDev -45%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Runofthemiller
1.88/5  rDev -40.9%
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

Runofthemiller, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of djura
1.98/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

djura, Dec 07, 2013
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2/5  rDev -37.1%

Bix, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of monorailred
2.08/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

monorailred, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of TheSarge
2.25/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

TheSarge, May 04, 2008
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2.25/5  rDev -29.2%

Sam-B, Aug 20, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -29.2%

Tellytell, Jun 15, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -29.2%

Johnq1964, Aug 16, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -29.2%

Dirty25, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.3/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

ThatWineGuy, Feb 17, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

pin, May 21, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

malfunxion, Aug 28, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Mr_Pink_152, Jan 06, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

psm90, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of dansmcd
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

dansmcd, Mar 31, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Wordslinger, May 07, 2012
Photo of PhillyStyle
2.55/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

PhillyStyle, May 01, 2009
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2.55/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

kmacphail, Jun 27, 2007
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2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

maximum12, Nov 14, 2009
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2.68/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

rapayn01, Oct 24, 2011
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2.7/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Nov 16, 2012
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2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

vishneda, Aug 24, 2009
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Greene King IPA from Greene King / Morland Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.