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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 EmperorBevis
2.11/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Light brown body with some white foam
which I had to work hard to produce
The aroma is precraft bitter, some stewed hop & brewing copper
this is the taste I would expect from a budget supermarket cannned bitter
thinner than Kate Moss after a month of the trots

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Photo of josanguapo
2.31/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

From carrefour. In Ikea's pint glass. After dinner. Really smoothness feel and nice long-lasting. foam. However, I find it pretty odorless and tasteless. I cant say that ive enjoyed it more than a typical industrial lager. Has nothing of an IPA

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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 smcolw
3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of djura
1.98/5  rDev -37.5%
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.

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Photo of Runofthemiller
1.85/5  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.


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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 monorailred
2.07/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.71/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
2.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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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 dansmcd
2.51/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: cask at Yards Brewing Co., Philly, PA, for their 5th Annual Real Ale Festival 2012

Poured a slightly hazy amber color with a small cap of foamy white head. Not too aromatic; scents of pale malts and grassy hops. Simple taste, a bit watery; light, biscuity malts, bitter, grassy hops, some earthiness, thin and not too interesting overall...a problem I have with many British beers. Light mouthfeel, bitter aftertaste, fairly drinkable, not entirely bad, but really not my thing.

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Photo of Amalak
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has a dry and flavorless taste. It has no discernable flavor...no bitter. Maybe a touch of sour aftertaste. Very plain on the tongue. Easy to drink/light. Unimpressive but at least it goes down smooth.

I like cask beers, but if you call yourself an IPA I need bitter hops and some sort of a kick.

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Photo of Kbogac
3/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Koufax21
3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of rapayn01
2.7/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of vancurly
3.32/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a) Clear amber, soft 1" white head
s) Lemon zest, black tea, iced cup cakes or brandy snaps. An English tea-time ale.
t) Biscuits, bread crusts floral notes. Ginger ale / Earl Grey tea. Mild bitterness
m) Quite light, quick over the tongue, more like lemonade than ale. Slightly tart finish.
o) A flavoursome session ale, quite delicate in profile and easy to drink. Not exactly a benchmark IPA, but decent hop flavours nonetheless.

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Photo of opalchemist
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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...

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Photo of mulder1010
2.98/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of jcurtis55
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this at the King's Arm pub in Greenwich England. I was somewhat disappointed with this IPA. Of course, I'm used to American IPA's and this one just didn't have the hops I was expecting. The mouthfeel and flavor were both very light. What flavor there was was a bit of fruit.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.11/5  rDev -1.9%
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...


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Photo of dbaker61
3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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