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Greene King IPA - Greene King / Morland Brewery

Greene King IPAGreene King IPA

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BA SCORE
75
okay

114 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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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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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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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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dbaker61

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: can

05-31-2011 11:43:30 | More by dbaker61
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yelterdow

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: can

11-10-2009 03:50:57 | More by yelterdow
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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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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: can

10-01-2008 23:24:55 | More by tai4ji2x
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Pleepleus

New York

3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a tall boy can to a pilsner glass a light honey brown color with a foamy half inch of cream colored head. Smelled like sweet malt candy, no trace of hops which is strange for an IPA. Hops are in the taste but still rather mild. Was more of a creamy candy corn taste which was not expected. It had decent feel and is quite drinkable, just seems like no other IPA I have had and would probably not seek this one out again.

Serving type: can

09-27-2008 20:53:01 | More by Pleepleus
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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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IPAcraig

Tennessee

3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a can of this at Leon Pub, studying for finals.

It poured into a pint glass with no head whatsoever. It did have a nice medium-dark amber body though.

A wee bit of caramel malt is all that is detectable in the aroma.

This taste good, but underwhelming. It has a quick flash of malt followed followed by a bit of hop bitterness. A bit of a grainy/corn taste in the middle. Somewhat of a malty lingering presence in the finish. Watery.

Mouthfeel is ok; the complete absence of carbonation is not so bad in this style, and makes a fairly light beer feel a bit thicker.

A good light beer to drink while studying. Very light on alcohol, yet it has some flavor. I actually preffered the can version in America much better than the cask version in England oddly enough.

Serving type: can

04-15-2008 02:10:55 | More by IPAcraig
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Proteus93

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A little surprised by the lack of reviews on this one... I had never really noticed how long it was on the shelves before this, but it seems there would have been more people trying it. Anyways, on with the review:

A: A clean, copper pour with a nice and creamy head that forms fairly quickly and has decent retention... not very sticky at all, though.

S: Softer malt scents over hops, as to be expected, I suppose (that is, for the style, and for being a little more used to such intense hops in American styles). A bit of a floral / herbal hop aroma, and a nice malt balance.

T: Something of a light chocolatey flavour, a bit of a bark taste in there, as well. Hops seem very mild to my palate, and a bit flowery, but just barely so. Maybe a little simple, but not too bad.

M: This was a bit of a weak point. Rather thin, very little carbonation, and nothing really left behind. Not really anything worth noting here at all, unfortunately.

D: In terms of ease of drinking, it's certainly VERY easy to consume. The low ABV (3.6%) means it will take some time to be noticed, so it would be incredibly sessionable, though I don't think I would session it myself. The price is a little high for what it is, as compared to other selections I may have. Not horrible, but not something to write home about.

Serving type: can

04-11-2008 02:41:04 | More by Proteus93
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Moxley

New York

4/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

Serving type: can

03-28-2008 00:27:09 | More by Moxley
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hyland24

New York

3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: can

03-25-2008 16:45:31 | More by hyland24
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nasty15108

New York

4.13/5  rDev +28.3%
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.

Serving type: can

03-22-2008 19:07:13 | More by nasty15108
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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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Durge

Connecticut

3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very middle of the road brew and not much to do with hops for an IPA. The appearance was decent with a nice amber hue, a solid white head and fair lacing. A kind of cardboard laced maltiness with carmel apple sweetness in the aroma. It has a grassy dry taste but again, no real hops to sink your teeth into here. Just a biscuit with some malt, fair body, kind of slick, but uneventful. Worth a try for those not bent on a hops experience, not offensive, but not one to revisit in my mind.

Serving type: can

09-24-2007 23:19:30 | More by Durge
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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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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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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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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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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3.51/5  rDev +9%
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

Serving type: cask

09-09-2013 23:15:41 | More by M_C_Hampton
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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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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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rarbring

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2012 16:37:55 | More by rarbring
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: cask

03-28-2012 01:40:19 | More by Rifugium
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Amalak

New York

3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: cask

02-25-2012 01:48:13 | More by Amalak
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Greene King IPA from Greene King / Morland Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.