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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:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 04-22-2007)
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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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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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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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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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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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jcurtis55

Indiana

3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: cask

07-05-2011 01:44:26 | More by jcurtis55
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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
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

Serving type: cask

02-15-2011 00:25:05 | More by Urbancaver
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Hermanater77

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: cask

02-11-2011 03:39:37 | More by Hermanater77
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newk340

Wisconsin

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

Enjoyed from a cask while at the Sherlock Holmes Pub in London, just down the street from Charing Cross.

A: served a dark copper in a pint glass. gorgeous brown/amber with a decent head but little lacing.

S: malts are certainly evident, but there are some hops and caramel that linger as well.

T: rather bland in flavor following the smell. possibly due to the cask pour. would like to retry from a bottle.

MF/D: decent carbonation but relatively smooth. easily drinkable but nothing to brag about.

Serving type: cask

08-07-2010 11:00:10 | More by newk340
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BTPete

New York

3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on cask at Mahar's in Albany, NY, notes taken directly from phone.

Greene King IPA Cask

To mug

A:very clear golden color. No bubbles and 1 cm head with lacing.

S: a clean smooth malty smell, little hop presence in the nose.

T: once again a really smooth clean IPA. Ends a little bit with some hops, subtle though. This isn't a CA IPA ;). I get a biscuitty flavor after the smooth and I don't get hops til the end. This is post BrewDog punk. Ruined my palatte?

M: smooth, did I mention smooth.

D: good beer and very drinkable. As for IPA's I've been hop beaten for years so this is a change but welcome. Cask English IPA is different and good.

Serving type: cask

12-11-2009 14:28:32 | More by BTPete
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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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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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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

On-cask at The King's Arms, London:

Pours copper amber with a thin bubbly head. Patchy lacing sticks.

The smell is lemony, leafy, slightly woody.

The taste is of caramel with lingering hop bitterness in the finish. Rather non-descript, even dull. Not "off", just rather bland, though it does have an initial sweetness and an ending bitterness.

Other than a touch more bitterness, this isn't really much of an IPA. A slightly more bitter "bitter" or pale would be more appropriate, IMO. Body is light, on thin side.

Weak (even as a "bitter" as is correctly classified here, as it is no "IPA"), but drinkable. Easy, but pretty non-descript and "forgettable".

Serving type: cask

04-22-2009 02:09:39 | More by jwc215
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Boppar

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: cask

05-09-2008 13:04:56 | More by Boppar
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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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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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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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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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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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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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vancurly

Australia

3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 22:27:57 | More by vancurly
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Greene King IPA from Greene King / Morland Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.