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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

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 04-22-2007

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Reviews: 68 | Hads: 177
Photo of Sammy
3.16/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A pint in a traditional pint glass, enjoyed at Macgreggors Jefferson Street. Somehwat too cold, very creamy white head-with tons of lace. Fresh, and bitter,drying and not all that enjoyable. Neutral aroma. Malting of bitterness an English thing. Not your American IPA.

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Photo of emerge077
3.16/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Globe Pub in Chicago.

Gold color, thin head with some lacing in a pint glass. Dull lager type aroma, grains and mildly grassy. Taste brought more of the same, dry and grassy hop character, with a body that felt more lager than IPA. Dry finish, and a pretty subdued taste. Thin on carbonation but slightly above "watery" in body. Easy to drink, but ultimately nondescript and forgettable.

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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 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 jwc215
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
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".

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.8/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was suprised to see I hadn't reviewed this beer before, must have missed it somehow.

Anyway, I am having a Pale Ale day and this is my first one (Purity Mad Goose, Brew Dog Punk IPA and a Brooklyn East India Pale Ale to follow).

The 660ml brown bottle was out of date by two months on opening and was poured into two vase shaped glasses, one a pint, the other a half.

Looked fine, clear and mid-amber in colour, the head was almost white and full, staying for most of the tasting.

Hops dominated the aroma, not 'in your face' nasty, just a good harty smell (First Gold and Challenger are used).

The hops are also the main feature of the taste, again not over the top. The beer has a good balance and all the ingrediants blend together to produce an easy drinking ale with a typical English IPA feel to it.

At 3.6% you don't get a huge mouthfeel or heavy body, but you would never guess it had such a low alcohol content.

I am not a big fan of Greene King (for many reasons), but credit where credit is due, this is a good beer and one I have often drunk, although normally in cask form.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Durge
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
2.72/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
2.6/5  rDev -18%
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.

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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 merlin48
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a clear copper body topped by a small offwhite head. Some frothy lacing is left on the pint glass. Aroma is toffee malt and a hint of floral hops. Light medium body with medium carbonation. Taste is toffee sweetness with a vague hint of pear fruitiness and a subdued hop bitterness that is earhty and floral. More of a Bitter than an IPA but pleasant enough to enjoy a pint or two, but not really one to seek out.

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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 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 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 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 TerryW
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber pour with a moderate head that ettles to a heavy film, but gives up lots of lots of lace. Good looking beer.

Hoppy nose with a whiff of malts and caramel. Taste is hoppy and nicely bitter. Biscuit and carmel from the malt compliment the hops. Nice gentle lingering bitter finish.

Overall a decent enough brew without being outstanding in any way. Drinkable, properly made and worth a try.

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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 Proteus93
3.34/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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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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Photo of TheSarge
2.3/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

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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 tai4ji2x
3.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.47/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic. This one's the 5% export with no clear freshness date. Pours a robust amber-brown hue, with a few scattered bubbles for the head, which dissolved entirely, leaving no trace of head or lacing. Oh well...

The nose is slightly hoppy, with a touch of malts and caramel.

Surprisingly sweet and malty to begin, with the hop bitterness arriving later and lingering for a while. Not as sharp as I'd like it, but it'll do nicely for a bitter. Notes of toffee, caramel and lemon as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-slick, with decent carbonation, making this highly quaffable.

Not bad at all. Could use a bit more work to get it more within the bitter/IPA range, but still a fairly sessionable bitter.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
2.58/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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