Greene King IPA - Greene King / Morland Brewery
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3.15/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
08-03-2007 02:28:50 | More by Sammy
3.15/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
12-01-2008 03:13:58 | More by emerge077
3.13/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
03-28-2012 01:40:19 | More by Rifugium
3.23/5 rDev +1.3%
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".
04-22-2009 02:09:39 | More by jwc215
3.01/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
04-11-2014 22:30:22 | More by smcolw
United Kingdom (England)
3.83/5 rDev +20.1%
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.
04-27-2009 09:24:35 | More by BlackHaddock
3/5 rDev -6%
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 IPAs I normally drink, quite dry aftertaste.
10-30-2007 17:44:59 | More by Gusler
3.18/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
09-24-2007 23:19:30 | More by Durge
2.73/5 rDev -14.4%
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.
04-22-2007 00:01:10 | More by drpimento
3.1/5 rDev -2.8%
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...
06-17-2011 00:28:51 | More by woosterbill
2.58/5 rDev -19.1%
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.
11-14-2009 02:09:32 | More by maximum12
3.53/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
01-11-2008 13:51:26 | More by merlin48
3.5/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
05-02-2012 16:37:55 | More by rarbring
United Kingdom (England)
2.7/5 rDev -15.4%
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.
11-16-2012 22:05:45 | More by jazzyjeff13
Greene King IPA from Greene King / Morland Brewery
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