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Greene King IPA - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Greene King IPAGreene King IPA

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147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 17.78%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 04-22-2007)
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Photo of woosterbill
3.1/5  rDev -1.6%
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...

Cheers!

Photo of dbaker61
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.6/5  rDev +14.3%
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

Photo of Hermanater77
3.88/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Photo of Wattsox
3.93/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pleasant dark amber colour. Thin head which didn't stay around too long, though was served in two pours into a smaller beer glass which could account for it.

S: Caramel / malts the most obvious smell, light on hops.

T: Quite nice for a session beer, malty with a touch of bitterness on the end.

M: Light carbonation, not too heavy, quite a smooth, light drink overall.

D: Nice and smooth, very easy to drink. Could very well be a session beer.

Photo of robnews
3.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Stella chalice.
Not much head to speak of. Very thin. Nice dark red orange appearance.

Caramel smell is the first thing noticeable.

Tastes nice initially, bitter near the end covered in moderate carbonation. malty and caramel throughout. lingering bitterness afterwards. Not a bad beer...no hop flavor present.

Tasty IPA, though not a strong one. A good beer to try. I have it regularly.

Photo of boss302
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Greene King IPA chilled, on creamer tap. 

A red clear nice thick creamy head. 4

S honestly not that much hop aroma. Clean but not hoppy for an IPA. 3

T clean tasting no hop bite smooth. Nitrogen takes the bitterness out of the beer. 3 

M really thin, I think carbonation would serve this beer much better. 2.5  

D drinkable, but not a great IPA. There seems to be a lack of bitterness and flavor in beers served in southern England. I had much more flavorful and hopped beers in Northern UK. 3  

Photo of shamus
3.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA has a very strong malt flavour. That being said it's a nice one. You can taste the mashed grains in the body. It's smooth and very nice when chilled. It's sweeter than what i like but this is a confidently produced product that is sure to make some people very satisfied. I'm just not getting much in way of hops in this but that's okay since overall it is quite enjoyable.

Photo of newk340
3.18/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.48/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of fullsweep
3.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL clear bottle poured into a pint glass.

Out of the three formats I've tried, bottled is my favorite (can, cask, bottle).

A: brownish-copper beer has clarity, 1-finger head with minimal lacing.te

S: sourish-sweet and malty.

T: the flavors are more pronounced here in the bottled version for whatever reason. While I found the canned and cask versions to be a bit on the bland side, this one had a bit more umph to it.

M: nice carbonation, moderate body.

D: very refreshing!

Photo of BTPete
3.6/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of maximum12
2.58/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Photo of yelterdow
3.65/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of vishneda
2.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this off of a nitro-can shipped in from the UK thanks to a friend.

I didn't find anything about this beer that I really love.

To like: Slightly sharper bite in the flavor of this beer than in a traditional bitter. A little more hop than usual. Unobjectionable overall making it clearly sessionable.

To improve: This nitro-can was a little over carbonated. Light flavor other than the hop notes and very little to make the beer stand out against its foes. There are a lot of beers to choose from in this space so I would pass on it.

Photo of PartyBear
4.22/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a chilled 660ml bottle in to a traditional pint glass.

A - Dark to medium brown in colour. Pours with a good head, however this fades fast. Doesn't appear very lively.

S - Quite sweet malty aromas, overall very mild though.

T - The initial taste is bready malts, which is followed by a mild bitter hoppiness. The flavours are very subdued, and not over powering, ending in a slightly bitter creaminess.

M - Smooth, and refreshing yet carbonic. Light for an IPA.

D - I personally love this beer and have been drinking it for years. I think it demonstrates that you don't need excessive alcohol and brutally strong flavours to make a great beer. I can understand the lower ratings from the American drinkers as they are used to IPA that attacks the palete with an onslaught of bitter hops but that is not what the English IPAs are about. Try it and enjoy it for what it is; an easy to drink English IPA. Also, a word of warning, this IPA is far superior on cask and bottle in comparison to cans.

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pouring into a mug results in a brownish amber ale with a finger of head.

Smell consists of a minimal hop scent, as well as something similar to nectar.

Taste is somewhat complex. Some sweetness rolls over the tongue initially, which evolves into some bitterness and earthiness. An earthy aftertaste stays in your cheeks for a bit after.

I don't know if I would call the finish crisp and refreshing, but overall it is a decent brew. Unfortunately for it, I know better bitters and IPAs for its price point here.

Photo of aschwab
2.78/5  rDev -11.7%
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....

Photo of TubaManJack
2.9/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of PhillyStyle
2.55/5  rDev -19%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.83/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.23/5  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".

Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured chestnut / mahoganey hue, perfectly clear. One finger off-white head quickly settled and left a thin, disappearing surface coating with a fading ring. No lacing and lazy carbonation. Smell was grassy, musky, hint of malt but mostly absent. Very little by way of hops, some malt, bitterness front and centre but with an astringent metallic cloying thud lingering in a non-favourable way. Overall impression not very good. The label says to be drunk with spicy foods like curries and that's not a bad idea as it might overshadow some deficiencies in the brew. Least favourite of the three I've had from this brewery so far.

Photo of emerge077
3.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

Greene King IPA from Greene King / Morland Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.