Greene King IPA - Greene King / Morland Brewery
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United Kingdom (England)
4.22/5 rDev +32.3%
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.
08-16-2009 18:25:55 | More by PartyBear
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.05/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
07-05-2009 21:39:43 | More by Seanstoppable
2.78/5 rDev -12.9%
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....
06-25-2009 18:42:54 | More by aschwab
2.9/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
05-17-2009 08:58:27 | More by TubaManJack
2.55/5 rDev -20.1%
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.
05-01-2009 17:17:09 | More by PhillyStyle
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
3.23/5 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
2.3/5 rDev -27.9%
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.
02-17-2009 00:43:17 | More by ThatWineGuy
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
3.7/5 rDev +16%
Poured from a 500 mL bottle bought at store.
Appearance - color is copper amber, carbonation, head full to start but short retention. Clear and inviting.
Smell - sweet, nutty, caramelly. Slight skunkiness after pour quickly disappears.
Taste - Similar to what you smell. Very mild and easy to drink. Might be accused of being borderline watery. Slight bitter finish.
Mouthfeel - Light and thin / watery and smooth. Slightly flat.
Drinkability - Easy to drink and would order if no other choices seduced me to try something else.
Overall - representative of the intent of an English bitter.
11-20-2008 03:48:10 | More by ecoastman
3.45/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
10-01-2008 23:24:55 | More by tai4ji2x
3.23/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
09-27-2008 20:53:01 | More by Pleepleus
3.53/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
07-10-2008 00:11:52 | More by TerryW
3.75/5 rDev +17.6%
Pours a deep red/amber colour with a nice frothy head that sadly dissipates.
Smells pretty skunky? Maybe because of the clear bottle, but I don't mind this at all. Very malty, some caramel aswell.
Tastes like it smells, skunky at first with some biscuity and caramel malts, finishes dry, burnt and bitter, and a bit of citrusy aftertaste, I enjoyed this.
07-05-2008 21:33:46 | More by GodOfBeer
3.68/5 rDev +15.4%
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.
05-09-2008 13:04:56 | More by Boppar
3.45/5 rDev +8.2%
got this one in the City Arms in Wells after having asked 'which of the ales has the least ABV content?' (I had some way to drive afterwards) ... strong hops, only hints of malts ... this is actually a great thirst quencher rather than a brew accompanying a meal ...
05-04-2008 22:42:31 | More by Daredevil
2.25/5 rDev -29.5%
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.
05-04-2008 13:00:56 | More by TheSarge
3.3/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
04-15-2008 02:10:55 | More by IPAcraig
3.33/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
04-11-2008 02:41:04 | More by Proteus93
4/5 rDev +25.4%
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.
03-28-2008 00:27:09 | More by Moxley
3.6/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
03-25-2008 16:45:31 | More by hyland24
4.13/5 rDev +29.5%
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.
03-22-2008 19:07:13 | More by nasty15108
3.13/5 rDev -1.9%
This was a big bottle that poured a dark copper. 1 1/2 finger head with average retention. Deep malty scent.... smells almost like pancake syrup... very faint dark fruit too? odd scent... I don't really smell any hops.
This brew confused me... The bottle says IPA (obviously an English IPA), but the style here says "English Bitter". Either way, this brew is rather malty, and hops are weaaak. This isn't a bad tasting brew... just unsure of what style this really is. I've tasted much better english IPA's.
02-25-2008 05:25:30 | More by SirSaranac
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 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
Greene King IPA from Greene King / Morland Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.