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Greene King IPA - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Greene King IPAGreene King IPA

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BA SCORE
74
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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 16.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
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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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

2.3/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 00:43:17 | More by ThatWineGuy
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emerge077

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2008 03:13:58 | More by emerge077
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ecoastman

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 03:48:10 | More by ecoastman
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: can

10-01-2008 23:24:55 | More by tai4ji2x
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Pleepleus

New York

3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

09-27-2008 20:53:01 | More by Pleepleus
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 00:11:52 | More by TerryW
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GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 21:33:46 | More by GodOfBeer
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Boppar

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev +15%
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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Daredevil

Switzerland

3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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 ...

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2008 22:42:31 | More by Daredevil
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TheSarge

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

Serving type: can

05-04-2008 13:00:56 | More by TheSarge
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IPAcraig

Tennessee

3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: can

04-15-2008 02:10:55 | More by IPAcraig
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Proteus93

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: can

04-11-2008 02:41:04 | More by Proteus93
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Moxley

New York

4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

03-28-2008 00:27:09 | More by Moxley
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hyland24

New York

3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

03-25-2008 16:45:31 | More by hyland24
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nasty15108

New York

4.13/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

03-22-2008 19:07:13 | More by nasty15108
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SirSaranac

New York

3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 05:25:30 | More by SirSaranac
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 13:51:26 | More by merlin48
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Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: can

10-30-2007 17:44:59 | More by Gusler
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Durge

Connecticut

3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: can

09-24-2007 23:19:30 | More by Durge
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iceball585

New York

3.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Golden color w/ a nitro head that lasts

S- Slight hop smell, but nothing to brag about

T- Hints of honey and bread

M- Hop start but smooth finish

D- Could drink a little or a lot

I really wouldn't call this beer an IPA. An english bitter it definatly is but a lot of people would see the IPA name and would definatly be let down. If your just rating the beer by itself then it's not too bad.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-17-2007 03:14:57 | More by iceball585
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2007 02:28:50 | More by Sammy
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kmacphail

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.55/5  rDev -20.3%
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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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro-tap must make all the difference in the world, because this beer, on tap at Sierra Grill in Northampton, MA was phenomenal. Even my wife liked it. I am just so surprised to see how poorly rated this beer is. In fact, I am not sure I am reviewing under the same beer, to keep it simple I figured I'd review under the name give at the bar.

Nice frothy head, that never ended, laced to the very last drop. Extremely fragrant on the nose, orange blossoms, and slightly tart lemon drop. Awesome on the palate as well, perfectly balanced bitterness finishes with a clip of hoppiness.

If the Nitro-tap does this for every beer, do away with anything else.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-04-2007 21:40:16 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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drpimento

Wisconsin

2.73/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: can

04-22-2007 00:01:10 | More by drpimento
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Greene King IPA from Greene King / Morland Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.