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Old Crafty Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Old Crafty HenOld Crafty Hen

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BA SCORE
83
good

181 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GreenCard on 10-17-2008)
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Reviews by droomyster:
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droomyster

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +7%

Pours a clear dark copper body with a brief head that settles to a white collar. Big and sweet aromas of predominantly toffee, followed in strength by dark fruit (very fig-like) and a hint of vanilla. Taste carries a big toffee and biscuity blast on the front and mid-palates, with dark fruit (figs, prunes, raisins) and sherry-like notes emerging on the mid to back-palates. A lightly earthy, wet wood-like bitterness lends some balance to the finish. As far as old ales go, this isn't nearly as potent as some of the American best-sellers, but its relatively mild intensity makes it potentially more appealing to a broad audience, while the austerity of flavor profile gives the geekier beer consumer something to revel in.

02-24-2013 04:04:32 | More by droomyster
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oberon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -3%

Had this for a night cap last night.Poured into an imperial nonic a clear rich amber with a thinner white head atop that was gone pretty quickly.Sweet caramel malts and biscuit in the nose,mild yeasty fruity esters as well.Deep caramel and toffee flavors with a faint but noticable shot of drying woody/leafy hops in the finish.Lighter but pretty smooth going down,this is a full on malty English old ale,although not a big and brash it is flavorful in an English subtle way.

11-26-2012 16:27:35 | More by oberon
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

09-28-2013 22:45:53 | More by cam477
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PremyslHrubon

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -18.7%

06-16-2013 00:08:14 | More by PremyslHrubon
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%

50cl clear bottle w/ no freshness date.

LOOK: Clear amber, amazing lacing

SMELL: Fresh cut grass, lemon pith, apple skin, faint alcohol, buttered biscuits

TASTE: Grassy, caramel, cotton candy, biscuity, faint buttery tone, woody hops, herbal, mild esters, ripe pears, mealy apples, yeast, orange pith

One to sit down with and let breath, a sipper to have with a sharp cheddar. Better with something than alone. Certainly worth a go.

02-28-2012 04:12:45 | More by Jason
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fionn13

Ireland

4/5  rDev +8.4%

06-03-2012 23:59:56 | More by fionn13
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.48/5  rDev -5.7%

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of March 2012. The label mentions that it is blended, and includes beer matured in oak vats.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear coppery-amber with low carbonation. Produces a small off-white head that disappears after a minute or so. Aroma of rich, fruity malt with hints of plums, dried fruit, brown sugar, oak and stewed hops. A whiff of booze in the background.

Tastes of fruity malt with a sweet, woody character. Notes of brown sugar, caramel, dried fruit, raisins/prunes, oak and stewed hops. Sweet but quite dry, with a prickly alcoholic hint upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and spicy, but perhaps a tad thin and slick for the style. Slightly astringent. Aftertaste of fruity, woody malt.

Not bad - quite tasty and rounded. A decent enough beer, although it seems a bit bland and shallow for the style. I can imagine an aged ale with more depth and intensity. Would probably benefit from bottle conditioning. Still, the woody/fruity flavours are nice. Worth trying.

03-16-2012 01:15:32 | More by jazzyjeff13
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dmk91

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

11-13-2013 19:41:09 | More by dmk91
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dwren89

Virginia

4.09/5  rDev +10.8%

Appearance: great clarity, surprisingly pale gold color, much lighter than most English IPA, white, sticky, fluffy head

Aroma: Strong citrus aroma of grapefruit, orange, very little to no detectable malt aroma, clean yeast

Taste: fruity, citrusy, spritzy carbonation, much more American than English, very soft pale malt backbone that is only detectable really in the body; hops flavors ring through start to finish with a mildly bitter medium finish

Mouthfeel: Spritzy, carbonation lightens the body, you can only tell its medium bodied if you hold it in your mouth for a few seconds before swallowing; very easy drinking, medium bitter, somewhat dry finish
Overall Impression: For a beer that is ranked this highly on Beeradvocate’s top beers in Britain, I honestly expected more. It is a little too light in body and malt character, and uses obviously American hops, to be considered an English IPA. When compared to the best Ameican IPAs, this would not have a prayer to make the top 50. That being said, it is quite refreshing, light on the palate, and thirst quenching.

06-12-2013 21:16:48 | More by dwren89
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%

Crystal clear deep amber copper hue with a fine off white light khaki head. Aroma has an herbal hop note with tobacco leaf notes...mild fruity caramel tones to round it out. Flavor is balanced ripened fruit sweetness with mild earthy/citrus/tobacco notes wrapped around caramel malts with an ongoing earthiness about it. Overall another generic English ale that does absolutely nothing to set itself apart, other than the higher than average 6.5% abv and labeling it a Vintage ale. I knew what I was getting into it's definitely drinkable carbonation on the mouthfeel is a little higher than I wanted but not bad as a whole.

02-11-2012 03:23:24 | More by WVbeergeek
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ste5venla

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

06-20-2013 18:27:23 | More by ste5venla
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Brenden

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.4%

Darker than amber, this Hen is almost red, with sharp, bright clarity. About half a finger is what's ultimately left after puffing up tall on the pour. It's a sturdy head, though, and it sticks around for a full session, depositing steady, even lacing as it does.
A little bit buttery, as I'm coming to expect in some cases, it's otherwise grassy with a biscuity malts backbone. Some citrus zest and a surprisingly sturdy floral and citrus hops, and fruity esters sans the big alcohol bite some Americans bring to it adds up to a good, strong beer with a nice balance. The flavor brings out a touch of caramel sweetness and a spicy bite, as well as a touch of brown sugar and more dark fruits for more underlying sweetness, but certainly not cloying.
Interestingly, the body, while on the light side of medium, has a powdery touch of dryness to it. It never gets too slick or thin, and displays a consistent crispness while still being smooth, though the crispness just nips.

06-03-2013 22:34:46 | More by Brenden
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Loveyourbeer

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.4%

10-30-2012 18:13:58 | More by Loveyourbeer
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MaevaS

France

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

08-02-2014 20:58:08 | More by MaevaS
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ghorkley

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +8.4%

01-10-2012 22:50:11 | More by ghorkley
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SpeedwayJim

New York

2.93/5  rDev -20.6%

50cl bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a rich white head .5 finger head with low retention. Beer is a clear mahogany. Lacing is spotty and stringy with average stick but thin and oily legs that really cling to the glass. Not bad for the style.

Nose is corn, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, and an effervescent hop bitterness. Moderately aromatic. OK.

Opens sweet. Notes of caramel, toffee and brown sugar. A slightly sour hop bitterness emerges in the middle but fades quickly. End is brown sugar and nutmeg with a sweet aftertaste. Average.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and filmy in the mouth and goes down slightly bubbly with a lightly boozy finish and a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Thin.

I always used to think that Old Ales were thick, robust and complex but this beer is demonstrating a completely different take. I don't know if that's good or bad. I only know that I prefer what I used to think what an Old Ale was.

03-18-2014 00:07:33 | More by SpeedwayJim
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RickS95

Indiana

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%

Ruby-orange-brown color. Mostly clear. Thin white head up top, little retention.

Huge malt smell with some welcome spices and dark fruits, raisins.

Very malt forward taste. Despite moderate alcohol, the alcohol taste is clearly present. Medicinal. Hoppy bitter finish.

Mild complexity as it starts off sweet for a note, then the alcohol shines its head, followed by a hoppy bitter, clean finish.

It's not really a bitter, but kind of. It's not really a pale ale, but kind of. Not so easy to drink, but not a bad beer, just different...not sure I've had an 'old ale' before.

06-09-2012 02:41:33 | More by RickS95
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

2/5  rDev -45.8%

07-11-2013 20:22:27 | More by TheMrFarnham
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leinie13

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

08-16-2013 02:16:43 | More by leinie13
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -3%

500 ml clear bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear orange/copper color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is toasted malt, toffee, herbal/earthy hops, oak, and a little bit of skunk. The brew tastes like toffee, toasted and caramel malt, nuts, herbal hops, and a bit of tea and fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. I thought it was a decent enough overall brew. I tend to stay away from beers that come in clear bottles, but since it was a new arrival at a local store I hoped that the brew wasn't too old yet. I think it's worth a try.

02-19-2012 00:43:14 | More by bluejacket74
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WraythOsu

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

05-31-2014 21:57:11 | More by WraythOsu
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.4%

09-01-2013 15:25:29 | More by KevinGordon
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Hefebossen

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +22%

01-30-2014 01:16:58 | More by Hefebossen
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DavidHume

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

03-25-2014 00:39:24 | More by DavidHume
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

12-27-2013 03:34:59 | More by ThinkAgain
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Old Crafty Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.