1. One Hundred Mags (Rule). Check out the sneak peek of BeerAdvocate magazine #100, plus some of the changes coming your way.

Old Speckled Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery

Not Rated.
Old Speckled HenOld Speckled Hen

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
78
okay

1,837 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,837
Reviews: 879
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.86%
Wants: 30
Gots: 151 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Quaffer on 10-23-2000

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (62) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 1,837 | Reviews: 879
Photo of ksvikesrule
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap. Very creamy nitrogen head. Smooth ale taste with just enough hop flavor. Would defiantly have another!

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice English ale but still love my Fullers ESB better

Photo of Grogsky
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have had this beer only in a tin can. It's either been absolutely horrible, or phenomenal. Worth a second taste if you have had a bad experience from years ago.

Photo of Jared_Alexander
2.21/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not my thing. A bit creamy

Photo of tekstr1der
4.29/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nitro can pours amber with perfect nitro foam. Smells of bread, biscuit, and cooked sugar. Flavors are the same in this highly drinkable brew, a staple. If not the most interesting, certainly reliable and enjoyable en masse.

Photo of mark5692
2.08/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A bit disappointed with this beer. Had a decent color but lacked any strong scent. Hint of a bitter caramel. Tasted watered down. Pretty dull and disappointing but there is worse out there.

Photo of nelsonsaigon
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Saigon (bottle)

I am neutral on this beer.

Photo of tharper178
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a solid English pale ale. Delicious. Not earth shattering, but completely solid.

Photo of Sharpee1937
4.57/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An exceptional beer that looks and tastes outstanding.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nose malt, caramel, biscuit, faint hay, slight metallic & citrus. Taste malt, hops, slight honey, nuttiness, & herbal, toast, earthy.

Photo of Olegophren
4.44/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very fine out of draught and fine in bottle.

Photo of QUINNY0960
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

For me was okay but nothing special

Photo of otoolman221
2.03/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was an average brew at best.

Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a can which notably was not nitro.

Pretty much the pinnacle of an amber/copper color, typical of ESBs/English pale ales. One finger of head ,even after a vigorous pour, suggests low carbonation typical of imitation cask ale; head stuck around throughout the experience, however. On the nose I get mostly caramel malts, a touch of bready malts and yeast, some fruit esters, and perhaps a touch of English hops, just to tie everything together. On the palate i get a rich , yet balanced and not overly dense, caramel flavor, coupled with some slight fruity esters. Toffee and a touch of butterscotch are also there. Bitterness is well managed and makes the beer very quaffable. This could be easy to drink many of. I personally found it subtle, yet refreshing. It embodies many of the qualities that make a good bitter, yet in a more subtle, drinker friendly manner

Photo of abner
2.82/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wasn't expecting much and what I got was slightly more than that. Nice on the front end but the after taste was reminiscent of a run-of-the mill brew.

Photo of rtcjny
1.2/5  rDev -65.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Smelled like a dead skunk on the road and didn't taste much better

Photo of BcCraft710
2.48/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had one a few years back and enjoyed it, baught a case as it was on sale. Think I got a bad batch the taste was quite savoury almost like a V8, very unexpected

Photo of janubio
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Clear amber colour, samll not lasting head, minimal lace. Smell of sulphurs, toffee. Light body, soft carbonation. Taste of toffee and malts.

Photo of SmashPants
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Format: a clear embossed 355mL bottle with a traditional, iconic label.

Appearance: pours out a vibrant deep golden with constant carbonation across the profile. A one-finger off-white head drops to a creamy thick cap. Plenty of lacing down the glass.

Aroma: the aroma is dominated by caramel and treacle, with some bread malts behind. Fairly one-dimensional, but not suffering from it.

Taste: the flavour in the mouth is lighter than on the nose. The caramel and treacle are definitely there, but are joined by heavy fruits in the background. Really rather nice.

Aftertaste: quite sweet on the finish, with much more of a malt-driven profile rather than hops. Nice.

Mouth feel: a medium feel with moderate carbonation. Well enough to carry the flavour quite well. A touch cloying on the finish.

Overall: quite a nice traditional English Pale Ale - driven by sweet malts, and definitely something one doesn't put away too quickly. I found it a bit cloying if I tried to down it - better to just read the paper, chat to the barman and enjoy it over a decent session. By the time it gets to us in Aus it is usually expensive at AU$83 a case, but I'll take a 6-pack every now and then.

Photo of cbish68
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

The Old Speckled Hen is a caramel colored ale with a thin head and very light lacing and low to medium carbonation. I found this beer to be very hoppy and bitter with a mediciny aftertaste.

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I thought I'd had this beer before. But it sure didn't seem all that familiar once I opened it!

L (4.5): Beautiful color. Deep copper/red color to it. Almost photograph worthy, really
S (4): Had this intriguing fruity/brandy/port wine smell to it. I almost thought it was barrel aged or something.
T (4.25): Again, this fruity/brandy/port wine taste to it. Not a lot, and not distracting. But really tasty. I might be crazy, but I just couldn't shake it. (Not that this is a bad thing either!) Not hoppy at all, but I don't know if it really should be.
F (3): Nothing to write home about here. Not much of a mouthfeel. Smooth, but unexciting. No head really. Some of this is nature of the style, but I expected a little more here.

Overall (4): Solid beer. I am going to purchase another one next time I'm at the beer store.

Photo of willfman
5/5  rDev +45.3%

Drink this everyweek. Best home beer in a bottle you could want. Not a big fan of chilled beer but a cool 'specklage' hits the spot. Love this beer. If you have not tried it please do.

Photo of BrewUSA
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Greene King Old Speckled Hen

Look 9/10
Smell 12/20
Taste 32/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 80/100

Nice English Ale, smooth and easy to drink... Doesn't have an overwhelming taste either way. Makes a great session ale with nice malt presence~

Photo of Giuseppina
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My expectations were pretty low on this, maybe it was the label not particularly fancy, maybe the price, maybe the lack of designation on the label, generally marked "beer".

I tell you what, wrong I was. That's a really smooth and wide pale ale, with strong taste and smell of grassy hops and a fantastic, bitter, aftertaste. Low carbonation like from a cask, it's a real pleasure to drink.

Photo of jonfoto
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Good from a bottle, surprisingly pours out like a draft out of a can, smoooooth premium beer.

to view more.
Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,837 ratings.