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Old Speckled Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Old Speckled HenOld Speckled Hen

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1,690 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,690
Reviews: 850
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 19
Gots: 82 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 10-23-2000)
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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 11/30/2013. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, brown bread, plum, apple, honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, yeast ester, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, brown bread, plum, apple, nuttiness, light roast, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean in flavor as well. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very nice English pale ale! All around good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Aug 07, 2014
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3.89/5  rDev +12.8%

Ug14, Today at 09:46 AM
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4.29/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.88/5  rDev +12.5%

jrupert426, Saturday at 02:20 AM
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

wrightst, Sep 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +44.9%

hiker1701a, Sep 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

MikeAllen, Sep 14, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber copper color with a thick beige head with medium retention. Lots of apparent carbonation on the glass wall.
Predominant aroma of caramels and hints of oranges peel.
Flavor starts with a malt sweetness but ends with English earthy and herbal hops bitterness. Lots of musky, which makes you wonder. Hints of oranges, herbal, caramels, green apples, toasted malts and nuts. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with medium carbonation.
Relatively easy to drink but still with a bold English bitterness. Loved the feminine musky notes.
Ap.3,5 Ar.3 Sab.3,5 Sens.3,5 Cj.3,5

FLima, Sep 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Chris_S, Sep 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

poskok, Sep 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.8/5  rDev +10.1%

Kiro, Sep 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Dad liked it, usually a sign that it won't knock my socks off.

elosodelahabra, Sep 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Bob6518, Sep 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.68/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

stephenlee, Sep 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

such a different beer (and far superior) from the nitro tap than it is from the bottle. this is often thin and skunky in its clear glass, but its rich and frothy and malty in that nutty but not too sweet way from the nitro tap. the infusion of the nitro gas helps its feel too, creamy and puffy on the palate with a lasting white head and ring lacing as it sips down. plenty of bittering hops, characteristic more of an esb type than an english pale to me, but it sort of traverses style norms in a number of respects. i like the almost almond flavored malt on the front end, and that it stays pretty light throughout. enough hops to balance it, but remain drinkable. i know this one is a classic overseas that has been largely under appreciated by the north american crowd, but i think thats a little unfair, and that that the clear glass hasnt done it any favors. overall a beer that demands a time and a place, but when those to occur, its delicious.

StonedTrippin, Sep 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

dcf5ve, Sep 03, 2014
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Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 1,690 ratings.