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Old Speckled Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery

Old Speckled HenOld Speckled Hen

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BA SCORE
78
okay

1,516 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1516
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.86%


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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Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

03-29-2013 22:55:50 | More by supermeniscus
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Belgium

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +9%

04-15-2014 15:42:25 | More by Two-6
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Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

04-12-2014 21:27:41 | More by jbierling
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

04-11-2014 08:47:28 | More by KrisBeerndt
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California

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

04-11-2014 06:17:13 | More by samtrillo
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hunterjames

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

04-10-2014 23:35:38 | More by hunterjames
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Butch_DeadLift

New York

3/5  rDev -12.8%

04-09-2014 01:35:37 | More by Butch_DeadLift
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JoeMans

New York

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

04-09-2014 01:34:59 | More by JoeMans
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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

04-08-2014 22:24:01 | More by pfhanlon
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Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

04-08-2014 12:18:20 | More by GOBLIN
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DaveMiller

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +9%

04-06-2014 15:09:37 | More by DaveMiller
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rorjets

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

04-05-2014 12:34:17 | More by rorjets
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mc4z

California

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

04-05-2014 04:19:26 | More by mc4z
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MarkoNm

Slovenia

3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clean coppery color, topped with just slightly off-white foamy head of average size.
The aroma is (surprisingly) mild - malts and some biscuity note also present.
The taste starts sweet, followed by some roasted feel, not too strong, finishing with a slight bitterness that lasts not too long.
A very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 15:23:08 | More by MarkoNm
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Knoxrb12

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

04-03-2014 14:10:08 | More by Knoxrb12
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Florida

4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

04-02-2014 14:39:17 | More by DuffDaddy
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

4.55/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have seen this on the shelves but have normally passed it up due to its price. But since it is on sale, I thought I would give it a try.

Pours a very attractive light amber liquid, clear, with a slight head.

Aroma is grain laden and bready.

Flavor is very well-balanced, everything I imagine an English beer will be. Nothing dominates but instead it is a nice marriage of grain, a slight toastyness, some caramel, some hops and some herbal notes.

Very smooth medium-to-full mouthfeel.

I like it. I'm not sure it is worth what I sometimes see it priced at, but it is very good. I will buy it again if it is on sale.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 18:56:03 | More by jmbranum
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

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

Into a pint glass.

A: clear amber/red colored body with a one finger head that sustains for a good minute before slowly dieing to leave a clingy lacing, some carbonation is seen rising

S: English pale malts - malty sweet and could be construed as "soapy" to some

T: malty sweet all the way through; strong English malty aftertaste, quick dry finish

M: light to medium; somewhat sessionable, carbonation is mainly subdued and is good for the style and to me

O: though maybe nothing special to scream about, but hey for what its worth, I could see myself having it again with some fish n' chips.

Serving type: can

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Brazil

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Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

03-27-2014 00:07:38 | More by tegelaar
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +9%

03-27-2014 00:02:47 | More by enelson
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Richardp

United Kingdom (England)

2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

This is suppoed to be a special bitter, and I'm sure it used to be better. It is possible this was a bad bottle. I'm unable to find a bbe on the bottle neck, just a batch code

The appearance was not good, even in the bottle. Too golden, and slightly cloudy for a bitter.

Once poured, it did smell ok. I'd considered leaving it, as it was hard to pour, way too gassy, and cloudy without sediment. The smell of goldings and / or fuggles hops, a hint of sulphur, and dankweasel (undefined anaerobic smell). The malt seems to have gone missing?

Tastes ok, if it was a home brew, then I'd be enthusiastic, and ask the brewer to contine to refine the process. I suspect some sort of contamination?

The mouthfeel was not good, oily in the mouth, with a drying on the toungue. Not really great.

I may try another and update this, as it's dissapointing, it's a big brewery, and usually consistent. Green king IPA is a good choice if no other ale is available, even if it's not that exciting.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 22:03:59 | More by Richardp
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Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +9%

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Newfoundland (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

03-20-2014 22:33:52 | More by AndrewC
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Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,516 ratings.