Old Speckled Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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BA SCORE
78
okay

1,863 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,863
Reviews: 887
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 31
Gots: 176 | 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

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Photo of ChrisTort19
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Loved the color and overall appearance when poured and he taste was flavorful enough to surprise me pleasantly....

Photo of Pavlovian_Programming
2.14/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Just awful. Tasted like water with slight hints of gross-ness. No carbonation at all, yet had a head that had the texture of custard and tasted as much like beer as custard does. Do not recomment.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brilliant gold with a lacy white foam collar. A trace of sulfur in the aroma. Fruit and biscuit flavors. Exceptionally creamy with almost a nitro quality.

Photo of PeachIsAnIndependentWoman
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a four pack of the cans. Always enjoy the creamyness caused by the widget. Overall it was good, worth trying. Probably won't be purchasing a second pack though.

Photo of ARoman
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask, poured into a shaker. The aroma is a mellow blend of caramel, sweet orange, and candy sugar up front, and then settles to a biscuit and caramel blend. It's a deep, near clear, copper hue with a full, creamy, dense, off white head that has good retain, and a thick, heavy lace. The taste is a medium light sweet front that blends nicely into a medium bitter finish. The texture is smooth and creamy, but light, with a touch of fizziness to the carbonation. The medium body has a mild cola and sugar flavor, with some spice, and citrus. It finishes with a zip and spice as well as a roasty caramel and floral note. The aftertaste is light, waxy, burnt, with some bread crust, but overall, very mellow.

Photo of beeragent
2.44/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A - pours a deep Amber with a thin off white head. Light lacing on the glass.

S - caramel malt aroma.

T - caramel malts at first followed by a very unpleasant bitterness which I don't believe comes from the hops.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - this beer tastes like my first batch of homebrew....infected! The only thing decent about this one is the appearance and aroma. The flavor is just awful though. I compare this to Shiner Commemerator as one of the worst beers I've had.

Photo of QSJag
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Creamy and smooth on tap

Photo of Tone
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, hint of sugar, slight roasted malt, hint of hops, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of pale malt, hint of roasted malt, and sugar. Overall, weak appearance, aroma, body, and but okay blend.

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

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Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,863 ratings.