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Old Speckled Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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BA SCORE
78
okay

1,666 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,666
Reviews: 847
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.86%
Wants: 16
Gots: 75 | 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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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

08-06-2014 23:21:48 | More by superspak
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BobAshton

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +16.3%

09-03-2014 00:00:30 | More by BobAshton
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Slongie

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +6.1%

09-02-2014 23:58:17 | More by Slongie
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Canada_Dan

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -23%

09-02-2014 16:23:47 | More by Canada_Dan
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Mojo

Alabama

3.71/5  rDev +7.8%

09-01-2014 02:10:48 | More by Mojo
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Declanmeehan

New York

3.97/5  rDev +15.4%

08-31-2014 23:45:48 | More by Declanmeehan
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JayGlogovsky

New York

3.85/5  rDev +11.9%

08-31-2014 19:18:56 | More by JayGlogovsky
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Nightwing

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from can. Strong aroma of caramel. Clear amber color with white head. A light sweet taste. Medium body, creamy texture, with average carbonation, and a very mild bitter finish. Overall a very smooth brew that goes down easy.

08-31-2014 00:21:41 | More by Nightwing
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BrewClint

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +9%

08-30-2014 01:16:26 | More by BrewClint
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev +9.3%

BEST BEFORE: 5/31/2015
SERVICE: Can

A:
Pours a crystal clear amber with a big whipped cream dollop of light tan head that takes its sweet time settling to a lumpy finger's cap that is solid as a rock. Great retention; lots of even lacing. (4)

S:
Cereals and fruit. Powdery spiciness with citrus rind, touch of overripe dark fruits, warm dark bread, caramel really comes out as it warms. (3.75)

T:
Bready sweetness. Earthy dryness, hard water, orange pith, bread, fairly neutral malt flavors. (3.75)

M:
Thin-medium bodied with okay carbonation, a thick, creamy head, smooth finish; super drinkable. (3.75)

O:
Tasty English Ale.
I am by no means well-versed in English styles, but this tastes to me like it at the very least touches every point that makes English beer and pub culture identifiable.
It pours really nice with a lovely cream head that sticks around and leaves beautiful concentric lace designs. Smell and taste are both very pleasing, but are quite subtle (at least to me). It is definitely more robust than a big macro, but it is also pretty inoffensive and accessible. Very easy drinking. It definitely should be served pretty 'warm' (by average person standards) to bring more of everything out.
Not the second coming of Christ, but a solidly made, highly drinkable beer with its own personality.
Would have again; worth trying. (3.75)

08-29-2014 22:58:26 | More by TheDoctor
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Mikefriedman90

New York

4.16/5  rDev +20.9%

08-29-2014 21:17:31 | More by Mikefriedman90
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crabman111

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

08-29-2014 16:30:26 | More by crabman111
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MikeThumel

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

08-28-2014 19:12:39 | More by MikeThumel
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pharmerdoc

Manitoba (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

08-27-2014 20:20:43 | More by pharmerdoc
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Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

08-27-2014 16:18:34 | More by johnecjr
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Arizona

3.76/5  rDev +9.3%

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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +9%

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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

08-23-2014 04:45:51 | More by cyber_phoenix
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Iowa

3.68/5  rDev +7%

08-23-2014 00:43:28 | More by awesomo
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Italy

4.24/5  rDev +23.3%

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North Dakota

3/5  rDev -12.8%

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Texas

3.75/5  rDev +9%

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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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Texas

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%

08-17-2014 22:00:36 | More by Rocketman2013
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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9%

08-17-2014 01:46:52 | More by Fellysmarts
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Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,666 ratings.