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Old Speckled Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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1,752 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,752
Reviews: 859
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.86%
Wants: 22
Gots: 105 | 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 +13.4%
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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3.44/5  rDev 0%

okono, Wednesday at 02:49 AM
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.

cbish68, Wednesday at 01:08 AM
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

rale, Tuesday at 10:36 PM
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Trashcat, Tuesday at 06:54 PM
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

bonertime98, Tuesday at 02:40 PM
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2.72/5  rDev -20.9%

snelson438, Sunday at 07:13 PM
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

nrbw23, Sunday at 01:17 AM
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3.8/5  rDev +10.5%

Gerald_Couch, Nov 21, 2014
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2.6/5  rDev -24.4%

chris1919, Nov 21, 2014
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3.44/5  rDev 0%

PGVG, Nov 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Nov 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Nick29, Nov 16, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +9.3%

Ego_bibo_ergo_sum, Nov 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

GoHabsGo, Nov 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

parintele, Nov 15, 2014
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3.08/5  rDev -10.5%

bbmaj, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of NickTheGreat
4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

NickTheGreat, Nov 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

qcghost, Nov 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

DavidHume, Nov 12, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

jordanimal, Nov 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Bluegrass49, Nov 10, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +19.8%

WholeLottaTricks, Nov 09, 2014
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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.

willfman, Nov 08, 2014
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3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
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~

BrewUSA, Nov 08, 2014
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Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 1,752 ratings.