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Old Speckled Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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1,812 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,812
Reviews: 873
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.86%
Wants: 28
Gots: 137 | 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 Pencible
3.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a very creamy nitrogen draught, like Guinness but an ale instead of a stout. It poured a bright golden color with creamy white head. It had a very nice amount of bitterness, and a well balanced flavor. It was quite enjoyable and drinkable (most similar to, and better than a Boddingtons).

Photo of xare
4.19/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as a darp copper-tan hue with a sizable 3 finger foam head, which looks quite impressive.

Smells like sweet alcohol with a touch of hops. Pretty pleasing but also average. Nothing truly distinguishes the aroma.

Tastes rather nutty with a semi-bitter finish, which is interesting. The huge head gave the first few drinks a creaminess, which definitely surprised me - I wasn't expecting much from this beer from the way it looked in the bottle before I poured it. Rather surprised by how it mixes nuttiness with hops.

Creamy mouthfeel from the head - but it's still quite smooth with a bit of hoppiness at the end to finish you off. Quite outstanding mouthfeel and is probably the perfect combination for me, starting out creamy, going down smooth, then a small dose of a hoppy finish.

Drinkability is truly almost exceptional. I find myself rushing to take another sip, and then another, and then another. This is definitely a beer I'll find myself calling for and searching out. It wouldn't be one that I'd rend life and limb for, so perfection misses out.

Photo of chiapete
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light rust color , color of a light iced tea. Formed a good head faded to a slight head but hung around for the rest of the beer.
slight lacing.

aroma was sweet , hoppy , slight fruit in the back ground.

Bitter on back of tounge after first drink, mellowed out after a few drinks. Left a little after taste but not distracting.

good for an english ale , not out standing but good. Will keep this one on hand for poker night with the buds.

Photo of jaz58
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer that you can get hooked on. Beautiful copper colour in the glass with a fair amount of effervescence. A very plesant fresh bread nose when sniffed. Creamy blond head that hangs around for awhile. Mouth feel is short. When drunk I enjoyed subtle fruit followed by a good hint of malt. A good bitters finish along with it being dry and crisp. A very nice beer to enjoy a chat with a pal.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Packaged in a 16oz can with a widget.

A: Golden orange color with a big frothy white head with good retention.

S: Some floral aroma, dry.

T: Light mouthful with some good caramel flavor. Typical british malt profile with dry floral hopping. True and good to style for an English ale, just the body seemed light,watery and flat to me. Goes down very smooth thanks to the widget. Overall decent per style I guess.

M: Body is light and aerated from the widget

D: if not for the widget this would have a below average drinkability with a no thrill factor.

Photo of dsa7783
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased singly from Total Wine and More in Union...
A strong pour resulted in a dark, ruby-red colored hue with a moderate frothy head that soon receded...
Sweet, caramel-laden, sugar flavored smell bursting with a nice balance of hops and clean malts...
Subtle, non-descript, well-balanced flavor with nice suggestion of hops well-balanced with a touch of malts, caramel, vanilla, and fresh florals...
Nice, clean, crisp mouthfeel...
Easily drinkable with a modest ABV and non-cloying flavors that would make this a good Summer-time brew...
Nice stuff, a pleasure to drink and enjoy...
Not the best out there, but worth a try...

Photo of PhageLab
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Golden amber coloration, transparent, thin bit of head that stuck around for the whole time, laces rather well.

S - Toasty malt aroma, very pungent and bittering, a bit bready as well.

T - Pale malt profile with some citrusy hints and a nice bitter backing. Not too complex but very tasty. Very dry finish.

M - Light bodied, dry tone, low carbonation level, no residues.

D - Nice, smooth, easy going brew, very nice. I'd say this would be a sessionable pale, and it is one that I will revisit. Recommended.

Photo of Kwak
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

the color was orange with a thick off white head that clings to the side of the glass

smell was sweet with a hoppy touch nothing to overpowering.

the taste was malty with a little spice, nothing to strong nice and easy to drink
the aftertaste was a little sweet very pleasant for a finish

Photo of alysmith4
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a very average English Pale Ale. Nice amount of hops, but slightly on the bitter side. The appearance was good, smell was slightly bitter, and like I said.. the taste was bitter as well. I could only have one of these.. I don't think I've ever realized, but I prefer IPA's to EPA's.

Photo of nasty15108
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I enjoyed the amber color in the clear glass bottle. This ale poured nicely and left a creamy head. It had a pleasant slightly hoppy smell, and was extremely drinkable. Nothing too exciting here, but definitely worth a try if you haven't already. A good session ale.

Photo of AylwinForbes
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The clear bottle allows examination of the color which is a nice clear amber. Sweet malt and caramel on the nose. On the palate it is quite sweet, a touch of the Belgian about the finish, which is not so much to my taste, malty and caramel. Restrained in the hop department. Very drinkable.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy light orange with a nice head on it's shoulders.

Smell was of mild nuts and caramel. I looked around but couldn't find a Payday bar in the beer.

The taste was much more roasted than the aroma. Again, nuts and caramel, but with some light spices splashing in and out.

This was one smooth beer. It's something you could enjoy all night, without the taste of your typical corn and rice macros. I'm usually picky with pale ales, but this one was easy to drink.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice deep amber color with very pale, tan colored head. The head is minimal and lasts only a few seconds.

Smell - Firm malt aroma with citrus in the mix.

Taste - Wheat bread with a very mild cherry jam. Complex and interesting. There is hoppiness in it unlike any other brew I've really ever enjoyed. The flavor doesn't allow this beer to go down easily but I think that adds to it's appeal. One more part of what makes this a unique brew.

Mouthfeel - The feel is not the finest point of this brew by any means. I think the texture is too coarse for the flavor of this fine ale.

~ All in all I'm impressed with this English Ale. The "Old Speckled Hen" is certainly on my list of brews to tap into again sometime in the future.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Good clear amber, large off white head made up of medium and small bubbles, leaves fair amount of acing on glass, light carbonation of small bubbles.

S = Sour grain, buttery notes of diacetyl, some slight citrus.

T = Good bitters level at the front of the tongue and in a medium long finish, at mid-palate there is a rounded taste of fresh grain with slight butter caramel notes. Taste is a little too watery however.

M = Light to medium bodied, pleasant level of carbonation, mouthcoating a little too light.

D = This is a pleasant enough beer, but it is a little too watery in the taste and little too thin in the mouthfeel. I will probably end up drinking it again though, because it is a fair representation of the style and I do like English Pales.

Photo of wcudwight
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the look of the nitro-tapped beers. Pale golden in color large lasting head and lot's of sticky lacing.
Not a lot going on in the aroma dept. I smell a slight lemony hoppiness.
Sweet malt flavor. Some caramel. Mild bittering hop finish. Goes down easy and smooth.
Extrememly smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
Easy to drink. Easy to session. This beer serves it's purpose well.

Photo of JDV
2.32/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Mine was from a clear bottle and skunked fairly badly, but it opened up and faded a bit. Otherwise sweet malt smell. Pours rich amber with medium lasting head. Taste was malty, smooth, caramel, with light carbonation and basically no bitterness. Decent, especially if fresh, I'm sure, but this was just barely ok.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

14.9 oz. nitro-can,

A: Pours a light amber, with a thick, medium, off-white head, typical nitro-can look, though the head does get soapy pretty quickly.

S: Light smell of malts, butterscotch (distinct).

T: Malt dominated brew, caramel, with a light diacetyl touch, kind of acidic too as it gets warm, light earthy hop bitterness balances it all out.

M: Thin, creamy, refreshing, the body makes the beer quite easy to drink.

D: Not the greatest beer in the world, but a good example of a nitro-bitter that could keep you content for the night.

Photo of Rayek
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A very well done pale ale that becomes more and more complex over time.

A: Deep copper colored ale. Thick, dense, cream colored head. A generous lace is left down the side of the glass.

S: Mild hoppiness has a floral quality to it. Floral aroma is accompanied by a slightly sweet caramel note. Bits of oak and toffee creep in as well.

T: Caramel and toffee from the nose seep into the beer's initial flavor. The malt flavor is somewhat sweet. The bitterness of the hops complements the sweetness well. Overall, this beer quite balanced. The interplay of hops and malt is very well done.

M: Light to medium body. A little watery, but still feels somewhat substantial.

D: A definite keeper. This beer has a subtle complexity that kept me going back.

Photo of watchnerd
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Compared to the widget-canned English pale ales commonly found on American grocery store shelves (Boddingtons, Tetleys), Old Speckled Hen is a rarer find, but a notch above in quality. It's grassy, aromatic, creamy, smooth, roiling, and extremely drinkable. An awesome session beer.

When you need to take a palate (and mental) break from in-your-face hop bombs, intoxicating triples, and challenging imperial stouts, Old Speckled Hen is the perfect vacation.

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

Poured from a nitro can. Not much head but a beutiful copper, caramel color.

I definitely taste caramel. This is actually quite a smooth beer. Very heavy. Not sure I could have more than one, ie, I wouldn't session with this.

I think it's worth a try. When I'm really in the mood for a good English ale I would grab this. Of course if I want something darker, I grab a Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout or Nut Brown Ale.

Photo of shabbtastic
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured rich golden amber with a reddish burgundy tone. Large foamy head, very well carbonated, I love nitro-cans!

S - Detected roasted malt and Carmel. Pretty basic with no outstanding quality.

T - Bready yeast aftertaste. The absence of hops left it a bit off balance.

M - Pretty thin, medium / full in body. Gotta admit, I was expecting a bit more.

D - Very refreshing, wouldn't want more than two max! Oaky maybe three. Not a bad beer, I would recommend, but there are many, many better beers on the market for your money. Good effort!

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 500ml tall can into a pint glass. BB Aug. 08

A- Light copper brown color with a creamy finger thick head that dismantles into a small ring of foam around the glass. Some lace.

S- Nice caramel malt with some hints of hops in the back, Somewhat sweet with some woody aromas in the nose as well. A little vanilla too.

T- Nice malty base is somewhat caramel, with flavors of brown suger, lemon zest, balance by some very nice citrusy hops. Slightly dry lingering finish.

M- very slik and creamy, excellent carbonation in this medium bodied brew.

D- a session brew.

Overall good flavor and outstanding drinkability make for a pretty good EPA, not the best example, but worth checking out, decent price too.

Photo of meechum
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Taco Mac

A - Arrived at the table in a bottle..poured into a pint tumbler..poured a dark yellow with a off white head that was tightly carbonated and fell slowly leaving a little lace at the top of the vessel

S - The smell was very faint..but there were some pale malts in there and then a bit of citrus hops

T/M - The taste was bready up front and then flowered out to finish with a citrus hop flavor...overall pretty good..with a bit of dry finish to it

D - This would be easy and quaff several pints in an evening..low ABV makes it a good session brew

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

From the bottle, this pours a nice light copper body with a thin yet resilient head that leaves nice lacing throughout the pint glass. The smell is rather sweet with a honey-like presence that is not evident in the taste at all. Conversely, the taste is rather bitter with a strong copper-metallic presence. There is also a fairly present sherry/wine-like taste at the finish that continues to linger into the aftertaste. Finally tried this, not wowed but not turned off by it either. Although I did not do this, I think this would be much better if paired with food.

Photo of jdmorgan
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This English Pale Ale poured a deep copper hue and had a small white head which settled into a lacy bit of foam around the pint glass.

The smell was very light and had subtle aromas of sweet malt. There was maybe a hint of hops, but not much at all. The taste began light with a subtle sweetness of caramel malt. There was a full but light malt body that was crisp. The taste faded into a medium hop presence and medium bitterness and eventually back out into a malt aftertaste. The taste was quite laid back and was not aggressive. The mouthfeel was medium and the carbonation was medium as well.

This pale ale did not strike me as being anything other than a bit above average. However, it was rather easy drinking and had a very perfected hop profile that stood out on the palate, but allowed the malt tastes to remain. It's a good ale, and I'd recommend it.

Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,812 ratings.