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Old Speckled Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Old Speckled HenOld Speckled Hen

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1,825 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,825
Reviews: 876
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.86%
Wants: 30
Gots: 145 | 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 sfoley333
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured fron nitro can into english pint glass. Poured a cascade of gold amber and white that finally settled into a gold amber color with thick cream like foam. smell is light stale biscuit with slight yeast odor followed by a even fainter earth hop aroma. Taste is slightly bitter without much of the hop taste, and slight burnt malt flavor. Mouthfeel is light body and thin but because of the nitro holds a semi satin finish. This beer while not the best english pale ale is not that bad and is really a easy beer to drink.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Really cool three layer appearance when you first pour it from the nitro can. (Guinness does this also but is is easier to see it due to the lighter color of the Speckled Hen) Creamy off white long lasting head on top of an intermediate layer that settles into clear amber ale. Massive walls of creamy lacing.

Aroma is not very strong. Taste is a little bland at first but finishes pleasantly bitter at the back of the tongue. Carbonation is very slight and mouthfeel is kind of thin.

This beer is quite different from what I usually drink but I would enjoy another one. It is very drinkable, goes down easy but gives you some interesting flavors if you wait for them. You have to hold the beer in your mouth a little bit for the entire flavor to come through.

Photo of erosier
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a tint of Red makes it an interesting color already. It has a nice white head that is fairly thin. It has a very sweet aroma and it kind of reminds me of an iced tea almost. It doesn't taste like it though until the aftertaste. It starts out sweet and malty with a hint of fruity taste. Overall a nice break from different beers. The aftertaste is very smooth and it is a pretty drinkable beer. It has a really nice mouthfeel all around as well. Definately recommend this.

Photo of baos
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

14. 9 oz nitro-can into pint glass.

A: Beautiful looking cascading blonde bubbles on pour that turns into a one finger ecru head. Beer is copper crystal clear.From nitro bubbles a lacing par excellence!

S: Some malts and maybe the slightest fruit blossom smell from hops.

T: Pretty nice. Very smooth and mellow maltiness. A bit of hops comes through that makes it finish pretty dry. Makes one feel like there in an English pub made entirely of wood.

M: Light bodied. Could have a bit more but not bad.

D: This beer goes down nicely.

Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber color with a very thin head. Aroma is malty and sweet with just a hint of skunk (due to the color of the glass..but not overwhelming).

Taste is very strong and malty with a thick, bready presence at the back of the throat. Strong and bitter aftertaste. Very warming as well. This beer isn't high in alcohol though. Smooth caramel tones detected as well. Just a tiny bit of skunk but not too much.

I'm having a hard time melding the flavors together but from what I detect, this beer is solidly malty with a nice caramel presence. The hops stick out very little but leave just enough bitterness to tell you that it's an English Pale Ale.

I like this beer. I would recommend that they stop selling it in clear glass though. It's too good of a beer for that.

Photo of emerge077
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the soon to be "old" Red Lion Pub in Chicago. While this pub isn't Beerfly worthy, it's worth a mention here since I went there specifically for an English ale. The place is an old British-style pub that claims to be haunted, and was built a few years after the Chicago fire in 1871. Long story short, they are demolishing it to rebuild a new pub with condos above it...boo.

It arrives with an inch of creamy foam, and has a caramel/amber color to it. Nondescript aroma some husky grain, maybe a touch of honey.

Flavors of butterscotch, caramel, sawed wood, with a mild hop bitterness that surfaces midway and lingers into the aftertaste. Clean feeling, and easily consumable. It leaves a favorable impression, but isn't too suprising or bold. Slightly above average, but worth a try.

Photo of nickfl
1.83/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

A - One finger of white foam on top of a crystal clear, amber body.

S - Some malt hideing behind a huge note of skunky hops.

T - Acrid, burnt malt and skunk.

M - Fairly light body and moderate carbonation.

D - Horrible. This was just about undrinkable. I seem to recall the canned version being a lot better, but it has been a long time. They should never have put this in a clear bottle.

Photo of brendan13
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy, deep golden red colour with a few centimetres of off white head poured into a pint glass.
S - Toasty caramel malt aroma backed up by a herbal note. A touch of english yeast fruity esters.
T - Like the smell but with the sweet malts coming through a lot more. Definate english herbal/floral hop character - Goldings quite possibly.
M - Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel, fairly low carbonation.
D - I'll be drinking more of this. Sure, not the most exciting beer but certainly a well balanced one. Probably the best canned beer I've had.

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

The OSH is rusty red in color, with a decent head that leaves a good lace. Very pungent, bitter scent.

I'm not sure how I feel about this beer. It has the traces of taste that resemble a Pale Ale, but doesn't really have the same kick. It's dry, crisp and clean. There is definitely quality, but not fully my kind of beer for a Pale Ale.

It's certainly a good beer. Very smooth, just missing some of that bite that I like in a Pale Ale.

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

Sorry but this following comment is in french !

Appearance : reflets cuivrés, mousse moyenne
Smell : nez frais de houblon
Taste & Mouthfell : le caramel s’impose rapidement, le houblon revient en arrière goût
Drinkability : une bonne bière dans le style pale ale

Photo of JamesS
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of the can nice, and had a nice reddish-golden appearance and an all right head. It also had a pretty good scent, interesting with a sharp tang to it. The initial taste is fine, but as it got to the very end of each draw, there was a sharp tang of whiskey. It may be how it's aged, but I personally don't think the beer should be over ridden by such a powerful and unbeerlike flavor. I don't think I'll try it again, although someone who enjoys bourbon a lot more than me may really enjoy it.

Photo of burnstar
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty reddish gold with a very nice constant white head. Aroma is mellow sweet malt with caramel and light fruit notes. Taste is mellow as well. Light sweetness. Apple and other fruit flavors. Just a touch of hops are noticable in the finish. Very low bitterness. Nice flavor overall if a bit muted. Mouthfeel is creamy. Pretty drinkable. Interesting and a good beer overall.

Photo of LeftonJackman
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A very clear and crisp light copper. Half-finger head that melted a little too quickly. Some lace but near negligible.

S: The high point of Old Speckled Hen for me. Tartness of fruit (plumb?) and sweet. Nice and airy without being absent. Perfect on my nose. A little swirling or agitation will bring this ale alive. But not too much as any lace will disappear and you will risk flattening the ale.

T: Light and slightly sweet. A step down from the smell.

M: Crisp and smooth. Draw is breathy and short-lived.

D: Light enough for me to enjoy a couple during an Indians game. A regular for me.

Photo of atigerlife
2.36/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Mugs Ale in Brooklyn.

Poured a copper color with a creamy head [due to nitro]. Good lacing.

Aroma was malts and sweet. Overall, quite light aroma. Not much I could pick up.

Taste had some roasted malts. It was really sweet and cloying. Not much character.

Mouthfeel was flat and lifeless.

Overall, not something I would want again.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've heard this is a very polarizing beer that you either love or hate, so I decided I'd give it a shot and see which side of the fence I fell on.

It poured a medium brown with a small head that didn't last for long. It had a very fresh smell and to my untrained nose there seemed to have an almost fruity characteristic to it. The smell was very pleasant, and I wouldn't mind having an air freshener that smelled like it. The taste is a little malty with some subtler notes towards the end that seemed a little like apricot to me. The mouthfeel is pretty standard with a middling amount of carbonation. I'd say this beer is fairly drinkable, but I can't imagine myself enjoying it more than a bottle or two at a time. I'm not in love, but I think I definitely fell on the positive side of the fence with this one. I'll definitely have to pick up a couple more bottles sometime.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chestnut brown with flashes of red, a few large bubbles on pouring settled quickly. Not much head but some lacing. Starchy smell. a bit of pine, carbonation barely visible. Taste is bitter, some yeast, a shot of tartness here and there. Thin mildly hoppy mouthfeel, swirling produced a milky way over most of the glass surface; crisp malty aftertaste. Overall this is a fine ale but doesn't really distinguish itself in any particular way.

Photo of viperpiper522
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- great cascade into a 1/2 finger head, copper in color with some mixed golden and amber hues.

S- Rich malt aroma. Subtle esters float through of toffee and ginger snaps. A faint hop aroma hints it is there.

T- Rich brioche with some light toffee and caramel. Toasted english muffin. A faint metallic taste about every other sip. Hops comes in at the end and dries things out with a moderate bitter that stands firm with a light bite (hard water)

M- Rich and creamy with a lasting head that creates a tingley mustache on your upper lip. Good feel. Bitterness hangs a little long, but it still is refreshing. Medium bodied.

D- My idea of a session beer, super smooth, great balance. I love all of the bitters styles.The english do balance great

Photo of Floydster
2.89/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pint from Naja's Place in Redondo Beach

Pour was a light golden brown color with a massive head, one of the biggest I have ever seen, bartender had to pour out four different times, still about two inches when she handed it to me, head did not go anywhere the whole time either

Smell was nothing special, a little bit of roasted malt and caramel, that is about it

Taste was average as well, not enough hops in my opinion, reminded me a lot of Tetley's

This is usually served in a can and I would interested in trying this out of one of those next

Not a bad brew, could drink a few of these, but too many

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not too shabby. A nice, clean, simple ale with a touch of malt sweetness and enough hops to dry and tart-en up the experience. Pours a bright amber color that leaves more lace than I expected. Some caramel sweetness in the nose that is mostly clean and fresh. The clear bottle worries me but clearly this fellow hasn't been mangled by light exposure. This is the sort of brew one tends to think of when going out to grab a pint or two. This brew doesn't make it into my regular rotation but I'd easily take this before a macro lager.

Photo of dogger6253
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer looks insane! Absolutely wasn't ready for such a massive, thick, solid white head (that's what she said???) Thickest I've ever seen (...) Anyway...butterscotch top literally falls, cascades, into an amber bottom, settling into a brownish honey color. This this looks beautiful.

The aroma is also fantastic - very fruity, full of citrus hop scent along with grapes and raisins. A lot more layered than most p.a.'s I've tried thus far. The taste sort of falls off though, not bad in anyway, just nothing better than your average beer, kind of watered down with bits of hops and oranges.

The mouthfeel is pretty impressive though, thick and syrupy just the way I like my beer, very mellow too. This was easily drinkable and I could suggest it to a lot of people I think would really dig it, I don't think it's for just anyone though, despite how mellow it is and the low abv.

Photo of UFGUY2122
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a can a nice copper color with a think creamy head that went away after a couple of minutes. Lacing lasted throughout the rest of the beer. Nothing notable about the smell of the beer. The one thing i'll remember about this beer is the mouthfeel. It was incredibly creamy and smooth.

It's a good pub beer, i'll probably be getting it again.

Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.92/5  rDev +43%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer on reccomendation from Sam Matson at Red White And Brew in Florence NJ . It poured to a pint glass real smooth , Its taste is typical of the european ale's that I have tried. I am not sure about the availability elsewhere but Red White and Brew just brought it back so I know I will be buying it. It is a beer that I have told lots of people to buy and they have echoed my sentiments

Photo of kellyst
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, orange copper. Low carbonation, but a vigorous pour gives a fingerlength white head.

S: Light, sweet malt and earthy hops

T: Lots of earthy hop flavor and aroma combining with a medium mid palate bitterness. Supported by a lightly sweet, slight carmel malt. This is very enjoyable, flavorful, and immensley drinakable.

D: Very High.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.73/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed pint at Kinsale Tavern on 93rd & 3rd Avenue in NYC.

Light nose, sweet caramel, Some soft vanilla tones.

Finger and half head that was thick and remained with each quaf, happy to add.

Striking red to orange (i'm colorblind)

Very balanced, creamy & smooth, resonating with caramel to open your eyes.

Photo of GrimmReaper
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a beautiful bubbly creamy tan 2 finger head that lingers down to a 1/8 inch froth and sticks around till it's done,not much lacing on this one though.
Aroma is of fresh hops and fruits like apricot and peaches a tinge of toffee and buttery hints also.
You can taste the bitterness right off the bat and than the malts and some sweetness to it and finish's off dry.
It's a medium body but at the same time kinda thin and flat,but this beer does go down quite well,the toffee and caramel comes through at the very end.
Overall,,,,this is one of my fav's and i highly reccomend trying this one...very good with a sandwich and some hot mustard and nibbling on some strong cheese.Hell...this one is good anytime....!!

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Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,825 ratings.