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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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3.65/5  rDev +6.1%

Reviewing from a distant memory, but this one always stuck out in my head as being dominated by toasted, lightly sweet malt that reminded me of caramel corn, accompanied by floral hops.

barczar, Oct 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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2.96/5  rDev -14%

Freddy216b, Sep 29, 2014
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2/5  rDev -41.9%

Poured into a Branded glass in Paddy O'Ryans, Leeuwarden (Netherlands).

I feel a little bad about posting what is to follow but I can only review and post on the basis of what I had on this occasion....

A – A deep red amber colour with a finger of light head that dissipates to thin cover leaving mild lace with no activity in the glass.

S – Straw and hay notes with an oddly eggy whiff. There are even some slightly sweet candy smells, some alcohol esters some faintly bread smells and a little pine wood. To sum it smells like an old egg sandwich served in a wooden hay shed.

T – Bready hop with mildly sweet malts no real fruit flavours but some alcoholic apple tinges. Definite egg taste again along with the slight hint of pine wood.

MF – Fairly creamy with sulphur and metallic edges.

O – Not particularly well balanced this one is palatable but it is not especially nice. I could drink this if there was literally nothing else to drink.

Again I do feel a bit bad about this review, and based on what others are saying here I wonder if I got a bad one or the bar hadn't cleaned their pipes in a while. Certainly I have had Speckled Hen before a long time ago and I don't remember it being that bad, so I feel there is a good chance something was up here. SO, I promise to give it another day in court back in the UK and see if it improves any, If it does I will re-post.

BeerDrinkersWorldTour, Sep 27, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber copper color with a thick beige head with medium retention. Lots of apparent carbonation on the glass wall.
Predominant aroma of caramels and hints of oranges peel.
Flavor starts with a malt sweetness but ends with English earthy and herbal hops bitterness. Lots of musky, which makes you wonder. Hints of oranges, herbal, caramels, green apples, toasted malts and nuts. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with medium carbonation.
Relatively easy to drink but still with a bold English bitterness. Loved the feminine musky notes.
Ap.3,5 Ar.3 Sab.3,5 Sens.3,5 Cj.3,5

FLima, Sep 14, 2014
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Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 1,752 ratings.