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Old Speckled Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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1,715 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,715
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.86%
Wants: 21
Gots: 92 | 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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3.5/5  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.

Nightwing, Aug 31, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +9.3%

BEST BEFORE: 5/31/2015

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)

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)

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

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

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)

TheDoctor, Aug 29, 2014
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3.3/5  rDev -4.1%

Part of a London supermarket beer tasting I just worked through after moving here and finding a place that has a reasonable selection of less-than-high-end-craft beers.
Actually, the first time I had this beer was at an Irish bar in the Japanese area of Bangkok about 10 years ago, so...just in case you wanted to know...
Pours an orange-hued amber with off-white head...some retention. Like most of the English ales I've tasted this week, the nose is quite weak, but does give some malt, must, and sweet bread. Flavor is better than expected. Balanced malt, brown bread, and some fruity notes. No lingering off flavors that I've experienced with most of the other cheaper ales here (Bombardier in particular, but also with Bank's bitter and others).
At 5%, this is a little higher ABV than what I would call a good session beer. But then again, I probably drink a little more than I should, so I'm likely to find myself drinking a few more of these until I find myself a good supplier of better micros.

captaincoffee, Aug 16, 2014
Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,715 ratings.