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Old Speckled Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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1,767 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,767
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.86%
Wants: 24
Gots: 113 | 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 rundocrun
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- body is amber and light brown. Quite clear. Head is a creamy tan color with excellent retention and lots of lacing*.

S- lots of butterscotch, fruity aromas, and caramel. Very mild and smooth herbal hop smell.

T- uber-smooth caramel and toasted malt flavors. A subtle acidic tang underlies everything. Also a good dollop of ripe banana esters. Very mild mineral flavor and some earthy hops in the finish.

M- very smooth and drinkable. One of this beer's best attributes. How much of that is due to the nitro can I'm not sure but frankly I dont care!

*to be expected from a nitro can

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of PatGreer
2/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of McNealc31
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and deep amber. But the clear bottle does make me a little wary of skunk. None in the aroma, thankfully. That is rather inviting with toffee and fruit. Very crisp on the tongue. Toffee, apple, some cherries come through before grassy hops and a slightly bitter and dry finish. Goes down nice and smooth. Doesn't pack a huge punch at 5.3% ABV, but a few of these would put you where you want to be.

Solid beer, this. Easy to drink, tasty enough.

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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

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5/5  rDev +45.3%

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2/5  rDev -41.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

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

Rich amber color with that nitro can creamy white head that retains a finger high. Plenty of lacing. But, this is the case with most nitro canned ales.

The aroma is rather light, but sweet with roasted malt. Some diacetyl butterscotch, and a mild hop profile.

The flavor is rich in sweet mat, but light in hop bitterness. The hop come out more in the finish. The hops to linger for a bit.

Semi-dry and thirst quenching, while maintaining a medium light body.

This is one of the better nitro canned version of an English Pale Ale out there. Not something I would keep in my fridge at all times, but still tasty!!

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of cervezango
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

orangy amber colored, minimal head

smells malty and sweet

nice sour mash burn and and slimy syruppy mouth feel.a little bit of pumpkin pie there as well. and a nice hoppy finish. a little but of a bitter planty after taste.could be a little on the sweet side.

it got a nice whiskey type malty ness, really nice. thats the main stand out part which i think is great.

one of the better english pale ales ive had.

Photo of 2neardead
2/5  rDev -41.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the nitro widget can, Old Speckled Hen has a roiling, thick, creamy head, and a clear, amber appearance. Lots of thick lacing is left down the glass. The aroma is sweet, musty, creamy, and one even gets a cafe-au-lait aspect here. Taste is of sweet caramel, cream, hop bitterness, and clean water. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, but an underlying wateriness does present itself. Old Speckled Hen finishes semi-dry, clean, and easy drinking. Overall, this beer is all upside and no downside. Get some!


Photo of NuclearDolphin
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Clean dark amber color. Pours a nice filmy half finger head that stays around quite long. Thanks to the nitro-can, this looks and feels like it's just been poured from a tap. Lacing retention is very nice!

Smell - Apple Cider, Caramel, Bready Yeasts and with a slight malty scent. Pretty sweet smelling overall.

Taste - Caramel, Apple Cider and yeasts. Flavor is surprisingly bland however compared to the smell. It's like I'm drinking water almost. Aftertaste is rather bitter tasting and a bit unpleasant

Mouthfeel - It's light bodied and has no carbonation to speak off. It feels like I'm drinking water so it doesn't have a crisp feel to it.

Overall - Disappointing beer overall, despite all I had heard about how great this was. It's easy to drink but it's about as watery as beer can get without being actually being considered water.

Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 1,767 ratings.