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Old Golden Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Old Golden HenOld Golden Hen

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100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 09-01-2011)
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Reviews by TMoney2591:
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -5.4%

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I bet it still tastes fine... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear copper-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light lemon peel, fluffy biscuit, light honey, light greens, and a hint of skunk (damn glass...). The taste brings in more of the same, but with a deeper vein of greens, this time closer to tobacco than anything. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, an alright little bitter, but nothing all that special.

02-07-2013 19:13:33 | More by TMoney2591
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

10-27-2013 00:25:40 | More by cam477
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

2.9/5  rDev -13.7%

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Aug 2012. The label mentions that this is hopped with Galaxy.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear golden-amber colour with good carbonation. Forms a decent head of frothy white foam that disappears after a minute or two. Aroma of light malt with hints of stewed hops, ale yeast, mild fruitiness and a fair whiff of buttery diacetyl. Meh.

Tastes of light malt with a dry finish. Notes of stewed hops and subtle aromatic fruitiness. Hints of yeast and a distinct note of diacetyl. Little bitterness, but quite dry upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light and tingly, but rather thin. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of fruitiness and harsh stewed hops.

Decidedly average - another bland golden ale from a big brewery. The diacetyl is particularly unwelcome; it spoils the drinking experience. There are faint hints of aromatic hops, but I can't say that the Galaxy really shines through. In summary, it's dull - give it a miss.

06-23-2012 23:03:29 | More by jazzyjeff13
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

03-15-2014 18:50:00 | More by acurtis
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ste5venla

California

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

06-20-2013 18:27:39 | More by ste5venla
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Brenden

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev +2.1%

Sort of a medium yellow-gold leaning slightly darker, this one develops an eggshell-colored head that's more of a foam, really, though fairly craggy. Lacing is mostly pretty good spotting going a bit thicker at times.
The aroma is yeasty with a balance of biscuity malts and leafy hops along with a pithy sort of lemon zest. There's a gentle sugary undertone following. It's a little light.
More leafiness comes out in the flavor than there was on the nose, a touch of herb, some green apple, and a bit of raw tobacco leaf. It's not bad.
A light body wants to go medium, and it's got a good level of carbonation keeping it lively, though it doesn't really translate to crispness. There's a hint of it, but it mostly goes fairly smooth.

06-03-2013 22:43:10 | More by Brenden
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

1.96/5  rDev -41.7%

Imperial Pint bottle poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow, slightly golden with a finger of off-white head, speckled with yellow highlights that dissolved into a nice lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Skunky, like a Heineken or an Amstel. I’m not sure if this is intentional, like it was brewed for Heineken or Amstel fans, or if the beer got spoiled as it is in a clear bottle.

Taste: Like the aroma: skunky. Almost borderline undrinkable. Turpentine. Sour milk. Horrible.

Mouthfeel: Smooth as hell, with almost no carbonation.

Overall: I didn’t like this beer at all, at least not out of the bottle. Too damn skunky. Note: this was part of the Hen House 4 pack that Morland sells, and the other beers in that 4 pack, Old Speckled Hen, Hens Tooth and Old Crafty Hen, which are also sold in clear bottles, tasted fine. After reading some of the other reviews of this beer, I really need to seek it out on tap, as the other reviews are completely different from my experience. Maybe my bottle was contaminated/bad?

08-29-2013 22:22:46 | More by Jeffreysan
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Wilkster

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -10.7%

04-27-2014 21:00:26 | More by Wilkster
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

12-11-2013 04:10:26 | More by ThinkAgain
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Beestin

Iowa

3/5  rDev -10.7%

05-03-2014 20:46:02 | More by Beestin
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largadeer

California

2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

11-19-2013 11:04:28 | More by largadeer
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Old Golden Hen has a thick, white head, a hazy, amber (golden, under direct sunlight) appearance, some streaming bubbles, and thin lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly skunky (clear bottle), somewhat sweet, white bread crust, and mild, mellow hop resin. Taste is of white bread crust, sugar crystals, mild, somewhat moldy, hop bitterness, and tap water. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Old Golden Hen finishes dry, easy drinking, and somewhat dull.

RJT

05-27-2014 13:29:20 | More by RonaldTheriot
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metter98

New York

3.55/5  rDev +5.7%

A: The beer is crystal clear and has a deep yellow hue and a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that quickly faded away, leaving some lacing on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of floral and herbal hops in the nose along with some notes of fruity yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of honey. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink given its light body but still manages to pack in a good amount of aroma and flavors.

09-22-2012 14:52:54 | More by metter98
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civicm87

New York

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

09-27-2013 14:02:15 | More by civicm87
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.68/5  rDev +9.5%

Clear 500ml bottle, best before Aug 2012, poured into an 'Abbot Ale' glass tankard in Oct 2011.

Golden light yellow body, very clear. The head didn't last, large bubbles at first but soon nothing but a hint and half a collar.

Crisp hoppy aroma, yeasty too. The label askes for the beer to be served cold, very unusual for a UK bitter, I'm sure the smells would have been stronger if the beer had been warmer.

The beer is dominated by the hop content, the malts staying just below the surface and only coming out midway through the mouthfeel. I enjoyed the beer and although I prefer sweeter brews normally, this hoppier bitter was both refreshing and easy to drink.

I'm as quick as anyone to slag off Greene King, but credit where its due: this isn't a bad beer at all.

10-08-2011 01:04:55 | More by BlackHaddock
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CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

04-25-2014 18:00:21 | More by CurtisD
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fx20736

New York

2.3/5  rDev -31.5%

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World on 8/10/13.

poured from a 330 ml bottle into a nonic, served cold.

appearance: apricot old gold with a 2 finger creme brulee' head. nice lacing.

aroma: the beer which was in a clear bottle smells skunked. Beyond that I smell a decent English Pale Ale with earthy hops and some butterscotch diacetyl.

mouthfeel: thinnish.

taste: skunking intrudes on what seems like a lightweight EPA.

notes: WHY DO BREWERS USE CLEAR BOTTLES?

08-11-2013 16:35:29 | More by fx20736
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

3.43/5  rDev +2.1%

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Fluffy white head, medium retention atop a very clear golden body. Go figure, its perfectly golden. Aroma is lightly hoppy with bready/biscuity malt aroma, mild sweetness, very pleasant and inviting. Taste is light caramel and light bitterness. Not a lot going on but nothing bad going on. Very easy to drink, I'm sure quite sessionable to the average English drinker.

10-31-2012 04:26:44 | More by KickbacksSteve
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +12.5%

12oz bottle (no date) poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Bright clear deep gold with plenty of large bubbles clearly seen coming up through the beer. Thin white head upon pouring died back fairly quickly to just a ring at the edge. Occasional strand or island of lacing.

Smell: Citrus, crushed bergamot, cut grass, hint of passion fruit, hint of butter every now and then.

Taste: Crisp start, hint of butter in the middle, lots of bitter flavors mingling from the middle to the end. There is a bitter type of fruit in here I can't quite place. It's not quite citrus an it's not quite berry. Black currant? Finish is bitter - a bit like your typical English tea-like bitterness, but different as well.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, a little bit fizzy at times. A little watery underneath.

Overall / Drinkability: A good English bitter. I wonder what this would be like on cask - probably less carbonated. Nice color, interesting aroma and taste. Pretty drinkable as well, I wouldn't mind having another.

08-03-2013 22:48:56 | More by damndirtyape
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vinicole

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-16-2013 20:28:59 | More by vinicole
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Jonathan_Philadelphia


3/5  rDev -10.7%

08-17-2014 20:18:09 | More by Jonathan_Philadelphia
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev +6.8%

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO part of a mixed 4 pack for $13

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some pretty good lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, pears, apples

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, corn and apples. There is also some breads/grains, caramel, and some pears. It ends with a bit of a hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - For what it is, it's pretty solid. Very drinkable and pretty refreshing. Probably not something I'd pick up again but a beer worth trying.

11-08-2013 00:48:33 | More by spinrsx
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aasher

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

This beer pours a light bodied bright gold in color with a beautiful two finger, white and soapy head. The nose is light as expected. There is light slightly sweet malt and a touch of honey. The galaxy hops that the back of the bottle references are only slightly recognizable in the flavor but absent in the nose. It's mild as it should be. It is refreshing though. It's very light in body and very drinkable. If this were in six packs it would sell very well. Good ESB.

09-29-2012 01:13:07 | More by aasher
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miguelre06


3/5  rDev -10.7%

06-28-2014 03:30:51 | More by miguelre06
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -10.7%

06-10-2014 20:08:38 | More by bostonryan
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Old Golden Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.