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Old Golden Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Old Golden HenOld Golden Hen

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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

12-11-2013 04:10:26 | More by ThinkAgain
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2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma grainy
Head small (2.5 cm), off white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to broken 2 mm layer
Lacing none
Body golden, clear
Flavor pretty much absent, slightly sweet, maybe, just maybe, a hint of melon. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Tastes very like an adjunct lager except no dimethylsulfide. Some diacetyl would have helped. This is supposed to compete for the affections of the lager crowd – it should since it is pretty flavorless.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 13:27:09 | More by Ozzylizard
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

06-29-2014 12:53:54 | More by Kanewai
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3/5  rDev -11%

06-28-2014 03:30:51 | More by miguelre06
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3/5  rDev -11%

06-10-2014 20:08:38 | More by bostonryan
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United Kingdom (England)

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

06-05-2014 21:50:03 | More by EmperorBevis
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United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

05-31-2014 18:15:05 | More by endless1408
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.


Serving type: bottle

05-27-2014 13:29:20 | More by RonaldTheriot
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

05-05-2014 22:15:25 | More by ApplePi
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3/5  rDev -11%

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

4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hand drawn and enjoyed in an authentic Old English Pub (Red Lion Inn, Avebury).

Brilliant golden color. Delightful citrus and floral notes. Sweet but not cloying

Mouthfeel consistent with real ales. Thin white head with moderate lacing. Very drinkable and satisfying.

Serving type: cask

04-30-2014 21:47:25 | More by blange3
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3/5  rDev -11%

04-27-2014 21:00:26 | More by Wilkster
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

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

3/5  rDev -11%

04-09-2014 01:37:40 | More by JoeMans
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

04-04-2014 21:00:50 | More by KoG
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

03-29-2014 07:33:42 | More by zenithberwyn
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

03-15-2014 20:23:24 | More by LoveStout
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

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

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

03-15-2014 18:49:20 | More by djrn2
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3/5  rDev -11%

03-09-2014 09:51:05 | More by mdavidson
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-08-2014 23:24:09 | More by zeff80
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

02-03-2014 21:53:49 | More by Boone757
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-19-2014 03:48:22 | More by tbeckett
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Ontario (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Golden Hen is golden alright, but doesn't look so old at all; it brims with a healthy golden colour, vibrant highlights and energetic bubbles. I believe 'brilliant' is the word to best describe it. Both the surface of the beer and the sides of the glass appear to be collecting dust.

English Bitters don't typically disclose (much less show-off) their hoppiness but this beer, brewed with Galaxy hops, is practically a ringing endorsement for the Australian hop industry. It is expressively floral, like a garden in spring bloom, and has heavenly notes of citrus blossoms.

Those soft flavours of citrus blossoms and orchard fruit (apricot in particular) continue on the palate, but more fleshy tropical fruit notes including mango, lemon and passionfruit turn up as well. The beer has plenty of maltiness but it's this wealth of divinely floral and tropical hop qualities that set this bitter apart from all others that come to mind.

Indeed, all of this citrus character is super clean; in a way that few other beers ever have, its hoppiness showcases the delicate qualities of citrus blossoms and the brightness of citrus zest without even a trace of bitter pithy texture, stinging citric acidity, any candied sweetness or sappy resins. It is simply soft, delicate florals and a humble 4.1% alcohol.

Most English bitters compromise flavour (specifically, hoppiness) to ensure approachability and drinkability, but this ale shows us no sacrifice need be made! I honestly didn't expect to fall in love with Old Golden Hen as I have. Perhaps I shouldn't be so surprised given how impressed I am with Old Crafty Hen and how much I enjoy the flagship Old Speckled Hen. A great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 17:33:37 | More by biegaman
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Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle to a Morland pint glass.

A: poured a very pale/clear golden color with a small thin head that broke quickly to a thin layer of foam.

S: malts, hops and a touch of skunkiness...curse you clear glass.

T: malts, breads and hops...the skunk follows a little here as well.

M: low carbonation and smoother feel

O: I'm not sure what to think about this beer. I have to wonder if it wouldn't be better if it were straight from the keg. I imagine this might be a good session beer but it needs to be fresh. Definitely hurt by the clear glass I think.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 21:33:17 | More by polloenfuego
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Old Golden Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.