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Old Golden Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Old Golden HenOld Golden Hen

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38 Reviews
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Reviews: 38
Hads: 137
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 25.94%
Wants: 2
Gots: 25 | 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:
Beer added by: wl0307 on 09-01-2011

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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 137
Reviews by damndirtyape:
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3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of vinivini
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a cask at the 2015 Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting.

Feel: light body with light carbonation.

Clear amber with a decent head.
Fruity hops with light baked bread. Good balance.
Perhaps a bit more hoppy than usual for style but this works to its advantage.

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Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -28%

Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Brenden
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
1.98/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

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?

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Photo of Wilkster
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of beerinabottle
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Part of a 4 pack Hen House variety. Not bad for an English bitter.

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Photo of robotiks
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Cannybrew
2.91/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of puboflyons
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the clear bottle 1 pint 9 oz. bottle. Sampled on March 9, 2015.

The pour is a handsome looking golden yellow with a white, fizzy head that lingers. Great clarity.

There is something about the water in the British Isles, whether it is the UK, Ireland, or in this case Scotland, that mingles distinctively with the toasted pale malts, sugars, and grassy hops that screams "British" or "Scottish" in this case. A little skunky though.

Smooth but lighter body.

There is a toasted golden malt character in the flavor with a clean, grassy hop finish. There's nothing that makes this the cream if the crop of golden ales but it is definitely tolerable.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Beestin
3/5  rDev -13.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
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.


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Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of civicm87
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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Old Golden Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
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