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Old Golden Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery

Old Golden HenOld Golden Hen

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83 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.2%


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 fx20736:
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fx20736

New York

2.3/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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?

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 16:35:29 | More by fx20736
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3.94/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Ontario (Canada)

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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.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

500 mL bottle from a 4-pack picked up at the LCBO; served slightly chilled. Not sure what it is with UK brewers and these clear bottles, but my limited experience with this brewery tells me to expect something straightforward, well-constructed and highly sessionable regardless of the container.

Pours a bright golden-yellow colour, clear as day and topped with one finger of frothy, white head that quickly evaporates. A soapy cap and generous collar remain after a few minutes' time. Great aroma on this one - biscuity malts, grains and honey, along with leafy hops, clementines and green apples. A few butterscotch notes as well, but everything comes together quite nicely - I am impressed at the lack of skunk, given the clear glass. Closed containers to the rescue, I guess?

I'm in love with this after one sip - pretty complex for the abv, with plenty going on to keep me interested. Crackery malts and a light toffee note start us off, followed by a nice range of fruity tones including lime, bergamot and pears. The hop bill kicks in toward the finish - a little grassy, a little floral, but enjoyable all-around, offering a combination of bitterness and zest to finish it off. Light-bodied and extremely smooth-drinking, with the perfect amount of mild carbonation.

Final Grade: 4.08, an A-. I don't drink a lot of bitters, but Old Golden Hen is easily my favourite so far. The hops are fresh and interesting; the malt backbone is light but sturdy - overall, this is just a great English-style session ale. I've always had a fondness for bitters, and even though I haven't had a new one in a while, this brew immediately reminded me why I love them so much. I could drink this all night and not get sick of it - much better than Old Speckled Hen, which is a decent session ale in its own right.

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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.

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Old Golden Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
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