Old Golden Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery
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4.15/5 rDev +23.5%
Appearance-Pours a beautiful golden amber into the imperial pint, good white head rises to about a finger and a half then settles down to a film leaving nice lines of lacing down the side. All in all it looks spectacular.
Aroma-A lightly tropical, almost soapy but not in a bad way, hoppy smell is first forward which I'm supposing is the galaxy hop, beneath that is a blanket of light biscuity, toffee-like malt. Straightforward, clean and simple.
Taste-Grainy and lightly bitter upfront, the galaxy hop steals the show mid-palette with mixed tropical notes and lingers all the way into the finish which is crisp and dry.
Mouthfeel-Light bodied with medium-high levels of carbonation; works well.
Overall-Just a well done session strength bitter here, hope to see this around more since stuff this good at such a low ABV is pretty rare here in the US.
08-17-2012 00:36:19 | More by Manoftyr
4.1/5 rDev +22%
Poured directly south out of a half liter bottle, into a Sam Smith English tulip pint glass.
a. An old golden color - who'da thought LOL. A two inch white head dissipated fairly quickly, leaving a surface foam with moderate lacing bravely (or desperately, it was hard to tell) clinging to the sides of the glass.
s. Densely floral or herbal with yes, a barnyardy mustiness, perhaps the skunkiness clear bottled beers are known to acquire. Still, to me in this case, appealing.
t: As anticipated by the odor, an earthy floral sweetness balanced by hop bite. The kind of brew which must have been popular in the old British India, if available then, as an alternative to gin drinks. Refreshing yet flavorful. However, it becomes stronger-tasting and less drinkable as it warms.
m. Moderate due to the dense flavors and hops. Tastes of high ABV, but is in fact low at 4.1.
o. This is the second I've had out of the Greene King/Morland Brewery's "Hen House" variety fourpack. I liked this better than the higher ABV (6.5) Hen's Tooth, which surprised me because I generally like high ABV. But then it's all about flavor.
Rather like a well-balanced darkish IPA, floral-herbal rather than fruit enhanced. Since I am generally not a fan of fruit flavors in beer, this one stands out to me. I'd probably take it over Lagunitas IPA. Perhaps that just shows what an Anglophile I am.
05-31-2013 23:00:54 | More by scotorum
4.09/5 rDev +21.7%
A: Pours a clear, pale gold with a fizzy, thin white head that recedes quickly, leaving only a thin ring of white lace around the sides of the glass. Little streams of bubbles are very apparent in the liquid, marking this as a well-carbonated brew.
S: Aromas of biscuit, crackers, caramel, honey, straw, lemon, lime zest, herbs, tobacco, white pepper, leather, and tea fill the nose. Much more complex and enticing than expected...
T: Hoppy notes of straw, grass, lemon rind, lime zest, bitter orange, herbs, juniper berry, pine, leather, white pepper, and tea blend harmoniously with mild, malty notes of caramel, butter, crackers, and biscuits. The finish is spicy and sappy with bitter citrus, herb, pine, leather, cracker, biscuit, and mineral flavors.
M: Light in body, very dry, and very firm. Carbonation is incredibly crisp. Despite being a bit overcarbonated for my tastes, this is still very enjoyable to drink.
O: A very promising English bitter. I enjoy the great hop aromas and flavors in this beer, as well as its easy drinkability. Definitely one worth seeking out if you are a fan of classic English ales.
06-29-2013 23:58:15 | More by mrfrancis
4.08/5 rDev +21.4%
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.
11-15-2013 01:07:27 | More by thehyperduck
4.03/5 rDev +19.9%
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.
04-30-2014 21:47:25 | More by blange3
3.94/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
01-15-2014 17:33:37 | More by biegaman
3.93/5 rDev +17%
After a very long wait, I finally got my paws on this brew!
Pours a gorgeous, almost-clear golden color with a fluffy white head. Earthy aromas of cereal grains, dewy grass and a sweet bouquet of spicy hops. Taste is all hops at the beginning with malty and fruity English barley following close behind. Aftertaste is pleasantly hoppy and long-lasting. Body is light, crisp and refreshing with mild carbonation.
Overall, a light, but tasty brew with a low ABV; the perfect recipe for warm weather!
11-05-2013 20:15:17 | More by kvnstfrd
3.85/5 rDev +14.6%
clear 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear dark gold with a one finger white head. The head fades rather quickly but leave ok lacing.
Really no skunk in the aroma which surprised me a little with the clear bottles.
Caramel and toast on the nose with a little bit of corn. Fruity hops that definitely take on a tropical tone. The galaxy hops really show themselves.
The flavor on this is really great. Tropical fruit right from the get-go but there is a wonderful malty backbone. Toast and caramel underneath with some pale malt. A little bit of pipe tobacco too. Bitterness is moderate with the passion fruit lingering throughout. Mouthfeel is light but makes the beer extremely drinkable.
Overall, a wonderful, flavorful session beer that I could drink all day. If I could pick this up locally and it was cheaper it would be a go to beer for me. US breweries really need to take a closer look at this style.
10-11-2012 23:52:46 | More by rangerred
3.83/5 rDev +14%
500ml bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Golden color with a 1/2-finger head that settles to a fine lacing
S: Nice herbal aromas along with a bit of bitterness and lightly toasted malt
T: Again herbal, some pleasant grassy hops & a nice malt backbone
M: Medium-bodied, crisp
O: Very solid. Nice crispness & moderately complex flavors. A nice session beer with the low ABV
04-09-2013 19:11:58 | More by ONUMello
United Kingdom (England)
3.8/5 rDev +13.1%
Pint served in a footed Adnams shaker. Small head, very clear. Amber colour very much like apple juice. Hoppy citrus smell. Tasted of citrus fruits with a nice balanced bitter finish. There's more than enough to keep me interested even at a low adv. Smooth mouthfull. Overall I'd say a very good session beer.
11-04-2011 18:36:53 | More by jonb5
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
Old Golden Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.