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Old Golden Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Old Golden HenOld Golden Hen

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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
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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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?

Jeffreysan, Aug 29, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -33%

LoveStout, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of fx20736
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.


fx20736, Aug 11, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

acurtis, Mar 15, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Paul_Apsley, Jul 08, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Theniz, Nov 19, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

largadeer, Nov 19, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

EmperorBevis, Jun 05, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photchkiss, Jul 26, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

zenithberwyn, Mar 29, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

djrn2, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
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.

jazzyjeff13, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of Ozzylizard
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

Ozzylizard, Jul 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

jnjander, Jul 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

TexAggie011, Jan 11, 2012
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Old Golden Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.