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Hen's Tooth - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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318 Ratings

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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 17.44%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-02-2001)
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Unfiltered and dirty.

Dougology, Oct 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

A: Amber, cloudy and fresh squeezed apple juice. A finger of beige head with large and small bubbles. Moderate fine bubbled carbonation within.

S: Rich caramel, toffee, sweet and creamy, like I’m about to bite into a creamy Highlander Toffee. Light apples, apple juice. A little dried hay, straw. Fruity, yes, like apricots, stone fruit.

T: Caramel, malty, clean linen, prunes yes, and apricots, light dried hay, creamy, toffee, clean finish, little bittering hops. Alcohol well hidden, but comes across as clean and crisp, like linen.

M: Thick bready, biscuit body, medium fine bubbled carbonation, dry crisp finish.

O: Beautifully done brew. I don’t understand the low ratings for it. Great mouth feel, smooth and classic to style. Bought and drank in Thailand, Oct 1st, 2014.

patre_tim, Oct 01, 2014
4.72/5  rDev +37.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

wrightst, Sep 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Sludgeman, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

iTunesUpdates, Aug 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

mrjez, Jul 21, 2014
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4.51/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured half of the bottle into a 12oz ale glass, with plenty of room to breathe at the top. It has a deep brown color with a nice hint of red. Moderate carbonation. Thin head, no lacing.

S: English toffee, nuts, yeast and malt.

T: Tastes like a classic brown ale but obviously with better care taken throughout the brewing process.

M: Slippery but also a bit dry. Good carbonation.

Then I poured the remaining four inches of the bottle, containing the sediment at the bottom, into the glass and let it mingle. This changed the dynamic considerably. The flavors and aromas exploded and it suddenly became a whole new beer. If I had a bigger glass to contain the entire bottle it would have been this good from the beginning. I will buy this beer again.

Highly recommend.

TheGenesisOfElegance, Jul 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Sad_Spirit, Jul 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

kfirestone, Jun 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

enelson, Jun 02, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Morland Hen’s Tooth has a thick, spongy, quickly-dying, cream-colored head, a murky, tan appearance, with bubble streams of tiny and large bubbles, and practically no lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, white bread crust, light fruit, caramel, and a sharpness from the hop extract. Taste is of those elements, with some cellar mold, noticeable, straightforward bitterness, and brandywine. Mouthfeel is chewy and slimy, and Morland Hen’s Tooth finishes semi-dry and harsh, but in a good way, if that makes sense. Overall, this is an interesting, fairly perplexing, and very delicious beer.


RonaldTheriot, May 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

zenithberwyn, May 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.64/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is not the first bottle of Hen's Tooth I've had with thick clumps of sediment caked to the lip of the bottle like spring mud. It's not the most welcomed sight to see right after prying the cap. But bottle-conditioning has done little to spoil the beer's blazing orange-auburn colour and clean, fiery complexion. Its head is dainty but leaves doily-like patterns of lace.

The aroma is comprised of all things irresistible to the British palate: biscuits, toffee, dried fruits, honey. As you can gather these are sweet flavours, but they're airy enough and masqueraded by such a floral perfume that this doesn't smell even remotely saccharine. It's a very pleasant, if slightly reserved bouquet which opens up further with hints of grapefruit and jasmine.

Be sure to consume this English ale the way the English would: cellar temp at coldest. This is a beer that doesn't just benefit from air, it requires it. Serve it chilled and you miss out on the subtle green tea grassiness and delicate wild flower honey notes. A brandy glass, or any kind of wide bowled vessel, is definitely a superior option than a standard pint glass.

All that said, don't expect the moon and the stars - this is an *English* strong ale after all. Just as its 6.5% alcohol doesn't qualify this as a particularly "strong" ale in the minds of most craft drinkers, its relatively mild flavour profile isn't likely to meet North American expectations for the style nor strike them as overly rich or complex, not compared to modern American Strong Ales.

But there is often intricacy in simplicity, volume to quietness. Without making any less sense trying to wax philosophical I'll just come out and say it: Hen's Tooth may not be a double-digit strength, barrel-aged beer that twists your palate inside out and knocks you upside the head, but it is "strong" enough to withstand the test of time and holds a quiet confidence and balanced composure few new-world offerings can offer.

biegaman, Apr 10, 2014
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Hen's Tooth from Greene King / Morland Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.