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Hen's Tooth - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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BA SCORE
78
okay

307 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 17.49%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | 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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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.11/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2014 21:14:55 | More by RonaldTheriot
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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Michigan

3/5  rDev -12.5%

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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle to a pint glass

A: pours a clear amber color with a thick two to three finger head that breaks quicker than I expected leaving a thin layer of foam.

S: bready malts and a touch of hops

T: the malts come through on the taste with the hops just find the end but coming in smooth.

M: low carbonation and slightly sticky feel.

O: if someone handed me this beer without telling me what it was, I would likely have no problem identifying it as a Greene King / Morland brew. It has that distinct taste. Not a bad beer, but not really anything outstanding either. Seems a bit mild for my liking, but that is the opinion of but one man.

Serving type: bottle

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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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Maryland

4/5  rDev +16.6%

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Ontario (Canada)

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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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Ontario (Canada)

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Newfoundland (Canada)

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Ontario (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle from a sampler picked up at the LCBO. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours a deep, amber-brown colour, with one finger of creamy, light beige-coloured head that wilts slowly over a period of minutes. A thin cap and collar cling to the surface, along with a few strands of lacing on the sides. The liquid itself is a little hazy, but to be fair I poured all of the sediment in. The aroma is vaguely skunky at first, but after some time to breathe a lot of this brewer's usual tropes come through - biscuity malt, toffee/caramel, orchard fruit, raisins and leafy hops, with a touch of yeast as well.

I am impressed at this one's balance - this style usually tends toward the higher ends of the ethanol and malty sweetness scales, but Hen's Tooth keeps everything in check deftly. Perhaps this is a double-edged sword, though - while the brown sugar, toasted nuts and biscuity malts are inviting enough, the touch of dried stone fruit isn't enough to make this a very interesting beer. The finish is where the hops and yeast start to shine, providing a light, tea-leaf bitterness and almost woody astringency that lingers briefly into the aftertaste. Not much of an ethanol presence, but you can tell it's there. Medium-bodied, with a slick, almost chewy mouthfeel. The carbonation is mild, contributing to this one's surprisingly high drinkability - not something I'd want to sip all night, but a bottle or two would be welcome in my rotation.

Final Grade: 3.89, a B+. Hen's Tooth won't blow your mind, but it's still a well-constructed English-style strong ale that I'd consider picking up again at some point. A serviceable ale, comparable in quality to the other three brews in this sampler (Speckled, Golden and Crafty). None are the hallmarks of their style, but they're all easy to enjoy and worth at least one shot, at least assuming you're not a vehement opponent to English ales.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 16:45:11 | More by thehyperduck
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Hen's Tooth from Greene King / Morland Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.