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Hen's Tooth - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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314 Ratings

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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 17.44%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | 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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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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enelson, Jun 01, 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%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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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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3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

polloenfuego, Dec 19, 2013
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Hen's Tooth from Greene King / Morland Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.