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Hen's Tooth - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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BA SCORE
78
okay

309 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 17.49%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | 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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genaro

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hen's Tooth came in a clear 16.9 fluid ounce bottle. The aroma was better than I anticipated with elements of floral hops and toffee. The color was a transluscent amber/copper with a decent head. The smooth taste was a good blend of hops (flavorful and a bit citrusy) and toffee with a good bite. The finish was a little bitter and citrusy with some sweetness. The 6.5% abv contributes to the worthiness of this beer. This is definately a good beer to seek out and keep on hand.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 21:40:03 | More by genaro
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marburg

Michigan

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

This is definitely a beer I don't buy unless I see it being stored and cared for properly in the store. Off of a dusty shelf is just begging for shitloads of trouble.

That said, I recently had a pretty good bottle. Mildly hazed, bronzed statue sort of copper-ish color. Mildly herbal, definitely malty -- caramel, grainy husks, discarded wet cardboard. Pretty creamy. An eye dropper full of well water and the rest is malty English ale -- borderline grassy on the finish. Mild ester quality, but predominantly soggy bread crusts and mild spent grains. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2003 19:58:51 | More by marburg
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DagFishHead

New York

3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50 cl clear bottle with sediment settled at bottom.
Admit I was scared of this beer based on many of the reviews posted, but me thinks I got a good bottle!
Appearance: Careful, decanting pour to prevent disturbing sediment as recommended on tag attached to bottle. Slight chill-haze copper-amber body. Weak, fizzy, off-white head that quickly fades to a small sustained edge ring. No lacing to speak of.
Smell: Slightly toasty, sweet caramel malt pokes through an earthy/yeasty/mineral aroma.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied slick, sweet caramel malt start, tingly cask-like carbonation at the top releases a biscuity and mineral/iron-tinged flavor. Finish has a drying floral hop, unsweetened tea character. Let this warm close to room temp and you'll be glad you waited.
Drinkability: Don't have a lot of bottle-conditioned experience, but I like this and will pursue other examples.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2003 21:58:36 | More by DagFishHead
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Starchild

New York

2.63/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Amber color. Think fluffy foam. Nice burst of hops and slightly bitter taste. I've had this one before and enjoyed it, but I think my bottle was bad. Morland needs to start using dark glass bottles because I think this happened to me with Tanner's Jack. Ok, but I'll get some Ruddles Country next time I'm in the mood english ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2003 16:48:09 | More by Starchild
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright amber with a thick tan head. Smell is hoppy...and skunky.

Taste is coppery with a bit of alcohol bite. Spicy with a hoppy finish. Apple flavors with a skunky undertone through out. Hoppy aftertaste and medium-bodied.

I think this bottle is a bit skunked but it's in a clear bottle so it's fair game. Not one I will try again, at least not in this side of the Atlantic.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2003 00:30:11 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 500 mL bottle. The color is amber, with a nice, thick white head. The smell is a nice malt. The taste is a nice hop on top of the old ale malt, and the alcohol just starts to be noticable in the beer. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Drinkability-wise, could have a few.

I wasn't expecting a lot from this, just a different review, but this is a nice, quality old ale. It's amazing how the English can send clear bottles and not have any "skunking", but somehow they manage. A quality beer, and one I'd have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2003 02:58:54 | More by beergeek279
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its slightly hazy (bottle-conditioned) copper body displays bronze and ruby highlights beneath a short, creamy head of off-white foam that drops readily but holds a thin cap throughout the pint. The nose displays and iron/mineral character, some delicate apple-ish fruit, and some leafy hops over a caramelish malt. The body is full, creamy and smooth in the mouth with a very fine, natural carbonation that just lightly caresses the tongue (similar to a cask-conditioned pint!). The flavor delivers a biscuit-like maltiness, some lightly-dry and apple/pear-ish fruitiness, a distinct note of diacetyl, and a subtle touch of blood-like iron all backed by a solid bitterness and some leafy, tea-like hop flavor. It finishes dry with a lingering character from almost all of its attributes except for its slightly elevated alcohol which seems to remain hidden at all times. Quite nice!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2003 23:10:29 | More by NeroFiddled
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cokes

Wisconsin

2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazed-through amber with a sticky white capping.
Nose features oxidation, light strike, spoiling butter, rust and dustballs. It's such a mess that it's almost endearing.
Begins with a touch of brown sugar. Then it turns lightly fruity. The yeast strain here is very odd. It imparts some Belgianesque tropical fruits and peppery spice, while at the same time imparting expired milk. Oh, and earthy too. Dirt balls and cobwebs. Diacetyl is all over this one. Ends metallic and bitter, with traces of sulphur.
Medium bodied. Milky, yet gritty. Strange.
I can't quite tell if I was intrigued by the many nuances of this beer, or absolutely repulsed by them. It's very unique, but be warned.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 20:30:39 | More by cokes
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Brian700

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown/orange color. I couldn't put my finger on the aroma exactly, Mild hoppiness and alcohol. The aroma instantly made me curious of this beers flavor. It has a good head that stuck around for at least half the journey. Unique flavor. It has a bitterness to it that makes it very original. There are some fruity esters. Semi-sweet at first. good mouthfeel. This is an excellent ale and it is very unique. I'd love to learn how to replicate this ale at home.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 01:10:21 | More by Brian700
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clvand0

Kentucky

2.2/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a pale orange color with a large, fast dying head that leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma was pretty plain with some alcohol notes budding in from time to time. The flavor of this reminded me too much of a malt liquor such as Colt45. Maybe I just got a bad bottle, but I really didn't enjoy this brew very much.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2003 20:21:56 | More by clvand0
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bobes

New York

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured very nicely with an orange hue and a rich head that disapated quickly. Aroma is dominated by malt with a backgound note of noble hops. Taste is rather sweet but not unexpectedly so, especially after the malty aroma. Hopping is light, almost like a Scotch Ale. Mouthfeel is very smooth and silky. Taste is initially dominated by the malt with hints of carmel, but has a bit of a bitter lingering aftertaste. I detect no off or sour notes. As a bottle conditioned beer I find it pleasing and well worth the money, but that said, it is a bit too malty for my tastes, so I would hesitate to enjoy it regularly.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2003 00:59:48 | More by bobes
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BitteBier

Indiana

3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An orangish color somewhere between apricot and copper. Hazy with active carbonation that feeds a substantial and lasting head with moderate cling. Smell is pretty strong but also pretty disappointing. Faint grain and alcohol scents are overwhelmed by a smell that is perhaps best described as sour. That sourness carries over to the finish which is both dry and sour. That's not wholly unappealing, mind you, as it cleans up the mouthfeel. Grains and citrusy flavors at the front and then a strangely metallic taste that also coats the lips. This one's unique--no doubt--but that's not entirely a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2003 01:38:48 | More by BitteBier
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a pale orange color with an appropriate sized head for an English ale. Chunks of yeast floating around the glass, and there was still a lot on the bottom of the bottle. Aroma of yeast and alcohol, not much else. Taste shows me more yeast than I thought there would be and it was a little off tasting but improved the more I drank it. Pale malts were apparent with some citrusy hops that layed low. Improved as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2003 19:44:47 | More by granger10
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ALEBOY

Australia

3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very much a live beer in the British tradition. Pours with a massive creamy head. Nothing of exceptional note in the nose. The taste was a basic pale malt with a dose of yeast. Hens tooth is not the greatest ale I have ever tasted (I would have liked a bit more of a fruity aroma and taste) but its not the worst. My bottle was certainly fresh ( I have managed to culture the yeast) and the beer was very drinkable but there are better beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2003 04:07:47 | More by ALEBOY
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a bottle-conditioned ale that used go by the style name "Traditional Ale". A billowy beige rests upon a dark amber body. An aroma of malt, yeast, hops and alcohol lasts for an unusually long time. Lots of grainy malt and flavorful fruit, citrusy and tea flavors, separate at first, balances and blends as it warms. A somewhat astringent bitterness lingers throughout, as does the increasingly noticeable alcohol kick. All in all a very unique and multi-faceted brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2003 02:45:19 | More by BeerResearcher
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nomad

Kansas

3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured an impressive amber color, as it looked like an English fine ale should. Had lots of carbonation that started buzzing up lake champagne the second the cap came off. Also had a big foamy off-white head, some stain, and lots of lace that strung out as it receded.

Smell was pretty funky but not very strong. Was mostly some farmy scents, some sweet smell of a presence, but in all pretty bad funk. Taste was a big bitter and a great roasted flavor. Tasted equally of malt, hops, and actual toast, but then came some acidic twang. The whole taste took a bit to get used to. in sum, this beer is pretty aggressive with twangs and thangs from all types of directions. An experiment gone wrong?

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 14:43:12 | More by nomad
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Loki

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber brown with a thick, creamy head that last through-out the beer. Watch out for overflow, this beer develops a head quickly and easily. The nose screems hops and alfalpha. The taste is creamy, sweet malt, and hops. Just bitter enough for taste and substance. The finish is smooth and creamy. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2003 06:12:57 | More by Loki
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fattyre

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear medium orange/brown color with a large creamy light tan head. The mouthfeel is soft and rounded. The smell is nice pleasing breadlike with tealike accents. The tase is of tea with mild peppery alcohol and a malty/cedary finish. I found this to be a pleasing mild tasting ale-pretty mild considering it's designation as a barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2003 17:10:18 | More by fattyre
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned, clear, thin-necked full pint bottle with a tag expressing the conditioning aging process. Color was orangey dark brown with a thick head about two fingers high. Smells of the mighty yeast much like its counterpart Old Speckled Hen. A bit stronger aroma, very bitter and dry floral hopiness, has some caramel and malt tones with some bread like notes. Taste is much of the same, caramel and malt flavors with a good floral hop kick thats balanced quite well. Slightly smooth, butterscotch and bread grain notes with a dry hop finish. This is some pretty decent stuff. Very strong at first, a bit " in your face" with its hop kick, but the malt helps keep it in check. Sip it and have it chilled slightly and let settle. It takes a bit of getting use to. Took me awhile to finish it. Didn't help that it was a full pint of the stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2003 10:12:14 | More by tavernjef
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Ahhdball

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copper color with a nice rich head (about 1.5 inches!). As soon as the pour settled the smell of dates, honey, and malt were very prominent I didn't even have to hold the glass up they came right to my nose.
The taste had a slight bitterness to it but was covered by the honey. I liked this beer. I wouldn't consider it a barley wine (not even close) but overall I would drink this again. I had this with my favorite fish-n-chips so it accompanied it well.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2003 03:52:20 | More by Ahhdball
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ADR

Pennsylvania

2.45/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Murky copper color and giant creamy carbonation of over an inch in height. Laces in thick glue-like sheets. Some floral hops in the aroma, LOTS of skunkiness with maybe some weasel musk added for good measure. Medium buttery diacetyl flavors abound here, possibly the beer's best characteristic, some sense of mown grass and nutmeg as well. Hops are harsh and extremely un subtle at the close, drying the beer harshly. I don't know -- this bottle was picked out of some just put in the fridge at Thomas Liquors, but alas there's a big sense of oxidation, yeast gone out of control, and light-striking skunkiness here. I'll re-rate some day...

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2003 09:22:19 | More by ADR
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It poured a nice amber color, but the head was totally missing. It barely had any aroma. Tasted rather bland. Bad carbonation, bordering on none. It had a nice color, but the flat bland taste did nothing for me. Did not even have a barleywine taste to it. Just plain bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2003 11:22:13 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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Bunnyhop

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, medium orange-brown English Ale with a large, creamy, light tan head. The smell is mild malty and tea-like. The taste is malty, and tea-like, with a mild bitter finish. The body is soft and rounded in my mouth. Overall, I find this a pleasing Ale.

When I tasted this I was not thinking of this as a Barleywine, but more as a mild English Ale, it tastes more like the latter. In comparison to other Barleywines I've tasted it does not seem indicative of its style.

(source: Gift; ME)

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2003 16:27:49 | More by Bunnyhop
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kunzbrew

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a slight hazy copper color with monster head that last a little while leaving a spotted lace in it's tracks. The smell of hops and maltiness is mild to the nose. The First sip brings a fruity type flavor that I can not put my finger on, alng with a slight hop flavor. The caramel flavor is strong which is nice. I am not sure what the flavor of this beer is supposed to be, I am trying to find the barley wine in it and just can't.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2003 09:25:22 | More by kunzbrew
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jeffboo

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours with nice light tan head. Aroma is malty, with candy sugar and a slight skunkiness (clear bottle). The beer starts malt sweet, maybe a little raisin/plum fruit, and a nice dry earthy hop finish. A nice
evening sipper for a winter warmer. Would also go well with beef stews.
A good beer for the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2003 13:59:42 | More by jeffboo
Hen's Tooth from Greene King / Morland Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.