The King's English IPA
Greene King / Morland Brewery

The King's English IPAThe King's English IPA
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IPA - English
Ranked #338
Ranked #47,672
3.37 | pDev: 15.13%
Greene King / Morland Brewery
England, United Kingdom
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JohnnyK from North Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -55.5%

Sep 30, 2014
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Spikester from Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear orange amber with three fingers of white head that stays for about ten minute. Very nice amount of fine lacing.
Smell toasted malts and a bit of brown sugar.
Taste is big sweet toasted malts with just a bit of leather earthy hops at the end.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with just enough carbonation. Slightly cloying in the finish which is semi dry.
Overall this is a fine English IPA but bigger in the malt area than what I was expecting. The alcohol is apparent but not much comes through in the taste. If you like Winter Warmer style beers give this a try.

Feb 16, 2015
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damndirtyape from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1pt., 0.9oz bottle served in a tulip stout glass.

Appearance: Bright deep copper with an initial 1/4" off-white/light tan head. Some initial persistent lacing but it slowly disappeared.

Smell: Herbal, leafy, floral, woody, with just a hint of butter (diacetyl).

Taste: Bitter hops up front then a nice bready/caramel malt with some buttery notes. The finish is classic English hop bitterness - a bit tea-like with some herbal/leafy/woody notes.

Mouthfeel: Obviously a bit higher carbonation in the bottle than what you would get on cask, but otherwise good for the style. A little thin, but the mouthfeel is what I would expect from an English IPA.

Overall / Drinkability: I don't get why so this beer is ranked so low as it hits the style of an English IPA very well. I think it's very tasty and very drinkable as well - a well done EIPA in my opinion. I will be buying another bottle of this in the near future. Well done.

May 07, 2015
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Greene King's "The King's English IPA"
16.9 oz. brown glass bottle, coded "T1 14262 16:16"
$2.99 @ Trader Joe's #664, Nashville, TN

Ahhh, an authentic English IPA! Malty, and bitter. It's distinctly caramelish and grainy, but not quite "sweet", and anchored by a solid bitterness that rises across the middle and stays with you long after you've swallowed. The yeast component defines the beer: mineralish and gently fruity with notes of apple, apricot, and pear. The hops lend a floral and grassy component. With everything combined, it becomes a little bit leafy as well. A moderate carbonation brings up enough head at first to give a beautiful presentation over the clear mahogany body beneath; and just enough to give a caress to the tongue while still remaining smooth.

For fans of English ales this one's not to be missed. For those who aren't familiar, this one's a great one to try.

Apr 06, 2015
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 1 Pt, 0.9 fl oz bottle poured into a can glass. Nice balance of malt and some bitterness, nice smooth finish with caramel aftertaste.

Jun 26, 2015
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gory4d from Texas

3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Dec 22, 2014
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EvanWilliams from Illinois

3.76/5  rDev +11.6%

Oct 11, 2014
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle consumed at home. On to the beer:

This is a ruby amber colored beer with hues of autumn mixed in. Head retention on top is more than solid. The aroma is light in intensity, somewhat nutty, vague fruit skin, and a whisper of white grape. Sticking to its roots, The King's is malt forward with a sting of hops. Bits of caramel make the base, soft nutty yeast add depth, and this sting of hops adds the final piece to the flavor. It is a medium bodied beer with soft carbonation, and in it a note of rubbing alcohol is noted.

Fine beer to drink at home with a cottage pie.

May 04, 2015
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pkalix from California

4.19/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 18, 2014
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watchnerd from California

3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dec 30, 2014
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BuzzCP from California

2.87/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Dec 20, 2014
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.96/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The King’s English IPA has a rather thin, cream-colored head, a mostly clear, copper appearance, and fairly substantial and stringy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, slightly spiced (from the hops?) bread crust or coffee cake, and the flavor is of sweet, spiced, syrupy, brown bread, with earthy, almost cellared hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and a touch slick, and The King’s English IPA finishes crisp and highly drinkable.


Dec 14, 2014
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halfshell from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Dec 11, 2014
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GRG1313 from California

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Oct 13, 2014
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MickeyHops from California

2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apr 29, 2015
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours two fingers of head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is butterscotch and lemon. Nice.
The taste is malt forward: caramel sweetness, mild lemon and grapefruit bitterness. Good balance.
The texture is thicker but still fairly crisp.
A nice malty IPA.

Dec 12, 2014
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Drknight from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Dec 13, 2014
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Rick778 from California

3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

May 14, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear super orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruit, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, fruit, caramel, and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that smells nice, but there is a lingering metallic flavor after each sip that makes this one a bit harsh to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

Oct 11, 2014
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geryeb624 from Maryland

3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

May 20, 2015
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notchucknorris from California

2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

I work at Trader Joes, so I consider it my duty to know our product, most importantly our beer. Sometimes this works in my favor, sometimes, you get beers like this. I'm not going to overdramatize the experience of tasting this beer. It's not the worst beer we've carried (see: pretty much the entire line of Kennebunkport beers, especially Kennebunkport IPA. Special consideration goes to Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale). And The King's English IPA isn't particularly revolting. There's nothing in here that tastes "bad," per se, but everything in here does taste mediocre at best. It's as bland a venture into English IPAs as you'll ever encounter. There's just nothing to it. The taste and mouthfeel are way more like an amber lager. In fact, switch this beer with Dos Equis and see if you can tell the difference. I don't think I could. So again, this beer is not gross, but it's also very, very not worth trying.

Oct 06, 2014
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cb8282 from Michigan

3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Oct 11, 2014
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +12.8%

500 ml bottle. Pours copper with long lasting, white head. Aroma is of herbal hops, caramel malt hay and ripe fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal, grassy hops, caramel malt, ripe fruit and some woody notes fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry, herbal. I haven’t been fun of British beers lately but this one I like.

Oct 08, 2014
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MeanMotaScootah from California

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Very malty, more of an English pale ale than a IPA.
Carmel and butterscotch on the front end, some mild hop bite on the finish. Overall this is an okay brew if you like English style pale ale (i.e. if you like London Pride you'll also like this one.)

I would not buy this again. Although I am glad I gave it a try.

Dec 05, 2014
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takusan1000 from Washington

3.81/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Very dark orange amber color with low carbonation and head retention.

Nice aroma: cider, toast, malt, light yeast, and noble hops

Taste is great, and right in line with classic English IPAs, which when done right have this wonderful balance between hops and malt into a complex package. Hints of toast, licorice, a nice tang around the edges of the tongue, aftertaste of bread and walnut and plum. Again, a complex blend of malt flavors that are set off my a mild hop twinge.

Mouthfeel is the least impressive attribute, due to low carbonation and body. But this is also in line with the style.

Those judging this beer by slap in your face American IPA hop-forward styles (I like those too) are not being kind to this beer and all of its great qualities. This beer is underrated here.

May 19, 2015
The King's English IPA from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 109 ratings