Greene King Ale Fresco | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Greene King / Morland Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Sigmund on 06-19-2005

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by cyanidesid:
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2.76/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not quite there. Its screaming for a slightly more hoppier finish.It starts really promising but sort of fizzles out.

Not bad but it seems caught between a Golden and an IPA and isn`t either.

Mind you I had my first Sierra Nevada at the weekend so I`m hop mad at the moment.

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Photo of Sigmund
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask conditioned at the Baron of Beef, Cambridge. This beer was also available at the Cambridge Beer Festival. Deep golden colour, low head. There is a nice refreshing hoppiness throughout, citrussy elements in aroma and flavour. A decent spring/summer bitter.

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Photo of drperm
4.68/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an ASTOUNDING bitter; excellent cask pour from the Red Lion Pub, Avebury, England.

The appearance is golden-brown and nearly transparent. It lures me in like a mythological siren.

On the nose, it suggests fresh mown grass, lemon, tangerine, a faint horsiness, and biscuit. Just the way I like my Real Ale.

The taste is of smooth malt, lots of fresh hop, and a delightful bitter snap at the end. The mouthfeel is oily and smooth: parfec!

Overall, this is one of the best cask ale's I've had in the UK. It is a tremendous bitter and would fit the bill all night long. It's absolutely perfect with fish & chips and mushy peas.

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Photo of bark
2.53/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The colour is dark gold; the head dissolves quickly.

The smell is bitter with some hops and notes of lemon and sweet malt.

The taste got a different, very lemony-citric flavour. There is no body in this beer, but a lot of aroma hops (cascade?). The simple aftertaste is bitter.

The carbonation is quite mild.

A hoppy, dull ale.

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Photo of jonb5
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint, from the cask.

A: Bronze, copper, clear, small taned head, some retention.

S: Floral, had to think of Saaz hops.

T: Phenol, berries on the turn, finish slightly bitter and wheaty. Like some other Greene King beers it reminded me of a Belgian Pale Ale.

M: Smooth, light body.

O: Lots of depth for a bitter, very decent.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hunteraw
2.91/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at The Granta in Cambridge.

Appearance: honey in color, quite bright. Minimal carbonation and head retention, some lacing.

Smell: light, English hops with some slight citrus notes. Ale fruitiness, and an odd chlorine note reminiscent of a swimming pool. Some graininess as well.

Taste: Light in flavor, even for the style. Moderate bitterness, surprised that it's 4.5%, tastes lower. Some residual sugar. Ale fruitiness is subtly present. Hops are earthy but non-descript.

Mouthfeel: somehwhat watery, and a little too flat and warm, even for a British real ale.

Drinkability: mediocre, not enough flavor to be served so warm and flat.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed hand pulled at The Old Tom in Oxford, England.

Aroma: Wow! Some hops in an English beer! While only moderate by US standards, I’m definitely getting some Cascade or Grapefruit hop notes.

Appearance: Amber-orange glass, thin cover of white that drops to a frothy ring that gives an unusual single tidemark (no, I didn’t down it in one quaff).

Flavor: Great citric hop flavor, no hop burn at all with a slightly bitter grapefruit rind finish. Nowhere near an IPA, heck, even an APA, but a nice taste of hops in England.

Mouthfeel: Served mildly warm cellar temp (about 55 degrees), low carbonation, soft real ale feel.

Overall Impression: Ah, a taste of hops. I was starting to forget what they tasted like. Refreshing, but a touch warm for the hot day. Not the beer’s fault, I really liked this one!

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Greene King Ale Fresco from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 8 ratings