The Tanner's Jack | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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The Tanner's JackThe Tanner's Jack

Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 08-02-2002

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Photo of Travcofarms
5/5  rDev +49.3%

Photo of Reverand
4.53/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful dark amber color with a thin white head that is gone in seconds. Sweet caramel aroma that was quite enticing. Smooth buttery taste with a hint of hops. An easy beer to drink and a perfect mouthfeel due to the balance of hops.

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Photo of jsisko01
4.51/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There's a very strong chance that this beer is expired but I have no way of telling.

Appearance - Pours a clear brownish amber color with an inch thick, frothy head. Leaves thin lacing.

Smell - Malty, bitter, sweet, hints of caramel, and a slight bit of leather.

Taste - Strong caramel flavor and very malty. Not so much on the bitter side.. I taste some barley, coriander, and a buttery flavor as well. Somewhat of a residue flavor from the leather I think too..

Mouthfeel - Has a pretty light body with low carbonation.

Overall - This basically tastes like a watered down pale ale. Not much bitterness to it but I like it quite a bit.

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Photo of billybob
4.47/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear bright copper color two finger white head fades quickly to just cover the beer with a good amount of lacing. smell of hops and herbs. a slightly sweet malt and herb taste, nicely hopped and well balanced. mouthfeel smooth and light to medium and carbonation is good. nice english style beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Tanner's Jack pours a beautiful, clear amber body with an orange cast beneath a creamy head of off-white froth that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace about the glass until the very bottom of the pint.

The nose is nutty and just a touch caramelish, with some low-level diacetyl, as well as some mineral qualities, and a handfull of grassy hops.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied with a light bristle to the tongue from its fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation.

In the flavor, it's diacetyl shows a bit more, but the nuttiness it lends is splendid - and it's not overdone. Some delicate fruitiness also peeks through; and it's balanced by a firm bitterness, and a healthy dose of grassy and mildly leafy hops.

If you don't object to a little buttery diacetyl, this makes a brilliant session ale that maintains its character; is easy on the palate and never overwhelms; and won't send you into orbit at only 4.4% abv. A very nice pint indeed!

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Photo of Riggo
4.3/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Morland, brewers of Old Speckled Hen, comes Tanner's Jack, a hoppier ale that reminds me of Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale, though not as good.

This ale pours a nice orange/honey color, an off-white head with low head-retention. An understated nose reveals yeasty and floral elements. A well-balanced and quaffable ale with a crisp hop bite complementing sweet orange and caramel malt flavors, the sweeter, maltier elements becoming more pronounced as the beer warms. Good body and smooth mouthfeel. An earthy (woody?) and fruity beer with a slight spiciness of hops. A smooth and comforting English ale that, I presume, would make a great session beer. For lovers of English Pale Ale, this beer deserves your attention. (P.S. My friend and fellow BA, JWard, apparently got a bad batch of Tanner's Jack so look out for that and keep that in mind when judging this one.)

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Photo of vegasmac99
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of darkmartin
4.17/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to clear golden-brown with a small, frothy white head.

Smell: Smells of butter and caramel malts. Only slightly hoppy in the nose.

Taste: Predominantly tastes of butter and sweet malt. Almost no hop bitterness, although the taste makes up for it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a bit of a chew. Very little carbonation. Quite smooth.

Drinkability: Very smooth flavors and intriguing smell makes these go down pretty well.

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet smelling malt aroma along with English yeast esters. It has a wonderful caramel feel with a mild noble hop aroma. The taste is good also. It has a nice crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with the slightest hop taste. The English yeast adds a fruitiness to the flavor that compliments the beer quite well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking session beer. I was surprised how much I liked it.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a nice orangy brownish honey color, nearly amber, displayed well in its clear thin necked bottle, an off-white creamy head arrives about a finger high, fades fast and has good sticky lace in stings and spots. Smell is slightly yeasty, floral hops, and a favorable amount of caramel malts lending a sweet touch. Taste is balanced with a crisp hop bite, barely spiced of peppery woodyness and pine, mixing dark but sweet orange and caramel malts, the malts really keep a good hold through out. Good medium body and smooth mouthfeel thats lightly buttery. One of the better English Ales I've enjoyed in sometime.

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Photo of Zorro
4.02/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper colored ale with a loose fairly fast falling off white head.

Smell is malty and fruity in the first sniff with a very faint hint of metal to it. Fairly grassy hop scent with aromas of tobacco leaf and faint molasses sugars.

Taste is mildly sweet and perfumed with flowers and molasses with a fair grassy hop bitterness. Flavor stays consistently flavorful without any fade to weakness or harshness through the whole glass.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite a tasty mild ale here. An excellent mild ale that I could easily drink a gallon of.

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Photo of jp32
4.02/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice solid wood-brown color with minimal head.

This beer smells very appealing. Hops, toasted malts, oranges, and maybe other citrus scents reach out of the glass.

Although very tasty, this beer seems somewhat shy. There's nothing outrageous or overpowering about the flavor. It seems to be very well-balanced. Orange and citrus flavors are widely pronounced in the taste alongside fine malts and a few hops. Very good taste. The tart citrus flavor sticks around for a pleasant aftertaste as well.

The mouthfeel is okay. Not great, but not bad either. It seems to be a little on the thin side.

The drinkability of this brew is great. I'd love to have quite a few more of these. A wonderful beer I'll be trying again sometime soon.

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Photo of Buundy
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of ruckus232
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of jmdrpi
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of stirgy
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a clear bottle this ale poured out a clear copper orange color with a white head that started big then fizzled out quick, leaving a nice lacing on the glass. Some musty metallic tones in the aroma. The taste was clover sweet that finished dry. The hops in the beer leave some grassy and floral notes, along with some bitter citrus, like grapefruit rinds. This seems like a typical English ale. Drinkable and tasty. Would go well with some scones. Cheerio!

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Photo of Lauthaha
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a small beer mug (A&W).

Appearance: Pours a rich golden-brown color. Head is bubbly and leaves heavy lacing as it recedes to a small but measurable amount of foam on the surface of the brew.

Smell: A gentle malt feeling underlines a fresh, crisp forest-type scent. Slightly piney, with a pleasant bitterness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very toasty malt flavor, and gently bitter hops...very much like pine sap, but without the super-nastiness. Gentle carbonation and a clean rinse make this beer worth its time.

Overall: Tasty, entertaining. Not bad by any means, a good example of the style.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of bashiba
3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper color with a big fluffy and sticky light tan head, good retention and lacing.

Smell had a nice bit of bready malts with a hint of peppery spice.

Taste had a strong bready malt taste with hints of English Yeast and pepper, a nice mild hop finish for a good balanced beer.

Mouthfeel was light and carbonated.

Easy to drink, good english session beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a modest head that leaves the occasional dot of lace

Smell: Caramel malt and some earthy hops; a nice English almost tea-like aroma

Taste: Starts with a sweet and nutty caramel flavor with more than a hint of diacetyl that is not unwelcome in the style; after the swallow, the herbal, earthy hops kick in to provide a nice balance to the sweet elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice example of the English style; glad my bottle was fresh

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clean, clear, bright orange peel with amber trim. The cap is big-bubbled, yet creamy, and is orangish ivory in color; as if a splash of orange juice was added to frothy whipped cream. Some stickiness results in a moderately geological surface and thickened fenceposts of lace on the glass opposite.

There was obvious skunk on crown cracking; now there's none. I like the nose. It's sweet and fruity with juicy orange being uppermost. It's also modestly hopped, with a wonderful combination of herbal, English varieties balancing the sweet malt. Not showy like Kensington Gardens, but quaint and enjoyable like a well-tended English garden.

The Tanner's Jack is more subtle, more nuanced than many English pale ales. I like it just fine. It's still in supreme balance on the palate with a gently sweet, toasted malt base and an equal quantity of herbal-fruity hops. Nothing about this beer reaches out and grabs the drinker, but it invites you in and makes you feel at home.

Although the flavor profile doesn't come up with anything new on the finish, the hops may have a little more to say. It's ultimately clean and is extremely drinkable. The mouthfeel isn't quite up to snuff compared to the aroma and the flavor (it's a little too light and lacks some liveliness) but it's more than acceptable.

According to the label, "jack" is short for black jack, which is another name for the leather tankards that ales were often served in during the 18th Century. I love learning obscure facts from beer labels. The Tanner's Jack is a quiet, unassuming little English pale that just happens to be delicious and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of nick76
3.89/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is sweet and yeasty with caramel, toffee, malt, and a bit of grass hops. The appearance is amber with a small head. The taste is like the aroma with a clean finish. The palate is smooth from carbonation. Overall a nice beer and a great example of a session beer.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.87/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a coppery/bronzed color that has a slight haze to it. There isn't much of a head and it doesn't retain very well...settling to a patchy layer. It looks to be quite carbonated, as there is lots of big bubbles rising and popping at the top of the beer. There is a good amount of sticky lacing that clings to the side of the glass. There is a viscous quality about the look of this beer too.

S- Deep and rich aromas of sweet malt dominate here. It is slightly milk chocolaty, and actually reminds me to a point of macintosh toffee. There is also a more astringent sweetness in the backround, like molasses boiling. The finish is slightly leathery/woody and without a hop bitterness.

T- Very similar to the aroma, with a dominant malt profile. There is a biscuit character noted and there is some bitterness on the finish, although it is modest. Overall, the flavors are mild and smooth.

M- Medium bodied and the carbonation is actually very mild, as I was hoping it would be. It is buttery smooth and allows the palate to really process the caramel/toffee and the leathery finish I find.

D- The overall mildness of the beer IMO makes this quite easy to drink without getting overwhelmed by the flavors. The general sweetness and lack of alcohol detected is very nice. It's somewhat crisp for an English Pale Ale but it's different and I like it!

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Photo of granger10
3.86/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rather subdued pale ale, which is good to me. It had a cool looking orangish color to it. I detect some spicy hops followed by more floral hops. There is a maltiness in this beer which holds the contrasting hops together and ultimately makes this a very good beer. The flavors seem to come out more as the beer warms and the beer becomes better. A strong yeasty finish ensues. The flavors really complement each other well in this one.

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