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 UCLABrewN84
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to tiny wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, mild hops, and a caramel aroma that comes out more as the beer warms up. Taste is much the same with caramel and fruity flavors on the finish. There is a 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 above average beer but as the beer gets warmer it becomes harder to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting and uncharacteristic offering from English brewing. Colored a typical Pale Ale copper / golden with a brigh white foamstand. Atypical in the aroma is a big English hop addition that spices and flavors the beer more boldly than expected. Light caramel and toffee flavors round out the hops and meld into a unique and flavorful ale. Lightly earthiness and nuttiness persists into the finish. Hops make the finish crisp and refreshing. The Euro hops and clear bottle edges close to light-striken quality, instead remain earthy and woodsy. Good stuff, ...but all in all, it's just 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 LXIXME
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bit above the glass gave this beer a big white head above a clear copper honey colored beer that doesn't harbor much lacing at all and which finally settles with no lacing at all.

Light alcohol, sweet caramel grain malts blended with a light sour almost skunky citrus aroma on this light to medium bodied beer.

Sweet caramel malts outweigh anything else that might be going on here.

A light almost dry caramel laced aftertaste might lend this beer to be a good drink with seafood or something, would like to find that pairing, otherwise as a stand alone drink it's not overly impressive.

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Photo of nickfl
3.31/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Decent, off-white head with reasonable retention. Clear, orange-amber body.

S - Toasty malt with a slight caramel note. Earthy, slightly sour hop aroma.

T - Mild, malty flavor with some biscuit/ toasty flavors. Little to no hop flavor with moderate bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body with moderately low carbonation. Some astringency.

D - Fairly drinkable. Reasonable example of the style, but the flavor is a bit flat and the aroma seems a bit off.

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Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark orange color with little head that went away real quickly.I didnt get much smell from this one a little yeasty orange tinge but not much.Taste was kinda run-of-the-mill kinda bland .Went down pretty well but not one of the breweries best for sure.

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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 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 jwc215
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from clear bottle, the liquid was the same tawny orangeish brown as when looking at the bottle. A thin head fizzles away in a soda-pop-like fashion. Not a bad color (though nothing exceptional, either) but very poor head retention (with same result on second bottle).

The smell is grassy with some Euro-skunk/sulfur that slowly seetle to reveal sweet and slightly fruity/earthy notes.

The taste is grassy/Euro-skunkish upfront. Further in, notes of caramelish sweetness combine with an earthy, light fruit balance. Leather/almost burlap comes through as it progresses. Finishes with a light, balanced sweetness.

It is light-bodied, but not watery. Quite a bit of prickly carbonation settles about mid-way through. The second half is much smoother. It does have a thirst-quenching quality, though not much stays on the palate.

Not much more than a standard English Pale Ale, though it does have some unique qualities, though not quite enough to really shine. An easy-drinking ale with a modest abv level. Has enough to it to make it a decent "session" ale.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

05/02/06- Purchased at Draeger's Market in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz clear (sigh) bottle. No freshness dating. Poured into a random dimpled mug.

Appearance- Clear copper colored pour, creamy looking 3/4 inch head with light lacing.

Smell- Skunk whiff as expected right off the bat. It didn't go away quickly either. It did after a while. Some light toasted malt is about all I got out of it.

Taste- The skunk managed it's way into the taste as well. After it disipated it was pretty much par with the smell. Toasted malt, light bitter hops and maybe a wee bit of caramel.

Mouthfeel- Higher carbonation level.

Drinkability- Will pass on this one. Nothing worth seeing here. I'll take an Old Speckled Hen over this any day of the week.

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Photo of tone77
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a clear 12 oz. bottle. Has a orange/brownish color with a 1.5 inch head quickly filling the glass, lots of carbonation. Smell is very mild, some malts. Taste is malts up front, a touch of caramel, some hops are present at the finish. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good brew.

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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 DoubleJ
2.14/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Who wants to make a bet this beer has skunked hops? It comes in a clear glass and I have no idea how long it's been inside the refrigerator at the store I purchased this single at.
The moment of truth will be revealed:

Yeah, they smell a little skunky to me. Whoever bet they would will have the honor of reading my review, and losing bets will be blinded if they continue on from here. On to the beer:

A light orange amber color sits in my pint glass with a average head and retention. You already know there's a little skunk in the aroma, and sadly I can't pick up anything else besides stale cardboard. The taste...spicy hops, and...anyone, anyone? There's a light edge of diacteyl. There's barely anything else in the taste unless you count water as a flavor. The taste isn't bad, but the amount of it is. Maybe I should of expected this at 4.4 ABV.

You should let it warm up, as the taste starts to improve.

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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 BlackHaddock
2.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear 500ml bottle drank a week before its best before date.

Poured into a Batemans pint sleeve glass. Clear, bright, teak brown or red wood in colour depending on how it caught the light. The off-white head soon went to just a collar.

Toffee aroma, mixed with caramel and some malts, nothing spectaclar.

The aroma wasn't anywhere in the taste, which was tinny and metallic. Very dry in the mouthfeel and aftertaste for such a good smelling beer.

No redeeming features apart from its looks, a fizzy beer that I'll not be trying again.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark copper color with an off white head. The aroma is malt with an almost stale cigarette smell. The taste is much like the aroma is a dry and slightly spicy finish. Overall, this is a pretty decent brew but not something to get excited over.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Packaged in a clear bottle.

A: Pours a moderate amber-orange color with a thin head.

S: Skunky aroma is first detected on the nose. not much beyond that.

T: Labeled as a flavorsome and well hopped ale, both of which I fail to detect. watery and thin hopping.

M: Mouthful is light and watery, with almost no malt character, and a slight skunkiness in the background.

D: A funky bland palate with bad drinkability.

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Photo of wl0307
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a 500ml clear bottle, it's BBE date is 7 Apr 06.

Appearance: served in a goblet, it pours a clear, copper colour with a half-inch, medium-foamy, milky-white beerhead...
Smell: predominantly malty nose--mixed scent of fruit-cake, sweet peaches and brown sugar--against the backbond of faint, hayish hops; not very complex but very pleasant.
Taste & Aftertaste: the palate is a bit flat at first, while the major taste is slightly sweet malty, with a touch of light fruity hoppyness; the finish brings out faint nuttiness and bitterness, both of which are nevertheless not pronounced and lingering enough.
Mouthfeel & Drinkability: a light-medium bodied ale, with a bit thin and flat mouthfeel--not exactly how I wish it to be; nonetheless it's an easy drinking beer for sure.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.89/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark orange and light brown liquid you can see for yourself through the clear bottle. Aroma was old wood, musty basement brown ale.

No hops. Basement mustiness. This just is an exercise in brutality.

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Photo of DrJay
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange/amber, sort of coppery, with a rocky collar and thin skim of fine beige bubbles. Good head retention, a bit of spotty and streaky lace. Nice aroma. Malty with caramel, brown sugar, bready. Grassy hops, a little floral. Moderate bitterness, slightly herbal hoppiness with more of a grassy character. Mild malt sweetness, bready with a bit of buttery diacetyl. Smooth and buttery up front with a malty texture following. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Decent overall. I really liked the aroma, but it seemed a little lackluster in flavour.

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Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color with a thin one-finger head into my pint glass. Seems rather ordinary.

Aroma has a bit of sweetness and a light bitterness to it. Seems in-place for the style.

Taste is mildly sweet upfront with a bit of hop bitterness in the middle. Seems inoffensive.

Mouthfeel has lingering sweet malt and hop bitterness. A bit of caramel as well.

Seems middle-of-the-road to me. It's still drinkable and very light in ABV. However, I can't see what they were aiming for with this beer. It certainly doesn't taste skunked though and that's a good thing since they like clear bottles. Worth a try at least once.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another clear bottle, another liquid that doesn't look particularly appetizing. Poured, it stirs up some bubbles into the orange and brown beer. Aroma was skunky again, oxidized old wood, musty basement Newcastle brown ale stuff going on.

Still had a musty taste, and furthermore, one absolutely devoid of hops. I mean, I get it, its a traditional english pale, but dammit man, I've had kool aid hoppier than this. Just tasted like fetid swamp water that people threw old tin cans in, because it had that kind of metallic off flavor on top of the staleness. How it packed that much bad flavor into a thin body, I have no idea. Even some mild bad sour notes that might be purely accidental or a result of the clear bottle, who knows. Nothing about this beer was good, way too expensive for crap. BMC all better than this. Have you had an MGD lately?

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Photo of mynie
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice EPA pour. Dark cherrywood amber with a large, retentive white head.

Smells of very dry english hops, round and bittersweet, against a wooden background with just a hint of fruit.

Tastes a little watery astringent upfront, moving into buttery bittersweet English hops, ending on some piercing alcoholic fruit. A little uneven, but that *might* be due to age (I have no way of telling).

A solid English Pale. I'd love to try it fresh.

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Photo of Brenden
2.45/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm going to go against my usual policy and do a review of a beer that's clearly gone bad for one simple reason: because some genius decided it would be a good idea to bottle a beer in clear bottles then ship it overseas. Sure, it wouldn't be old or bad by default, but using glass bottles? That's just bad policy.

First off, let's note that this beer really is a beauty. The color is a clear, brilliant amber and activity is continuous. A nice, off-white crown between one and two fingers high sits thick and rocky, daring me to break it. It takes some time to dissipate to foam and when it does, lacing is in thick patches with few breaks between them, then, toward the bottom of the glass, the lacing's got legs creeping all over the place.
As soon as the cap's off, I know buying a beer in a clear bottle was a bad idea. It smells like hundreds of stoners were kicked out of Woodstock for smoking too much pot and they've been living in my kitchen ever since, or like someone loosed a labful of skunks genetically modified to continuously spray musk a hundred times more potent than a regular skunk's in my kitchen then set them all on fire, leaving them running and spraying in terror and panic to eke out the last miserable moments of their tortured lives. Also, they're fire retardant. There's also a touch of floral hops, a bit of caramel malts, and grains. But mostly hippies, genetically modified skunks on fire, that whole thing.
The taste seems like it may be a bit better at first; there's a big sulfuric character, and everything else seems light and faded, but grains, hops and malts are still here with floral, grassy bitterness. It does go sour very quickly, though, then is a funky mix of bitter and sour that's just bad.
The mouthfeel seems like it might be good under normal conditions. Now it's a little thin and somewhat slick, though it's got a good smoothness and it does get fuller in my mouth.
Maybe it's good. I wouldn't know.

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Photo of Dogbrick
1.29/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Note to self: Do not buy a single bottle of beer in a clear bottle when the age of said bottle is not determinable. Clear orange-amber color with a thin light tan head and minimal lacing. Skunky dish rag smell. Light body, and possibly some hops under the gag-inducing sour skunk-barf flavor, but I did not care to investigate further. The finish, at least for me, involved spitting it out. I will be gunshy about this beer for a long time.

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The Tanner's Jack from Greene King / Morland Brewery
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