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 buckiflyer
3.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased single bottle to sample, no bottled date. Pours an orange color with a small white head. Some lacing, the head was long lasting. Foreign beer type smell, orange, malt and hop smell. First taste screamed English import. Smooth taste with orange and nutmeg? finish. More hop finish as it sat in glass. I am glad I got it to taste an English pale ale. However, I will be sticking to American IPA's with strong hop flavor.

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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 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 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 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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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.66/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack of this; comes in clear glass bottles with an unusual, attractive, orange-brown ale inside.

Pours a clear orange-amber with slight carbonation and a nice fluffy off-white head that quickly drops. Aroma is bright hops behind a semi-sweet, slightly caramel malt flavor. Ever so slight smokiness. From another bottle, I got a petrol/oily/industrial/leather/chemical aroma- is this a psychological suggestion from the tannery connection on the name? Not sure, but I had to take it down a notch because of it.

Flavor: a nice, easy drinking malty brew with a slight back-hop note as it goes down (and it goes down easily); the hops aren't as strong as the label would imply (IMHO), but they are there.

Overall, this was a real pleasant surprise- a little pricy for what it was, but very glad to have the chance to check it out. I went back to the place I got it, and the one case was gone- glad I grabbed it when I got the chance.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No particular characteristic stood out with the Tanner's Jack as I tried this as a 4 ounce taster at a New Year's Eve party. Clear glass didn't impress nor did it's poured appearance. Flowral scent and fruity aftertaste. Didn't want to drink more than the 4 ounces.

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

Pours out crystal orange and sits a deep amber in the glass with a small foamy white head.

Smells very caramely with good hop backing. Lightly spicy and notes of golden raisins in the background. Nice aroma.

Tastes nicely toasted with caramel and herbal flavors blended in. Hopping is nice and well balanced with malts. Finishes with good bitterness that feels just right.

Crisp and clean in the mouth with tactful carbonation. Medium-light body, very easy to handle. A nice afternoon beer if I ever had one.

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Photo of motleybrew
2.92/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A good looking beer, no doubt. I like the color (golden orange--jus a bit darker than the label) and clarity, and the white froth. Admittedly I like less hop and more malt, but this obviously proclaimed hop -- and delivered. Strongly hopped, skunky...but not skunky-harsh like a moosehead. Interesting to me because of the description of it being a beer in the tradition of being served from leather tankards...i am not sure if this meant more like a beef beer or what.

the curious thing to me was that there was the strong hop intro and the wee hop afterward, giving way to a few interesting complexities if one is patient. The smell was not so much vomit as a skunky beer can be, but perhaps a little mellower leather...

in all, not an expensive or great beer. Not one I'd bother with again...but i'm a malty guy. Could please a more hop palette!

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a nonick pint glass. It pours a medium copper color with one finger of head. There is a little lacing left on the glass. The smell has some caramel malt and some grassy aromas to it. Not too strong a smell. The taste is also fairly malty at first, with some caramel and brown sugar sweetness. The finish has a small dose of hops. A fairly good balance. The mouthfeel is just a little light and oily. The drinkability is very good though. A unique English pale ale.

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Photo of palma
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear light amber/orange body with thin white head that leaves a decent lace. Malty smelling with a strong leafy/plant like aroma. Taste is similar to the smell: Grassy, earthy and musty with a good malt backbone. Lightly hopped. Light to medium carbonation. An OK ale in my opinion. I won't be out looking for this one.

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

Coppery red with a quickly dissipating head that leaves decent lacing. Nice malty aroma...taste was similar with the malty presence remaining until the finish. Mouthfeel, initially oliy and full ended in a slightly astringent quality. I'm not a big fan of oily feeling brews, but the finish balanced the oiliness. Felt like more than a 4.4 abv brew.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a clear 12oz (35.5 cl as marked) bottle purchased from Heart's Homebrew.

Beer pours a slighty hazy copper (yeast sediment stirred from the bottom of the bottle) with a low sticky white head.

Aroma is deeply nutty and slightly oxidized figs with an earthy caramel in the background.

Flavor is rich and malty with biscuit malt notes riding over a lightly caramel body.

Finish is intensely dry and minerally leaving a parched hole in the tongue that needs another sip to fill.

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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 StevieW
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz clear bottle. Medium oranish color. Thin white bubbly head. Lots of floral, country meadows, rag weed type smells. Not good or bad, just there. Nice malt full rich flavors, toasted biscuits, maybe with some subtle hop flavors balancing things out. Turned a bit watery and wierd toward the finish. I thought the flavors would mellow a bit, but went straight to watery and thin. I would reach for a Fuller's before this one. I enjoyed some others from their line though, especially the Ruddles Country Ale.

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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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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 TheDM
2.66/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a small head of fine and medium sized off-white bubbles with a transparent semi-cloudy amber body. Ot has a hoppy skunky kind of aroma. Its flavor starts with an initially mild bite that soon mellows into a more spiced taste. The flavors are mild at best and most are overridden by its tingly mouthfeel. There are some spices and malt, but not much. A bit thin on the taste for my liking.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured into my glass, this brew had a small off-white head with fine-small bubbles. The body was amber in hue. The nose is floral. The flavor is somewhat sweet and acidic and some bitterness was observed. This brew had fair lacing on the sides of my glass.

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

Pours a dark orange, honey color with thin white head that fades quickly. The smell is mostly yeast with floral and citrus undertones. The taste is a dry crispness with just a hint of malt that is not that impressive. Overall not as good as I remembered. Definately not this brewery's best beer.

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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 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 Thrasher
3.66/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very handsome beer with incredible head that lasted. Aroma gives hints of must, earth, butter, a little lackluster. Caramel hops to the forefront, excellent bitter profile. Some vague off flavors of grains, raw grasses, husks. However the beer neatly sidesteps these to a finish that is warming, spicily dry from the hops, and compels you to drink more. A little watery, but more than adequately creamy and smooth. Nothing outrageous here, just a reliable bitter to hang your hat on.

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Photo of zakery
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear amber-brown. Whispy tan head. No visible carbonation.

Smell: Very mild caramel malts. A little earthy.

Taste: Clean and mild malts with even milder hops. Nice and refreshing although it lacks some character.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium-low carbonation.

Basically a lighter version of Old Speckled Hen. Very simple and unchallenging on the taste buds. It might be a good starter for a session of different english pales and bitters.

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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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The Tanner's Jack from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 152 ratings
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