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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by pezoids on 08-02-2002

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Reviews: 112 | Ratings: 152
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A copper pour from bottle to pint glass with a weak and quickly disappearing head. There is little visible carbonation. The malt is the primary fragrance with notes of stock feed and grass. The maltiness is the theme but not too sweet. There is a minor hop finish and a tad of skunkiness. The mouthfeel is nothing special but I can't find an overwhelming fault. Average I guess is the best adjective in this case. Overall this is a fine summer sipper with attrractive bottling though lacking in freshness info. The (-) in my B- rating is in that the style wants for more hop both in the nose and finish. This brew is a better hop character away from a B or B+, though this is obviously just speculation.

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Photo of jeremyd365
3.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear coppery without much head despite me trying to create some. The smell is a decent mix of caramel malt and hops--it's got a sweet malty overall scent to it. The mouthfeel is medium/thin but not bad. The taste is a solid ale. The flavor is something familiar but I can't place it. Enjoyable, but the clear bottle.. a turnoff. I don't mind waiting to see how it looks once it's in my glass.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz. clear bottle into a nonic. No freshness/best by date indicated.

A- Clear copper. Pours with ~1 finger of off white head, which fades quickly to a thin, incomplete cap. Minimal lacing.

S- Moderate biscuit and caramel malt odor. Very, very feint twinge of skunk....enough to detract, but not enough to make it truly terrible.

T- Moderate caramel sweetness. Bitterness minimal. After taste is tinged by off, slightly skunky flavor.

M- Moderately low carbonation, with a fairly light feel.

D- Fairly easy drinking, though the skunky influences on the flavors prevent this from being sessionable.

Future outlook: Why the hell this is in a clear bottle, I do not know. It would probably be a decent, sessionable brew were it able to stay in pristine condition. Though not terrible, it would seem that this beer is being held back by it's antiquated bottling. Won't buy again unless the bottling changes.

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Photo of Naugled
3.86/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in pint glass

a: nice appearance, light clear copper color, with a quick off white head, large carbonation bubbles

s: subtle nose, sweet grains are upfront but not in your face

t: malt forward, low bitterness, malt has a delicate sweetness to the profile and is smooth

m: medium low body, but the sweetness does give it some fullness

d: very drinkable, would make a good session beer.

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Photo of MLasoski
3.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served: In a bottle, poured into an ale glass.

A: The body is a clear amber color. Little head formed and it didn't stick around.

S: Smells like a brown ale actually. Semi-sweet, mildly hoppy.

T: Tastes "almost" like a brown ale. It's somewhat enjoyable. Has a certain crispiness to it.

M: At the start, it tastes smoothe and like a red wine. It finishes semi-sweet and leaves a mild hoppy aftertaste.

D: I can't see myself drinking this EPA again. Nothing really surprised me at all.

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Photo of kshankar
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber with small head..retention is decent.

Aroma: Skunky, sweet scent as well, caramel. The skunk isn't overpowering, and its not an old bottle either.

Taste: Mostly caramel, some malt...somewhat sweet. Flavor wasn't that strong..but the skunk came through a little.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is okay, lighter side.

Drinkability: Eh, I wasn't blown away by this, but it isn't bad. Flavor needs to pack a little more for me to be impressed.

I liked the Old Speckled Hen better

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Photo of Natural510
3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden-amber color with no discernable head or lacing.
Smells piney, skunky & earthy...much like an evergreen forest. Strong scent.
Flavor is mild; there's a maltiness which is light on the palate and a residual hop presence which grows stronger after it's gone down. Leaves a somewhat unpleasant taste in the mouth; the pine skunk thing is not balanced out by sweetness or anything else.
Crisp in the mouth; hops kick around in the back of the throat.
A session beer which needs some work in the flavor department. Lower ABV doesn't have to mean lessened taste. Might be better from tap or cask than the clear glass bottle we get over here.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with an inch or so of medium bodied head.
Smell is overpowering and almost skunky. Checked the bottle, and it was fresh. Skunky bitter hops smell that fills the room.
Our taste here is grainy with some floral hops on the back end.
The finish is crisp and the hops flavor has some staying power.
Not particularly smooth or drinkable.

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Photo of wchesak
2.86/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

got this in a beer of the month 6 pack from local beer store

A - orangey amber, with a fingers worth of head that dissipates quickly, without leaving any lace

S - lots of caramel, hardly any hops

T - follows the caramel route with a hop background, but neither stand out, giving it some balance

M - decent enough carbonation

D - would be good as a session beer, however there is nothing spectacular to draw me back to getting it again, will stick with London Pride if I want an English pale

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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 olmatty
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a one finger snow white head with poor retention and light lacing, beer is a lovely orange amber. Putting this beer in clear glass is a poor choice with regards to preservation and flavor, but with the color I understand why.

Smell- Acorns and honey laid on light malts

Taste- Mild, earthy, and nutty with light honey notes and a slightly sour, oakey finish. Very nice how the malts and hops are transformed to other flavors.

Mouthfeel- Moderately carbonated and medium bodied.

Drinkability- Sessionable in smoothness and ABV, though the find the earthiness and sour aftertaste tend to wear out their welcome in the mouth.

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Photo of mwa423
2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Beautiful pour and color, almost a strawberry gold.

S - Terrible skunk that filled the entire room. A friend walked in and gagged a bit.

T - Better then I expected, with good malt and caramel flavors

M- A caramel aftertaste and but smooth, only ok.

Overall, nothing I would buy again for the price.

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Photo of BWH3
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep copper, low forming off white head appropriate given low carbonation. Crystal clear. When the head drifts back in, it leaves a wonderful lace of foam clinging to its sides.

S/T: A mild caramel malt aroma that is not to sweet or pleasant. The hops are dry slightly citrus and musty. The flavor is similarly mildly sweet initially with just a touch a toffee complexity. The bitterness is mineral/metallic and dry. There is no fruit esters from the yeast.

M: Thin, still, below average head retention.

D: An above average traditional english bitter.

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Photo of DukeofAle
2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this one but was somewhat dissapointed. Color was very nice and apperaed totally clear - obviously not bottle conditioned. The nose was just average. Body somewhat thin. Too light on the finishing hops for this style in my opinion. Not a bad ale, but lacks charactor - nothing about this beer stands out. There are far too many better examples of this style to waste money on this one. A weak example.

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Photo of Offa
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a light but tasty beer, like a simpler, lighter Old Speckled Hen.

Amber with a medium off-white head that steadily shrinks to a thin foamy-wispy top and leaves a little lace.

The aroma is somewhat mild, malty caramel, grape juice, hints of toast.

The taste is malty-nutty toasted grain with hints of caramel, leaf, sweet-sour fruit, and caramleized plum. It's mild a ltitle sweet with a light bitterness in the finish to balance it, with a light woody spiciness to it. It's very drinkable.

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Photo of stockingcpl
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This selection pours well with a think foamy head. Lacings are left on the glass sides, and a spiderweb of lacings is left on the surface. The color is a slightly reddish light amber. Impressive.

Smell: The aroma is of faintly sweet hops with a little maltiness thrown in. Maybe a little citrus. Aroma body is light.

Taste: Flavor is very light. Slight caramel overtures with sweet malt. Kind of different. Hops are restrained and there is a fainy honey/clover taste during finish. There are faint buttery booster tailings at the end.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation was right onb target for this light/airy brew. The sweetness would be appealing on a hot day.

Drinkability: Good rating here. The low alcohol and light crisp flavour make this a very consumably selection.


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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 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 Ricochet
2.96/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber in appearance, little head or lace to speak of. Smell is awfully like a macro lager, one from Pitt, maybe not as pungent, it's Iron City! No, it's close though, almost a dead ringer for Augustiner. Mouth thin, little to speak of, and hardly any aftertaste going away. Clean? Well then, it is different from the "A".

Flavor. Does it have any? Well, as an EPA, I'll say it's the least bit of hops to make it even and provide a little bitter. The follow through is a light malt roasted very well. There isn't much else to write about the taste, other than slight butterscotch and bread notes.

So, is this good? It's a pub pale, almost a mid-line, but decent tasting. I'd look for other tastes after sampling this. I gotta say that having a Iron City brewing Augustiner is cheaper and not that far off.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
2.39/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear bottle? Come on, get with it.

Pours a rich copper amber, clear but with some little chunks/grit of yeast on the bottom. Offwhite head that falls away to foamy threads.

I'm getting some skunky nuttiness and bitter metallic hops. This suckers skunked, for sure. Why or why do they use clear bottles?!

Funk isnt as prevailent in the taste. I'm getting some caramel and metallic bitterness. Some creamy smoothness is hidden by the cold and carbonation i think. A woody and almost tobacco burnt finish. A very rough and unwieldy beer, and the skunking has to be taken in as an almost unavoidable feature...not just an off-bottle sort of thing.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.04/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful bright, clear copper with a solid one-finger off-white head that fizzles out rather quickly to a thin layer of bubbles atop the brew.

The main thing coming through in the nose is an off, musky, rotting vegetable-like aroma, presumably from the hops; some toasty malt notes come through as well, though they are faint.

Body is light-to-medium with decent carbonation. Soft notes of toasted biscuit and caramel make themselves known up front, but the overwhelming flavors hit in the middle as strong, bitter hops take control and hold it all the way through the long, dry, bitter finish.

Not too bad, though not something I would seek out again; could use a bit more balance, and the aroma isn't the most pleasant in the world.

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Photo of templar316
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a big head that falls back quickly, with no lacing at all. A nice light amber color with constantly working bubbles. The nose is very soft with an apple cider aroma. Kinda wish I had a leather drinking vessal to try this out of, as that's what the bottle recomends. The flavor is fine put totally unassuming aside from the slight sulfery taste in the finish a complaint I've had on all Moreland beers. It's a nice medium body nicely carbonated and unoffensive, but there are so many beers I'd rather be drinking.

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Photo of erosier
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Comes in a clear bottle so you know what you're getting into from the start. Pours a nice amber orange color with a tall and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts and pale english hops, perhaps some honey in there as well.
T: Nice sweet malt base underneath a more subtle hoppy bitterness at the end with notes of honey mixed in as well.
M: Very smooth feeling beer that has the perfect amount of carbonation. It feels like a really good english pale ale should.
D: Pretty drinkable as it doesn't have a lot of alcohol nor are the flavors really bold. The flavors are subtly balanced for a drinkable beer.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.66/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12-ounce clear bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a golden-brown amber body capped with a finger and a half of creamy off-white foam that retains at a thick ring and leaves spattered lacing.

Smell is toasty and sweet, with a note of honey.

Taste is dry and toasty with notes of honey and caramel. A slightly tannic, dry finish compels the drinker to take another swig... *swig*... Grainy and toasty notes fill the mouth, along with a nutty, juicy component.

Thin-bodied, crisp and refreshing with great drinkability, this beer goes great with succulent boiled brown shrimp and steamed blue crabs.

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Photo of Bamabrew22
2.97/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This was a simple, English ale. Poured a delicate amber into a glass with barely any head at all. Smell was of old leather and barley. Taste was good, but not great; spicy, fruity notes with a hint of malty sweetness. Overall, a good English ale, but not as good as others out there.

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The Tanner's Jack from Greene King / Morland Brewery
3.35 out of 5 based on 152 ratings.
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