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
United Kingdom (England) | website

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 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 thierrynantes
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2001.

Appearance : clear brown amber color, with white creamy head
Smell : aroma of hops, yeast
Taste and mouthfeel : Flavour is very bitter, caramel malts, dry finish
Drinkability : an average beer in the style English pale ale

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a flint bottle into a Boston Lager glass. Poured at refrigerator temp, left to stand to warm to proper serving temp and to hopefully dissipate the skunky aroma.

This beer, like its corporate brethren such as Old Speckled Hen is bottled in flint (that is, clear) glass bottles. Properly handled (that is, left in the lightproof cardboard box until serving) this isn't a problem. But these beers get put on an open shelf in a beer store where they suffer long exposure to daylight and fluorescent light, causing them to be skunked. Clearly this isn't intended by the brewer and detracts from enjoyment somewhat.

Now, let's see if this beer is yet warmed up enough to share with us its sweet, malty treasures.

The (earlier) pour was beautiful: a fine dark amber ale, crystal clear, filling the glass with a moderate head and leaving plenty of persistent lacing.

Warmth and air in the last several minutes have treated it well. Aroma is still skunky, but it is subdued, and is now showing off a notable toffee and caramel malt nose.

Flavor is a bit rough, not as smooth or sweet as expected, with balanced bitterness and carbonation, with a somewhat dry finish. Important to breathe in the toffee aroma when tasting, or else it suffers excess bite.

Drinkability would be better if this ale was a bit softer and sweeter, maybe with lower carbonation and more dextrins, and maybe even could use some (more) diacetyl to round it out. Really let this one warm up in the glass after opening, it only gets better as it approaches room temp. Last swallow smells sweet and clean.

Still highly recommended, beating out its peers on either side of the lineup, Old Speckled Hen and Greene King IPA.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.82/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear amber liquid, two finger off white head, heavy lacing left on the glass. Carbonation bubbles are medium to large which I found slightly unsightly.

S = Caramel, slight diacetyl butterscotch, some floral hints of hops.

T = Caramel, toasted grains like fresh seven grain bread, slight bitterness in mid-palate and lingering into a nice long mostly bitter finish.

M = Light to medium bodied, light carbonation sting when swished, medium mouthcoating, body seems to get a little watery as held in the mouth.

D = This is a pleasant English pale ale which I would be happy to drink again but it is not my favorite of the style.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Transparent copper coloration, rising suds, nice two tip head, excellent retention and lacing.

S - Bitter and bready with an oh so slight metallic tinge.

T - Apples, citrus notes, decent bitterness, clean finish with a slight citrus-like aftertaste.

M - Light bodied, very low carbonation level, slick and slightly oily feel.

D - Pretty good, a decent and tasty brew that isn't too complex and is very sessionable. Let it hit room temperature and it will be at it's best. Definitely worth a try.

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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 SIRIUS2
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoyed this ale. The nose was pleasantly sharp with hops. The initial taste had that nice bitter hoppy bite with a hint of fruityness and a clean dry finish. The malts are present at the first taste but fade quickly giving way to the hops. There really wasn't anything super striking about this but it was just generally enjoyable.

I picked this up as a single at a local store. It was the last on the shelf and I didn't think much about that until I went back to get some more. The clerk at the store checked the computer and stated that it was no longer available from the brewery. Hmm. As I check things out online the future of this brew seems murky at best. Hopefully I'll be able to find it again soon.

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Photo of jdmorgan
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This ale poured a light copper color with a very small white head that dissipated to a lacy white.

The smell was earthy and a little bit sweet. The taste was a bit of surprise for this style, with a sweeter caramel malt body that was full and a medium hop profile. Hop flavor seemed to have a grassy Saaz hop presence which was unexpected, but not bad. The mouthfeel was medium and the carbonation was medium as well.,

All in all, not a bad beer. It wasn't what I typically look for in an English Pale Ale, but would definately appeal to those who like grassy or earthy hop flavors. Worth a try.

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Photo of stephendr
3.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

twelve oz. glass bottle - color of light amber, with a thin rocky white head – sweet nose of candied bananas, and malt – taste of sweet corn, and malt - body is light, and with medium to high carbonation – aftertaste of sweet, malty, and long lasting

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Photo of BlaiseDemon
2.81/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not completely unpleasant but after being spoiled by some other quality English ales recently I was a bit disappointed. The clear glass bottle piqued my interest because it has a pleasant copper color, reminiscent of one of my favorite session brews, Bass Ale. Perhaps that was its undoing, it had too much light exposure, hmm. The smell was expected for the appearance; a sort of leathery hoppiness. The taste was a bit too clean for me, the quality was just not there. It was like a purified water beer. Carbonation was average but not impressive and the leather aftertaste was just too much for my palate but I would not completely discount it for future tastings.

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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 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 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 riversider76
3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a goldenwith an orange hue. Thin white head,with decent retention,and nice lacing. Aroma is of sweet fruit,and bready malts. Nice, but a bit weak. Body is light with some carbionation. Taste is mostly sweet malts,with a hint of hops in the finish. Very nice.

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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 dacrza1
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle at home...smooth, clean, easily drinkable in mass quantities. Recalls the feel of sitting in London pubs a few years back, although this beer holds little memorable. Copper color pours a light, thin average body with lacing that produces a nondescript light thin average taste. A serviceable brew that I’d serve friends by the case...

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

12 oz clear bottle as Old Speckled Hen is as well. Label displays a drawing of a leather tankard or "jack" hence the name. Yellow-orange color with a small white head and some lacing. Not very bitter, much more on the malty side. Less alcohol than Old Speckled Hen at 4.4 abv. Overall ok, but canned Old Speckled Hen is much better.

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Photo of mjc410
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour into my Fuller's nonic raises a one finger light tan head that falls quickly to surface lacing. The glass lace makes a valiant effort to hang on, but ends up leaving only reminders of the former coating. The body is a very pale amber with gold highlights. Honestly, I really wanted to write about the nose first, but I'm a stickler for order. The beer seems to indicate some skunkiness, perhaps owing to age and the clear bottle, but it leaps from the glass. The odor is also intensely bready, like sourdough, with citrusy English hops. Somewhat enticing, for some reason. The taste is light, but bready. A bit of citrus too. Relaxing and mellow, but nothing special. The mouth is medium-light, with fairly mild carbonation. Not something I'll be coming back to, unless I'm really in the mood, and I KNOW it's fresh.

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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 Byeast
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear , copper/ orange , with a thin head.

Smell: a mild maltiness with some fruit , bit of sweet potatoe pie-and spice, and some yeast.

Taste: a medium malty profile , with just a bit of fruity color from esters , some yeasty qualities , a bit of diacetyl, slight mineral flavor , and a balancing leafy hop tone in the finish.

Mouthfeel: on the thin side, a medium carbonation, with a dry finish.

Drinkability: it's a drinkable brew , unique flavors are present but each occur seemingly just for a flash. A good quaff though.

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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 Hibernator
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Tanner's Jack
12 oz clear bottle
Jet ink label on the top of the bottle - L6030 18:26 THK A
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a light brown color that leaves random trails of sticky lacings all over the glass. Fluffy head that sticks around for a few moments then turns to a lace. I wasn't expecting such a nice looking beer in this this pint.

Whiffs of dairy, sweet malts and some skunk in the nose.

Flavors of caramel sweetness with a thick, malty backbone. A touch of creamy dairy and butterscotch candy. Decent hop snap on the finish. The hops have a grassy and herbal quality.

Much better than I was expecting to be honest and much better than it's counterpart, Old Speckled Hen. Overall, a rather solid English Pale Ale.

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Photo of scottoale
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz. clear glass bottle pours a copper-brown ale with a 1/2 inch of off-white foamy head. While the head is short lasting the lace that occurs slips back into from which it comes. Light carbonation visibly.

Mildly sweet nutty nose, very much of hazelnut with alcohol-like notes as well...smells like a Nut Brown Ale, rich and nutty.

It has a roasty malt taste that starts rather sweet, then it turns nutty and waters down to a mild bitterness in the finish.The flavor is pleasant, but certainly nothing special.

With a light to medium body and a fairly low ABV it's easy enough to drink but it has a watery, uneventful mouthfeel too it. It's worth a try but that's about it for me....

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Photo of SteveO1231
2.28/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

AP - From a clear glass bottle, no freshness date. Pours a dark copper this a thick tan head. moderate carbonation. Some black sediment at the bottom of the bottle.
AR - Mostly dominated by the smells of roasted barley, some hints of caramel sweetness and even smaller hints of British hops.
Taste - Overpowered by toasted malts, giving it a taste of grain husks. Bitter finish of grassy hops.
O - I think that I might have gotten a spoiled batch, my friend had been raving about this beer and I found it really unenjoyable. Perhaps I shall get a fresher sample another time.

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The Tanner's Jack from Greene King / Morland Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.
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