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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 stirgy on 08-02-2002

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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 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 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 KajII
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Best served in a English Pint]

Poured a clear dark amber/copper with a small white creamy head that was mostly diminishing and had fair lacing. The aroma was heavy of cookie malts, sweet yeast and a hint of caramel. It tasted lightly sweet from begining to end with the finish being rather weak and empty of flavor. Mouthfeel was very light in body and watery in texture with a flat carbonation. Overall a brew with not much flavor at all.

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Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle because I'd never even heard of the stuff. Pretty familiar with the brewery so why not. Poured into a regular pint glass.

A: A clear light brown color. Not much head on this beer, but a fair amount of carbonation.

S: This beer smells skunky with a more herbal smell coming through.

T: A well balanced beer with sweet malt flavors on the back end of the taste.

M: A light easy to drink pale with a thin mouthfeel.

D: Watching some cricket, putting back a few with the boys, perfect choice.

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

12 oz single. Pretty average to look at..darkish copper hued ale with a small but persistent eggshell white head. Typical English Bitter aromas. some caramel,nutty with a hint of hop. Nice enough nutty, caramel aspect to the taste to begin with then for some reason right at the end some rather unpleasing black tea pops up then dissapears. Ok on the palate tends towards watery at the end though. Overall pretty average stuff.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Morland Tanner's Jack

Appearance: Golden brown, large initial head quickly fades, some lacing.

Smell: Skunky, coriander.

Taste: Coriander, grainy hops.

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth.

Bottom line:
Low alcohol content, very smooth and flavorful make this beer very drinkable.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium amber/copper with fast white foam dropping down to nothing.

Malty, bready smell.

Taste is a light pale with modest hop. Everything is subdued. Light finish. Minimal carbonation.

Good drinkability, all around so-so.

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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 drizzam
2.97/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from the clear bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle. The body of the beer is a deep gold color topped with a decent one finger white head. Head retention is decent.

S - As soon as I popped the top on the bottle, I swore Pepe Le Pew walked across my living room. Heavy skunk aroma...when will some of these breweries learn to quit bottling in clear bottles? I'm not sure you can get a beer from overseas in a clear bottle without some skunk to it. After some of the skunk faded, I could smell a mild malt aroma and some grassy hops.

T & M - The taste followed the aroma...mostly sweet malt with a tiny bit of a hop bite on the back end. Mouthfeel is thin and the brew finishes crisp. Carbonation is on the very low end of the spectrum.

D - I've said it before and I'll say it again...breweries need to get away from clear bottles. They aren't all that sexy and any beer Connoisseur usually steers clear because they know the effects light can have on beer. I think this is a whole different beer if it's bottled in a brown bottle.

Anyways, with that rant out of the way, this beer could be a good session brew if found fresh (Good luck with that). I wonder if they have it on tap over the pond? I would be VERY interested to try that.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a nice amber color with a thick, billowy, white head. The head dissipates leaving a layer of foam.

S-A grassy hop smell with a touch of malt. It smells more like a Euro lager than an English Pale Ale, but I think that is because it must have skunked.

T-Malty, biscuitty, with a slight hop finish. It tastes better than it smells, but still has some skunkiness to it.

M-I would say the mouthfeel was the best part of this beer. It was very creamy.

D-The skunkiness of this beer make it a one and done for me.

Overall, I think this was once a good English Pale Ale, but the clear bottle made it very susceptible to being skunked and that ruined for me. I would like to try a fresh bottle to know what this tastes like in its prime.

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

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle. It has some very small bubles but it's completely clear with some lace and some malt scent.

It's extraordinarily smooth and crisp. Lite bodied which makes it very easy to drink. The flavor is not special, but it's a very easy to drink beer.

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