Greene King IPA Draught Bitter | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Greene King IPA Draught BitterGreene King IPA Draught Bitter

Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-09-2002

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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 67
Reviews by cypressbob:
Photo of cypressbob
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought in a 660ml bottle

Pours with a light amber body, slight head but embarrassingly small and crap retention

Smell, jesus, skunky mc skunk, this whole clear bottle malarky had better stop. Slight malt profile

Taste, malty body, sickly off, skunky flavour. Very little apparant hops, this is an IPA? (english or not)

Very disappointing, one of the first IPA's i had, not a good standard for the rest to follow, stick to deachers if u want a nice mild english IPA, or go for some hop devil, 90min or stone ipa

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmm IPA?Anyways this ale pours a nice rich copper with a creamy head that leaves a decent amount of lacing,big fruity aroma with some light metallic notes as well,taste is more on the malty side fruity with some buttery flavors.More of a mild or bitter not much hop presence but tastes pretty darn good I think a perfect sociable pint.

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Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 pint can that has a two toned green colour, no freshness date is found. No nitro widget in the can.

Appearance: Ultra creamy off white head sticks like there is no tomorrow (nitro infused carbonation?), brilliant clarity dawning a deep russet amber colour.

Smell: Thick aroma of leafy hops, almost pungently floral. Smells of weak molasses and ripe berries also.

Taste: Carbonation is low with a false sense of a cask pulled beer, this is a good thing even though it is not the real thing. Unsurpassed smoothness with a creamy back bone. Elegant malt character, but refined with mild steely crystal malt flavours that throw around caramel and raw sugar flavours. Hops are refined also, but with a soft bitterness yet with big flavour showcasing oily floral and earthened leafy flavours. Sweetness has a thin film of buttery diacetyl and a berry fruitiness which peeks out in the finish.

Notes: A pseudo-cask brew in a can, not bad at all but the CAMRA guys must scream “Bollocks to that” when this is brought up in a conversation. Perhaps the lowest in alcohol in all of the nitro canned imports yet the most flavourful.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love quality beer in a packable can, this one pours typical, clear almond amber, supporting a frothy, long lasting tan head, that leaves a load of rich, sticky sheeting. Nose here is of soft malts and perhaps a hint of soapyness. Nice Brit style ale, hops are pretty light and late on the palate. balanced, sessionable brew. Can lets you know this would go well with spicy foods, sounds like a plan.

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Photo of mattster
2.26/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance. Poured from can into chilled pint glass. Nice brown color - darker than I expected. Head was 3/4". Slowly died down but remained at about 1/8". Some lacing on glass.

Smell is typical. Nothing outstanding, but not offensive either.

Taste is about the same as smell; I was hoping for something more hoppy, and this beer just didn't deliver. It is not a bad beer, but at the same time, I've had far better IPAs. This would be closer in style to a pale ale - more American in taste.

Nice mouthfeel - short aftertaste good finish.

Its drinkable in the fact that it is light, but there is nothing that sets this IPA out to where I'd want to serve it with a meal or have more than one beer.

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Photo of rsquared59
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ADR
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear less-than-amber, almost coppery gold color with a nice milky head that's good in height and duration. Laces all over a pint glass. Moderately hoppy aroma, green apples and light licorice. Mouthfeel is intensely creamy and masks some flavors in the brew. A sense of caramel maltiness and more than adequate sweetness, the aroma is most of the counterpoint in the beer. And while it is light, the mouthfeel and initial impression are enough to carry it through without perceptible fade to the end. Not a lot of aftertaste. This is not really a schizophrenic rendition, but the set-up is nicer than the rather average follow-through, though there are no obvious flaws. Just not a lot going on, even though a cask-pulled pint of similar qualities might make me more excited here.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears caramel amber forms an off white head leaves behind specks of lacing. Aroma has herbal earthy Challenger hops with a nice malt sweetness gives off a light bready yeasty biscuit caramel tone. Flavor is mild with a decent rolling hop bitterness not overly bitter a bit grassy light toasted malts a touch of caramel and some mildly fruity ale notes not an American IPA...subtle. Mouthfeel was medium to light body range with creamy mouthfeel and smooth finish. Drinkability could be a nice sessionable beer but I demand more flavor I'm spoiled by American micros.

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Photo of rastaman
1.58/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Canned: Really sweet, raisiny caramelly sort of sweetness, needs some more hops to dry it out a bit. A bit un-IPA-ish. Uninteresting and one dimensional. I also realised that i payed roughly $5 US (sorry don't know exact currency conversion rates) for this, which added insult to injury, a bad drinking experience.

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Photo of JohnW
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber colouring, reasonable head, though not long retention. Smell is light, grassy hops, some malt, hit of citrus.
Flavour is light, reflecting the smell, smooth, leaning more to the malty side than hoppy, but hint of bitterness in the finish. A pleasant easy to drink beer, makes a good session beer, and I enjoy this, but it does not rank very high among the best examples of IPA, but good non-the-less. Not sure how it compares from can or bottle, but on hand pull from the cask, always worth trying if nothing else takes your fancy. Available regularly on hand pull in many UK pubs that have Green King Beers.

John W
B'ham UK March 2006

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.96/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A-This beer pours a golden red clear body with a gentle carbonation and a big rocky off-white head

S- Rather clean smell with a nice floral hop aromas

T- This beer has a nice creaminess with a mild floral hop flavor and a nice pale malt flavor with some honey malt hints. I nice faint mellow hop bitterness finishes nicely.

M-medium body with some creaminess but no alcohol or astringent qualities.

D- This is a very nice bitter. It has a gentle hop flavor with a nice light malt character. A lot of simple flavors very well blended and a creaminess that is nice. A true to style beer that would be wonderful in a cask.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nice reddish color out of the can. Rather sweet smelling, with perhaps a hint of caramel.

Taste is not even remotely what I expected. It's not really bitter at all, and with rather weak hops for something that claims to be an IPA. It's neither, really, if you ask me. Light and sweet, with little in the way of either malts or hops. An almost flawlessly creamy mouthfeel though, making this a rather quaffable beer.

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Photo of Anonmatel
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light colour, decent head that if it had been poured better would have lasted longer.
Bland aroma with some citrusy notes.
Taste, well citrusy (i know i said it twice). Sticky. I like a lot of hops in my IPA's so this beer really didn't interest me very much.
I'll drink it again in the hope of tasting something new next time as beer and Jet-lag don't mix if you ask me.

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Photo of beerinabottle
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half finger of head on a medium straw body.
The aroma is hay and a barnyard.
The taste is hay, earthy, dirt and more barn.
The texture is soft.
It's okay.

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Photo of bditty187
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought back from Ipswich, England by my girlfriend’s parents…

Clear, coppery hue, solid white head, a fingers worth, fades to a white cap, unorganized patches of lace. Clean nose… crisp maltiness, kisses of hops, nondescript. The palate’s crisp & clean maltiness allows the very meager hoppiness (and some underlying metal) to create a balanced and charming beer. With that said, there is not much going on with this one. Yes, the low abv makes this great session brew material but give me a little more flavor. Very easy to drink… I flew through the 660 ml bottle (which was clear). Medium-light body, modest/light carbonation… satisfactory mouthfeel. Minimal aftertaste, light crystal malts, aluminum… whew, is this clean! All in all, I liked this one; I’d drink this in bulk. Gimme some more!

Best By: 07-03-04

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Photo of EBeckett3
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of OddNotion
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of beer_bottle
3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krantul
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tall, attractive pint-can, no nitro widget.

I'm something of a fan of Greene King's Abbott Ale, lately; with Caffrey's having disappeared from the US, it is basically the best nitro-tapped English pale ale we have, so I was interested in trying something else under the "Greene King" moniker.

Pours a medium red/amber color with a nice, creamy-looking head that isn't bad for a non-nitro can. A bit of malt in the aroma, no real hop scent, fairly unremarkable there.

In and of itself, this is a fine-tasting English bitter; it is exceedingly smooth and mild, and has a remarkably silky texture for a can that had no nitro-widget. I'd love to taste this on a proper tap, or from a cask. A right, proper session beer, to be certain.

The only problem with this beer is its identity. Beer Advocate rightly categoraizes this as an English Bitter, and it is described as such on the old can design, but the new cans just say IPA. Now, I'm aware that the American perception of IPA has veered considerably from the original English concept, but I have a hard time thinking of this beer as an IPA in any capacity. It simply lacks even the traditional, milder hop bitterness of the style; I can't imagine that this beer has the preservative qualities for which the style originated. It is a fine beer, but it seems deceptive to call it an IPA, and that categorization actually does the beer an injustice as a fine bitter.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with orange highlights. Big puffy white head that leaves tons of lace .
Aroma was green grass, citrus orange and some gooey resin.
Flavor was full of citrusy and resiny hops that clash with a big up front caramel malt hit.
Mouthfeel was appropriatley balanced between sweet and bitter with the sweet citrus winnign by a nose. Nice tasty beer.
Drinkability was very high setting in the garden on a beautiful British summer day.

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3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Body is a unique shade of amber green - with the green at just a hint. Head is about a half an inch of off-white fuzzy cream.

Nose is very soft with buttery hop notes and candied citrus.

Glazes the tongue creamy smooth on first sip. The mingling of sofy malts and faint hop notes is very balanced. Very slight bittter on the finish along with a hint of raw wheat. Drinks very well and easy. Has a very clean mouthfeel. You could slug down a few of these.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium-dark copper with a slight head that sticks around for a while. Initial aroma is pretty hoppy, after that dies off, roasty darker malts show off a slight caramel side. Generally a pleasant aroma, but nothing real exciting. As the beer warms, the flavors show a nice bittering profile. Simple bitters, mouthfeel pretty watery. Stood up decently to a burger and pepprocinis with spicy roasted corn.

A decent beer, but just does not grab me like some other British session brews. It's low ABV has some good things going for it though, the amount of flavor for this alcohol content is a good thing. OK, I guess (sorry I can"t be more positive than that).

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Photo of georgeanthorpe
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of emincems
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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Greene King IPA Draught Bitter from Greene King / Morland Brewery
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