Greene King IPA
Greene King / Morland Brewery

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English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ranked #370
Ranked #48,060
3.15 | pDev: 18.1%
Greene King / Morland Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Greene King IPAGreene King IPA
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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.01/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L- Clear, pale chestnut, pours with 5mm off-white head, receding very slowly.
S- Quite toasty, but lacking any richer aspects.
T- It's quite hoppy-dry on the front, some toasty notes follows, and back into a hoppy-dry finish. Tastes more like a light bitter to me than a trad English IPA.
M- Unsurprisingly for 3.6% it has quite a thin body beneath quite a punchy hoppy-dry profile.
O- It could make a session-beer if you want flavour without hitting higher ABVs. If like me that's not the goal, and you're looking for a beer to stand alone and reward then this is rather anti-climactic.
Bought as part of a mixed Greene King 6-pack of bottles from Waitrose.

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

Had this on cask at a pub while on holiday. Not quite what I expected with IPA being stronger in the states. But still enjoyable. Creamy rather than sweet, bitterness was moderate, sort of like an iced tea. I wouldn't go out of my way to drink this but I'd order another with lunch again.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.91/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had pulled from the cask at The Beer Temple.
I'm not surprised by the low ratings for this very delicately balanced ale.
First of all, everyone (including me) is expecting an IPA. Not. Not even a pale. So without the bitter and fruity hops prevalent in either style, it is easy to get disappointed, move on to the next beer and not appreciate this Greene King for what it is.

And what it is is, in fact, old school brewing. The hops are mostly herbal, a flavoring to keep the crystal malt (caramel notes) from becoming sweet. The grist also has some very dark malt to create an amber Look and provide astringency since the bitter hops are few. A slightly dry and very tidy finish. And by the way, very fresh... straight from the cask that the recipe was designed for.

A great session ale. My only problem with it was I had just played tennis and needed something juicy and refreshing. My bad timing that day in beer and tennis. But, glad to have the real thing from a cask.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.26/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Cask conditioned at The Wheatsheaf, Parsons Green, London. Served a bit too cold for a cask ale. Honey coloured. Minimal head. Little detectable aroma, a smoky pub probably had most of the blame. This is a smooth and very drinkable bitter without too much character. Moderate hoppiness, hardly an "authentic" IPA.

660 ml bottle, bought in Norway. Tawny colour, moderate head, moderate "standard bitter" aroma. Flavourwise it’s much like the cask version: Smooth and drinkable, not offensive in any way, but not very exciting either.

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Photo of Wiffler27
2.64/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

everyone talks about british beer being warm, they're wrong. british beer isn't warm, cask ales are flat as fuck. flat and shitty beer is tough to drink. this beer is no exception.

very difficult to drink and did not enjoy at all. had much better cask ales in England

forget Greene King, when in England find an actual local pub not this lot

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Photo of Spike
2.94/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draught at ‘Golden Lion’ pub in St James’s.
L: Clear, dark amber colour with a rich, white head that reduces quickly but leaves many rings of lacing.
S: Some malt, not much, no off-notes.
T: Follows the nose, traditional English malt flavour but very light.
F: Crisp, smooth mouthfeel with light bitterness.
O: No idea why Greene King calls this an IPA. It’s a very average, low ABV, English bitter. Malty and dry but lacking both flavour and aroma. A simple, mass-produced, session ale.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.56/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On cask at an English Style pub in PA.

Clear, copper colored with foamy white head. Aroma is of earthy hops. Taste is bread and noble hops. Thin to medium body, soft carbonation

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Photo of EmperorBevis
2.11/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Light brown body with some white foam
which I had to work hard to produce
The aroma is precraft bitter, some stewed hop & brewing copper
this is the taste I would expect from a budget supermarket cannned bitter
thinner than Kate Moss after a month of the trots

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Photo of josanguapo
2.31/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

From carrefour. In Ikea's pint glass. After dinner. Really smoothness feel and nice long-lasting. foam. However, I find it pretty odorless and tasteless. I cant say that ive enjoyed it more than a typical industrial lager. Has nothing of an IPA

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Photo of T100Mark
3.78/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pulled (cask) into a pint glass at The Plough in Bloomsbury, London.

Appearance - Reddish copper color. Amazing clarity! Thin white head made up of very fine bubbles. Minimal/moderate lacing. A good looking ale.

Smell - Mild malt nose. A touch toasty. A faint whiff of citrus.

Taste - Mild malt flavor (no surprise there). A bit toasty. Slightly bitter on the finish.

Mouth - Smooth. The carbonation is barely perceptible. A little thin.

Overall - This is a mild bitter that is perfectly balanced and very sessionable. Having said that, I like my ales with a little more character. Nice but a little lacking. It sure was pretty to look at, though!

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Photo of smcolw
3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Small big bubbled head. But it leaves some excellent lace (blanketing the glass). The liquid is caramel brown and is crystal clear.

Mild smell that reminds me of a mild ale. Certainly not an IPA.

Lots of crystal malt flavor up front. The body seems flat, even for a cask conditioned beer. Little hop--this is very much improperly named--I think British Mild, not IPA. As a mild it is mediocre. As an IPA it clearly misses the mark.

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Photo of djura
1.98/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Got it from England.

A - Ruby reddish color,with almost not any foam. Lots of bubbles.
S - Very poor,nothing exited.
T/M - Can't feel anything because of huge unpleasant carbonation. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. Watery taste. As i drink some cheap supermarket beer.

O - So,ether this beer is really bad,ether something was wrong with this bottle i got. Huge disappointed for this beer. It said on the bottle so many positive things,so this IPA must be much,much better then it is. Also,where is IPA taste in it?
I know what i drink,and this is so bad.

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Photo of Runofthemiller
1.85/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I flew to London and got this?!? Seriously?!?

This is a bad beer and an awful IPA. I dumped it in the street and got something different.

My first home brew in college was substantially better than this.

No hop smell or taste. Very malty. Sort of like Lillian's Irish red.


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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.52/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pumped from a cask into an dimpled mug, dark orange brown amber with a short white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S:standard English hop smell, big on malt, caramel, balanced

T: odd flavor of apple, caramel, sweet, light pine hop finish

M: creamy with low carbonation

O: reviewed from notes on 8/2/13

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Photo of monorailred
2.07/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was on a layover at Heathrow and was in the mood for a nice, hoppy IPA. What I got instead was this. I knew something was off when I could barely smell any hops. My first taste convinced me they pulled the wrong beer. I sent it back and watched them pull another. It was the same. It's not an awful beer, but it is an awful "IPA."

Overall, meh. I would not come back to this well again.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.71/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 440ml can with a BB of Nov 2012. Picked up from a supermarket a while back.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear dark amber colour with medium carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam with decent retention; this slowly subsides to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of caramel malt with notes of grass, hay and stewed hops. A stale hint of cardboard/sherry in the background.

Tastes of caramel malt with a dry bitter finish. Notes of grass, hay, stewed leaves and hints of wet cardboard. A restrained, earthy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with decent body. Mildly astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter stewed leaves and faint caramel.

Meh - a pretty bog standard bitter from one of the biggest ale brewers in the UK. Not much cop as an IPA, and even taken as a bitter it's bland. The aroma and flavour are uninspired - mild hop notes and a crisp but understated bitterness. The relatively low carbonation is OK, though the body could be thicker. Decent balance. This is drinkable and I'd turn to it in an emergency, but it's dull fare. No need to seek it out.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
2.9/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This ENGLISH BITTER was poured from a 500ml can into a pint glass.

Pours a nice amber colour with a decent head and some lacing.

Smells slightly off, malty and hoppy though.

Tastes even more off, nice balanced malts and hops but with a distinctive artificial/chemical tang.

Overall this beer is ok. Rubbish compared with other good bitters though.

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

The brew is clear light amber, has an off-white head with little lacing and small curtains.

Smelling of apples. grass and nettles.

The taste starts with sweet toffee, then some pears and also lemon peel.

Little carbonation, a soft texture, medium body and a light dry finish.

A good medium alcohol brew, decent and British.

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Photo of dansmcd
2.51/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear red amber topped by a tight white head and nice drools of lacing.

S - Mild. Subtle biscuity caramel.

T - Follows the nose, basically pretty flavourless, even for the style.

M - Thin watery body, low carbonation.

O - I know the style is mild but this is just too featureless my for taste.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: cask at Yards Brewing Co., Philly, PA, for their 5th Annual Real Ale Festival 2012

Poured a slightly hazy amber color with a small cap of foamy white head. Not too aromatic; scents of pale malts and grassy hops. Simple taste, a bit watery; light, biscuity malts, bitter, grassy hops, some earthiness, thin and not too interesting overall...a problem I have with many British beers. Light mouthfeel, bitter aftertaste, fairly drinkable, not entirely bad, but really not my thing.

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Photo of stevoj
3.38/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Catch up rating. On tap at the Bird in Hand, Mildenhall. Nice draft IPA, but hard to get used to the British styles served cold. Typical IPA notes, though not as hoppy as their American cousins.

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Photo of Amalak
3.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has a dry and flavorless taste. It has no discernable bitter. Maybe a touch of sour aftertaste. Very plain on the tongue. Easy to drink/light. Unimpressive but at least it goes down smooth.

I like cask beers, but if you call yourself an IPA I need bitter hops and some sort of a kick.

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Photo of Kbogac
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lighter brown with a thin loose foam. Light scent of citrus orange apple from the hops. Maybe some malt. Taste is light malt and hops. Some caramel, biscuit and I get a little apple at the finish. More biscuit as it warms. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is very minimal but it's a cask pour. Overall un-exciting light session beer.

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Photo of Koufax21
3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had from cask at Bull's Head Cask Festival in Letitz, PA.

A - poured a pale straw color with just a few straggling bubbles for what represents no head.

S - the faint aroma of musty, wet grass is there, but not much more.

T - pretty bland. It is balanced adequately but not much substance to balance.

M - smooth and slick. Light in body.

O - not too excited about this one. At a whopping 3.6%, you could session this quite easily. I will be moving along to satisfy my tastebuds.

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Photo of rapayn01
2.7/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I drank this beer from the bottle at a barbeque in Brighton. It was part of a 4-for-3 sale at the Waitrose that weekend and I should have purchased more bottles of Jaipur IPA instead. This is a fairly bland IPA -- not very flavorful, though I rightly expected a greater hops taste.

The beer is a fairly nice brownish color in the clear bottle and I did not note anything special about the smell. I may have picked up some mild hints of citrus -- or perhaps a hint of soft flowers.

I've now had 2 different beers from Greene King and would encourage them to up their hop quotient.

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Greene King IPA from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 223 ratings