Greene King IPA | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery
England, United Kingdom
greenekingbeers.co.uk

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 04-22-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
200
Reviews:
71
Avg:
3.16
pDev:
18.67%
 
 
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4
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31
For Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A pint in a traditional pint glass, enjoyed at Macgreggors Jefferson Street. Somehwat too cold, very creamy white head-with tons of lace. Fresh, and bitter,drying and not all that enjoyable. Neutral aroma. Malting of bitterness an English thing. Not your American IPA.

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.14/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of emerge077
3.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Globe Pub in Chicago.

Gold color, thin head with some lacing in a pint glass. Dull lager type aroma, grains and mildly grassy. Taste brought more of the same, dry and grassy hop character, with a body that felt more lager than IPA. Dry finish, and a pretty subdued taste. Thin on carbonation but slightly above "watery" in body. Easy to drink, but ultimately nondescript and forgettable.

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Photo of olradetbalder
1.75/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Rifugium
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
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 dcmchew
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of smcolw
3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
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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2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of mdfb79
3.65/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 10/07/15 notes at Lamb and Iron in London, England.

Cask - fruity bready. Say light citrus and earth
Ned body no carb

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3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jwc215
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-cask at The King's Arms, London:

Pours copper amber with a thin bubbly head. Patchy lacing sticks.

The smell is lemony, leafy, slightly woody.

The taste is of caramel with lingering hop bitterness in the finish. Rather non-descript, even dull. Not "off", just rather bland, though it does have an initial sweetness and an ending bitterness.

Other than a touch more bitterness, this isn't really much of an IPA. A slightly more bitter "bitter" or pale would be more appropriate, IMO. Body is light, on thin side.

Weak (even as a "bitter" as is correctly classified here, as it is no "IPA"), but drinkable. Easy, but pretty non-descript and "forgettable".

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Photo of malfunxion
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of stevoj
3.38/5  rDev +7%
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 tobelerone
3.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was suprised to see I hadn't reviewed this beer before, must have missed it somehow.

Anyway, I am having a Pale Ale day and this is my first one (Purity Mad Goose, Brew Dog Punk IPA and a Brooklyn East India Pale Ale to follow).

The 660ml brown bottle was out of date by two months on opening and was poured into two vase shaped glasses, one a pint, the other a half.

Looked fine, clear and mid-amber in colour, the head was almost white and full, staying for most of the tasting.

Hops dominated the aroma, not 'in your face' nasty, just a good harty smell (First Gold and Challenger are used).

The hops are also the main feature of the taste, again not over the top. The beer has a good balance and all the ingrediants blend together to produce an easy drinking ale with a typical English IPA feel to it.

At 3.6% you don't get a huge mouthfeel or heavy body, but you would never guess it had such a low alcohol content.

I am not a big fan of Greene King (for many reasons), but credit where credit is due, this is a good beer and one I have often drunk, although normally in cask form.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BGsWo22
1.75/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.56/5  rDev +12.7%
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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2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of maximum12
2.6/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My excitement at finding a tap handle with "IPA" on it dissolved almost the instant this beer hit my poor tongue.

Ordered up at the infamous Sherlock Holmes pub just off Trafalgar Square, my first entrance into a British Pub. Great experience; just before Armistice Day & there'd been some kind of vet's gathering nearby, so the place was packed with roaring, ribbing, funny-as-hell British vets. Wish I could have stayed longer!

OK, so I can't put off talking about the beer any longer. Very light color, clearly filtered to within an inch of its life, which in the process removed most of the smell & almost all of the character. After bracing myself for a cleansing IPA on the palate, I got what I later found out to be a weak, watery, rather washed out English Bitter. Not a bad beer, but unremarkable in every way, shape, & form, & a serious let-down considering the branding (IPA!) & great atmosphere.

Mediocre. I wouldn't bother with this one again, & would choose a mixed drink or water if this was all there was on offer.

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Photo of drpimento
2.72/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

There appears to be either two different lablels for the same beer or two different beers with very similar labels: Greene King IPA and Greene King IPA Export Strength. I went to Greene King's website and their local version looks like this one and is listed at this strength. However, in their export page they do list the one that has "Export Strength" on it and from what I've seen elsewhere, it seems to be the same strength!

That said, this one poured out of the can with a big foamy, thick head that lasted most of the way. Oddly, no lace. Color is a slightly brown amber. Very mild aroma, not of hops at all, let alone IPA. Malty, dryish, slightly grassy. Flavor is the same with just a hint of a play between bitterness and sweetness. Slightly sweet finish. Very nice body, but overall relatively bland.

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Greene King IPA from Greene King / Morland Brewery
3.16 out of 5 based on 200 ratings.
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