Old Speckled Hen | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Old Speckled Hen is popular with ale drinkers up and down the country and renowned for its unique character and consistent quality.

The great British ale was first brewed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the MG car factory in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. It was even named after the factory’s old run around car which was often parked outside the paint shop. Spattered in paint, the car became known as the “Owld Speckl’d Un”. The eagle-eyed might even see the resemblance between MG’s logo and the Old Speckled Hen label!

More than 35 years on, the great premium ale continues to be a finely balanced beer with a distinctive rich, malty taste and fruity aroma.

Added by Quaffer on 10-23-2000

BEER STATS
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#40,294
Reviews:
953
Ratings:
2,163
pDev:
16.52%
 
 
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Photo of Dave2234
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jhodgert
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of elnachooo
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cerveza de cuerpo medio y de carbonatación moderada. Tiene aroma a malta, tostado y un poco de lúpulo. En boca tiene un amargor pero con una sensación dulce que recuerda al caramelo.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Mid chestnut, clear, pours with a 5mm just off-white head. Minor rising carbonation.
S- It's 'roasty-toasty'. It smells good, and it's fragrance is quite clear too, but toasted grains are what I get, no more.
T- Toasty caramel, into a somewhat bitter finsish.
M- Tangy/fresh with enough richness from the malts and 5.2% to balance it.
O- Lovely beer, eminently drinkable, and there is zero question whether this will remain a brew I enjoy every couple of weeks. Bought from Tesco in London. If it has a BB date on it I'm unable to find it.
ps. I've enjoyed this beer for years, and even recently reviewed it's gluten-free version. So I was amused to notice last night that I'd never reviewed this original version, despite having enjoyed it for say 25 years.

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Photo of MouldyCrow
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of a77cj7
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of NOLANDMAN
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dentist666
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jamesroses
1.44/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Ruby red with big creamy co2 induced head.

Green apple both in aroma and taste and an extra weird strawberry note on the palate.

Weird artificial bitter aftertaste.

Absolutely horrendous.

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Photo of tux_alin
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveCash
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Foyle
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from 12 oz bottle into English pint glass. A thin frothy cream colored head drops slowly with plenty of lacing. Color resembles iced tea, moderate streaming carbonation. Aroma of turned fruit, earthy hops and yeasty bread dough. Mouthfeel between light and medium, somewhat astringent, with a somewhat damp finish. Flavor is milder than I expected -- more watery than the malt on the nose. However, the flavors that present are pleasant -- a bit of honey, toasted bread, raisins, a little caramel, turned fruit, and and a nice earthy hops. Overall: very pleasant ale.

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Photo of NodakEric
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gvickery
2.04/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Ok, I didn’t see on the can that this was a “nitro can” which means they use nitrogen instead of co2 so they are absolutely flat. They taste like they were opened the day before and left out. It has a nice red/amber color with a crystal malt toffee smell. I couldn’t detect any hop smell at all. The taste is all Carmel and no distinguishable hop flavor. If it had some actual carbonation it would be ok. I am very disappointed since I was going to get the Bass ale and got this instead. I also don’t see any reviews mentioning the lack of carbonation, that would have been nice I wouldn’t have wasted $10 on a 4 pack. So, despite my 54% English DNA, the rest of these will be used to simmer some brats tomorrow. Cheers

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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of npfreeman
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zekenyce
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HabaJohn
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 2,163 ratings