Old Speckled Hen
Greene King / Morland Brewery

Old Speckled HenOld Speckled Hen
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From:
Greene King / Morland Brewery
 
England, United Kingdom
Style:
English Pale Ale
Ranked #132
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
79
Ranked #26,727
Avg:
3.47 | pDev: 16.43%
Reviews:
1,010
Ratings:
2,325
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 18, 2024
Added:
Oct 23, 2000
Wants:
  62
Gots:
  371
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.
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Reviewed by detgfrsh from Texas

3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From a nitro can. Medium brown color with silky cream-colored head. Strong roasted malt aroma. Medium body and creamy feel. Nutty malt flavor. Nice malty ale.
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Rated by BurtonRed from England

3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Too sweet and definitely not a "pale ale" by any metric, but fine
Feb 13, 2024
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Reviewed by Tolianych_Pivomnabuhanych from Vermont

5/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is a classic amber English Pale Ale. There is not much to say otherwise.

It is on the nutty side, more amber than a typical golden English Pale ale. Cans have draft widgets which makes this magical ambrosia taste so insanely good.

For a true connoisseur.

5%+
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Rated: 4.17 by Anacross from Oregon

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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
nitro draft pour into an old speckled hen glass (one of the coolest glasses i’ve ever seen). pours a cascading red with a finger or so a off-white foam head. nose has a malty sweetness to it as well as a cherry aroma. taste is more malt sweetness with a medium mouthfeel. super easy drinking. creamy mouthfeel but perhaps a little on the bland side. it’s good but i’d rather have a guinness or even a kilkenny.
Jan 18, 2024
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Reviewed by jadpsu from Georgia

3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
In Laurel:
LOOK: Pours a very clear reddish color with a very loose skin of an off white head that does have a side glass lace component.
AROMA: Caramel and butterscotch and some oozy malts. Surprised that his is only a 5.0% ABV.
TASTE: Unfortunately follows the nose. The caramel, butterscotch makes this a little too sweet for my liking.
Very drying from start to finish.
Dec 17, 2023
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.56/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
I cannot stress the importance of drinking FRESH beer.
12 oz bottle exp date May 2, 2024 into a nonic pint glass.
L: SRM 5-6 Pours clear ruby caramel with a 1" off white lightly soapy head that goes frothy with soapy edges, then to splotchy thick skin. Random light lacing.
S: Bready, brown bread, toffee, toasted caramelized malts, peach.
T: Lightly sweet soft brown bread, caramelized malts, toffee, gently floral, medium-low bitterness within the finish.
F: Fairly soft, smooth, medium to medium-light bodied with a medium-fast clean finish.
O: Amazingly easy to drink, very well balanced sweet/bitter. Not complex at all and has a superb flow. I truly enjoy the bready notes and overall mildness this beer delivers and it's one of the easiest drinking beers I've had. The bottles I purchased are very fresh. IMHO it is world-class in its style of English Pale Ale.
Dec 05, 2023
 
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Reviewed by hbeimers from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Pleasantly surprised by this English pale ale poured on nitro. Extremely creamy with a great fruity aftertaste almost like a cold brew coffee. Very peachy and smooth as well. Great with food.
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Rated by Jefflikesbeer from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Well balanced pale ale with distinctive taste that I cannot place.
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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Reviewed by OlaB from Norway

3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours a clear copper color with a medium top of white head that dissolves quickly.
Aroma is of malt, bread, some spices, slight caramel and hops.
The taste is sweet and malty with bready caramel notes allong with some spicy notes. The finish is slightly bitter with a decent lenght in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
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Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 2325 ratings