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:
Pale Ale - English
Ranked #146
ABV:
5%
Score:
79
Ranked #29,029
Avg:
3.46 | pDev: 16.47%
Ratings:
2,272
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 09, 2022
Added:
Oct 23, 2000
Wants:
  58
Gots:
  370
SCORE
79
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Old Speckled HenOld Speckled Hen
Notes: 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.
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Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
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