Old Speckled Hen
Greene King / Morland Brewery

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From:
Greene King / Morland Brewery
 
England, United Kingdom
Style:
English Pale Ale
Ranked #146
ABV:
5%
Score:
79
Ranked #28,638
Avg:
3.46 | pDev: 16.47%
Reviews:
995
Ratings:
1,289
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 24, 2022
Added:
Oct 23, 2000
Wants:
  60
Gots:
  371
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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3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Had on nitro tap at The Wheel House, Niwot Colorado

On arrival 1 finger of fine nitro off white head. The body is a light brownish amber. Lacing is left.

Aroma is a touch funky in the yeast department with some English hops coming through as well. A touch malty but not sweet.

Taste follows the aroma but is a bit more malty. Again not sweet with the hops and a dryness coming through quickly some bitterness but nothing. A slight savory note on the finish.

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3.53/5  rDev +2%
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This really doesn’t smell like much of anything, except for some sweet graininess.

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Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 2284 ratings