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

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#40,873
Reviews:
958
Ratings:
2,179
pDev:
16.76%
 
 
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Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of edward_boumil
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: orange red brown colored beer, decent head retention, soapy lace. Very bright and clear in the glass
S: pretty inviting. Lots of dark sugar aromas, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and touches of herbal hops
T: unfortunately these great malt aromas are weaker on the palate. Hops are a little stronger though, providing a vegetal bitterness, soft yet present. Get a littler buttery touch, I’m not the biggest diacetyl fan but it’s tastefully done as it complements the malts.
F: remarkably smooth. Very silky, sudsy, and refreshing.
O: good beer, probably worth a try as I’d expect this to be really sessionable.

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Photo of Dheeznuhhtz
4.63/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is the best “ fine ale” I’ve had yet. It’s like Boddingtons with a more caramel flavor and great rose gold colour

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Very pale amber, verging on yellow. A finger of off-white head with good retention.

Smell: Mild pale malt with a little fruitiness. A bit of hop bitterness.

Taste: Following the nose, with a taste that manages to simultaneously be hop-forward and very mild. The hop bitterness is the strongest note, but nowhere near the strength of an IPA's flavor.

Mouthfeel: A little thick and creamy. Mild carbonation.

Overall: A very plain pale ale. A decent drink, but not one I'd be heartily recommending.

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Photo of chiefz1
4.17/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Amendm
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz. bottle needed an average pour for a short lived light beige foamy head with little lace.
Clear pale amber color, appears yellow straw in front of light.
Bready and grainy smell with faint hops.
Taste begins semi-sweet and lightly bitter, pale malt, biscuit and faint roasted malt.
Middle taste has some ripe pear, apple and plum as it drys and bitters.
The finish is semi dry with a spicy bitterness, quick and clean.
Faint aftertaste of spice and hops.
Light body, average carbonation. Smooth feel. Semi-dryness and bitterness build up during the taste and improve as it warms.

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Photo of matuto
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml can. Very beautiful foam, dense and persistent.

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Photo of Gemini6
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothmanscott
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From notes 1/13/12: Pours crystal clear copper with super, foamy, tightly bubbled, long lasting, beige head that leaves a coating of thin lacing. Aroma is weak but a number of things come through as the beer warms: mildly acetic, biscuit, light caramel malt, honey and something akin to over ripe banana. Taste is watery up front, a little dry from middle through the finish and slightly sour throughout with biscuit, faint caramel and cherry, a hint of nuts and hop bitterness in the finish that intensifies in the aftertaste. This thin bodied beer can not be rushed to be fully appreciated. 3 stars.

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Photo of KMcGrath
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beersampler6
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad English ale but fairly bland and unexciting. Pours a nice amber color with minimal lastly head or lacing. Smells mainly of malt, roasted nuttiness, caramel and some toffee. Tastes similarly, along with some stone fruitiness. Smooth mild thin mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Not bad but I would look elsewhere for a go-to easy-to-drink brew.

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Photo of Ceddd99
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Mediocre at best, disappointing considering I am a big fan of English pale ales.

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Photo of DOCRW
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CHankenhoff
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Photo of crouching050
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SportsGuy33
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dave2234
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jhodgert
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of elnachooo
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
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 +6.6%
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 +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of a77cj7
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 2,179 ratings