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Old Speckled Hen | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Quaffer on 10-23-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,947
Reviews:
933
Ratings:
2,101
pDev:
16.52%
Bros Score:
3.51
 
 
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47
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spike
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 500ml clear glass bottle.
L: Clear red/amber colour with a thin head but lots of lacing.
S: Lots of sweet, malty, toffee goodness.
T&F: Creamy, sweet & malty. Light body with a crisp finish.
O: A classic English bitter. The slightly higher ABV gives it a subtle edge and a lift. Smooth, soft & refreshing.

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3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

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3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information.
A: Pours a clear, copper color with a distinctive red tinge and a foamy half inch very light tan head. Decent retention and lacing.
S: Floral bouquet with the aromas of toffee, pepper and spice. Mineral and woody.
T: Toffee, raisin, and cashew nut flavors, all slightly overpowered by the bitterness which lingers into mild peppery aftertaste. Could swear I tasted iron.
M: Medium bodied with solid carbonation. Refreshing and goes down easily.
O: I think this is a fairly representative version of English Bitter, although the categories around English Pale Ale, Bitter, ESB are somewhat arbitrary. Perhaps a bit more flat out bitter than other versions I have had.

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4.4/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.04/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a thistle glass. Very pretty crystal-clear amber color, almost cream sherry-like in appearance. Brewer's notes state that this is "...a beautifully malty ale with subtle notes of toffee and fruit." This description is spot on. There is a ton of light toffee sweetness and flavor up front. As you let it warm in your mouth, you begin to notice notes of orange, pear, tart apple, plum, and peppery spice. Medium body, with a clean, peppery finish. Delicious and well crafted. This one deserves some love!

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4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

well, yum I like it

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3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

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3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

It's the same colour original Lucozade (amber I guess). Not much of a head of which to speak but that doesn't bother me since I'm not a big on big froth. Has a glucose tablet sweetness at first which is mercifully balanced on the back end with juuust enough bitterness. Light on carbonation but again, just enough. Perfectly acceptable beer under normal circumstances and just what I wanted in this moment so I'm marking it up a notch.

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

The appearance had a clear amber/red colored body with a one finger head that sustains for a good minute before slowly dieing to leave a clingy lacing. Some carbonation is seen rising. The smell had English pale malts - malty sweet and could be construed as "soapy" to some drinkers. The taste had a malty sweet all the way through with a strong English malty aftertaste and a quick dry finish. On the palate, it sat about a light to medium and was somewhat sessionable. Carbonation is mainly subdued and is good for the style and to me. Overall, though maybe nothing special to scream about, but hey for what its worth, I could see myself having it again with some fish n’ chips.

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3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hap it on draft at a faux English Putin the Redlands, CA. Poured nitro into a pint glass with a pinkish yellow color and a creamy head and lacing. Fruity smell, apples and pears. Taste is of pears, sweet apples, cantaloupe, nuts and malt. Not bad with a pasty.

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3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half litre can, poured into pint glass.

A: Amber, slightly hazy, no real head.

S: Earthy, Goldings or Fuggles hop.

T: Malty chestnut, notes of fruit with a lingering bitter finish.

M: Medium to heavy body, not much carbonation, smooth.

O: Somewhere between an English Pale Ale, Bitter, Old Ale and an ESB.

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Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 2,101 ratings
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