Old Speckled Hen | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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79
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2,087 Ratings
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Old Speckled HenOld Speckled Hen
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Quaffer on 10-23-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,087
Reviews:
929
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
16.71%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
311
For Trade:
0
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Photo of trllte
4.04/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

well, yum I like it

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Photo of cshaffer
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SSGCujo
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cambabeer
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fine-Ale-Countdown
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
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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Photo of MaxOhle
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puck1225
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of andyjeigh
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jonb5
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Photo of sisterofba
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stout_Scout
4.41/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Rpm0003
4.46/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of goodsuds
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a nitro can. Absolutely no head or indication of carbonation, but very clear and reddish brown. The smell is subtle - toffee, molasses, dark fruits, carmel malts. The taste is better as it warms, it matches the taste with a good bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is what ruins this beer. It's flat and watery. It's like drinking a cold hydrometer sample of a beer I'm brewing. This would be such a good beer if it were carbonated more.

Edit - the aroma and flavor improve quite a bit after it warms close to 60*F. I know many British ales are served with low carbonation, but I still feel like this would improve from more carbonation, even more perhaps if it were carbonated with CO2 instead.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
2.53/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Look - Pours a light orange color, a short ring of white head, no lacing.
Aroma - Fruity yeast, metallic, sugary sweet.
Taste - Like the aroma, sweet malt, very light caramel, pear-like sweetness, tinny/metallic aftertaste.
Feel - Light bodied, a bit flat, watery.

Overall - Not a fan. Very watery and one dimensional.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shawnspl
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of scootercrabb
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tmilner
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Greene King Old Speckled Hen, 5.2% ABV, 42 IBU. Pours thin and orange, with a one finger white head. Nose is sweet fruit and peanuts, taste is malty sweetness, a hint of peanuts, and slightly bitter. Good mouthfeel, overall good.

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Photo of CanadianGinge
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nater919
2.04/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of donspublic
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Tulip, 1/2 finger off white head, so so retention, nice lacing. Clear dark amber in the glass. Sells faintly of caramel malt, floral hoppiness peaking thru. Taste initially of caramel malt sweetness along with some toffee, leads into mild bitterness, floral/grassy hops hanging around. Finish is on the dry side, extremely drinkable. Nice clean drinking beer, would grab it on tap if it was there for a break from more palate abusing beers. Want to point out this came as part of a beer club shipment and was in a brown bottle, so not seeing any of the skunkiness others have posted about

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Photo of mtbdonn
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
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