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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Quaffer on 10-23-2000

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pDev:
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I thought I'd had this beer before. But it sure didn't seem all that familiar once I opened it!

L (4.5): Beautiful color. Deep copper/red color to it. Almost photograph worthy, really
S (4): Had this intriguing fruity/brandy/port wine smell to it. I almost thought it was barrel aged or something.
T (4.25): Again, this fruity/brandy/port wine taste to it. Not a lot, and not distracting. But really tasty. I might be crazy, but I just couldn't shake it. (Not that this is a bad thing either!) Not hoppy at all, but I don't know if it really should be.
F (3): Nothing to write home about here. Not much of a mouthfeel. Smooth, but unexciting. No head really. Some of this is nature of the style, but I expected a little more here.

Overall (4): Solid beer. I am going to purchase another one next time I'm at the beer store.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

Look: Copper, English breakfast tea. Light cream colored head recedes to a wisp, no lacing.

Aroma: Faint caramel malts, some skunk from the clear bottle.

Taste: Mostly malt sweetness, some toffee, sour hop finish, some skunkiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: The skunkiness ruins a lot of this. The canned version would be a good bet.

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Photo of MACrist
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: Poured into pint glass from the nitro pint can. Leaves an ultra creamy 1"+ eggshell head that sticks around. Leaves incredible creamy lacing down the glass. After the cascading effect the beer is a very clear dark amber.
AROMA: Sweet toffee/caramel and a nice earthy note.
TASTE: Very mild toffee and a little mild earthy spice.
FEEL: Creamy and smooth. Quite thin body. A little slick and it dries up a little on the finish.
OVERALL: A very mild, smooth brew, in both taste and feel.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 11/30/2013. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, brown bread, plum, apple, honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, yeast ester, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, brown bread, plum, apple, nuttiness, light roast, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean in flavor as well. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very nice English pale ale! All around good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on draught in a pub. The color was something between a dark yellow and a light amber, with a very thin, milk-white head and lacing. The head disappeared very quickly and the lacing was minimal. It primarily of malt and hops with a slight toffee sweetness. The taste really follows the nose: primarily malty with biscuit, nuts, and faint butterscotch. It is rather bland but very easy to drink given its light body, low carbonation, and low ABV. This is a classic sessionable pub ale. You can drink a lot of it without feeling it. Overall, this isn't an ale to savor but it is great to drink with friends in a pub.

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Photo of bcgoldtoe
1.22/5  rDev -64.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Nitro-can.

Words cannot express how nasty I found this beer to be. I have NEVER dumped part of any beer, but I was pretty much tempted to toss half this can.

A=The best part. Dark brown with a decent head.

S= Just plain nasty.

T= Disgusting, skunked.

M= Too thick for my taste, probably about right for this style though.

D= With a smell and taste this noxious, I can't see anyone asking for a second.

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Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this a few times and always think its gonna be better each time I drink it,its not a bad beer but just seems to be missing a little something.Pours a deep copper/amber with a light head,aroma is slightly musty and malty.A pretty big pale ale nice maltiness but I would like maybe some more fruitiness to it.It is a pretty drinkable ale for the big maltiness.

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Photo of davemarc87
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of DanGeo
2.52/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of brownbeer
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic amber color with an off-white head.

The aroma is very nice, caramel, tea leaves, and earth.

Maris otter and English yeast work well together as far as the taste goes. A touch of toasty toffee and earthy hops are there. It's malty but manages to stay dry, which is a plus.

Really drinkable, impressive English ale. I could session this every day and not complain.

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Photo of Mac19872
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of npala86
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"Old Speckled Hen" English Pale Ale poured from a Nitro-can into a pint glass. 5.2% alcohol. 14.9 fluid oz.

A- Pours a brilliant pale orange fluid with massive and lingering off white sticky head that leaves huge fluffy lacing on glass.

S- Light scents of sweet malts and tangy hop spice. Almost an alcohol estery scent lingering as well.

T-M- Taste is off toasted sweet malts, mild flat floral hops and creamy buttered bread fininsh. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with little to distiguish it from others of its kind.

D- Well as most nitro-can english pub ales this is a session beer in all aspects. Drink up and cheers!

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Photo of Parke
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An OK beer. Amber color with a thick white head and some lacing. It had a sweet, grainy aroma, pretty nondescript. Taste also pretty nondescript; sweet,bready, a little hops. Decent mouthfeel, and drinkable. I'm not a huge fan of most British beers, so I'm probably knocking some points off for that.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a crystal-clear dark reddish-amber with an offiwhite head.
The aroma is caramel and biscuit with a bit of underlying spice and earthiness.
Taste is malt forward at first; toffee and bread followed by a bit of spicy hops with a middle bittering bit, a hint of fruit comes in. then it finishes with a slight bitterness. There's also a flavor in there that I can't quite figure out. It's not unpleasant, I just can't put a name to it.
Mouthfeel is medium-smooth.
Overall, refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of Todd
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: On draft @ The Pheonix Landing, Central Square, Cambridge, MA.

Appearance: Deep hazy amber, with a rich look to it. A creamy off-white head site a top, stays and sticks (poured through a Nitro system).

Smell: Semi-medicinal aroma with hidden sweet malts in the background.

Taste: Extremely smooth. Well rounded mouthfeel. Toasted, caramel and sweet malt flavours (likened to unfermented wort). A bit of a spicy, lemony hop flavour begins about 3/4 of the way through and dries, then balances the malt profile. Finishes sweet with a bit of medicinal flavour.

Notes: This is a fairly rich, robust and extremely drinkable Pale Ale. Makes for a great session beer as it goes down with no effort.

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Photo of sponberg
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very bright dark gold with a creamy white head. The nose is butterscotch and Schlitz all the way.

Starts out with a good butterscotch base (diacetyl?) with a slight but noticeable lemon/spice hoppy bite. I noticed a slight tang, sort of an "English beer from a can" flavor halfway through that I found distracting. I've noticed this before in this beer - maybe it's a hop thing? Pours down extremely easy, with light to medium body. A nice session beer, even if there are others I'd prefer.

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Photo of grynder33
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very appleish hop aroma, amber gold color, carmelly taste, the regular nitro smooth mouth feel, sweetness seems to stay but carmel taste disappears, what first seems creamy turns a little flat towards the end. Slight bitterness comes on at the end. I would drink somebody else's but would never buy a 4 pack

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Photo of R_Kole
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of otoolman221
2.03/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was an average brew at best.

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Photo of generallee
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a clear 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The label lists the abv at 5.2%.

Appearance: It has a light amber body with good clarity and a small quick fading white head.

Smell: The aroma is light overall. The hops are up front and offer very light mineral like notes with a slight skunked presence over a very pale thin malt.

Taste / Palate: The flavor has a nice bready maltiness up front along with some mild caramel and toffee sweetness. Hop flavor comes in quickly and adds some dryness and mellow bitterness to the finish.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -13.5%

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Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
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