Old Speckled Hen | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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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

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Added by Quaffer on 10-23-2000

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Reviews:
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2,129
pDev:
16.52%
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2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mishi_d
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of count_von_count
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tuowl74a
4.28/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dvmin98
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of georgeanthorpe
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 440ml can with a BB of Oct 2018. ABV is stated as 5%. Acquired a little while back from Morrisons. The label describes it as a malty ale with a toffee character; hopped with Challenger, Pilgrim, First Gold and Goldings. The name apparently refers to an old factory MG that was known as the 'old speckled 'un'.

A: Poured into a tulip pint glass. A bright coppery-amber hue with excellent clarity and good carbonation. Yields a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of fruity ale yeast with hints of esters, caramel malt, toffee, mild grain, leafy hops, subtle hay and a faint earthiness. A classic English ale profile.

T: Tastes of caramel malt with notes of grain, mild toffee, barley sugar, fruity yeast esters, leafy hops, hay, faint pepper and a vague earthiness. Slightly sweet, followed by a moderate leafy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and good body for the style. Aftertaste of caramel malt, toffee, fruity yeast and bitter leafy hops.

O: A distinctive classic ale; could be thought of as representing the style. Looks the part, while the aroma and flavour showcase a satisfying blend of caramel malt, fruity ale yeast and leafy hops. Nice body. Drinkable if a tad pedestrian; the traditional character won't be to everyone's taste. Almost certainly better on cask. Worth sampling.

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Photo of JimKal
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the nitro version of this beer. It was canned and not in a clear glass bottle. I think this led to an improvement in the taste as there was no skunkiness present. Poured an amber with the nice nitro head. Taste was mildly bitter. Creamy texture due to the nitro but not much beyond that. If you are a fan of nitro beers you may like this as well.

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4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden copper with a one-finger, creamy, off-white head. Leaves some lacing
Smells of good malt and little hop.
A wonderful malty taste with a good hop finish. This is much more enjoyable than I expected.
Extremely creamy smooth finish with just enough hop bite in the end. Very refreshing. Some graininess.
Overall, I like this much more that other BA's do. Will get again.

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3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Momon
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheCrowsEye
2.72/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle
ABV: 5%

Poured into a chalice a pretty nice clean/clean golden amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which also leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, kinda yeasty, with some toffee. The taste is pretty nice, malty, kinda yeast, with some toffee, nice little sweetness. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew.

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Photo of Jim67
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenHoppy
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nhdjinn
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

looks: Golden copper with nice lacy head that last
Smell: Toffee, malty and slight hint of hops
Taste: bitterness with a malty toffee with a hint of butter- very smooth.
Feel medium feel - easy drinking
Overall: On high end of Special Bitter Ale class. Not an ESB due to hop rate an ABV.
Very pleasant English ale.

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Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DavetotheB
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Didn't seem to have a whole lot of taste.

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4.16/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NMC79
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of the_awesometeer
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a reddish amber color with a thin but lasting smooth, silky head. The beer smells sweet with a strong toffee aroma with a slight hint of bitterness. The beer is malty and sweet and very typical for this English style. The beer is super smooth with a dry, slightly bitter finish

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Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 2,129 ratings