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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3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a nice amber color. This is darker than I expected. One-finger white head, visible carbonation. Minimal lacing remains on the glass.

S: A bit of caramely malts. It does have a bit of "cheap beer" smell, not sure what causes this or how to describe it. This aspect does fade as it warms.

T: Caramel, bready malt. Some fruitiness that defies further description...maybe a bit of banana? A bit bland.

M: Good carbonation, a bit on the thin side. Hang is a little bitter, little acerbic.

O: It's OK, nothing special. I have trouble getting past the smell, and I wish I knew what was in here that gave it that aroma. Tastes better than it smells.

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3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Browsing the supermarkets of Daejeon (in Korea) on Saturday I was gob smacked to find a bottle of Old Speckled Hen.

APPEARANCE: Beautiful clear amber with irregular off-white head which soon dissipates (thankfully) into an elegant film. A few curiously large bubbles at the bottom and small streams of bubbles at the top.

SMELL: Malty but not metallic. Raw honey. Something dodgy in there too.

TASTE: Non metallic malt balanced with hoppy bitterness. A fair bit of raw honey but it's not so sweet. Quite a bit of citrus. Has an earthy, spicy quality. It's sticky and leaves a raw honey fragrance on the inside of the glass, which I like.

OVERALL: If this beer were a football team it would be at the bottom of the Championship. However, having drunk my first English ale for six months here in Korea it tastes sublime.

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3.96/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- body is amber and light brown. Quite clear. Head is a creamy tan color with excellent retention and lots of lacing*.

S- lots of butterscotch, fruity aromas, and caramel. Very mild and smooth herbal hop smell.

T- uber-smooth caramel and toasted malt flavors. A subtle acidic tang underlies everything. Also a good dollop of ripe banana esters. Very mild mineral flavor and some earthy hops in the finish.

M- very smooth and drinkable. One of this beer's best attributes. How much of that is due to the nitro can I'm not sure but frankly I dont care!

*to be expected from a nitro can

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Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
3.47 out of 5 based on 2,087 ratings.
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