Old Speckled Hen | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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79
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2,089 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:
2,089
Reviews:
930
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
16.71%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
312
For Trade:
0
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Photo of soju6
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear, dark golden color with a nice head that fades to decent lacing.

S: Aroma of mild sweetness, some caramel and malt and a hint of grain.

T: Taste is a mild sweetness, some caramel, malt and bit of grain. There is a bitterness in the background with a dry finish.

F: fairly light body, smooth and somewhat creamy.

O: Nice middle-of-the-road beer for the style. Good for a few.

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Photo of locckdown
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of szmnnl99
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of beardedterror
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Excellent deep golden color with a hint of red. Creamy white head of about 3 fingers which diminished to just lacing in a short amount of time.

S - Sweet and creamy. Hints of toffee and lighter crystal malts. Very slight diacetyl aroma. Pleasant, and not very complex.

T - Slightly disappointing. Slightly sweet, with a very minor front of toffee or caramel. Finish is very buttery. Almost unpleasant.

M - Good, but not overpowering amount of carbonation. Medium-light body, with a creamy feel on the palate. Slightly slick, probably due to the diacetyl.

O - Decent light-bodied English brew. No hop characteristics to pick out. Not very complex. Decent mouth feel. Definitely sessionable.

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Photo of Aexoonge
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on nitro tap at Drop Off Service in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear amber in color. The beer has a half finger tall creamy off-white head that is retained throughout the drinking of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Very light aroma overall with subtle hints of malts and hops.

T: The beer has a very mild flavor with some light hints of the malts and hops.

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Extremely creamy.

O: Super easy to drink and very refreshing with a light flavor and wonderful creaminess.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of conradh
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -56.8%

Photo of ZorPrime
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is like caramel with a foamy head that is soap looking. The head is made up of different bubbles size. The aroma is bitter and shows signs of hops and some caramel malts. On the taste, it is caramel malts with a dry finish with a light bitterness. Carbonation is present in the mouth. Medium to thin body. This is an good Pale Ale, however it is a bit pricy.

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Photo of jktedder12
4.04/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 14.9oz nitro can into a chilled pint glass. Beautiful coppery color with a creamy 1/2 head which remained after the initial foamy cascade. Minimal lacing. Very nice malty aroma with an equally nice creamy mouthfeel. Taste is malty with a minimal amount of hops. Hints of caramel also present. Overall a very drinkable, enjoyable English ale.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of jriggins6
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of PorterLambic
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrives a nice coppery color with a solid 1/2" of off-white creaminess sitting atop it. Retention is excellent. Lacing is minimal.
Smell is malt and caramel with some green grape and citrusy hops.
Taste is malt, citrus, light hops and some caramel. Alcohol is noticed at the swallow.
Surprisingly warming with a smooth, mild effervescence. Fullish body. Slight coating of the tongue and palate. A real solid example of the style.

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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2/5  rDev -42.4%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
3.47 out of 5 based on 2,089 ratings.
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