Old Speckled Hen | Greene King / Morland Brewery

Old Speckled HenOld Speckled Hen
2,099 Ratings
Old Speckled HenOld Speckled Hen

Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Quaffer on 10-23-2000

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3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitro-tap into a tumbler pint, the beer has a foamy, bright, and lively cascade as the creamy smooth off-white head settles in on the top. It looks like buttercream frosting it is so smooth. The body of the beer is a bright, crystal clear, vibrant ruby-orange coloring. Aromas are rich and buttery toffee sweetness, with a slight tang and a biscuit backbone. Flavors are smooth and somewhat fruity, with berry and cherry highlights on a toffee and caramel malt backbone. The body is light, but velvety smooth, with a creamy feel overall to go along with the curtains of lacing left on the glass. Subtle roasting throughout, with a slick, tangy transition into a caramel sweet aftertaste. The finish is smooth and quick, with only a slight filmy linger left behind. Decent served this way, as I was never a huge fan from a bottle or can.

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Photo of Crevilo
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Pillowburn
1/5  rDev -71%

Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a clean orange-amber color with a bubbly and creamy white sand head. Head retention lasts and lasts. Lots of lacing.
The smells are English Pale Ale all the way. Toffee, nutty malt doughy bread and tea-like hops with faint whiffs of grassy and distant sulfur.
Tastes of nutty and dried malt last throughout. The malty backbone is livened up with tea-like hop tangs and mild citrus notes. A faint metallic bite edges in at the back end. A little caramel sweetness adds a nice gulpablity factor.
It’s a medium-bodied, mellow and relaxing brew with mild carbonation. A real easy drinker that goes well with a wide variety of foods.
What's not to like?

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Photo of Schweaintrain
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of shambeano
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml clear glass bottle into a pint glass

A- Pours a clear dark copper with about a half centimeter of head that quickly subsides to a whisper. looks alright, nice colour but a little plain.

S- sweetish malts upfront, toffee a bit of caramel, something faintly metallic in there. not much in the way of hop. its really a bit plain on the nose as well.

T- straight up there's the toffee malts a flavour that continues throughout the beer. there is some herbal, peppery hops, the bitterness just rounds everything out without being very prominent.

M- on the lighter side of mid bodied, a touch of spritzy carbonation on the tongue. not too bad.

O- its alright, an easy drinker, not too much going on, but nothing unpleasant.

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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of thecheapies
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, red-orange amber with an immortal nitro topper. Cemented lacing. Looks great.

Crisp Euro hop aroma with an oyster cracker maltiness pulling through. Hay or grass, slightly floral.

Mellow sweetness with grassy hops, on the aged side. Little bit of quince and red apple flesh. Biscuity, a little nutty, some saltiness,and well-balanced.

Creamy, tight carb on the low side. Love this one on nitro.

Classic. Highly-recommended.

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Photo of pogoowner
3/5  rDev -13%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Mildenhall shopette. Very popular, but average bitter style beer. Morland can do much better as evidenced by some of their other labels....Cask rating: Beautiful creamy pour, nice velvety head. Silky smooth body. Malt backbone throughout aroma and smell. Typical bitter finish, enhanced NY the cask pour.
Cask rated better than bottle

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Photo of EnJeiBee
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - It poured transparent coppery golden yellow, with a thin white head

S - Very faint, slightly skunky hop aroma

T - A mildly sweet and grassy malt backbone is followed up by a less than flavorful hop bitterness

M - Thin and slightly carbonated

O - There isn't anything right or wrong with this brew. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but I feel like it's a pretty classic example.

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Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of brutalist
4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Digimaika2
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear orange-amber colour with a tall and creamy stark-white coloured foam head. Very good retention and similar lacing.

S: Spices, toffee, nutty qualities, and banana bread. Fairly smooth and velvety aromas.

T: Bready malt quality throughout with flashes of mildly citrus-like hop bitterness. Quite a bit of spice and toffee, but can barely detect the hints of banana I picked up in the smell. Pretty mellow and smooth.

M: Medium bodied with an average level of carbonation. Considering the ABV quite a good mouthfeel with an oily character.

D: A decent english pale ale, with a fairly smooth and velvety taste. Perhaps not the most flavourful but certainly sessionable.

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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.85/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Maybe its the clear bottle, but this stuff doesn't look attractive at any point of its life, be it in the bottle, or poured into a pint glass, it takes on that ugly yellow color with not much head and certainly no lace or head retention to speak of. Aroma was vinegary kind of skunky, not the kind I actually like in a lager.

Thankfully vinegar was not the taste, old english style beer, absent hopping, sweet taste of alcohol to it, corny. As it warms, it gains an even greater alcohol mouthfeel. Wow, how do people like this is kind of my thinking, I'm usually pretty tolerant, but for some of the people who swear by this stuff, sheesh. Gets all musty on you.

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Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 2,099 ratings
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