Old Speckled Hen | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Old Speckled HenOld Speckled Hen
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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

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Added by Quaffer on 10-23-2000

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After reading a short little article in BeerAdvocate magazine, I realized that I’ve never had Old Speckled Hen – I’ve always seen it on the shelves, but just walked right past. Today, though, I only had $4 to spend at the liquor store, so I grabbed a single of this. Let’s hope it’s worth my $2.49 decision…

A: Well, you can see the body perfectly from the outside (clear bottle), and it looks just as I expected in the glass: a beautiful burnt-orange, stained-glass shine. It’s ordained by a thick-at-first beige head, but the bubbles soon pop and the whole thing fizzles to a thin foam. A lack of lacing leaves it looking pretty oily.

S: At first whiff, this old hen gives off a strong aroma of banana and vanilla pudding – very British. Jolly good. Some mild caramel flavors come out soon after, along with a note of toasted grains and flowery British hops. There’s a bit of a skunk character, too, but not too much to make me suspicious of this clear-bottled import. It’s probably seen some light, but not enough for me to worry about.

T: A classic example of this style’s palate, starting with banana, whipped cream, and a bit of biscuit dough – sweet, but not cloying. There’s even some strawberry-lemonade fruitiness in the mix. Luckily, as the malt tastes start to fade into skunkiness, a little hop punch kicks the palate into a realm of grassy tartness. Finishes with some dim berry, mint, dry wheat, and metallic tastes. The flavors aren’t exceptionally deep, but they’re interesting, nonetheless.

M: This one goes down slick, oily, and with a mild mouth-coating effect. It doesn’t dance on the tongue, but that’s not really what it’s supposed to do. Still, a little more carb wouldn’t hurt...

O: Old Speckled Hen is definitely worth the (low) price I paid for it: it’s moderately full-bodied and complex enough to please. This mild British beer won’t overwhelm your palate with thick flavors, but hey – sometimes something mild and drinkable is just what you need.

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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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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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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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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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Cask rated better than bottle

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