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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Old Speckled Hen is popular with ale drinkers up and down the country and renowned for its unique character and consistent quality.

The great British ale was first brewed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the MG car factory in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. It was even named after the factory’s old run around car which was often parked outside the paint shop. Spattered in paint, the car became known as the “Owld Speckl’d Un”. The eagle-eyed might even see the resemblance between MG’s logo and the Old Speckled Hen label!

More than 35 years on, the great premium ale continues to be a finely balanced beer with a distinctive rich, malty taste and fruity aroma.

Added by Quaffer on 10-23-2000

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3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
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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4.04/5  rDev +17.1%
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 -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
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%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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2/5  rDev -42%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of marcusR111
4.14/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark caramel color, similar to Nestea. The head is fairly thin, but a white creamy look

S- Has a very sweet smell, like banana bread almost. Slight malty aroma.

T- bitter malty taste. Little to no hops it seems. Slight sweetness after the bitter. Aftertaste is a little metallic.

M- one of the better craft beers to just sit and drink a 6-pack, or in this case a 4 pack. Really smooth, not to watery.

O- overall it's a good English beer, that I would drink regularly.

Serving type- Can

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an Evolution Brewing pint glass. You can hear the widget bursting after the can is popped and there's even a faint whistle that accompanies it.

A- Pours a pure white at first that then steadily cascades upward leaving a caramel brown body and eventually settles at a finger's worth of white head whose retention time is indefinitely long.

S- Smells of sweet, buttery malts and a bit of wet cardboard.

T- Buttery diacetyl and rich caramel malts plus a faint metallic/glassy taste. Very easy to drink. Barely any hop bitterness.

M- The best part. Smooth as silk and soft as a pillow with a creamy texture. Medium-high carbonation and a semi-full body.

O- I like Boddington's better. Has just as good of a mouthfeel with a more suitable flavor.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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2/5  rDev -42%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 2,150 ratings