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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Photo of RuudJH
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

'The Owld Speckled Un'.

Orange brown, copper colour, with a creamy thin head, and a a lot of carbonation.

Smell is malty, hoppy and yeasty. It's a bit like a lager, with some fruits and roastyness too.

Similar to the smell, the taste however is a bit faint. After leaving it a few minutes, there comes a good hoppyness, making it very ok.

Smooth and easy, a bit watery in the mouth. The carbonation makes it refreshing.

All in all, an ok ale. Easy.

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3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Copper in color with a thin white head. semi-good lacing.

S: Aroma much like many other English brews. A bit weak on the aroma.

T: Very smooth and fruity. Lemon drops. Spice on the finish. Light carbonation.

M: A smooth, light feel, one that is an easy drinker.

D: Great, is brew is easy drinking and good for a session beer. No heavy feeling.

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Photo of aristeros
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Served at about 52 degrees fahrenheit. Pours a medium copper with light to moderate carbonation visible and nearly no head. Smells moderately malty, with the funk I associate with certain central Euro-style lagers. Interesting, but mildly off-putting for me.

Taste is slightly bitter up front, light coffee over toasted malts, with light hop presence. Carbonation level is low and goes well with the nose. The finish is hoppy and a bit musty. Mouthfeel is disappointingly watery, but I'm not having the nitro can like some other reviewers.

I'm curious to try it on tap. It's interesting and sessionable, but not the first or even second pale ale I'd grab for.

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Photo of IronLover
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served fron a bottle, poured a light amber, almost like a dark tea color with a reddish hue. Thin foamy head that didn't last. Wasn't overly impressed with the character until I let it sit and warm up a bit. Sweet toasted malt aromas with hints of fruit. Similar tastes with sweet malty toasted flavors and a clean fruity, dark cherry finish. Easy to drink. Although I'm used to ice cold beer, this one showed it's character when it was more at +50F. Pleasantly surprised by this English Ale.

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Photo of konadrinker
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml poured into a pint glass.

A- Clear red with a frothy 2 finger head that diminished fairly quick and left a nice cap.

S- Malt with a hint of grain and chocolate, a little sicy hops aroma and a slight musty smell.

T- Smooth malt with a moderately bitter finish.

M - Creamy/oily with soft carbonation.

D- A very sessionable ale, would be no problem to drink this all evening.

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Photo of rfabian
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass it forms a thundering big head with moderate lacing. The appearance is amber and clear. The aroma is of light malt and a hint of spicy hops. The taste is lightly sweet and not bitter. The feel is light bodied and smooth with a clean finish.

This is a refreshing, drinkable, and delicious ale. The nitro can serving smooths the taste considerably.

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

On-tap at The Pub while in Lexington, KY.

Pours a nice red hue with a creamy head. Great look in a too cold glass.

Not much coming off this but a hint of sweet malt.

The taste has a nice sweet start and just enough bitter to balance. Some hints of sweet grain linger.

The mouthfeel is creamy and luxurious.

Pretty drinkable. Nothing extravagant, but still a good beer. Much better than the bottled verrsion.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Speckled Hen

Appearance: Poured from a nitro tap into a tulip pint glass. Cascades of nitrogen infused beer, waves and lots of creamy foam. Underneath is a hazed amber ale.

Smell: Not a whole lot going on here, slight malt, even fainter hops.

Taste: Lightly roasted creamy ale. Hop bitterness is moderate, just a bit of leafy hops. Similar to a Guinness with perhaps a little more hop character and the color of course.

Mouthfeel: Undeniably smooth, creamy, carbonation is low but not flat.

Drinkability: A solid Nitro pub ale. Not much different from the Guinness and Boddingtons of the world.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"Old Speckled Hen" English Pale Ale poured from a Nitro-can into a pint glass. 5.2% alcohol. 14.9 fluid oz.

A- Pours a brilliant pale orange fluid with massive and lingering off white sticky head that leaves huge fluffy lacing on glass.

S- Light scents of sweet malts and tangy hop spice. Almost an alcohol estery scent lingering as well.

T-M- Taste is off toasted sweet malts, mild flat floral hops and creamy buttered bread fininsh. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with little to distiguish it from others of its kind.

D- Well as most nitro-can english pub ales this is a session beer in all aspects. Drink up and cheers!

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Some new-new from that SAQ-Q.

Had to pick this up, looks like a small whisky bottle.

A- Very nice, perfectly clear, copper. Sloppy but thin layer of lace all over. Dirty-white head lasts a couple seconds. Still, a nice crown and some very elegant swirls of foam are left.

S- Cap smells real macro lager like. Similar smell coming from the glass too. But mixed in there is some more typical English ale maltiness. A bit of peach and honey and some red licorice.

T- This is pretty good. Bitterness finish is kind of dirty but I'm still enjoying it. Nice hoppiness. I'd like to know what hops were used in here. Alcohol is pretty present and/but brings something nice. A bit of burnt rubber (I guess clear bottles were not the best idea).

M- High carbonation. Dry. Full mouthfeel. Very lager like feel.

D- Good. Easy drinker. Refreshing. This is like a pale ale lager mix.

I haven't had enough EPA to know how good an example this is. I wouldn't really buy this again but I would recommend it.

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Photo of DoppleJock
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured a high clarity amber. Quickly receding head, but decent lace ring around the glass.

S: Buttery malts and earthy notes.

T: Earthy notes up front with a chewy malt finish.

M: Very smooth. Light-bodied but still containing "substance."

D: Pretty decent session beer if you're considering sticking with EPAs for the night.

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Photo of rarbring
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear deep amber brew, a beige head that settles nicely leaving some lacing.

Some sweet bread notes, toast, egg, old leaves.

The taste is also mostly sweet, bread and porridge, some saltness. Rather little bitterness.

Low carbonation, a nice dry finish.

Well, I almost suspect that this bottle was a bit old. Would have liked more hops to balance the sweetness.

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Photo of lamergod
2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

App: A nice 3 finger fluffy bone coloured head. Nice copper body with slight carbonation.

Smell: Prominent malts, very slight hint of caramel and even less obvious hops at the end. Very sweet smelling beer.

Taste: Not very impressed. I was expecting a lot from this pint. Very nice malts runs around in your mouth. As it gets down your throat, taste of nice bitter english hops comes in with a dry finish to finish your mouthful on a high.

Mouthfeel: Very balanced carbonation. Nothing much noteworthy.

Drinkability. Quite drinkable, but the carbonation goes away very fast, so it isn't as drinkable as I hoped. I wanted a light bodied beer to go with some south park but I was quite dissapointed. I would rate it a medium body.

Overall, might go back if I have nothing to drink in the pub or if it's on sale.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.09/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Pittsburgh Bottle Cafe

A- a pale mahogany color. A decent lacing but nothing to get excited about. Minimal head as well.

S-barley and grain malts dominate. Nothing to extravagant on smell but like a EPA should. Very malty.

T- A highly bitter malty flavor. I cant really taste anything else in the flavor. On the backend it has a semi-sweet taste.

M- malts and grains. Bittersweet feel and cool.

D- I have to be honest i struggled to put this one down. It just had too much of a bitter malty graininess to me.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle (no date on bottle) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Amber color (quite a bit orange) with a light tan head. Some lacing noted. Very clear beer with some bubbles noted coming up as you hold it up to the light.

Smell: Malty - and that's about it. The malt smell is good though - I can smell something like the malt in milk duds along with some other malts.

Taste: Fine balance between bitterness and malt with the bitterness just slightly ahead. A hint of skunky hops in there, but not at all off-putting. There is an unusual flavor to the bitterness which I cannot place and I can't decide if I like it or not.

Mouthfeel: Some carbonation on the tongue, and just thick enough to be noticeable. Goes down easy but otherwise nothing special.

Drinkability. I could easily have another, and I thought it went well with a meal. It has an unusual taste the more I drink it, and I can't decide if I like it or not.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It comes in a clear bottle, but it was kept out of light at the store.

Appearance: A clear red copper color, with only a moderate, quickly fading head. No noticeable lacing.

Smell: There is a very distinct, sweet roasted English malt presence here. It is sweet all the way through, with some light bitterness at the end. Simple, but pleasant.

Taste: Not quite as sweet as the smell, but it still maintains a soft sweetness throughout. A somewhat pungent bitter oily aftertaste. I can't really place the hop bitterness, it just has a vague presence.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, slight oily residue. Medium body. Slightly syrupy, maybe related to the malt.

Drinkability: Not bad, not great. A pretty simple, moderately drinkable English pale ale.

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Photo of geokills
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good ol' Speckled Hen. Always on nitro-tap at Britts in Pasadena just east of Pasadena City College on Colorado Blvd. This is a unique pale ale most Californians don't seem to know, but probably should! Like afternoon sunshine in a glass, the nitro-tap produced an incredibly creamy three finger lingering head with great retention and lacing. A mild and sweet aroma gives way to an exceedingly pleasant velvety smooth mouthfeel, offering a slightly sweet taste with a mildly sour finish. Neither robust nor bold, nevertheless excellent with food and always easy. I would happily drink this one all night.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass a slightly hazed copper with a creamy, but thin off-white head.

Sweet malty note backbone with gentle hops sneaking up on the nose. Notes of candies and bananas.

The taste is sweet, roasty, and fresh-baked bread and malt flavors with gentle hop bitterness are very tasty. Medium-bodied, very smooth, and flavorful, Old Speckled Hen has good drinkability.

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Photo of MrStark
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 14.9 fl.oz nitro-can into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance starts off with the nice cascading bubbles I've come to expect from a nitro-can which clears up to show a reddish amber with a creamy almost two finger head.

Smell is pretty faint, not much going on but some hints of malt and an almost butter like aroma.

Taste is similar to the smell being that it seems pretty faint with not much going on. There is some bready malts and only a vague hint of hop bitterness. It doesn't taste bad but its just not particularly flavorful at all.

Mouthfeel is smooth and lacks any carbonation.

Drinkabality is just average. It does go down easy but lacks and flavor or anything that would make me want to have it again as I've had much better examples from the style. Not a bad beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. This brew courtesy of the old man.

A-Orange/amber and clear. Pours with ~3 fingers of white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap.

S- Very feint on the nose. Hints of caramel, and some earthy, metallic notes.

T- Solid bready, caramel sweetness. Bitterness fairly minimal. Not a lot going on, but what's here is pretty solid.

M- Moderate carbonation, medium full feel, goes down smooth.

D- Pretty decent. Easy drinking, decent flavor, moderately low ABV%; seems like a sessionable beer.

Future outlook: Not a standout to seek out, but a solid brew to enjoy if given again.

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Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear copper brown color with less than a half inch of light tan head that had good retention and no lacing.

The aroma had a nice malt scent, with a hint of hops at the back. The flavor was very to the similar, mostly smooth malt with a trace hops on the finish.

The body was full and smooth and drinkability very good, having multiples of this beauty is easy.

This is a beer that I drank a lot when I started getting into good beer and I haven't had one in a while, it was a pleasant time revisiting this beer.

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Photo of herman77
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear light orangish amber. Cascading wall from the nitro that settles into a thick egg shell color head. Foamy lacing

S: A little sweet. A sprinkling of hops and a odd metallic scent, probably from the nitro? Nose is pretty muted overall.

T: Lacking a little taste, but it is a little semi-sweet to start and a bitter finish. Some bready malt in the mix too. Very straightforward, not much depth of flavor, but well balanced.

M/D: Medium to light body. Very smooth and creamy from the nitro. Nice carbonation. Goes down with little effort.

I prefer this to Boddingtons.

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Photo of carlborch
2.37/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nitro can.. After settling: 1-inch thick, creamy, tan head above golden-amber ale. Caramel-toffee, butter nose! Very smooth, medium weight body. Slightly bitter finish, albeit short. Creamy, thick "lace." Just OK. I will not seek it out again.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL clear bottle without any freshness identifier. Pours a clear, light amber color and displays a dense, creamy beige foam. Nice retention and excellent lacing.

Chalky minerals, light fruit and toasty malt lead the way on the nose with a little bit of honey sweetness as well. Has some notes of green grapes and red apples to go along with an earthy yeast/malt aroma.

The chalky minerals really come through in the taste and give it a decidedly British feel. Hops are there mainly in a bittering role, but do lend some floral and herbaceous undertones. Malt is mildly sweet and boasts some toffee and burnt toast characteristics. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, but not much of a detraction. Drinks pretty nice, I would imagine this tasting quite a bit better fresh from a cask across the pond. Glad I picked up this single bottle and will probably give it a go next time I see it on tap at a local pub.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized pub glass.

Massive, off-white chunky head that sits atop an caramel amber colored brew. As the head disappears, the lacing left behind is abundant and sticky.

Smells of rich caramel malt and slightly herbal, earthy hop bitters.

Tastes of toasted caramel and toffee malt with a great balance of citrus at the end. Very interesting almost reminds me in an odd way of my mom's real-brewed in a 4qt pot on top of the stove, tea when I was growing up - I mean this in a good way - not that it is overly sweet at all.

Medium and smooth, nice carbonation.

This is a very balanced brew. Extremely easy going down and a case of this would be welcome...

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Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 2,126 ratings