Old Speckled Hen | Greene King / Morland Brewery

Old Speckled HenOld Speckled Hen
BA SCORE
3.45/5
2,098 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#41,502
Reviews:
933
Ratings:
2,098
pDev:
16.52%
Bros Score:
3.51
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
315
Trade:
0
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Photo of goodsuds
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a nitro can. Absolutely no head or indication of carbonation, but very clear and reddish brown. The smell is subtle - toffee, molasses, dark fruits, carmel malts. The taste is better as it warms, it matches the taste with a good bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is what ruins this beer. It's flat and watery. It's like drinking a cold hydrometer sample of a beer I'm brewing. This would be such a good beer if it were carbonated more.

Edit - the aroma and flavor improve quite a bit after it warms close to 60*F. I know many British ales are served with low carbonation, but I still feel like this would improve from more carbonation, even more perhaps if it were carbonated with CO2 instead.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Look - Pours a light orange color, a short ring of white head, no lacing.
Aroma - Fruity yeast, metallic, sugary sweet.
Taste - Like the aroma, sweet malt, very light caramel, pear-like sweetness, tinny/metallic aftertaste.
Feel - Light bodied, a bit flat, watery.

Overall - Not a fan. Very watery and one dimensional.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shawnspl
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of scootercrabb
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tmilner
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bbtkd
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Greene King Old Speckled Hen, 5.2% ABV, 42 IBU. Pours thin and orange, with a one finger white head. Nose is sweet fruit and peanuts, taste is malty sweetness, a hint of peanuts, and slightly bitter. Good mouthfeel, overall good.

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Photo of CanadianGinge
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nater919
2.04/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of donspublic
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Tulip, 1/2 finger off white head, so so retention, nice lacing. Clear dark amber in the glass. Sells faintly of caramel malt, floral hoppiness peaking thru. Taste initially of caramel malt sweetness along with some toffee, leads into mild bitterness, floral/grassy hops hanging around. Finish is on the dry side, extremely drinkable. Nice clean drinking beer, would grab it on tap if it was there for a break from more palate abusing beers. Want to point out this came as part of a beer club shipment and was in a brown bottle, so not seeing any of the skunkiness others have posted about

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Photo of mtbdonn
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SGR1220
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clarknova
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Guedes
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a conical pint glass from bottles, nitro cans and nitro draft. The nitro is an extremely smooth and easy drinking English pale ale. Recommended.

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Photo of Gaddabble
4.32/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pkalix
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BranfordBound
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Clear bottle leaves a skunky aroma which is a big negative. Flavor is mostly overly sweet caramel malt notes, hints of skunk from the aroma, grain and bread, some bitterness at the end of the swallow. Very mediocre and this beer could be helped a ton by the use of some light filtering bottle like dark brown glass and better packaging.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
2.44/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 1.5

With a bold amber color with many tiny bubbles as though it came from the draft, the beer has mild caramels and biscuity flavors, all getting overpowered with the flowery hops that segway into the aftertaste. It does have a creamy pure mouthfeel, but gets more bitter with time. While the mouthfeel is fantastic, it’s too bitter to be enjoyable.

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Photo of MinerBob
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Old English Hen is a very good English Ale with a nice color and smell. Low carbonation so it has a nice mouth feel. It does have an aftertaste that is not great but still a nice beer.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Old Speckled Hen brewed by Greene King / Morland Brewery, with an ABV of about 5.00% This English Pale Ale pours out a nice copper gold color with a smaller off white head. There is a decent amount of lacing to this ale, it is a bit thin and spoty. The smell of Specked Hen bold with sweetness possibly a caramel or peanut brittle. There is also some nice roasted grians and malts, in the smell of this brew. Really nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is mild but rich with flavors. This brew has a real nice balance to it. I really like how the roasted grians and malts mixed with the caramel sweetness. This is not a real hoppy brew, not saying that is a bad thing. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it goes nice and smooth. The mouth feel of Old Speckled Hen is Mild, Roasted, Sweet, Clean and Refreshing.
This is a fine drinking English Pale Ale. Overall I'm giving Old Speckled Hen, a 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. If you are looking for something a tad bit different look this brew up. Greene King / Morland Brewery, did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of h4ger
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of derdtheterd
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 2,098 ratings
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