Old Speckled Hen | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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79
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2,087 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
2,087
Reviews:
929
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
16.71%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
310
For Trade:
0
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Photo of SGR1220
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clarknova
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Guedes
2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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 +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pkalix
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BranfordBound
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
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 -29.7%
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 +11.5%
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 +25.4%
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 +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of TeachChefs
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KMillard
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Out of a Nitro can: Bright Amber hue, pours and settled nicely with a thick, creamy 2 inch head and bright Amber hue. Very much like from pubs in UK. Classic UK bitter pale ale with more complexity, sweeter and darker amber hue. Superior to Bodingtons, the other nitro butter widely available in the US.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.44/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Old Speckled Hen | Greene King / Morland Brewery. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is two fingers thick and off-white, with solid lacing, and a clear reddish amber body.

I smell a pleasant honey bicuit malt accented with toffee and slightly fruity yeast. Hops are rather delicate&hardly there, but this IS an English(literally) pale ale, so what elese would one expect?

Tastes like a slighty drier, yet refreshing version of the aroma. I can defintely tell this was brewed with hard water, which is not to say this is a bad thing by any means. Gives it more authenticity, IMO. I think it adds to the balancing bitterness akin to the hops mentioned on the labeling.

The mouthfeel is medium-light with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll choose to give Old Speckled Hen | Greene King / Morland Brewery a 4.5. A sessionable UK-born pale ale that I could knock back all night at a pub, preferably the Jockey of "Shameless" lore.

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Photo of Darrin_Smith
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Darthmaul
4.24/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Botulizard
1.91/5  rDev -45%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Photo of q33jeff
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

**
01/02/2012

On tap, Dubh Linn Square.
LOOK: Clear Amber
AROMA: light grass, hops, grains.
TASTE: Beer. Hops barley. Good balance.

Better than I remember. Easy drinking and smooth; not devoid of flavor.
**

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.16/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a definite light brown/caramel color, with a very light body head but good carbonation. Surprisingly descent lacing, disputed the lack of head. Smells kinda boozy when you first open the bottle but after u give it a little time, the spicy notes take over. Initial taste is slightly hoppy, sweet and creamy, then a slightly spicy but mild aftertaste. Overall I was totally impressed with this brew and will be looking for more

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ewelvaert
5/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of logicalparadox
4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pcbnumber1
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
3.47 out of 5 based on 2,087 ratings.
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