Old Speckled Hen | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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79
okay
2,084 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good
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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:
2,084
Reviews:
929
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
16.71%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
308
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 2,084 |  Reviews: 929
Photo of kkmiller76
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of Macamah
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sennoma
4.47/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A fine pale ale, not in the least bit overhopped as seems to be the trend these days. Beautifully balanced and smooth... ish. There's an edge there, but I don't know how to describe it: it's not non-smooth, it's something else (that I like). To me this is a straightforward beer: malt, hops, balance, yum.

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Photo of JakeScully
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml can poured into a pint.

A very drinkable English Pale Ale. What I expect from the style, great aromas and a smooth finish. Could drink this all night long, somewhere in London. Cheers!

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Photo of DanGeo
2.52/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Platonis
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EdgarGerik
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of duvel1979
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 4thwrite
4.65/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cask and cans. The bottled doesn't compare, as is usual with bitter, for which can serves very well--with OSH, at least.

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Photo of SargeMcCluck
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours garnet-brown and peach with a thick, quick-dissipating head and medium lacing.

This is my go-to brew for drinking alongside meals (read: curries) in the UK. As such, while being nothing spectacular, it has more complexity than other widely available pub and supermarket ales. On both the nose and tongue, standard grainy malts are chased by notes sweet tobacco and toffee.

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Photo of StannisB
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of bitterandtwisted
2.94/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Ferb
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a balanced English ale. It doesn't attack you with huge hops or espresso notes, it has a pleasant malt flavor and it was introduced to celebrate MG'S 50th anniversary. That makes it perfect to take to local British car shows. I like it. I prefer Fuller's for British ales, but this is 2/3 of the price and good enough for me with family and cheeseburgers on the deck. Cheers!

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Photo of Budlum
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of erjaq
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mjurney
4.28/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Copper color, crystal clear. Lots of bubble streaming. Small frothy head.

Aroma:
Toffee, caramel, fruity, a little earthy-herbal.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Med-roasted malts, caramel, toffee, a little nutty. Bitterness is medium, mostly tea-like, herbal, a little earthy. Finish is dry and smooth. Medium bodied, crisp, dry, highly drinkable.

Overall:
It's an excellent English Pale Ale/ESB.

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Photo of Studfarm69
1.67/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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

Photo of LeftoverCrizack
3.04/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
3.47 out of 5 based on 2,084 ratings.
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