Old Golden Hen
Greene King / Morland Brewery

Old Golden HenOld Golden Hen
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Style:
English Bitter
Ranked #232
ABV:
4.1%
Score:
79
Ranked #45,148
Avg:
3.46 | pDev: 13.87%
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
180
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Greene King / Morland Brewery
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
79
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Photo of WillDaniell
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from can into Guinness pint glass at fridge temperature.

Look: Dark golden colour with medium foamy head that very slowly receded.
Smell: malty, with floral hints and some more noticeable exotic notes.
Taste: a little sour, with distinct exotic flavours mixing with light hops.
Feel: medium body with medium carbonation.
Overall: Not outstanding but not offensive, nice exotic flavours but nothing that really stood out.

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Photo of elnachooo
2.25/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Cerveza de color dorado oscuro, con cuerpo ligero y carbonatación media. Aroma a lúpulo y toques frutales. En boca tiene un amargor moderado con un final algo soso.

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Photo of drmeto
3.04/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L:
-pours a clear golden with a medium,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-skunk,faint toffee,malty,spicy,grapefruit
T:
-grapefruit,resin,spicy,grassy
-medium bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
The Skunk really dominates the rather mild character of the Beer with the Galaxy Hops coming through on the tongue.
It would be a decent everyday Ale without the skunk.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L- Mid-amber, clear. 5mm white head v slowly receding.
S- Mostly grainy to me.
T Mega grains, I think ths is beers thing.
F- Yes, easy to drink, no rough edges or stand-out edges, very nice.
O- Very much a session beer, easy to drink....v

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Photo of jkblr
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown undated bottle poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 4.1% ABV. The beer pours bright golden amber in color with off white head. The aroma is semisweet and malty with a little fruit mixed in. The taste is English malt first with hints of grapefruit on the end. There is a hint of cardboard creeping in on the finish signalling some age. Mouthfeel is thin bodied with less than medium carbonation. There is some irony in the fact that this is a "bitter" beer as the hops merely cancel the malt to leave it nuetral. Overall, good, but I wish I knew how old this beer really is. Wouldn't hesitate to order on draft.
Edit: On further inspection, I found a date of code of 16096 laser etched on the neck. Assuming this beer is over two years old it held up quite well.

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Photo of Nass
2.43/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not very tasty. A little sour, bitter, skunked. I can see why this beer style is not very popular. I only recommend this if you have never had an english bitter before & you would like to try one out. Cheers! C-

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Photo of Spike
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyable English golden ale that makes use of Galaxy hops from Australia. Plenty of light toffee malt flavours with fruity hops. Mouthfeel has some chewiness. More sweet than bitter overall. Easy drinking and fun.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from an 12 oz (355 ml) into a conical pint glass; no obvious production information.
A: Pours a dark straw to light copper with a pink caste with a one inch, foamy, white head. Good retention and Belgian lacing.
S: Floral bouquet with aromas of peach, mango, citrus and honey, mingling with strong musky and mineral notes.
T: Dry with distinct peach/mango flavor blended with light malts. A little excess bitterness but a very crisp finish.
M: Light bodied with light carbonation.
O: A classic English bitter. Lower ABV than many contemporary offerings, which can be a bit of a relief. Certainly worth a try if you are unfamiliar with the style.

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Photo of schavuytje
4.14/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stranded at a newly started lunch shop cafe34; Tropical fruit and herbal aromas also in flavor fruity mango with spicy spices that are pleasant after bristles

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle June 6th 2017.
Clear gold pour, respectable head of foam.
Grainy malt, light floral hops, hints of lemon.
Malty as in leans towards the sweet, earthy, light hop character.
Light bodied with ample carbonation.
Good enough and the abv is pretty darn low.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.04/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Lidl. In Ikea's pint glass. After dinner. Light and watery. Dull flavors with strong grassy bitterness, zesty and with a dry finish that gives thirst and leaves you thirsty when finished

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 2/9/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, pear, pineapple, mango, apricot, honey, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of earthy hops, fruity yeast, and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange zest, pear, pineapple, mango, apricot, honey, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Moderate herbal/spicy/citrus peel bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange peel/rind, pear, pineapple, mango, apricot, honey, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of earthy hops, fruity yeast, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.1%. Overall this is an excellent English bitter! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of earthy hops, fruity yeast, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful for the low ABV; and extremely well balanced between hops, yeast, and malt flavors. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of FLima
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pale amber color with a thick thin head with great retention.
Aroma with predominant notes of sweet Brazilian lima oranges, pineapple and English yeast. Hints of biscuit and apricot.
Likewise, flavor with notes of apricot, pineapple and pear juice, English yeast, lemon, mint, honey and mild mango. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light body with perfect carbonation.
Fruity English Golden Ale with a slight Aussie accent given its Galaxy hops. Perfect for mild summer days.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the brown bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Shimmering tone of a body. Beaming and poished crystal clear body, buttery gold and easy to see through with a bright glow. Scattered streams of carbonation through the body, most of it fine and fast rising. Head is very bright white and soapy, with a good amount of retention for a lighter brew. Bowled puck and soapy thick clean.

Aroma is biscuity classic, with sweet honey hints and beeswax like quality. Tends to forego classic crackling toast for sweetness but with a nice control. Real excellent match of honey and chewy biscuit almost graham like malts on the nose.

Palate sort of escapes everything expected. Toasty but almost mineral flat thin like body in feel, with a mid palate that washes just a bit clean and fleeting on the palate. Mild toast but with a bit of sharp burnt grain finish, mixing with an interesting almost acrid bitterness. Dry crackling flavors, but not in feel strangely.

A bitter that on first whiff an appearance seems to hint at a real good appearance but ends in the middle of the road.

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Photo of stevoj
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice smooth English ale. Malty aroma, nice amber color and no head to speak of. Taste of toffee and caramel and easy to drink. One of Morland’s best IMHO

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Photo of mickwin
3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pale golden with frothy short-lived head, aroma faintly hoppy, malty lemon and pineapple, flavour is very fruity, trace of hops and lemon, not unpleasant but hardly memorable, an average beer, nothing special.

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Photo of johnny2hats
4.21/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A – Pale brilliant gold. Thick but light head, around an inch. Good retention.
S – Light hoppy aroma. Some freshly cut grass and tropical (mango, passionfruit) notes. Also some citrus.
M – Light. Medium carbonation.
T – Initial tropical sweetness that follows the nose. Some toffee, butterscotch, light biscuit from the pale malts on the mid palate. Light bitterness on the aftertaste that lingers but could be a little more robust.
O – A nicely balanced beer, perfect for a summer’s day. Low ABV makes for a great refreshing session beer, but plenty of character too.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

One of those beers where less is more.... bought a sixer and shared with a mate - had some cold, some warmer, and all in all it's a nice hoppy English Bitter, despite all the 'hop' words all over the label suggesting it might be a pale ale.
Malts dominate the palate but it is lighter and zestier than most bitters.
Top stuff.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Time to drink some hen, Old Golden Hen to be precise. Note this brew contains one of my favourite (and a very versatile of) hops: Australian Galaxy, so in theory I’m going to enjoy this beer, but then again it’s a Golden Ale and I’ve never been the biggest fan of Golden Ales as they’re the bland trouser wearing cousin of American Pale Ales and as such they drive brown Volkswagen Passats and clean their spectacles with their shirt sleeves whilst listening to The Beetles, this is a very specific personification of a beer style but a valid one nonetheless.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Would you be surprised to know that it has a clear golden body with a thin wispy half a centimetre white head? No? Neither was I. A standard by-the-book Golden Ale appearance then. 7/10.

S: That’s Galaxy for you - always with the passionfruit notes upfront, not that I’m complaining - it’s a great aroma for any beer to have, just saying. Along with this are floral, toasted malt and orange blossom characters - the overall aroma is a dynamite combination and British restraint and assertive Aussie hops and I quite like where this is going. 8/10.

T: The flavour is remarkably not what was expected with a bold toasted malt/toffee/honey hit upfront, some lemon/orange notes in the middle, and a light medicinal hop bitter and dry finish. The malts in this brew have somehow managed to overtake the Galaxy hops and I for one am surprised - I’ve brewed a Mosaic/Galaxy dry-hopped beer before and the Galaxy hops hold up pretty well against the powerful Mosaic hops - kinda expected a hop-forward brew here. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a light English pub carbonation - suits this malt-forward ale nicely. 7/10.

D: One thing I noticed as I got to the bottom of the glass is how the hops sneak up on you with a bitter aftertaste. In the end I wouldn’t say I’m a fan of this brew precisely because it doesn’t showcase the Galaxy hop as well as it could. It’s a half decent brew at 4.1% ABV (which is borderline mid-strength territory) however it needs better balance between the malt and hops (less malt and more hops) to really put it up there in the pantheon of great beers. The big question, the one that I ask myself again and again: Would I buy this once more? The answer is: Perhaps... pear hats. 6/10.

Food match: A light mild curry, maybe a Tikka Marsala, with Biryani and Naan.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color. Medium carbonation with thin lacing.
Smell is a bit complex with a mixture of caramel, lime and lemon zest.
Taste has some orchard fruit and citrus with lemon.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the clear bottle 1 pint 9 oz. bottle. Sampled on March 9, 2015.

The pour is a handsome looking golden yellow with a white, fizzy head that lingers. Great clarity.

There is something about the water in the British Isles, whether it is the UK, Ireland, or in this case Scotland, that mingles distinctively with the toasted pale malts, sugars, and grassy hops that screams "British" or "Scottish" in this case. A little skunky though.

Smooth but lighter body.

There is a toasted golden malt character in the flavor with a clean, grassy hop finish. There's nothing that makes this the cream if the crop of golden ales but it is definitely tolerable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a cask at the 2015 Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting.

Feel: light body with light carbonation.

Clear amber with a decent head.
Fruity hops with light baked bread. Good balance.
Perhaps a bit more hoppy than usual for style but this works to its advantage.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +15.6%

A: Golden copper filtered, little carbonation, huge creamy, slightly yellow 3 finger head.


S: Citrus, lemon orange candy, bergamot, caramel, toffee, creamy, iron, hard water.


T: Citrus, lemony, bergamot, caramel, toffee, creamy, iron and hard water. Good solid bitterness on the end.


M: Medium, slightly gelatinous body, medium low carbonation.


O: Great brew. The hops are great, overall flavor, mouth feel are nice. Drank from a can.

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Photo of seedyone
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

03/27/14 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Better than I expected. Not much head & only a hint of lacing. Nice malty flavors balanced with a hint of sweetness. Nice surprise.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.94/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma grainy
Head small (2.5 cm), off white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to broken 2 mm layer
Lacing none
Body golden, clear
Flavor pretty much absent, slightly sweet, maybe, just maybe, a hint of melon. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Tastes very like an adjunct lager except no dimethylsulfide. Some diacetyl would have helped. This is supposed to compete for the affections of the lager crowd – it should since it is pretty flavorless.

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Old Golden Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 180 ratings