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Old Golden Hen | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery
England, United Kingdom
greenekingbeers.co.uk

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by wl0307 on 09-01-2011

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Ranking:
#41,286
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
168
pDev:
13.66%
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

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Photo of Sharpee1937
4.46/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A delicious and refreshing beer. Extremely drinkable.

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4.36/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Part of a 4 pack Hen House variety. Not bad for an English bitter.

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.21/5  rDev +22.4%
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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4.16/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours a beautiful golden amber into the imperial pint, good white head rises to about a finger and a half then settles down to a film leaving nice lines of lacing down the side. All in all it looks spectacular.

Aroma-A lightly tropical, almost soapy but not in a bad way, hoppy smell is first forward which I'm supposing is the galaxy hop, beneath that is a blanket of light biscuity, toffee-like malt. Straightforward, clean and simple.

Taste-Grainy and lightly bitter upfront, the galaxy hop steals the show mid-palette with mixed tropical notes and lingers all the way into the finish which is crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied with medium-high levels of carbonation; works well.

Overall-Just a well done session strength bitter here, hope to see this around more since stuff this good at such a low ABV is pretty rare here in the US.

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4.14/5  rDev +20.3%
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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4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
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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4.09/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured directly south out of a half liter bottle, into a Sam Smith English tulip pint glass.

a. An old golden color - who'da thought LOL. A two inch white head dissipated fairly quickly, leaving a surface foam with moderate lacing bravely (or desperately, it was hard to tell) clinging to the sides of the glass.

s. Densely floral or herbal with yes, a barnyardy mustiness, perhaps the skunkiness clear bottled beers are known to acquire. Still, to me in this case, appealing.

t: As anticipated by the odor, an earthy floral sweetness balanced by hop bite. The kind of brew which must have been popular in the old British India, if available then, as an alternative to gin drinks. Refreshing yet flavorful. However, it becomes stronger-tasting and less drinkable as it warms.

m. Moderate due to the dense flavors and hops. Tastes of high ABV, but is in fact low at 4.1.

o. This is the second I've had out of the Greene King/Morland Brewery's "Hen House" variety fourpack. I liked this better than the higher ABV (6.5) Hen's Tooth, which surprised me because I generally like high ABV. But then it's all about flavor.

Rather like a well-balanced darkish IPA, floral-herbal rather than fruit enhanced. Since I am generally not a fan of fruit flavors in beer, this one stands out to me. I'd probably take it over Lagunitas IPA. Perhaps that just shows what an Anglophile I am.

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4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, pale gold with a fizzy, thin white head that recedes quickly, leaving only a thin ring of white lace around the sides of the glass. Little streams of bubbles are very apparent in the liquid, marking this as a well-carbonated brew.

S: Aromas of biscuit, crackers, caramel, honey, straw, lemon, lime zest, herbs, tobacco, white pepper, leather, and tea fill the nose. Much more complex and enticing than expected...

T: Hoppy notes of straw, grass, lemon rind, lime zest, bitter orange, herbs, juniper berry, pine, leather, white pepper, and tea blend harmoniously with mild, malty notes of caramel, butter, crackers, and biscuits. The finish is spicy and sappy with bitter citrus, herb, pine, leather, cracker, biscuit, and mineral flavors.

M: Light in body, very dry, and very firm. Carbonation is incredibly crisp. Despite being a bit overcarbonated for my tastes, this is still very enjoyable to drink.

O: A very promising English bitter. I enjoy the great hop aromas and flavors in this beer, as well as its easy drinkability. Definitely one worth seeking out if you are a fan of classic English ales.

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4.06/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
4.06/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

500 mL bottle from a 4-pack picked up at the LCBO; served slightly chilled. Not sure what it is with UK brewers and these clear bottles, but my limited experience with this brewery tells me to expect something straightforward, well-constructed and highly sessionable regardless of the container.

Pours a bright golden-yellow colour, clear as day and topped with one finger of frothy, white head that quickly evaporates. A soapy cap and generous collar remain after a few minutes' time. Great aroma on this one - biscuity malts, grains and honey, along with leafy hops, clementines and green apples. A few butterscotch notes as well, but everything comes together quite nicely - I am impressed at the lack of skunk, given the clear glass. Closed containers to the rescue, I guess?

I'm in love with this after one sip - pretty complex for the abv, with plenty going on to keep me interested. Crackery malts and a light toffee note start us off, followed by a nice range of fruity tones including lime, bergamot and pears. The hop bill kicks in toward the finish - a little grassy, a little floral, but enjoyable all-around, offering a combination of bitterness and zest to finish it off. Light-bodied and extremely smooth-drinking, with the perfect amount of mild carbonation.

Final Grade: 4.06, an A-. I don't drink a lot of bitters, but Old Golden Hen is easily my favourite so far. The hops are fresh and interesting; the malt backbone is light but sturdy - overall, this is just a great English-style session ale. I've always had a fondness for bitters, and even though I haven't had a new one in a while, this brew immediately reminded me why I love them so much. I could drink this all night and not get sick of it - much better than Old Speckled Hen, which is a decent session ale in its own right.

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4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hand drawn and enjoyed in an authentic Old English Pub (Red Lion Inn, Avebury).

Brilliant golden color. Delightful citrus and floral notes. Sweet but not cloying

Mouthfeel consistent with real ales. Thin white head with moderate lacing. Very drinkable and satisfying.

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4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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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4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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Old Golden Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
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