Old Golden Hen | Greene King / Morland Brewery

Old Golden HenOld Golden Hen
BA SCORE
3.44/5
168 Ratings
Old Golden HenOld Golden Hen
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by wl0307 on 09-01-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,848
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
168
pDev:
13.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
37
Trade:
0
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Photo of Spike
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
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 +10.2%
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 +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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Photo of khargro2
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bitterbill
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 ollyfarrow
2.48/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Reasonable session beer. Not worth buying for an indoors treat.

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Photo of AV29
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of josanguapo
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
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 DuncanMcBommer
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kjkinsey
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mmmbeer89
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Rymish
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pcbnumber1
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of logicalparadox
3.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
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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Photo of Macamah
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Shanex
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of FLima
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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 EdwardPW
4.36/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Howlader
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Martine
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imbibehour
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
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 FCox143
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Old Golden Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 168 ratings
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