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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
160
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
13.51%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
35
For Trade:
0
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Photo of DuncanMcBommer
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kjkinsey
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mmmbeer89
2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Rymish
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pcbnumber1
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of logicalparadox
3.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
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 -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JakeScully
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FLima
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
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 +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Howlader
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stevethebeerman
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Martine
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smakawhat
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mgm54
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevoj
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
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 BrewAskew
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mickwin
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
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%
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 BrianLC1990
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kofukasho
3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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Old Golden Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
3.48 out of 5 based on 160 ratings.
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