Old Golden Hen | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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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:
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Added by wl0307 on 09-01-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
159
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
13.51%
 
 
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3
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, sugar, and a slight skunky aroma. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer but it's drinkable for what it is.

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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 metter98
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear and has a deep yellow hue and a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that quickly faded away, leaving some lacing on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of floral and herbal hops in the nose along with some notes of fruity yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of honey. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink given its light body but still manages to pack in a good amount of aroma and flavors.

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Photo of largadeer
2.75/5  rDev -21%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
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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3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Beer Authority in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with some light hints of gold and significant amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of malts, fruity yeasts, and some floral + herbal hops.

T: Slightly sweet with some flavors of honey in addition to the malts. There is a moderate amount of fruity yeasts and very light amounts of floral + herbal hops which contribute light bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Very slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink with the light body and low ABV but yet still quite flavorful. Definitely a sessionable beer that reminds me of sitting in the pub in the UK after work.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of mdfb79
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 10/06/12 notes.

a - Pours a deep golden orange color with once inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet corn, vegetables, wheat, grains, and bready malts. Not skunked at all, but pretty average overall, with not a lot going on.

t - Taste mirrors the nose pretty closer; not much going on other than some sweet corn and grains. Some wheat, bready malts, and dough. Not skunky, but not very good.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty average beer; just not a lot too it. Doesn't smell or taste bad, but doesn't smell or taste good either. Wouldn't seek this one out.

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3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I bet it still tastes fine... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear copper-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light lemon peel, fluffy biscuit, light honey, light greens, and a hint of skunk (damn glass...). The taste brings in more of the same, but with a deeper vein of greens, this time closer to tobacco than anything. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, an alright little bitter, but nothing all that special.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 aasher
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light bodied bright gold in color with a beautiful two finger, white and soapy head. The nose is light as expected. There is light slightly sweet malt and a touch of honey. The galaxy hops that the back of the bottle references are only slightly recognizable in the flavor but absent in the nose. It's mild as it should be. It is refreshing though. It's very light in body and very drinkable. If this were in six packs it would sell very well. Good ESB.

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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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2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

Photo of biegaman
3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Golden Hen is golden alright, but doesn't look so old at all; it brims with a healthy golden colour, vibrant highlights and energetic bubbles. I believe 'brilliant' is the word to best describe it. Both the surface of the beer and the sides of the glass appear to be collecting dust.

English Bitters don't typically disclose (much less show-off) their hoppiness but this beer, brewed with Galaxy hops, is practically a ringing endorsement for the Australian hop industry. It is expressively floral, like a garden in spring bloom, and has heavenly notes of citrus blossoms.

Those soft flavours of citrus blossoms and orchard fruit (apricot in particular) continue on the palate, but more fleshy tropical fruit notes including mango, lemon and passionfruit turn up as well. The beer has plenty of maltiness but it's this wealth of divinely floral and tropical hop qualities that set this bitter apart from all others that come to mind.

Indeed, all of this citrus character is super clean; in a way that few other beers ever have, its hoppiness showcases the delicate qualities of citrus blossoms and the brightness of citrus zest without even a trace of bitter pithy texture, stinging citric acidity, any candied sweetness or sappy resins. It is simply soft, delicate florals and a humble 4.1% alcohol.

Most English bitters compromise flavour (specifically, hoppiness) to ensure approachability and drinkability, but this ale shows us no sacrifice need be made! I honestly didn't expect to fall in love with Old Golden Hen as I have. Perhaps I shouldn't be so surprised given how impressed I am with Old Crafty Hen and how much I enjoy the flagship Old Speckled Hen. A great brewery.

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3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear 500ml bottle, best before Aug 2012, poured into an 'Abbot Ale' glass tankard in Oct 2011.

Golden light yellow body, very clear. The head didn't last, large bubbles at first but soon nothing but a hint and half a collar.

Crisp hoppy aroma, yeasty too. The label askes for the beer to be served cold, very unusual for a UK bitter, I'm sure the smells would have been stronger if the beer had been warmer.

The beer is dominated by the hop content, the malts staying just below the surface and only coming out midway through the mouthfeel. I enjoyed the beer and although I prefer sweeter brews normally, this hoppier bitter was both refreshing and easy to drink.

I'm as quick as anyone to slag off Greene King, but credit where its due: this isn't a bad beer at all.

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3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Old Golden Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
3.48 out of 5 based on 159 ratings.
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