Old Golden Hen | Greene King / Morland Brewery

Old Golden HenOld Golden Hen
BA SCORE
29.9%
Liked This Beer
3.44 w/ 167 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:
#40,400
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
167
Liked:
50
Avg:
3.44/5
pDev:
13.66%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
37
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of stevoj
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
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 +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mickwin
3.64/5  rDev +5.8%
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 +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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Photo of BrianLC1990
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kofukasho
3.14/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of heygeebee
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
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 +2.3%
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 AlexW693
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of steverx8
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerinabottle
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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Photo of Latarnik
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Foley67
4.06/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Diogorc
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of njbusa
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of vinivini
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrMullet
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
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 werehereforthebeer
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Gaz
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pleasant beer and safe bet.

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Photo of 31Sam13
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BostonJustin
2.96/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of puboflyons
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Old Golden Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 29.9% out of 100 with 167 ratings
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