Hen's Tooth | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Hen's ToothHen's Tooth

Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-02-2001

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Photo of Shiredave
2.84/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has been a while since I'd had a Hen's Tooth. This bottle was an overcarbonated "conditioned" bottle and gushed when poured gently. Initial aroma was nasty; musty and metalic - like something gone bad. Great head retnetion and cling, cream colored and dense over the copper ale. I liked the flavor and found it meduim bodied with some caramelized malt and fruity notes and a solid hop presence throughout. The aroma improved as it warmed to a citrusy/ marmalade like scent that, minus the musty smell which lingered, reminded me of Fuller ESB. Strong hop aftertaste - (very British) and a slight alcohol warm. I think I caught this bottle just before it went south. Good to see a reasonably strong Ale (6.5%) from the UK. I recommend refridgeration to stall fermentation.

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Photo of rastaman
1.96/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Yipes, sourish off-milk flavour, and quite yeasty, monstrously weird, quite hard to drink, i'll give it a miss if ever offered it again, definitely didn't agree with me.

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Photo of Wildman
2.81/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a wonderful copper color. The head is a decent light tan color. It's fizzy/heavy carboninated and has a cider taste which gives it a sour finish. I have had other bitters both here and in London and there are better ones out there. It might be hurt due to being in a clear bottle.

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Photo of budgood1
2.71/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

dark copper, lots of carbonation which pours out a nice frothy head with yeast sediment....smells sour. taste is extremely sour, lip puckering to the point where i'm about to make faces with every sip. alcohol evident adding to the puckering. i stirred up the yeast sediment and poured it out too. this is an english bitter "gone wild". sturdy caramel malt body. english hop bittering adding "teeth". i'm trying to be objective but this stuff is wicked. not to my taste. SOUR!

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Photo of John
2.78/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Mmm...curious brew here. HUGE carbonation, I could barely pour this stuff without ending up with four parts foam and one part beer. Strange aroma too, predominate musty smell with some light caramel and toffee. Light copper color. Prickly highly carbonated mouthfeel. Very unusual stuff. I don't think I'd go back to this one.

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Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No shortage of carbonation here. One of those bottle conditioned beers where you have to belch after every drink to make room for the next. Caramel malt was the forefront flavor, and I didn't get much hops working in this beer. Maybe this was too understated for me to appreciate, but this beer didn't do much to hold my interest.

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Photo of Todd
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 16.9fl.oz. clear custom Morland bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a vibrant rich amber liquid with a clumpy off-white foam head. It quickly recedes to a patchy bubble lace. Make sure to pour gently as to not disturb the sediment.

Smell: Waxy aromas that mix with light sweet grains and faint apple-peel aromas.

Taste: Malt flavour is light, with toasted malt flavours. Medicinal and touch of all-spice flavour get lifted and removed by a gentle carbonation. Hops are tea-like with a assertive dose of raw leaf astringency and a mellow background citrus rind snap that melds nicely with light fruity apple flavours. Buttery diacetyl can be detected along with dry biscuit and grain flavours that pull through to wreak more havoc on the palate. Can you say yeast? Rawness? There's yeast flavours all over this bottle-conditioned brew. Finishes dry and musty.

Notes: A very traditional bottle-conditioned English Ale. As real as it gets in the bottle, and you either like these real ales, need some palate maturation, or you'll hate them forever. Me? I like them. There's nothing like beer that's alive and maturing in the bottle!

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Hen's Tooth from Greene King / Morland Brewery
3.43 out of 5 based on 360 ratings.
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