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Brewed by Greene King
Style: Bitter
Bury St. Edmunds, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Crafted by the master brewer of Old Speckled Hen, this hoppy pale ale is bursting with flavour and aroma. It is brewed with the finest pale and crystal malts as well as the American Chinook hop to give a fresh grapefruit hop character. The addition of rye malt adds a touch of spiciness. Old Hoppy Hen is perfect for all occasions and best enjoyed chilled with friends.


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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MustangMarkF (219) - Coventry, West Midlands, - APR 18, 2014
500ml Bottle. It pours a dark golden body topped with what is at first quite a dense head but it soon goes leaving thin lacing. Its aroma is not exactly "bursting" but there is malts and a hint of grapefruit. Its taste is full of malts and the hop inspired grapefruit but theres is also a spiciness and subtle hints of dark chocolate ending in a dry bitter finish. One of Greene Kings better beers but not a top 10 beer.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thellgren (425) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 29, 2015
0.5 l bottle from local supermarket. Colour is light amber. Taste has bitterness from the rye and the usual English maltiness from the rest. Hops add some bitterness if this is slightly cool and some American hoppy flavours when this is cold. Very nice, but English bitters are just not my style. Or, maybe, I should go England and try this from the cask.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
danlo (1590) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2015
500ml bottle from local shop. Clear amber colour, white foam head and malty, fruity, metallic aroma. Taste is malt, grain, fruity with earthy mineral bitterness. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry twiggy earthy bitter finish. OK.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
typickylev (8) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 6, 2015 does not count
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2015 0.5l bottle from ASDA. Copper colour and small head. Aroma of oranges and biscuits. Very weird metallic aftertaste that kind of spoils it all.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hermod (4044) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAY 10, 2015
50cl bottle, clear. Amber, copper color, thin white head. Toffee, biscuity sweet aroma. Flavor has toffee, biscuits, light citrusy notes, bitter, dry finish. Quite good, refreshing.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redders1974 (288) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2015
Quite a pleasant surprise looks nice in glass keeps a smallish head all the vway down notes of grass caramel and grape with a touch of pepper nice on a summers evening.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
olliejobbins (1321) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2015
500ml bottle. Pours a clear yellow with think white head. aroma is soapy, metallic and a little hoppy. Taste is quite sweet, citrus and weak hops. Odd for a bitter.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Towey1989 (526) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear pale amber colour with a fizzy but none lasting white head. Aroma of barley, orange, soapy lemon and some tea. Taste of orange, grapefruit, fruity malt, boiled barley sweets and herbal hops. Light bodied, soft carbonation but an oily texture. A soft herbal bitterness in the finish. A very average bitter with a artificial hop taste.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoestring (307) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Not much depth. Not unpleasant. Wow grapefruit to the fore.one is enough. Like to try in summer

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
The_Osprey (3031) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2015
500ml bottle BB Nov 2015. Amber orange, clear, sparkling, big foamy white head, some light lacing. Aroma is rubbery, dry hops, light mango and apple skin. Body is medium, foamy, low carbonation. Taste is rounded traditional bitter hops, peppery spice, burnt toffee, also has a thin fruit salad vibe, medium bitterness. It’s alright, just a bit of a confused flavour.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nilz (453) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 30, 2015
500ml bottle pours a clear amber ale with a white head. Aroma, hops, citrus. Taste, grapefruit citrus and medium bitterness. It rather grew on me.


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