Greene King Very Special India Pale Ale

Formerly brewed at Greene King
Style: English Strong Ale
Bury St. Edmunds, England


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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Bottle: Filtered.
Greene King Very Special India Pale Ale has been brewed to emulate the early India Pale Ales shipped during the 18th Century. Pale copper in colour with a fruity nose of spicy grassy hops and a hint of lychees and pear drops. A digestive biscuit maltiness is followed by a delicious balance of fruit and bitter spicy hops with a long dry finish.

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john44 (3331) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2017
Bottle. Pale Copper in colour. Malty; biscuity malts, toffee. Fruity; tropical fruits. Hoppy; spicy grassy hops. Sweet malty fruity throughout (too sweet). Alcohol very evident (too pronounced). Very dry bitter finish. Not "very special" at all. Much as expected. All-in-all rather disappointing. (2010-08)

Aniela (4216) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2013
Amber beer with a small white head. Banana, malty, caramell and fruity aroma. Banana and fruity flavour.

The_Bish (1123) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2013
Bit of an alcoholic stench, but that provides a nice warming finish which is good on a day like today. Not too bad. Definitely not like any other IPA I’ve had though. Whoever was tweeting ’I hate it when people say that IPA is a brand name’ needs to get over themselves. Aren’t you all knowledgeable and superior.

zimbo (970) - SCOTLAND - JAN 12, 2013
Copper brown to the eye with a thin dense head. Nose doesn’t give much away. Hint of dry musty hardness to start followed by some alcohol fuelled toffee before reaching somoe non threatening bitterness in the end.

laiti (8507) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 21, 2012
50 cl bottle @ Kitty’s. Rated on 26.02.2011
Aroma has some bready malt, fruits and toffee typical to english ales. Flavour has some malt, caramel, toffee, and ripe fruits. Not very IPA-like, just an english strong unusually high on hops.

BlackHaddock (7570) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2012
Clear 355cl bottle of a deep golden amber beer, best before the end of Mar 2011. Reviewed on 13th Feb 2011. Poured into a Greene King badged chalice. Looked fine, clear and bright, on top a small wispy white head. Malty aroma, hides the hops completely, the taste follows, very little hop content to be found until the mouth begins to dry towards the end of the sip. Interestingly different in my eyes, certainly the sweetest, maltiest IPA I’ve ever had. I am not a fan of the way Greene King conduct their bussiness, but some of their beers are good: this one being typical of the type I like (on the fairly sweet side and malty).

imdownthepub (15130) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2012
Bottled, 355ml, from Tesco, Banbury. Orange gold with short lived head. Caramel malty beer, thankfully without the G.K twang, biscuity with a sweetish, leafy hop lurking around. Nothing that says ’This is Very Special’ apart from the label, it’s a tad on the boring side.

FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - FEB 11, 2012
Bottle at home, from Morrison’s. Pours a clear amber-brown, couple of fingers of white head that quickly dies. Clear bottles are always a bit ominous, so it loses an appearance point for that. Aroma is alcohol, some dark fruity malt and some hops. Taste is largely similar, rather bitter finish which attempts to balance out the rather sweet initial taste, but the lighter fluid notes from the alcohol drown most of it out. The alcohol presence and character is akin to what I expected from Sink The Bismarck!, not a 7.5% beer. Still, decent for the price, I suppose, and it has an endearing name, like they want you to like it. Sadly, it’s not exactly great (though not offensively bad).

mike_77 (7014) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2012
Aroma is fruity and a bit oaky. A general malty presence is felt but it is strongly counterbalanced by some slightly acidic fruity tones. Then the finish becomes a bit woody and dry. Misses the fresh hoppiness associated with an IPA but still nice.

scotty (1223) - SCOTLAND - JAN 14, 2012
Had high hopes for this one, sadly, most of them were dashed! Clear amber, but lacks head, little in the way of nose/aroma other than a hint of malt. Palate is dominated by the hefty alcohol, there’s some malty sweetness and hoppy notes underneath but the whole is totally out of balance. Bought from Morrisons, won’t be buying it again tho!

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