Morland Old Speckled Hen

On Thursday, the other half and I headed to Newtown (since we’re only 15 minutes away from it) and stopped at a local pub for dinner. It was happy hour, so they had half off of snacks. We ended up trying their pizza (which was only okay) and their truffle fries (which were really good). This was the beer I tried while there.


ABV: 5.2%

Style: English Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “‘If, like me, you like to hunt out a hen, well there are plenty of opportunities to find one. ‘Old Speckled Hen’ is in pubs and bars across the country in cask and also as a smooth version at 4.5% ABV. You can also enjoy ‘Old Speckled Hen’ in 500ml or 355ml bottles and 500ml cans at 5% ABV from all leading supermarkets and convenience outlets. And for the jet setters amongst us, you can even find it in 47 countries around the world, from Australia to the UAE. ‘Old Speckled Hen’ has a full, smooth flavour and is very easy to drink. Its rich amber colour and superb fruity aromas are complemented by a delicious blend of malty tastes. Toffee and malt combine with bitterness on the back of the tongue to give a balanced sweetness. This, all followed by a refreshingly dry finish.'”

Random: The website has their mascot, which is a fox with creepy eyes.

This beer poured with a one finger, thick white head, almost like it was on nitro. It dissipated slowly and left generous lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, mahogany color with light carbonation visible. The nose had mineral qualities with sweet caramel malt. The taste was light with biscuit and the toffee sweetness. Other than that, I really didn’t get much from it. It had a thin body with light carbonation. The finish was swift with toffee sweetness. This beer had a little bit of flavor, but it was bit boring yet unoffensive. I wouldn’t have it again because it didn’t do much, but it was drinkable.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Greene King The King’s English IPA

Today is my first day of vacation. I’m off for a week and of course, I am up early. So, I threw on disc 8 of World At War (I’m sure the other half is going to be jealous that I didn’t wait for her to watch it) and here’s a post about a beer I drank last night that the other half picked up awhile back from Trader Joe’s.


ABV: 6%

Style: English India Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Ale has been a feature of life at our home since at least as far back as 1086. We know this because the Great Abbey’s ‘cerevisiarii’ or ale brewers are mentioned in the Domesday Book. But we’ve taken the traditional craft of brewing to new heights, producing what is arguably the finest range of cask ales in the country.
We are proud of this heritage and tradition. Today, we are as passionate about our beers, our service and our people as our brewing ancestors. Our broad portfolio of well-known, much-loved brands includes Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen and Abbot Ale.”

Random: While trying to find the trivia portion for this post, I found multiple blogs just dedicated to Trader Joe’s.

This beer poured with a one finger, off white head that dissipated slowly, but left minimal lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, mahogany color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was incredibly malty with biscuit, caramel and tea. The taste was even more malty. Caramel malt and toffee came through first, then a bit of spice from the hops, which were relatively muted. There was biscuit as well as astringent booze. The body was on the thinner side with light carbonation. It had a quick but sweet, bready finish. This beer was way underhopped, even given that the style is not supposed to be as aggressive as its American counterpart. I wouldn’t have this again, despite not knowing the price since we threw the receipt out, but it just missed the mark for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Morland The Tanner’s Jack

Another brew for the night. This is a beer that I’ve never heard of, but it’s another British beer for the week. They also make Old Speckled Hen, another British beer that I’ve never had, which I should probably seek out given the reviews that I’ve read about it. The bottle is pretty boring, hopefully what’s inside is a little better.

ABV: 4.4%

Style: English Pale Ale

Trivia: According to, “Greene King is a British brewery established in 1799 in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. It has grown to become one of the largest British owned breweries in the UK through a series of takeovers which have been the subject of some criticism. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 share index. It currently holds 2% of the UK beer market, although its share has been growing for some time.”

Random: Plaxico Burress said that he’d love to be an Eagle…what the hell? I seriously don’t want him on my team.

Clear glass…not a good start to trying this beer. I’ve never had a beer out of clear glass that I’ve fallen in love with. The head was about half a finger and pure white and dissipated quickly without leaving any lacing on the pint glass. The body was a clear burnt orange color with very mild carbonation…it almost looked flat. The nose started with a bit of malt and caramel and then quickly transitioned into a floral, slightly unpleasant hop scent. Uh oh. This does not seem to be a good thing. The taste was pretty…awful actually. The floral hops definitely came through on the taste as almost skunkiness, making me think that this beer was way beyond its prime. I did get a hint of nuttiness and sweetness.  But, there was definitely a bit of skunkiness to the taste. The finish was pretty quick, thankfully, without a remarkable flavor. The body was towards the thinner side and almost flat. This beer was pretty horrible. I definitely wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0