This English-style IPA from the Greene King Brewery in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England pours a nice rusty amber colour with a moderate tan head that gets retained as a collar. There’s a lot of visible carbonation when held up to light. Greene King IPA smells like toasted malts, with a grape-like fruity character, a lemon grass tone and a hint of brewed orange pekoe tea.
The taste of Greene King IPA follows suit; there’s no bait and switch here. Toasted malts, a fruity tone and a brewed tea flavour are accompanied by a lemony bitter finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a decent carbonation and a light, but noticeable bready body. The lemony tone lingers in the aftertaste.
This richly-coloured amber ale gets its name from an old car that was used for errands by the Morland Brewery in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England. “Old Speckled Hen” features a robust fruity aroma with a hint of toffee that carries over into the taste.
The toffee aroma is the perfect accent to the deep malty flavour of “Old Speckled Hen”. Any sweetness is balanced by a tart bitterness on the back of the tongue that helps the ale finish refreshingly dry and avoid coming off as thick or sweet. “Old Speckled Hen” is smooth from start to finish thanks in part to a wonderfully creamy beige head that lingers in the glass.
Abbot Ale from the Greene King brewery in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England is a satisfying and full-flavoured brew. This deep-as-gemstone, amber-coloured ale has a very fruity and hoppy aroma and it creates an attractive, creamy beige head that contrasts the ale itself nicely and lingers in the glass.
Abbot Ale has a very distinctive and thoroughly rich bitter malt flavour that feels surprisingly light on the palate. The ale’s bitterness transitions to a finish that can best be described as sour. Though it is not so sour as to be offensive, this trait may be unappealing to casual connoisseurs of English beers.