The Brewski Report Reviews Greene King’s Old Speckled Hen and the President’s Popularity Slide.
File Date: 12.30.09
File Name: A New Paint Job Doesn’t Make Something New Again.
The Beer: Old Speckled Hen
Type: English Pale Ale
Serving: Clear Bottle
Stats: 5.2% ABV
Brewer: Greene King / Moreland Brewery
Country of Origin: UK (England)
Brewer Info: Morland was a brewery in Abingdon in the English county of Oxfordshire (formerly Berkshire). They first brewed in West Ilsley in 1711. It was purchased and closed by Greene King in 2000; and production of the Morland beers was moved to their brewery in Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk.
Greene King has operated pubs and brewing for over 200 years. Combining successful traditional ale brands with modern forward thinking, Greene King has grown steadily from its base in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk to become a leading pub retailer and brewer. Greene King brews all of its beers in Bury St Edmunds, where ale has been a feature of life since at least as far back as 1086. But we’ve taken the traditional art of brewing to new heights, producing what is arguably the finest range of cask ales in the country. Our beers are as much at home in city centre nightspots as they are in the cosy lounge of the village pub; we’ve taken the traditional craft of brewing and turned it into an art form. No other UK brewer is as committed to cask ale.
Brewer Brand Hype: “Old Speckled Hen” was first brewed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the MG car factory in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. Named after an old MG car which was used as the factory run around, they would park the old MG Featherweight Fabric Saloon outside the paint shop where it would normally get spattered in paint and so it became known as the ‘Owld Speckl’d Un’. This turned into “Old Speckled Hen” when the beer was unveiled. Since then the finely balanced beer with a distinctive rich malty taste and fruity aroma has attracted many fans, including the fox, who is always on the hunt for his Hen.
Label: Named after an unusual speckled vintage MG car, Old Speckled Hen is a Pale Ale which owes it’s distinctive character and dry taste to a unique strain of yeast first used in 1896. The complex flavour reflects skills developed across more than 280 years of independent brewing history.
The Brewski Review: Here is an interesting, yet unqualified factoid I heard the other day: President Obama’s popularity has been declining due to FOX News’ use of attractive women commentators. I found this comment to be rather interesting. Now, I’m not sure if the gentleman who made the statement actually believed what he said or if he was searching for any ammunition he could fire in a conversation he was quickly loosing regarding the correlation of the rise of FOX News and the freefall of the President’s popularity. FOX News, as you may know, has been trouncing all the other news media outlets of late. I have watched FOX News and yes, there are attractive women commentators on the show. I will also agree that guys are visual creatures and wanting to watch attractive women wouldn’t be a big stretch. But, a guy being swayed to switch his political affiliation while watching and listening to attractive women IS a stretch. Either he’s of weak constitution or the women are VERY convincing. That said, I do see a correlation: there is a rising discontent to what’s been happening in the country lately and those concerned individuals would rather opt to gather information from an outlet that doesn’t lean to the left. FOX News isn’t accelerating the President’s popularity slide. That blame rests squarely on the President and those decision makers he elected to surround himself with. Speaking of FOX, the mascot for Moreland’s Old Speckled Hen is in fact a fox. Their ads promo a fox in search of the ‘Hen’. Ironic isn’t it. I thought so. Overall, the beer was average. Poured with a nice head and maintained a nice amber color. Taste was mildly bitter but not too much. The ‘Hen’ didn’t grab my taste buds and surely didn’t leave them screaming for more.
Drinkability: Offered a choice, I’d probably try something else.
Appearance: Medium amber in color.
The Buds: Crisp taste with medium bitterness.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 out of 5 caps.