April 1st, 2007 by Andy
The Old Speckled Hen pours a golden amber color with a nice white head that imbues few bubbles and a sweet malt nose. Its taste has caramel undertones and a peculiar bitterness that imparts a nice finish and has a taste reminiscent of that of a date. The Hen is an easy drink as its alcohol content is low and its taste has a nice sweetness to it but it lacks depth.
I’ve had a number of English Pale Ales and this one doesn’t have such a unique taste that I’d seek it out again. Don’t get me wrong– that bitterness in the finish is pleasing, but I’d much rather imbibe an American Pale Ale as their hopiness confers a more unique taste.