Beer 219/365 – Old Speckled Hen

Style: English Pale Ale

ABV: 5.2%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: One of the first decent beers I have ever had that came in a clear bottle

Will I be drinking this again: Had a sample of it in nitro, and it was REALLY good served that way. In a bottle? Maybe

Grade: B

6/15/2010: I originally had a 4oz sample of this on nitro @Vintage Estate a couple months back. I was really really good on tap, so I decided to grab a twelve ouncer to see what its like out of the bottle. Although I am apprehensive to ever buy a beer that comes in a clear bottle. For the beer newbs out there, the number one reason a beer goes bad is due to the beer being subjected to too much light. It would be similar to you sitting in an un-tinted car, with no sunglasses, on a 90 degree sunny day. Wouldn’t make you very happy and it doesn’t make for a happy beer.

Old Speckled Hen does not have a lot of a smell to it at all, very odd. Maybe a little bit of sweetness. The one word I would use to describe the taste is earthy. Almost like a watered down Sam Adams Lager. Toasted malts and some non-descript hops make an appearance. There is an odd metallic taste going on, but its not enough to ruin the beer all together. Very light mouthfeel which makes this very drinkable on this super hot late spring day.

Picture of the day: Okay this isn’t a funny picture, but it is bad ass. Skydiving during a shuttle launch.