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Greene King East Coast IPA

Rating: 2.65

A new Greene King beer for me now, this one is another of their attempts to grab a piece of the craft beer market with that seemed more like an American style pale ale but one that was confusingly tasted very little like an IPA but was called an “East Coast IPA”. I ordered a pint of this recently in Glasgow after spotting it on-tap and was surprised when it came as a cask offering, there was no sign of the usual hand pump behind the bar so I’d wrongly assumed it would be a keg offering. Promising lots of bitterness and tropical fruits flavours with some citrus too, you can imagine my disappointment with this one when all I got was some earthy hops, biscuit and basic malts. This one has got to be one of the most disappointing beers I’ve tried in some time so I’ll keep things relatively short here and get straight into telling you what I thought of it.

Greene King East Coast IPA

Appearance (5/5): This one takes a minute to settle but when it does it looks quite nice sitting in the glass as a medium amber colour that has a slightly hazy body. The head is a great looking, creamy white one about a centimetre and a half tall that has excellent retention over the opening few minutes and leaves great lacing on the sides of the glass too.
Aroma (5/10): Not a particularly well pronounced beer on the nose really, there wasn’t a whole lot going on initially other than some light, earthy malts and pale notes with some basic hops and touches of citrus. I struggled to detect much of anything at times but there was some biscuit notes and a faint caramel around the middle before some floral notes seen things out. Quite a weak and bland aroma, the beer was pretty disappointing on the nose and could really have done with being stronger.
Taste (4/10): The taste followed on closely behind the nose and again seemed quite weak with very little going on if I’m honest, there was some faint floral touches and an overriding biscuit flavour but beyond that there wasn’t much that was easy to detect. I got some faint citrus and a few earthy hops with some bitterness towards the end and a few pale malts sneaking in but again it was quite a disappointing one.
Palate (2/5): Medium bodied and coming through with very soft carbonation that made it seem like countless other cask offerings before it, basically quite flat. There was some floral touches coming through with a moderate bitterness towards the end but it seemed weak and bland overall.

Overall (7/20): This one was a beer that I ordered assuming it would be a keg offering and was surprised when handed a cask beer which I’m not really a fan of however I went into the beer with an open mind and was left thoroughly disappointed by it. There just didn’t seem to be much going on with this Green King offering save for some basic earthy hops and malts plus few touches of citrus; on the whole it was a bland, very boring beer that I could have done without if I’m honest.

Brewed In: Bury St. Edmunds, England
Brewery: Greene King Brewery
First Brewed: 2014
Type: American IPA
Abv: 4.0%
Serving: Cask (Pint)
Purchased: Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £4.05 (approx.)

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