Greene King IPA is an English IPA and is one of the most popular English Ales in the UK. But how many calories are there in a pint of Greene King IPA? How strong is it? Is Greene King IPA gluten-free? Or vegan? What beer is similar to Greene King IPA? Let’s find out.
There are 212 calories in a pint of Greene King IPA. The alcohol content is only 3.6% abv. Greene King IPA is not gluten-free as it contains malted barley. The cask version of Greene King IPA is not vegan as it uses isinglass, but the bottled and canned versions are.
In this article, I will be taking a more in-depth look at the questions above and try to answer them thoroughly. I will also take a look at beers that are similar to Greene King IPA, in case you fancy a change.
Finding the answer to this question was challenging. The website doesn’t say, and there are a bunch of different estimates online. Instead of trusting the internet, I emailed Greene King directly. They informed me that there are 37.3 calories per 100ml. I used this information to work out the different calorie amounts for each serving type.
The alcohol content of Greene King IPA is very low compared to most English IPAs. Just 3.6% abv. Normally, English IPAs are around the 5% mark. While American IPAs are even higher. This percentage makes Greene King IPA similar to regular English Pale Ales.
Greene King IPA is brewed with malted barley, so it cannot be gluten-free. However, you can now buy Gluten-Free Greene King IPA from the Greene King website.
Whether Greene King IPA is vegan or not depends on how you consume it. The cask version of Greene King IPA is not vegan-friendly as it contains isinglass. This is collagen that is found in fish swim bladders. You can find out more about this in my article on beer drinking for vegans. Greene King IPA in a bottle or can does not use isinglass so is vegan-friendly.
Greene King IPA is an English IPA, an original. This style is very far away from American IPAs and is a lot closer to pale ales. To make things even more confusing, I am going to recommend an English IPA brewed by an American brewery as an alternative to Greene King. Apologies if your head just exploded trying to work that one out!
Goose IPA by Goose Island Brewery is a fantastic beer, that blends the English and American IPA styles together really well. It is stronger and hoppier than Greene King IPA, but easy to drink like English IPAs.
Going back to real English IPAs, you’ve got India Ale from the Samuel Smith brewery which is a great sessionable beer. Stronger than Greene King IPA in taste and in alcohol, a “proper” beer. Fuller’s Bengal Lancer is another excellent alternative.
Hobgoblin IPA is a new challenger, only 3 years old at the time of writing. But since it has come out it has won several awards. Being named the World’s Best IPA in the 2018 World Beer Awards, as well as UK’s best beer.
I haven’t tried it myself yet, hence my reluctance to add it here. However, I can’t ignore a beer that has won that many awards, and I love every beer I drink from Wychwood so this feels like a great call.
Matt Smith is the owner of Beer N Biceps. He has a degree in Sports Science, 10 years of experience working in the fitness industry, and has written for hundreds of fitness websites. He is a lover of good quality beer and believes that drinking in moderation can form part of a healthy lifestyle.