Brewed by Hogs Back
Style: Bitter
Farnham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 327   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Cask: Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
Our ’Best Bitter’ the flagship of Hogs Back beers. Winner of many awards including Champion Best Bitter at the CAMRA Great British Beer Festival at Olympia. A pale brown malty bitter with a hoppy & slightly fruity aroma. A well crafted bitter sweet beer with a long dry finish. A classic Best Bitter.
Ingredients: Maris Otter pale malt, crystal malt. Fuggles and Goldings hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlgk (15303) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2014
Sample at Great British Beer Festival 2014. Clear dark golden/amber beer, ok head. Fruity aroma, biscuits, caramel, citrus, some toffee. Toffee flavor, grass, citrus, some biscuits. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MissPxx (911) - - SEP 13, 2014
Strong aroma. Sweet and fruity. Fizzy dark amber colour. Medium head. Deep flavours. Well rounded. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (6250) - Utah, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Cask at GBBF
Clear dark golden with a medium sized beige head, some lacing. Aroma and flavors of caramel and bitters

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cimbasso (486) - - AUG 20, 2014
A traditional English bitter from a 50cl bottle. It has great clarity, indicating that it a filtered ale. The colour is amber with a cream coloured foamy head which disperses quickly. The aromas are of malts and leaves. There is a taste of well-hopped bitterness, balanced with a soft bread-like maltiness. Light, but not watery. A very pleasant bitter with high drinkability.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (4179) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2015

Aug 2014 - It is 8 years ago that I last had a bottle of this. Anyway, today it is on cask. Hazy orange, small white head. Body is light, slightly foamy. Taste is very soft malt character, a touch metallic in the finish. (2.8)

Nov 2014 - Cask at the William Morris JDW. Dark orange / brown, hazy, small scummy head. Aroma is light, nothing much to say. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is gluey, light resin, some ash towards the finish, soft bitterness. Overall impression - tangy and drying. OK. (3.0)

Jan 2015 - Pint at Culpeper, Spitalfields. Social. Sticky sweet malts, light bitterness. A bit drying.(3.0)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (6501) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2014
Cask at the 2014 GBBF. Amber coloured pour with a halo of white head. Aroma is tea leaves, butterscotch and earthy twigs. Flavour is sweet hedgerow, caramel, flabby, Berry. Palate is semi sweet low carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
McTapps (6045) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle from Tesco in Eastbourne. Pours out in an amber colour with low head and flat body. Aroma of hops and leaves. Taste of bitter hops, malt, barley, bread, citrus and flowers. Bitter-dry finish. Drinkable but not that nice.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
MichaelAwesome (6008) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 4, 2014
Bought in Tesco, Eastbourne and shared with McTapps. Had high hopes in but got really disappointed as this one comes quite unnaturally sour with a crazy aftertaste which reminds me of puking. Beside this it might be a bit malty and bitter but that aroma and aftertaste killed any nice moments I had so far.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GuideDogSaint (869) - Xiamen, CHINA - JUL 23, 2014
On cask bright beer at Guildford Cricket Ground. Pours clear brown with no head. Not much aroma, some caramel and malt. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Moebbels (556) - FINLAND - JUL 12, 2014
Pours a nice clear amber body with a minimal white head. Nose has surprisingly strong coffee and chokolate notes accompanied by herbs and some caramel. Taste is sweet at first and nicely balanced by a hoppy bitterness, the finish is mildly bitter. Carbonation is fairly soft and the mouthfeel is a little watery but quite nice with the low ABV. This is quite nice, a good simple session ale the english way.

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