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

bottled
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RATINGS: 306   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


ianwelby's rating

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ianwelby (567) - - JUN 8, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2013 Clear dark amber beer. Deep, toasty malt aroma. Smokey, sugary malt hit with a lighter, tangy finish. The taste doesn’t last long though, giving the beer an almost watery quality. It’s a shame because with the flavours that are there it feels like it ought to be nicer and heartier than it is.


3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchad56 (24) - - JAN 25, 2015
Darkish amber colour, clear with half inch head - initial strong carbonation. Soft feel with nice after taste. Carbonation dissipates leaving very drinkable bitter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beergeek23322 (2530) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3/20/2011. on tap. Copper color with an off-white head. Malt, caramel and light hop aromas. It got some bitterness to it, but mostly caramel, bread and malt.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (5132) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle from Tesco Winchester. Poured a clear copper colour with a thin broken white head. The aroma is toffee caramel resin hop. The flavour is moderate bitter with a metallic hop bitter palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
deanso (5816) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2014
50cl bottle courtesy of and shared with JMGreenUK. Thin white head. Clear light amber pour. Nice sublte bitterness

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
allmyvinyl (4442) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 19, 2014
500ml bottle from Morrisons. Pours clear copper, no head. Aromas are toffee, stewed apples, light metallic note. Taste is sweet toffee, light herbal linger. Mostly sweet though.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
christhoel (231) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2014
barnyard, brown, clear, white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, bitter, I don’t quite know how to describe this one. Interesting. Pours to a brownish-amber with a decent aroma. Initial taste is good with a woody, almost pine-like taste on the finish. the further down it the worse it got strange

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radiomgb (2422) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2014
500ml bottle purchased at the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario. Golden tea in colour with a thin dissipating white head, very light patchy lacing. Aroma is of grains and cereal, herbal hops, some caramel sweetness. Flavour is a bit watery, some light bitterness, caramel malt sweetness, herbal. Lightly bitter but thin mouthfeel, light body, medium carbonation. Finishes fairly quick, grainy, sweet. A little thin for my tastes, probably better on cask then from the bottle.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
eastkenttom (43) - herne bay, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2014
A perfect beer to sup with a bag of pork scratchings. Uncomplicated but pleasant enough. Drank it from a bottle - just the right carbonation level. Nice chestnut colour.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Arek (253) - Zielona Góra, POLAND - OCT 23, 2014
Cask 1 Pint, Yates, Bournemouth, England, UK. Rubinowe piwo o bardzo cienkiej i szybko znikającej pianie oraz karmelowym, lekko chmielowym aromacie. W smaku początkowo słodowe, karmelowe z przyjemną, chmielową goryczką na finiszu.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlgk (11693) - 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.


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