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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 294   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93   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 (461) - - 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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cimbasso (47) - - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Osprey87 (1579) - WALES - AUG 17, 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (2847) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
McTapps (3879) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, 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.

1.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
MichaelAwesome (3871) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GuideDogSaint (222) - Epsom, Surrey, ENGLAND - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Moebbels (301) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hohops (272) - Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle. Pours amber, a bit cloudy, a foamy one finger head which diminishes. Aroma- lots of toffee, hops, pine notes. Taste is hoppy, plenty of bitterness, grassy, malty, caramel in the finish. Pretty good.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niall73 (1653) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2014
Cask at JDW, Stteatham, Pours a dark reddy amber with an off white head. Aroma has a bread maltiness with a hint of dark fruit. Light to medium body, a little thin, light carbonation. Light toffee, lemon, wood, leaves, apple, a little red berry stuff... Pretty dull all in all. Fine.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Don2711 (111) - - MAY 29, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2014 Really excellent. Can see and taste why it has won awards. Nice caramel taste and fruity flavours. Beautiful ruby colour. Wish I had this on tap at home.


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