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


on tap

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RATINGS: 302   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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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.

Dashimus' rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dashimus (225) - London, Greater London, - FEB 15, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear dark amber/copper. Small white head which is short lived. Aroma is nuts, malt, caramel, hint of yeast and bitter oranges. Flavour is sweet with a dry bitter finish. Very thin body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
allmyvinyl (4221) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
christhoel (191) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radiomgb (2363) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
eastkenttom (37) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Arek (190) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlgk (11441) - 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 (518) - - 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 (5098) - 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 (235) - - 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
Osprey87 (2022) - WALES - AUG 17, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2014

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)

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