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


on tap

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RATINGS: 334   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.

Dashimus' rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dashimus (227) - 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Stuu666 (9526) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2016
Cask at Victoria station spoons. Pours clear amber, nose is cereal, grainy, vegetive, taste is sweet, toffee, floral.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Halfling_4132 (67) - Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2016
Appearance: copper/Amber in colour, clear with thin white foam, Aromas: malt, sugary treacle with a hint of citrus at the end, Palate: Light bodied but feels heavy on the tongue that leaves a coating, Taste: quite simple of Malt, almost a hint of very bitter dark chocolate but also a little metallic. Overall: a good standard bitter but not one of my preferred offerings from the Hogs Back Brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lokis333 (298) - Biržai, LITHUANIA - FEB 8, 2016
Clear amber, malple syroup color with small off white foam. Aromas, of malt mainly , bit caramely too with sugary notes, in a way smells like typical bitter, not bad but nothign outstanding. Palate, light body sweetish sticky and somewhat medium texture that sits on the tongue, leaving nice caramel malt aftertaste. Taste, light bitternes with sweet hints, quite maly and sugar bittery, with hints of grass that is very refreshing and very easy going. Overall, as a bitter it is nice (not massive fan of bitters) easy, refreshing and quite traditional for the style I would say, if you like bitters give it a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bartlebier (3208) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JAN 17, 2016
From bottle samples offered at Freiburg Sister city market (Guildford), 06/2015, notes. - More faint than subtle, yet still tasty interpretation of the UK classic MarisOtter/Crystal + Goldings/Fuggles = caramel orange, with some pecoe tea and lime leaves thrown in for more robust, quenching bitterness. Chalky elements and something else flabby that distracted me back then seeking relief in warm June weather, but I’ll gladly have this again to get a pure & balanced UK hop dose unobstructed by US "hop forwardness".

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dfonorow (1992) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Bottle. Pour is medium amber with a thin head. Notes of light caramel, earth, light honey, and dry bitter in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewtalita (181) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 11, 2016
Deep amber, crystal filtered, very stable low head. Aroma toffee and fresh bread, hints of fruits here and there.Palate and carbonation medium, just right. Taste lively fruity : ripe apples and lime. Malts only present in finish with some roastiness which melds well with dry, bitter hoppy finish. Quite palatable. Lacks body fulness and a good bit of complexity though :-)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bruce0101 (3) - Basingstoke, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2015 does not count
Favourite beer of mine, brilliant balance between malt and hops. I would happily drink all day/night

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
alex_leit (1592) - Minsk, BELARUS - NOV 9, 2015
Bottle. Amber color with weak foam. Aroma: diacetyl, butter, earthy hops and malt. Taste: butter, fruity, caramel, a bit watery, drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (4352) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 6, 2015
Caramel colour, thin white head. Aroma of straw, malts and hops. Light bitter flavour, straw and malts. Finish tea, strangely enough. Is it the power of suggestion because of the name?
(from draught @ GBBF ’14, London)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen2 (2636) - NORWAY - NOV 1, 2015
Bottle shared with JMD at HNB 01.11.15. Pale copper. Beige head. Aroma of medium dark malt and berries. Similar taste, well balanced with bitterness. Good drinkability.

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