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


on tap

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RATINGS: 339   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   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.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gruberm (329) - - APR 19, 2013
Copper brown ale with a thin white head. A late slightly sour taste leading to subtle hop palate

TheCeeMan (25) - Ilkeston, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2017 At home poured from birthday bottle. Deep amber in colour, foamy straw-coloured head that doesn't stick around (although a decent amount of lacing). No real aroma. Taste malty, light and slightly sweet, extremely well balanced. This is a really really good beer and really easy to drink!

Davros IX (449) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2017
Bottle at home. I used to live near the brewery and would by 6 pint flagons of this as a bright beer to drink while watching the Grand Prix. I ended up going there so often they gave me a 10% discount card. Those fond remembered days of freedom before marriage and fatherhood??. Anyway, this is a classic English bitter. It looks great, there is a wonderful balance of malt and hops with just the right level of bitterness alongside the biscuit from the malt. There is a touch of sweetness that adds to the flavour profile that I think they have overdone in some of their other beers. It’s never going to set the world on fire, but it drinks well, has a low abv and puts a smile on my face whenever I drink it. Isn’t that the point of beer? If I was told this was the only beer I could drink for the rest of my life I wouldn’t be unhappy.

gnoff (10859) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2017
Cask 1/3 pint as part of a paddle, at Queens Head, Wokingham, on June 15, 2017.
Malty, berries, gypsum, black mold taste. Light herbal, mild bitter aftertaste. Medium full mouthfeel, medium to medium low bitterness. Clear light brown color, tan head. Malty, cream, fruity scent.

Rubin77 (2496) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 3, 2017
F: thin, off-white, quick gone. C: deep coppery, clear. A: malty, sweet caramel, toasty, fruity. T: malty, fruity, cherries, toast, medium body, low carbonation, good, half pint @ The Wheatsheaf pub near Horsham.

Beerwithwings (187) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2017
Bottle at home. There was a time when I would drink nothing but bitter, but after trying heavy hopped beers and enjoying them. I can’t go back to bitter. Just another boring bitter

BeardedAvenger (1040) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2017
Cask at Station, West Byfleet. There was a time (15+ years ago) when I was excited to see this beer on tap, as it was the local microbrewery beer that started to appear in local pubs. Not had it for years though... debt aroma - floral and malts. Chestnut. Creamy white half moon of a head. Sweet and sour. Gets bitter into the finish. Malts and caramel. Stewed fruits. Twigs. Light-medium bodied. Has slickness to it. Light carbonation. Middling finish. Hmmm... Just another boring bitter.

thepatrickman (1467) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2017
Pint on cask. A nice, pleasant, straightforward pint of bitter. There’s a little more sweetness than some bitters, giving it some caramel flavor, but otherwise it’s a standard pint of good beer.

booldawg (70) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2017
Bit of a local brew this one, can’t believe I’ve not rated it before. Traditional Goldings/Fuggles mix for this delightful standard bitter

kajser27 (1963) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 13, 2017
Clear, copper colored, medium off white head. Aroma is of malt, biscuit, fruity apple and some grassy notes. Taste is medium- sweet malt, biscuit and some caramel toffee, some fruity apple and grassy notes, bit cardboard, medium to light bitterness, dryish finish. Light to medium bodied, soft carbonation.

meldorf75 (121) - - FEB 12, 2017
Barwa ciemno bursztynowa. Piana niska szybko sie redokuje. Aromat lekko herbaciany. W smaku czuc wyraznie chmiel I slod oraz w tle nute herbaty.

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