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TEA – Hogsback

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Beer ReviewsBitters

TEA – Hogsback

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Quick Overview

A well balanced bitter with an amber hue that is pleasing to the eye. The nose is treated to an orange zest which spearheads a fruity bouquet. A traditional ale in the truest sense, dry and hoppy with a stern bitterness.

Traditional Ale for the Traditional Person

Hogs Back TEA is a truly British beverage for the traditional British man. What you see is what you get and it is a no-nonsense sort of ale. Some of the bottles proudly boast a sticker stating that CAMRA considers this to be real ale…how can you argue with that? When poured it is a beautifully crisp, yet manly, amber colour and carries with it a strong and even manlier head. Like any good ale, it provides an aroma that keeps you guessing, with a bittersweet blend of fruits and hops. When you take the first sip, it may not be what you were expecting.

Whilst not the possessing the strongest blend of flavours, it is more than enough to keep you interested throughout your pint. It is very hoppy, dries the tongue and the bitterness at the end certainly packs a punch. But I believe the lack of complexity is what makes this an endearing beverage, it promises to be a well-rounded and traditional English ale and that’s exactly what it delivers. I have been fortunate enough to try this ale both from the bottle and straight from the pub and there has rarely been a time that I have felt more British, apart from perhaps 10 minutes prior to entering the pub when I tutted at a gentleman for taking too long at the cash machine.

Like me, Hogs Back TEA is unforgiving and demands the very best because that is what it provides you. Its beauty is in its simplicity and in this hectic and crazy world of ours that is something to hold very dear.

We salute you Hogs Back.

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