6 days ago
Friday, March 5, 2010
Friday Night Beer: Hogs Back T.E.A.
T.E.A. (Traditional English Ale)
Hogs Back Brewery
Tongham Surrey, UK
English Pale Ale (Bottle Conditioned)
I guess I've been going a bit overboard on the ales eh? I'll switch it up next week.
Today a simple British session ale from the LCBO's spring release. You can see on the bottle that this is endorsed by CAMRA. That would be the UK's Campaign for Real Ale, the champions of cask conditioned beer and traditional public houses in Britain. So that's promising!
Agressive pour, little head. Looks like a cask ale, that's promising. A clear amber.
Not much at all on the nose, some slightly metallic malt.
Not much in the flavour either. Light caramel malt. Oddly enough, a weak tea character... iced tea. Very subtle bitterness at the back of the mouth.
Nice bottle conditioned mouthfeel, but doesn't have the flavour to back it up, so it just comes across as thin.
Frankly, I can't say it's that much better than your average Canadian macro-ale. Rather disappointing. I'd give it a pass.
Simple review for a simple beer. Maybe I'll make up for it with an extra one in the next couple days.
EDIT: Note, as this is bottle conditioned, there will be some sediment in the glass. Feel free to gulp it down, won't kill you.