HOGS BACK BREWERY
T.E.A – TRADITIONAL ENGLISH ALE
2nd November 2016 – Review by Rob
TEA was the first brewed at Hogs Back in August 1992 and was an immediate hit. It has subsequently won many awards, possibly because, as the name says, it really is a classic Traditional English Ale.
Hogs Back use the finest English malt carefully balanced with local Fuggles hops from the other side of the Hogs Back, and gently ferment to leave some of the natural malt sugars, giving a full head and satisfying flavour. And whilst we enjoy the beer, local Hogs enjoy the spent grain from our mash tun… perfect harmony in Tongham.
Good colour, smell & taste. As you’d expect a decent quality pint of English beer. Very moreish, certainly a session beer, in fact I drunk this rather quickly, which is strong testament. Only criticism would be there is no tea in TEA.
Not a sophisticated pint, no real depth in flavour, but like Arnie’s Commando it won’t win an oscar but the fans love it, and in my opinion that is accolade enough. Go find and enjoy.