Hogs Head English Bitter - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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3.83/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Caramel-infused dark orange when sitting on the coaster; bright tangerine when held up to the brewpub's side window. The light beige head was less than one finger to start and fell to a spotty film within minutes. No more than a small amount of filmy lace ended up on the glass.
The aroma was soft, muted even, and was of orange and grapefruit zest. A little more strength would have garnered it the next highest score easily. Truth in advertising is alive and well. Hogs Head was a pleasantly bitter beer, more so than expected, although the amount of bitterness surpassed the amount of actual hop flavor. A little more malt would have helped matters. It didn't bother me a bit though; a light, bitter beer tasted good today.
The flavor profile was more 'lemons and grapefruits' than 'oranges and grapefruits', a fine distinction I know. I think that's because the bitterness reminded me more of the bitter fruit (lemon) than the sweet fruit (orange). In any case, a relative lack of malt gave the beer a clean flavor and a snappy, dry finish.
Hogs Head Bitter was good, but not great. It's a well made, no frills English Bitter that asks its drinker to appreciate its simple, clean, citrus peel hoppiness and easy quaffability. And I did.
Serving type: on-tap
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 4508 University Ave, West Des Moines
11-30-2004 20:04:15 | More by BuckeyeNation
Hogs Head English Bitter from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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