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T.E.A. (Traditional English Ale) - Hog's Back Brewery

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T.E.A. (Traditional English Ale)T.E.A. (Traditional English Ale)

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hog's Back Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: proc on 08-10-2002)
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Reviews by ThatWineGuy:
Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.33/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This had been in my basement fridge for a few months now but with a BB date of 17-Jan-11 I didn't think any harm could be done putting it off until now. Poured with an orange hue and a half finger tan head, large bubble carbonation on opening but retention was short lived. Some yeast in the bottom of my glass, more left in the bottle.

Smell was faintly of tangerine, fruit but not very pronounced. Taste was very disappointing with an earthy and metallic affect, the long aftertaste was quite unpleasant. There was a dry soda biscuit feel to it with little by way of hops or malt. At this point, with more than three quarters of a glass left, the ale had gone quite flat. According to the label, this ale won a gold medal in 2000, I guess a lot can change in a decade ... I found it kind of a dud. Did it need more aging in the bottle? I may never find out as I doubt I would buy this again.

ThatWineGuy, Jun 10, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mid sized bottle, with freshness dating. The bottle was brought back from England by my parents, so I cant guarantee the best handling, untill it got into my hands. Anyway, this one poured a dull light brown, with uninspiring white head, very low carbonation. Light bodied, light amount of flavor. Pretty dull stuff. Disappointing is the operative word. I'm sure this stuff is lovely on cask in a quant Brit pub, what I got out of the bottle was so so at best.

Billolick, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one squeaked into the LCBO in downtown Waterloo. With CAMRA, "bottle conditioned" and a pig on the bottle, I figured I was in for a treat.

Poured slowly into a nonic glass. Not much detectable sediment (nowhere near as much as Coopers, for example), but it's there. Copper-amber in colour, with a thin ring of head. Fairly typical for the style.

The nose is mild, with tea leaves and malt leading the pack.

I'm beginning to see why the beer is called "T.E.A.", because that's the dominant flavour here. A bit of toffee, some malts, but mostly tea leaves. Very smooth, however, so it would be great for a session.

Thin carbonation, slightly oily. Not the greatest.

Though it claims to be the "Champion Beer of Britain, I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. It's a pretty standard EPA, really. Not terribly complex, but smooth and easy to drink. Given the low ABV, it would actually pretty good for a session drinker.

JohnnyBarman, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of racer2k
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle in to a pint glass

A: a nice reddish-brown beer with virtually no head or lacing. Beer is somewhat cloudy in the glass with good carbonation.

S: Mild hops, sweet malt and a bit spicy with some earthy overtones.

T: A mild ale that is flavorful but not overpowering. There is a good balance of forward European hops and back end sweet malt flavor.

M: Creamy moderately carbonated mouth feel with a tangy sticky feel to the beer.

D: Very drinkable session beer and one that stands out in the rather vanilla flavored British beer offerings.

racer2k, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of mintjellie
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper, with the lions share of sediment remaining at the bottom of the bottle. It's head is thin and poorly retentive. There's no lace to speak of. I left a little bit of beer in the bottle just in case I felt like rousing it up, and I'm glad I did. This doesn't have a whole lot of character to it, but drinking it hazy does improve it a little bit. I'm probably doing it wrong, but I like what I like.

It isn't very aromatic. It has a light biscuit aroma with faint earthy and floral notes. Mild toasty bread flavour with a leafy, tea-like finish. It has a very simple flavour to it, but that flavour starts to pop a bit as it gets closer to room temperature. It feels very light and smooth, with very low carbonation. In fact, it's almost flat. Thats not a complaint. I think mouthfeel is the best thing this beer has going for it. It's a decent and easy drinking pale ale, and I think it's nice to be able to try a bottle conditioned example. I just don't think it's an exceptionally good beer.

mintjellie, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A slight brown colour to it. No lasting head. A tad of hop aroma, and an understated bitter taste. Very understated taste overall, and a tad light mouthfeel. Drinkable, but not very. Little carbonation, its somewhat cask like. Bit I would not go out of the way to have this on cask.

Sammy, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of CanuckRover
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Agressive pour, little head. Looks like a cask ale, that's promising.

Not much at all on the nose, some slightly metallic malt.

... Not much in the flavour either. Light caramel malt. Agree with the commentator below, a 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.

CanuckRover, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of sfprint
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: amber/crimson but transparent, weak soda carbonation, and basically no head.
S: mixed fruits, fruit leather, but very weak. Fruity malt and a bit sour
T: Mild, a hair bitter, like a weak amber ale.
M: Pretty light, pretty much no carbonation.
O: A fairly ordinary English ale. Boring but fine.

sfprint, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of jbonapar
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey gold with a thick, but small head. Minimal smell, no really overpowering or dominant smell.

Taste is light and bitter, slight malt with a hop-tartness. Slight apple and fruits. Mouthfeel is warm, slightly malty.

A nice beer, refreshing, not overpowering and certainly not unique. But, easy to drink and would recommend on a nice summer evening.

jbonapar, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The highly carbonated amber body is capped by a disappointingly off white small head with low retention.

High effervescent brings ester scents of apple and wet leaves straight to the nose. Hoppy resinous note is backed by the smell of dandelion greens.

Very bitter up front in an unpleasing harsh alkaline way not helped slight note of what best reminds me of chlorine. The harsh hop flavours begin to subside as the beer warms with some flowery notes coming into effect. Biscuit malt balances out the hop power further down the line as well.

The mouth feel is light and biting from the carbonation.

Overall this beer was a bit of a letdown.

Reinheitsgebot71, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of Wiscodrinker
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Wiscodrinker, May 31, 2014
Photo of DrBier
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

DrBier, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 500ml bottle conditioned beer, best before late March 2009, drank mid-March 2008.

Poured once, in a single pour, into a straight sided pint sleeve glass.

A lovely terracotta colour, on top sat a light biege head which thinned very quickly. The body was clear with very little carbonisation, hardly a bubble rising up through the beer at all.

Sweetish aroma, toffee and malted biscuits come to mind.

The taste is very moreish, very drinkable. Very simular flavours to the aroma in fact.

Well balanced beer and easy to drink. A long way from watery, but this isn't a heavy viscous beer either, just a good one.

BlackHaddock, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of Drummermean
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Drummermean, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of vinicole
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

vinicole, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of DirkNachbar
4/5  rDev +17.6%

DirkNachbar, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of Habanero58
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Habanero58, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of uno99
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A: Well the attractive bottle sure seduced me when I was in the liquor store, and there was also only one left on the self so that sealed the deal there. pours an intresting toffee colour. quite murkey thanks to the secondary fermentation.

S: being so strapped for cash lately I havent had a beer in a few weeks (unless you count macros) so I was quite giddy when I first took a whiff of this. However, as I came to my "sences" I realized this is pretty average. I do like the hop charecter, but again is pretty par for the course.

T: First thing I notice is the dissapointing mouthfeel - I think it really lets this beers flavour fall flat. let it roll to the back of your mouth however, and you do get a nice and classic hop pang.

M: Thin and watery. This is a beer that would clearly be better on tap or cask.

D: Nothing "wrong" with this beer - it might even be a good session ale if there isnt much choice at your local. However, there is no reason IMO to choose this over a St. Peters, or a Sam Smiths at your liquor store.

uno99, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of BKLRIBS
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

BKLRIBS, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of DaveFL1976
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber colour with a chunky, fluffy white head that settled down to a thin skim while leaving behind lots of sticky lacing.
Smell is quite subtle, with some caramel scents of crystal malt and subtle bttering hops. Not much aroma hops.
The taste is sweet, nutty, with a little bit of bittering hops. Not bad at all and nicely balanced.
Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, but not filling. Quite drinkable.

DaveFL1976, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of haithar
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

haithar, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-cask at The Hole in the Wall, London:

Pours copper with a thin tan head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is herbal, tea-like - reflecting the name well. Pretty robust, at that.

The taste is of buttered biscuit with a touch of caramelish sweetness. I don't know if it's power of suggestion, but there is a tea-like quality (herbal tea with a touch of milk?) in it.

It has a creamy texture, with a light to medium body.

A nice "session" beer that is nicely balanced.

jwc215, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle- Firey copper, pours a creamy white head that leaves a little lace. Aroma is faint. Some earthy malts, straw, a bit of lemon. Flavour is much more pronounced, and I like it for what it is. Lemony hops, subtle caramel malts, a bit grassy, bubblegum. Medium light body, lengthy bitter finish. Me rikey.

mrmanning, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of rarbring
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear tea (black tea) colored, has a warm off-white head that leaves little lacing and has rather small curtains.

Smelling of malts, gruel and grass, some red apples. A modest smell.

Starts with sweet bread and porridge, then some more tart fruits, pears and apple seeds.

High carbonation, refreshing texture, a medium body and a dry finish.

Really decent, very sessionable.

rarbring, May 22, 2012
Photo of GreenCard
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: coppery-gold, great clarity, spongey layer of tan froth with rapidly expanding and collapsing bubbles

Aroma: delicate fruity hop nose with hints of caramel, orange marmalade, and toffee

Flavor: dryish malt backbone with a bitter edge of roast and greenish hops; burnt caramel, black tea, grape leaves; finishes dry as a bone with a lingering bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, fine carbonation, slight astringency

Other comments: I love the bottle and label. Very eye-catching (in a good way). And it's bottle conditioned. Comparatively rare to find bottle conditioned English ale, especially in a supermarket.

GreenCard, Jul 12, 2007
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T.E.A. (Traditional English Ale) from Hog's Back Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.