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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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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 12.61%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: proc on 08-10-2002

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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 44
Reviews by racer2k:
Photo of racer2k
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of mintjellie
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.19/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of sfprint
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of jbonapar
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of Wiscodrinker
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of DrBier
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of Drummermean
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of vinicole
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of DirkNachbar
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Habanero58
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of uno99
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of BKLRIBS
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of haithar
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of jwc215
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of rarbring
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of GreenCard
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3/5  rDev -12%

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