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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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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | 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 racer2k:
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racer2k

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 01:37:08 | More by racer2k
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Copper coloured beer from 500ml bottle with freshness date nine months away. The head rapidly dissipated to the rim of my pint glass. The nose is malty: hint of dried fruit, carrot an dmainly apple, with a little yeastiness apparent. The apple fills with foreboding. It doesn't smell bad, but I've noticed in the past that this smell seems to coincide with a difficult to describe taste which I dislike.

Fortunately this tendency is not exhibited. Instead this is much less sweet than the nose suggests with hints of tea (maybe that results from the power of suggestion) allied to a pleasant biscuity taste with just hint of treacle backed by a lovely consistent herbal flavour. This has really surprised me on the upside.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 00:15:40 | More by charlatan
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +18%

09-08-2013 20:31:19 | More by steverx8
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New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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2.95/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 02:40:23 | More by sfprint
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ccrida

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the White Hart in White Chappel, Hog's Back's Tea is pale auburn with an off-white head leaving scattered lace.
Smell is lightly sweet iced tea crystal, and some citrus, leafy herbal hops.
Taste is bright minty, herbal hops.
Mouthfeel is light.
Drinkability is high, a nice ale, I really appreciate how hop forward the flavor is, with the modest bitterness. No real wow factor, but a well made, easy drinking real ale.

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09-26-2012 23:53:33 | More by ccrida
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4/5  rDev +18%

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Sweden

3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 15:42:19 | More by rarbring
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the second of two bottles that a friend brought me from London. Poured into an imperial pint glass. First pour was very slow, which resulted in a weak head. The second half of the bottle into the glass was poured much more vigorously, which produced a medium sized head. Dark orange color. Not a lot of carbonation. Smell was like burnt caramel and just a bit of skunkiness. Taste was not too bad. Lots of flavor of sweet malt, but no real hop character. Mouthfeel was on the thin side. This is a pretty easy beer to drink if you are looking for a simple English ale to have a session with, but it's not really very complex at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 05:29:31 | More by morebeergood
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galluch

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +18%

01-17-2012 16:53:01 | More by galluch
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a nonic pint glass...

A - Cloudy copper body, with a thin frothy beige head.The head retention is rather weak.

S - The aroma is quite typical for an English bitter. Toffee and bread notes, some fruitiness (apples, plums, pears), and a pretty good earthy hoppiness.

T - Tastes like the countryside to me. Starts out with a good English-style mild herbal kind of hoppiness, followed by a solid malt base, with a sour dough texture and strong hints of toffee and even chocolate. Some apparent orchard fruit notes (apples, pears, plum) linger on into the finish, which is bready and slightly bitter.

M - Medium-bodied, with some lively carbonation. Kind of hefty for such a light beer, but very soft on the palate. Not too dry either. Feels nice.

D - The drinkability could be better. It is easy to drink, but I cannot see myself drinking a few pints in a row, it's just a little hefty for that in my opinion.

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Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 21:28:51 | More by NightINgale
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass at ChurchKey.

If only tea time was really TEA time...beer is so much better. This timely brew (I tried...and failed...sorry...) pours a slightly hazy amber topped by a whispy ring of large off-white bubbles. The nose comprises caramel, wheat, a slight bit o' citrus (unknown particulars, though), brown sugar-cinnamon, and some minor florals. The taste is quite similar, old bean, though the spicier notes are toned down and the more citrus-inclined notes are jacked-up a bit. A somewhat grassy flavor is mixed in as well, along with some light florals in the back. The body is a light-ish medium, with no real carbonation and a smooth, dry feel. Overall, a fairly tasty brew, but nothing all that special. Session away, people!

Serving type: cask

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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper coloured pour under a moderate, very short lived head. Some sediment.

Evenhandedly bland across the board. Mild malts to start, some hoppiness to finish. Lingering bitterness. Noticeable apple fruitiness. Easy enough to drink, but uninteresting.

Had one, moving on.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 23:42:59 | More by TerryW
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottle had been in my fridge for about 2 months until I moved, and has been sitting in my cellar since then (another 2 months). Neck of bottle indicates CAMRA certification of Real Ale. Anyway, here it goes.

Served at cellar temperature, This poured into a pint glass a deep amber with a fizzy white head that subsided to a thin layer on top. Smell is vaguely malty, but a bit weak. The flavor of this beer is a bit weak, however it is of malt with a touch of hops in the finish. Strangely however I found this one to have a rather smooth mouthfeel, but the flavor is a bit too weak to make this a staple in my cellar.

Honestly I was expecting more. It wasn't terrible but I was hoping for some deep caramel-like malts and the characteristic English Kent Goldings hop aroma. Unfortunately I got none of that and therefore I am disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 19:56:41 | More by funkengruven
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

2.33/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 23:40:19 | More by ThatWineGuy
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T.E.A. (Traditional English Ale) from Hog's Back Brewery
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