Hogs Back Little Swine Review

I haven’t reviewed a low-alcohol beer for a while now so when I saw Hogs Back’s Little Swine ale on the shelf I thought I would give it a go.

Hogs Back are a small family-owned brewery in Surrey, UK who have been brewing beers since 1992. Over the past three decades, they have created a number of beers including traditional ales, IPAs and this low-alcohol pale ale I tried today.

Little Swine is a dry-hopped pale ale whose alcohol volume has been lowered to 2.8% but at the same time maintained a hoppy finish. Question is, is this pale ale worthy of a position on My Dry Bar? Well, you’ll just need to read my review below to find out.

drinking little swine

Is Hogs Back Little Swine any good?

Taste

This is actually a pretty tasty pale ale. You definitely get a hit of the hops but the bitterness is not overwhelming and in fact rather refreshing. In the background, you get faint tropical fruit flavours and a dry finish, so overall this is a decent low-alcohol pale ale. 

Aroma & Appearance

Hops dominate the aromas when the cap is popped. It would be interesting to know what hop types have been used to make this beer as it certainly dominates. In the glass Little Swine pours with a golden amber colour and a good sized frothy head. 

Bonus points

Hogs Back Little Swine is not going to be suitable for most readers of My Dry Bar as it contains alcohol (2.8% ABV) and isn’t gluten-free but it is a vegan-friendly beer. You can find this low-alcohol beer on a number of supermarket shelves. 

Buy Hogs Back Little Swine beer

At the time of writing, you can buy this alcohol-free pale ale from the brewer as well as multiple supermarkets. 

Hogs Back Little Swine
Key information

– per 330ml

BreweryHogs Back 

Country – UK

Alcohol content – 2.8%

Calories – unknown

Ingredients – Water, Malted Barley, Wheat.

Vegan friendly? – yes

Gluten-free? – no

Availability – medium

Little Swine beer

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