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Hook Norton 303AD (Cask)

Hook Norton 303AD  (Cask)
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Formerly brewed at Hook Norton
Style: Bitter
Hook Norton, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
Cask: Regular.
Name changed from Generation to 303AD in Spring 2005.
A pale dry bitter, predominantly hoppy with hints of citrus and ginger. Brewed with proportions of Amber Malt, it is our only beer to use dwarf hop variety First Gold. Originally brewed to celebrate the birth of the sixth generation of the founder of the company.
303AD celebrates St George, patron saint of England. This is the year of his death.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bobinlondon (1292) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2008
Handpulled cask at JDW Hatch End Harrow during their recent international beer fest. Orange with a white head. Rather bland in a british regional sort of way. No predominant flavours. Dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 27, 2008
Cask, JDW, 4th April 2008. Orangey amber body with a line of head. Lovely biscuity, cerealy malt flavour but a rather more bland aroma. Solid palate and a good aftertaste. Well-balanced and the hops assert themselves late in the pint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (9949) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2008
Cask, The HIghcross, Leicester. Hazy gold with a dense white head. Aromas are hoppy and peppery with citrus. Flavours are resinous green hops with grapefruit bitterness. Some sweet apricot. Dry and bitter on the finish. Quite viscous on the palate. A golden ale with depth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1477) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2008
Sometimes context is all. At the end of a disappointing beer hunt through Spain and Britain blighted by illness and poor pub selection, I finally found the session ale I’d been looking for all along. In Heathrow Airport, of all places, while we waited to board a plane back to Australia. I doubt there’s anything truly exceptional about this Oxfordshire bitter, but it put a smile on my coupon at the end of an exhausting trip. So God bless Weatherspoons, for all their sins. 303AD looked grand: burnished bronze with a stout, lasting head. I see from the commercial description that it contains the First Gold hop, but the earthy aroma had me thinking of Fuggles. The soft carbonation complements a mix of summer fruits succeeded by a solid, phlegmy slug of bitterness. This was easily the best pint of a poor haul during the April 08 trip. (Cask at Heathrow Airport Weatherspoons, April 2008)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2008
At the Hinckley Utd. Moron Lounge. Distant hopleaf and apple yeastiness in aroma. Mouth is citrus/apple fruitiness with clinging sweet oaty/biscuity afters. Not in the freshest condition, but the quality shone through. Decent citrussy bitter, even here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (6075) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2008
Cask at the Three Guineas, Reading. Amber with a thin white head; citrus aroma and flavour; grapefruit bitterness and sweetness to finish. An excellent bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2008
Cask (handpump) at the Sir John Oldcastle, Farringdon. The first words I wrote down were "a pale dry bitter" and the first words in the commercial description are exactly the same. So I guess we’re agreed that it’s a pale dry bitter. But I didn’t really find too much else to say. The dry malt and earthy hops are in decent balance. Dry, clean mouthfeel. A satisfying but unspectacular bitter. Maybe a bit short of depth in the flavour but nicely drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7960) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2008
On gravity at the Bristol Beer Festival 14/3/08. Amber coloured with a small, off-white head. Aroma of earthy malt and citrus hops with a touch of spice. Flavour was slightly sweet, with some biscuit malt and hops in the finish. A very good bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2007
Light amber colour with a decent head. Fizz on the tongue. Decent palate. Slight aromas of citrus and honey. Quite bitter and not too sweet. Good and quite hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (15304) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2007
Cask at the Wharf. Very fruity hop aroma. Quite hazy copper colour. Frothy white head. Good, uncompromising bitterness, slightly yeasty. Low carbonation, but very drinkable. Good mouthfeel, comes off as if it has more alcohol than the 4.0% the coaster says.

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