Fin (9690) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at The Penny Black, JDW, Bicester, Oxon, 14-04-10 Pours light gold with a thin white head. This is crisp, clean, lemony, streaky lemony hops in fact, its simple, lovely and the tastiest thing from Hook Norton for some time, a wonderful hoppy beer, that outgunned the Brewdog Trashy Blond which (new cask) was a much better beer than I had on Saturday. The hoppiness in this Hooky was quite surprising but most welcome. In the same way that the Cigar City brewery lovers from Florida get called ’homers’ I’m sure that mine and Glens rating will get us viewed in a similar vein, but believe me this is a very, very good beer from Hooky, I looked at the rest on offer and had another and stood at the bar with others I wasn’t the only one to do this. It was also the best kept beer here tonight, maybe its proximity to the brewery helps, whatever I don’t really care, I liked it very much. A7 A5 F8 P4 Ov16 4.0
cgarvieuk (21902) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2010 Cask at Thomas Gerad JDW... light yellow ... thin white head ... grassy sweet heay hop ... not my thing ... little dry in linger.... 3.1
tk2 cask at standing order jdw ... goldn yellow thinest white head .... soft light lemon fruits nose ... soft light bitter easy drinking hop but not really me 3.2
leaparsons (9949) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, Oadby. Golden with a small head. Aromas are citrus with woody notes and some pineapple. Flavours are toast malts with sweet grain and lemon. Fruity hops on the finish. Decent.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at Pilgrim’s Progress (JDW), Bedford, in Spoons Spring Festival ’10. Pale gold. Served a bit warm. Possibly some grassy hop in the aroma. Ordinary citric golden ale taste with some bitterness. A disappointment.
SilkTork (5567) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
JDW Spring fest - Rochester. First beer of the fest - and a great start. Pale biscuit malt with a lip-smacking hop array - good English character done quite boldly so citric notes come through floating above a blackberry and tree-bark base. Good stuff indeed!
downender (7960) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol 8/04/10. Pale gold with a decent white head. A well-balanced bitter with some decent citrus hops, bready malts, a touch of minerals and long, bitter finish. Very good.
Bullit (4460) - Burgos, SPAIN - APR 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ Society Room, JDW. 44p / half pint! Glowing golden colour, small white head. Aroma is fairly hoppy, a bit malty, hints of citrus. Flavour is fruity, malty backbone, citrus. Slightly bitter finish. Very drinkable.
imdownthepub (13397) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Bright gold with good lacing head. There is a lovely dry citrus bitterness from this, reminding me very much of First Light. Plenty of bite, tangy, grapefruity and sharp. I might be slightly biased perhaps but I really liked it.
harrisoni (17351) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask handpull at Samuel Peto, JDW, Folkestone. I had this down as Early Mist. Gold, thin fizzy white head. It’s an ok golden ale, bit of stale malt on the finish I thought at first, but then as I drank my third of a pint it became really quite decent with some light tropical flavours and some bitterness on the finish. I gave it to a non beer drinking friend and they liked it too.
berkshirejohn (6078) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Moon and Spoon (JDW), Slough. Straw coloured with a thin white head; citrus aroma; sharp grapefruit citrus flavour and a clean fresh lemony finish. Very drinkable.