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Hook Norton First Light (Cask)

Brewed by Hook Norton
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Hook Norton, England


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Cask; Seasonal - May & June.
A very pale, light brew with a complex hop aroma. The Continental – type palate is from the high proportion of Malted Wheat, and Malted Barley. First Light heralds the beginning of summer! The beer takes it's name from the early morning sun, shining through the east windows of the Brewery as the brewing day begins with 'mashing in'.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (14003) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 15, 2014
UPDATED: APR 18, 2014 Gravicask (HBF2014, Friday)
Honey and dry hops in the aroma. Soft palate, carbonation low. Similar soft sweet malts in the taste. Finish excellent - beautiful hops, some zesty aromatics, a nice bitter hint, and some rich earthiness.
Rerate: Gravicask(HBF2014, Saturday)
Sweet soft real ale aroma - classic modern pale bitter. Soft palate, carbonation low. Sweet malts, a little biscuity, a little starchy. Resiny dry hops, leaves a pucker and your tongue curled up. Not quite as good as yesterday’s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VastActiv (5712) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 8, 2014
Cask at Kitty’s, Helsinki. Colour is clear golden with thick small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, hay, grain, some hops and malts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kavu (4172) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 2, 2014
0,5l from cask @ St. Urho’s Pub. Pours clear golden with a medium soapy head. Aroma is malts with some fruits. Flavor is malts, fruits and hops. Good balance. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 7, 2013

Cask (gravity) @ The 18th Reading Beer and Cider Festival 2012, Reading, Berkshire England.

Clear medium yellow orange colour with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, caramel, moderate hoppy, grass, tea. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, acrid tea bitter, malty, dry frass. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20120505]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Imaena (2227) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - JAN 9, 2013
Draught. This is a nice refreshing golden ale that goes down smooth. Perfect spring beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25449) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 21, 2012
Cask@Reading Beer Festival 2012. Golden colour, small white head. Aroma is floral, citrusy, herbal and mildly wooden. Flavour is caramel, fruits, nectar and some mild vanillaish notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (6061) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2012
Cask, gravity dispensed, at the beer festival at the Marlow Donkey, Marlow, Bucks. Poured brilliant amber with traces of a scummy white head; grainy aroma; crisp fruity body; then a slightly more complex finish with resinous and peepery hops contributing to a prolonged clean bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2012
UPDATED: APR 15, 2012 Cask conditioned handpump Brunswick Derby. A light orange coloured beer with a white head. Fruity and hoppy. House yeast works well in this. Good citrus flavours from the hops and a nice balancing body providing malt base. Nice bitterness. Tasty. Score 3.5
Subsequent rating scored 3.4 Score unaltered

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (34636) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2010
Cask at Bishop Arms, Malmö. A light amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of malt and straw as well as lighter notes of flowery hops. The flavor is sweet with light notes of malt, toffee, hops, flowers, and spices, leading to a dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2010
Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Gold with a small white head. Slightly sulphurous note in the malty aroma. Taste was a good deal better; some citrus and grain and a mid bitter finish. Rather liked it.

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