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

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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Seasonal - May & June.
A very pale, light brew with a complex hop aroma. The Continental Ė 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'.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2006
Cask conditioned @ Giddy Bridge (JDW), Soton. Citrussy hop aromas. A little sweetness to start with dry quite bitter finish with zesty grapefruity pith.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 13, 2006
Cask@Crosse Keys (JDW), Central London. Not the greates, very watery mouthfeel, grainy, sweet, and dull, i was quite dissapointed with this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7396) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2006
Cask (handpump) at the Willow Walk (JDW), Victoria. Nearly ignored this as I was convinced I had rated it before. Glad I didnít. Bright, pale gold colour. Hoppy and aromatic on the nose. Even more so on the palate. Lots of citrus. Insistent, developing bitterness. Very crisp and clean. Maybe a bit one-dimensional, but damn nice stuff.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2006
Cask Stillage at the Community Centre, Frodsham 25/05/2001 Some fruit flavours. Hoppy bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2005
Cask @ JDW The Regal, Cambridge, UK. 29th May 2005
Dark golden, slightly sulphury. Very hoppy in a flower and grassy way. Thin body for its strength. A bit of a disappointment from one of my favourite breweries.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5230) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2004
Rare Breeds Fest. This beer was on and off all day. I wanted to try it, but each time I went for it it was off. Just as we were leaving I noticed it was on. The guy gave me a small sample, and I though it had run out, but he explained that people had been returning it and complaining about the condition - yes, itís a bit green and cloudy, but thatís normal for this Fest, and Iíve had worse today. Toffee notes and the idea of floral hops if this was in good condition. Itís a shame to drink beer like this, but whatís a lad to do?

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2004
The best HN beer I've had. Quite pale and modern looking with peach, hops and malt on the nose. A fresh citrus hop flavour with biscuity malt and a drying, quite bitter finish. Not in the usual HN mould, but none the worse for it - a class act. (cask at pub near Coventry)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8174) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2003
Aromas of this light tan beer consist of light fresh grain and a touch of spice. Initially smooth and average, the sour finish completes this decent summer brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (10476) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2003
Cask Conditioned at The Olde Reinedeer, Banbury. This is the 3rd year for this light golden beer from Hooky brewery. The first it was delicious, but last year it was decidedly average, but this year its back to form and better. The new head brewer at the brewery has really put in some hard work and this delicious summer beer is a good example. Strong malts come through but little sweetness and then a big grapefruit woosh, probably there is too much flavour for long sessions but a very tasty beer nevertheless.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nuffield (3693) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2002
Indeed, very light seasonal beer, but the flavor is surprisingly bold, with a very hoppy flavor and bitter finish. Texture is better than other Hook Norton brews, but this is still very average. (on tap at brewery visitors centre)


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