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 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'.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (12928) - 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.

   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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9362) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2009
Cask at The Elephant and Castle, Bloxham, Oxon, 29-03-09 Plenty of citrus hoppiness and some good maltiness in this beer. I canít quite believe Iíve never rated it before when Iím convinced that Iíve had it plenty of times. Very moreish beer, I had three pints between Morris Dancing (its thirsty work yerí know) Nicely bitter and I donít know but it tasted so good for being that much closer to the brewery. A7 A4 F7 P4 OV14 3.6

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (24928) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (12942) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 29, 2009
Cask at Cockney Pub. Creamy white fair mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Grassy notes. Heavy bitter wonderfull flavor. Long nioce moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Imaena (2173) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - JAN 9, 2013
Draught. This is a nice refreshing golden ale that goes down smooth. Perfect spring beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (13313) - 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 yesterdayís.

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