Brewed by Hook Norton
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Banbury, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Cask: Seasonal - Autumn. Included in 2011 JDW Autumn Beer Festival. Bottle: Unfiltered.
Originally brewed to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, Flagship is an India Pale Ale style of beer – strong in alcohol, and very hoppy. Admiral hops contribute to a full fruity mouth feel, and a sweet fruity aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cantabrian (880) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 15, 2013
I struggle to give it a three. One can find the aroma of grapes and passion fruit hidden behind a skunkiness, but that is already a turn off. The beer is not cloudy, but actually a suspension of microscopically-visible particles. One dimensional-flavour of malt/biscuit, migrating towards a dry bitterness at the finish. The overall result is less than memorable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (2370) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2013
Bottle conditioned. Golden Orange beer with small head and some lacing. Aroma of hops. Taste is bitter Orange hops and sweetish malts. A nice beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Palme (3546) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2013
0.5l bottle. This is a clear deep golden one with a small really bubbly just off-white top. The aroma is not to inviting to be honest. It smells like a thin English bitter; watered down caramel, something floral, almost a bit metallic before some traces of sweet burned raisins appear. Well, not to flagship-like on the aroma at least, but hopefully it will be a bit better on the taste. Well, not much really. By all means no bad flavors, just hoped for something a bit more. Thin oily mouthfeel and the carbonation is just below average. Caramel and mouthdrying wood at first. The it gets all floral, with something slightly burned. Almost like a burned match. It has a trace of bitterness, but you don’t really notice it before in the aftertaste. It kinda grows on you, but all in all this is a beer within a genre I’m struggling to really get a hold on. That being said, is not a bad beer this. 23.03.2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (13242) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Draft. Dark golden amber color, medium white head. Aroma of fruity straw. Taste is mildly bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beer4000 (4607) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 9, 2013
500 ml bottle. A deep golden body with a off-white head. Mild and fruity aroma with a hint of cooked vegetables. Flavor is smooth caramel malt, fruit and moderate bitterness. Medium body and short in aftertaste. A bit in the middle of the road with some minor faults.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jetulio (104) - Tarragona.SPAIN, SPAIN - SEP 2, 2013
500 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass Appearance....... amber beer with a 2 fingers head colour white Aroma............... spices and hop, strong smell with a little touch of malty aroma too Taste........grassy and malty start, bitterness appears soon lasting all the time with a dry finish Mouthfeel........... medium body and soft carbonation Overall............ a very nice india ale, bitterness is present with different additions of malt and dryness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Karol (664) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 15, 2013
Bottled. My fourth hook norton beer and finally this one is tasty. Fruity aroma, some malt, hops, but the sweet fruit aroma is dominant. Medium carbonation, full body. Head soapy and vanishes quickly. The taste is definitely the best part. Sour, fruity, bitter with a long lasting bitter finish. The color is nice golden brown. Overall a very tasty beer and my favorite so far by hook norton.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Borup (6289) - Albertslund, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2013
Sample at DØE 2013. Amber colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of fruit, hops, malt and grassy notes

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
strangehorse (50) - - JUN 20, 2013
A rather good offering from Hook Norton, hoppy and good strength in depth without being overpowering. Surprised it’s in the ESB class.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
LarsEngen (366) - Sandvika, NORWAY - MAY 7, 2013
50 cl bottle from vinmonopolet vika. Mabye I had to high expectations for this one, but this is a true to its style english bitter. Flat, floral and a bit boring.

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