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


on tap


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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Cask: Seasonal - Autumn. Included in 2011 JDW Autumn Beer Festival. Bottle: Unfiltered.
India Pale Ale. Handcrafted in the Cotswold Hills since 1849
Originally brewed in 2005 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (4034) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2013
Cask at Wetherspoons, Finchley Rd, London. Spicy cinnamon biscuit aroma, with a zesty bitterness combined with an interesting maltiness that livens the back of the palette.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (16423) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2013
Cask at the William Webb Ellis, Twickenham, 26/10/13. Very lightly hazed golden with a thin off white covering. Nose is orchard fruits, bready malt notes, caramel, straw, light sugars. Taste comprises summer fruits, peach notes, toasted malt, caramel wafer. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bitter sweet finale. Ok stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mR_fr0g (8516) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2013
Cask at Harrington jdw. Aroma is sweet berry, orange surbert. . flavour is zingy berry hop. Hedgerow. Light amber colour, no head. Quite sweet pez sweets. Decent enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stravale (2723) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - OCT 24, 2013
Cask @ Sheaf Island, Sheffield [181013]
Golden, clear, dense white head, good lacing
Aroma - Soft citrus zest, a bit mineraly
Taste of zesty hops, some bitter minerals, touch of yeast, sweet pale malts
Palate - Medium body, quite oily. Finish has some bitter zest, again a bit mineraly
Overall - Reasonable beer, but i’m not a fan of that mineraly tinge

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2013
Poured a dark amber with a healthy white head. Aroma of spicy tropical fruit, soft malt. Medium body, flavour of grapefruit, sweet malt, dry, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichTheVillan (6274) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2013
Cask at JDW The Square Peg; light amber pour with thin white head, zesty aroma, slight citrus in the taste , sweet malty action.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
teddybeer (3305) - Madrid, SPAIN - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle. Golden colour with a white head, good lasting and nice lacing. Aroma is light floral and slightly metallic. Flavor is bittery with hints of caramel and bread. Dry and bittery sensation in the final.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beese (2561) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2013
Bottle from Tesco in Wokingham. Poured a slightly hazy gold with a thick white head and visible carbonation. Aroma of tropical fruit, bready malt and a slight metallic tinge. Citrus hop flavours with hay and caramel sweetness. Finishes with biscuit, dry grain, light hop resin and a little toffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Borup (11032) - 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 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cantabrian (975) - 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.

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