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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Melkart (431) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - APR 19, 2013
A great beer. Low carbonation, light body, long and kind sweet finish. You can feel the alcohool a little bit before taste the sweet. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KnutAlbert (6651) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 18, 2013
Glowing amber. Bittersweet, very decent English premium ale. Malty, true to style, but enough hops and carbonation to avoid getting too cloying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
esp0r (2679) - NORWAY - APR 17, 2013
Bottle from Vika enjoyed at home
Deep copper, beige head. Smells of malts, earthy hops, some floral aroma and zests. Moderate sweet, quite malty, clean and crisp, medium bitter finish with zests and resins. A very nice english ESB. Lovelyh malt flavors and hops, my only wish is even a bit more hops maybe?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hallstein (483) - Skogn, NORWAY - APR 8, 2013
A nice typical pale-ale aroma meets me with scents of english goldings hops. Floral, slightly spicy and sweet. In the flavor i get more goldings hops, caramel, and maybe some nuttyness. perfect low carbonation, good for the style. a good fitting bitterness for the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HoppyBudgie (833) - SOLA, NORWAY - APR 2, 2013
Bottle from tasting cardinal. Medium white head.Clear golden color. Nose is some floral, slightly white peppery, honey. Taste is fruity, white pepper, herbal. Nice lager. Very easy to drink. Prob nice in the sun for easter

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClubGonzo (5359) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours a light amber body with a small, short-lasting white head. Nose is caramel, bread dough, biscuits and hints of red fruits. Taste is bready caramel, grassy hops, smooth malt tones and hints of red fruits again. Medium body, soft carbonation. Fair enough, but I’d think a "flagship" ale would call for something with more "oomph", even for a traditional British beverage.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gunnfryd (13987) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 28, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2013 Bottle. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, caramel, apple. Flavour is dry, alcohol, malt, hop, apple, caramel. Medium body. Bitter finish. Ordinary beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
abemorsten (3504) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - MAR 25, 2013
Shared 0,5 l bottle at Cardinal. Clear deep red golden body with a white rim. Banana, caramel and wet cardboard on the nose. Medium body. Sweet stale bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (6542) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 22, 2013
500 ml bottle, will soon be available at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5.3%. Deep golden to amber colour, low white head, leaves a nice lacing. The aroma has notes of toffee, malts and some fruit. The flavour is more malty than hoppy, with toffee and blackcurrant notes, but not very sweet. Moderate hops in the finish. This is hardly an IPA by any stretch of the mind, but a fairly decent premium bitter. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnar (7681) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle from Vinmonopolet, Kvadrat. Pours clear golden with a tiny white head. Weak citrus and caramel aroma. Taste is medium sweet, caramel with a soft floral hop addition, very weak bitter towards the end. Easy forgotten.

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