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


on tap

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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (8574) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - NOV 1, 2011
Cask at the Golden Gallion, Seaford Bridge: Deep golden, not completely clear, fluffy white head with a little lace, medical hoppy and bisquity-fruity nose, the band-aid dominates; moderate to solid sweet-bitter flavour, medium to full bodied; lingering hoppy finish with a balancing bisquity sweetness. Not the nicest aroma, but all in all a solid and good brew....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
downender (5902) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2011
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol 4/10/2011. Deep amber with a slight, off-white head. sweet, caramel and red fruit aroma with a touch of grassy hop. Flavour maintained the same sweetness with a bitter, alcohol laden, finish. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wheresthepath (1445) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2011
[Cask at the Back of Beyond (JDW), Reading] Slightly hazy gold, small white head. Good rich aroma and initial flavour of traditional English hops - lemon, straw and farmyard dominate, with a dusty hop bitterness. The first taste, in fact, made me dream of an English hop revival, it was so redolent of a hot sumemr in the English coutryside. However, a few gulps more and the beer turns sweet, sugary and syrupy - so much so that it eventually drowns out the hops and starts to dissolve your taste. Maybe, unusually, this is a beer that needs to be made weaker? Still worth trying for the aroma and first few sips though.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bobinlondon (1250) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2011
Hand pulled cask at the Moon & Sixpence (JDW) Hatch End. Amber/gold with a lively white head. Plenty of grassy hops but they are overpowered by sickly toffee malts and a little diacetyl. However: everyone else in the pub seemed to love it and the cask ran dry in under 3 hours!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
prawlie (1054) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2011
Pint at the Golden Retriever in Bracknell. Slightly opaque golden beer, no fizz, head disappears quickly. Light, citrus and hop aroma. Hoppy, but not too much, a little bitter. Tastes decent. A hint of apricot.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1316) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 20, 2011
Tasted this in the Saltcot, Saltcoats (JDW) in October 2011. Cask, handpump dispense. Crystal clear pale amber in colour with a thin creamy white head. Slight yeasty and cereal notes present in the short aroma. Thin and resiny mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malt base gives a robust digestive biscuit base with sweet golden syrup and barley sugar flavours evident. Bitter hop resins give a clean bite to the aftertaste. Finish is sweet and malty with a hint of syrupy lychees. A decent IPA and worth trying.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5109) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2011
2011 JDW Autmn Beer Festival. Firmly hopped ale with caramel and butter notes. Not working for me - not keen on the buitter, and the hops are not in harmony. I usually like Hook Norton.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (3716) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2011
Bottle. Golden and clear with a Small head,Sharp bitterness and left lots of lacing. An above average bitter but lots beers bearing this description are fairly bland so its the highest of recommendations,Still worth checking out.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardW (1370) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2011
Cask, Lloyds, Carlisle. A middling hop note aroama, with some pine and citrus. Initially has a dry taste, that smooths out quickly. Not bad, not startling.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (9832) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2011
Cask @ Cockney Pub, Aarhus. Clear dark golden with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty and fruity. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish. 151011

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