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


on tap

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RATINGS: 110   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Brandman (2068) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 10, 2012
Dark golden body, white head. Aroma of toasty malt, light caramel. Hopa aroma is a bit unpleasant. Semihigh bitterness, medcinal hop flavour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wimpyjoe (3766) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2012
IPA with good all-round character with great fruity flavours and sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (14744) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2011
5th October 2011
Liberty Bounds Spoons. Light haze on this amber beer. Residual suddy white head. Dry palate, mild carbonation. A little unsweet honey. Bitterish hops. Mild citrus. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11158) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2011
Bottle, bought @ LIVA, Kolding.
Clear orange amber with a firm, lovely, creamy, white head. Great duration. Aroma has nice grassy notes, floral freshness, a hint of grapefruit, light crisp malts. Slight biscuits. High carbonation, fairly dry and a bit light mouthfeel. Flavour is fine, a bit grainy and not too crisp maltiness. Fair floral hoppiness with notes of grapfruit and pine. Good, lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rosenbergh (6685) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2011
500 ml bottle. From Woodstock, England. Courtesy of Brandman.
Slightly cloudy deep golden colour with small white head. Sweetish fruity aroma with some malty notes. Flavour is quite bitter hoppy. Fruit, mild alcohol and some sweetish malt. The bitterness turns slightly unpleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thunder_head1 (79) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2011
Pours a bright golden colour with a white fluffy two finger head. The aroma has mainly hints of peach and a little bit of citrus and the taste is fairly fruity with a smooth finish one of hook nortons best beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (8797) - 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 (6238) - 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 (1532) - 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 (1256) - 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!

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