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


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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClubGonzo (4998) - 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 (13591) - 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 (3442) - 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 (6116) - 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 (7124) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Holmen1 (4121) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2013
Fra cask på Charlie’s, nov-12: Bronsefarget, litt uklar. Fruktig aroma. Rund, medium munnfylde med litt maltsødme (karamell) og tørt gress. Passe bitter og perfekt temperert.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Geokkjer (7031) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle. Pours golden with a big off-white head. Aroma of vegetables, fruitiness, some herbal notes and malt. Flavor is sweet and malty with some vegetables. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
yngwie (16045) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle. A fluffy, dense, off-white head sits on top of a clear, golden body. The aroma has a note of cooked vegetables, as well as caramel maltyness and some dried fruits. The flavor is rather mellow, but boring. Caramel maltyness, some dried fruits, and a little bitterness. Full body, quite dry, and pleasantly carbonated. Lasting finish. Nothing impressive going on here, but it’s a decent beer anyway. 130119

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Meilby (10310) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle 500ml @ Geokkjer
Pours clear deep golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, grass and floral. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is light to medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThirstyBird (2390) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2012
Thanks Gabriel for the bottle!! A Christmas Eve treat. Pours clear light amber with a lofty head that slowly falls. Smell is tart fruity hops somewhat floral. The taste is similar with tart fruitiness, it is floral with a malt backbone. It ends tart, dry and mildly bitter. The body is thicker than I would have expected...almost medium, The carbonation is very nice, crisp though not overboard. Overall a nice English IPA

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