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


on tap

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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
imdownthepub (12190) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2005
Cask Conditioned at The Olde Reinedeer, Banbury, Oxon. Yellow gold, bright and clear with white bubbly head. The long awaited arrival of this new Hook Norton beer and it was worth the wait. An early pull from the newly arrived beer, the pump clip was not even in place, and I was not disapointed. This is truly an English IPA, bitter fresh hops dominate the crisp light malt base. Hops are added throughout in the brew and the Hop back. Fresh grassy, hay like flavours with a bitter orange peel finish. Lovely.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jetulio (119) - Tarragona.SPAIN, SPAIN - SEP 2, 2013
500 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass Appearance....... amber beer with a 2 fingers head colour white Aroma............... spices and hop, strong smell with a little touch of malty aroma too Taste........grassy and malty start, bitterness appears soon lasting all the time with a dry finish Mouthfeel........... medium body and soft carbonation Overall............ a very nice india ale, bitterness is present with different additions of malt and dryness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (14656) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2008
Cask, 5.3%. Good fruity, nicely rough aroma. Cloudy copper colour. Frothy white head, quite stable for a cask ale. Very flavourful, with a good fruitiness and nicely rough notes. A little sweet from the hops. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (8864) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2007
Cask at Oxford Beer Festival 11-10-07 Poured warm golden but verging on orange a quite lovely colour in fact. Fresh hops waft on the nose. Tasted succulent wonderful soft maltiness combining well with those lovely fresh bitter hops, a truly lovely, well balanced beer and another fine addition to the Hook Norton portfolio.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2011
Bottled. A golden beer with a nice white head. A good hoppy beer. A lovely lemony hoppy citrus nose. A pretty full bodied hoppy mouthfeel. Well balanced as the malts work really well. Hook Norton’s hoppiest beer I’d say.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 6, 2011
On cask at The Crystal Palace in Glasgow. Pours a golden colour with a thin, off-white head. Aroma of caramel, alcohol, barley, pine and passion fruit. Similar flavours with pine and passion fruit again. Alcohol is fairly present with a long hum. Also a nice caramel malt backbone. Mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (19079) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 7, 2011
cask at Sorder ... golden yellow amber ... thin white lacing ... soft sweet zezty lemon nose ... bitter resinous citrus peel hop ... drying finish ... big lime soft lemon... quite zezty ... good body

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Melkart (316) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (3500) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2013
Bottle conditioned. Golden Orange beer with small head and some lacing. Aroma of hops. Taste is bitter Orange hops and sweetish malts. A nice beer.

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