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

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RATINGS: 263   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Bottled.
A premium pale ale with distinctive fruity taste. The beer is light in colour, and has a refreshing clean flavour, which belies its strength.


imaragingbull's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, - OCT 4, 2012
Bottle. BB Nov 12, therefore not going to write off entirely and to account for on score. Pours clear amber gold with decent off white head, diminishing into a nice soapy film, yet still evident until the last drop with some lace residing. Aromas of sweet toffee caramel and butterscotch together with a woody, grainy, hay, toast with some floral herbal hop character. Medium chewy body, medium carbonation and generous bitterness. Malt sweetness towards the finish bringing a very desirable butter caramel character alongside the lingering and balanced bitterness. Pleasant drop. Would be keen to try fresh if possible.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sound67 (399) - Offenbach, GERMANY - JUL 1, 2015
Maker: Hook Norton Brewery, Hook Norton, United Kingdom *** Beer: Haymaker (bottled, 500ml) *** Style: Premium Bitter/ESB *** ALC.VOL.: 5.0% *** "A premium pale ale with distinctive fruity taste. The beer is light in colour, and has a refreshing clean flavour, which belies its strength." [brewery notes] *** Colour: Clear deep amber; medium, creamy off-white head. *** Nose: Floral hops, peach, grass, slightly sweetish caramel malts. *** Texture: Medium body, not watery at all. Soft carbonation. *** Taste: Powerful floral hops AND biscuity malts at the outset. Some peachy flavors in the background. Full flavor. Towards the middle it’s more about the hops. Bitterness increases, malty base remains. Rounded finish with buscuit malts and floral notes, a whiff of citrus. Long, moderately bitter but explicitly malty aftertaste. *** Impressions: Full-flavored premium bitter, with a nice balance of malts and hops, both equally expressive. Characterful brew, not exactly a session beer (naturally).

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erasmus_ro (1821) - Alabama, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Bottle, 0905/15. Pours a coppery orange with a small, white head. Aroma is flowers, some marzipan, fruitiness, peach. Taste is flowery, some caramel, light orange. Decent enough.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawanna (2607) - Freising, GERMANY - MAR 10, 2015
0,5 l bottle cereal, herbs, citrus, amber, clear, frothy, white foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, slick feel, soft carbonation,

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
andriesradu (576) - ROMANIA - MAR 9, 2015
Pours clear amber with a small white head. Sweet, fruity, malty aroma. Flavor is malty with some light notes of hops. Drinkable but nothing impressive.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cunningham (5450) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 4, 2015
Clear nutty color with a fine off white head. Good lacing. Nutty, mild fruity and herbal aroma. Medium body. Moderate sweet and a fresh bitterness. Average carbonation. Fruity, herbal and caramel flavor. Decent nice bottled British bitter.
[Bottle from SPAR Stansted Airport in London, England]

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Unde (550) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 2, 2015
Light copper coloured beer with not much head on top. Aroma has grassy hops and barley malts. Almost like straws in the aroma, I totally get the Haymaker name now. Taste has grassy hops, lots of malts, maybe wheat but mainly barley. Light body with high carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
donniemillan (84) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2015
It has a really strong honey aroma, otherwise not that special, really bitter too.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Punkero (73) - FINLAND - JAN 31, 2015
How could they brew so light beer for haymakers back in the day? Lovely bitter, a hint of grass. Yet, I’m not a fan of bitters.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fombe89 (521) - Asturias, SPAIN - JAN 6, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2015 Botella. @La Taberna de Hank, Luanco 05/01/2015 Color ámbar, aromas a malta y lúpulo, cuerpo medio.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
craighill (54) - GERMANY - OCT 29, 2014
Bottle from Würzburger Fass in .. Würzburg. Deep amber colour with dense white head. Aroma is mild yeast notes and some caramel. Taste merges a reasonably strong caramel malt with generic hop bitterness. Stays relatively dry though. Good drinkability but nothing that interesting.


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