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

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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottled; pasteurised.
Previously Best Bitter, name changed in to Hooky Bitter in April 2005. "Bitter" subsequently dropped from the name. ABV reduced from 3.6% to 3.5% in 2012.
A subtly balanced, golden bitter, hoppy to the nose, malty on the palate - the classic session beer, eminently drinkable.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
moseslikesbeer (183) - conestoga, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Bottle shared by "Death with a K" and the other Devonshire dudes. Very nice bitter. A bit too grassy in the taste for me. Had that easy drinker feel that I love SO much from a "bitter" or "ESB". Nice Palate. Had the English malt vibe going that also makes a bitter for me.Overall a nice little bitter. Not the best and not the worst.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
(England) Courtesy of Death with a K, Thanks Keath. Pours a golden color with a sm-white head. The taste is very mild with some grassy notes, I was looking for some of that bitterness (M.I.A) Anyway, not quite my style, but very drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Bottle shared by Keath last night with the Devonshire boys. For only being 3.6% abv this had a lot of complexity. Earthy and grassy flavor, maybe a hint of cinnamon. Smooth and finished clean. Quite a nice session beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1369) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUL 1, 2008
Appearance: Copper brown, not much head. Aroma: Malt and fruit. Taste: Nice and malty, not that bitter. Quite sweet. Info: 500ml bottle, 8/10-2007

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6160) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear light to medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot, orange), lightly yeasty (dough, sweat). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Kinda lame yeast strain (stinky feet-ish). Watery, thin, simple. Eh.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AskForJenny (1020) - Ontario, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2008
0.5l - Golden liquid, mild rush of small bubbles, no real head, sweet and woody nose, limp palate, nothing that interesting about it, mild hops at end. Tiring.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5098) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Light copper body with a slightly off white khaki head. The aroma was like fresh oranges and pecans. There is a strong malty backbone here. A dry mouthfeel is complemented with some bitter orange peels and apple core. There is a nice slight almond shell finish. Softly carbonated, this is nicely made for a session brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2008
ill go completely out on a limb on this one this id an absolutly great session beer not to hoppy not to malty great balance much bettter flavor than any american session beer give it a try very good

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2008
(50cl bottle) Crystal clear light amber body topped by medium off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, orange/floral, some bread, light peach. Taste is medium sweet, floral/earthy, some biscuit/bread, light orange. Watery light body, light acidity, quite drinkable. A reasonable session beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5367) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Savannah, Ga. - Habersham Beverage Warehouse, 500 ml bottle. Medium copper colored pour with a thin but persistent white head. Fresh lake water aroma, hints of grain, not very pronounced. Decent subtle bitterness with some muted fruity notes. Peaches, nectarines come to mind. Hints of muted spices as well. Slightly stinging mouthfeel. At 3.6 abv - would make a good lunchtime companion or a session bitter.


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