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


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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vyvvy (5306) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 21, 2008
Pours clear golden / orange with a tan head. The aroma has dry caramel malt, crackers, dough and a hint of butterscotch. Medium body that is a bit slick then there is a lot of carbonation. The flavor starts with dry biscuits with a bit of caramel, some spicy hops and is on the watery side. The finish is like lightly sweetened spiced crackers. Fair.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bhensonb (13528) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Bottle from John’s Marketplace in Portland OR. Copper amber color with a minimal white head. Nice fruity esters over lightly roasted caramel. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is apple, a little spice, and a light caramel undertone. Finish is fairly balanced. Gets firmly bitter as consumption continues. Definitely a session ale. Goes down like there’s no end to it, but there is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (4616) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 15, 2008
500 ml. Clear and shiny orange-copper with a small but lasting cream above. Slight aroma of spicy apple and caramel. Flavors of orange, cinnamon-apple and a nice bitterness from some light wood. Light body is watery, lightly carbonated and dry. Good session bitter; would be really nice at about 1.5-to-2 times the abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dchmela (2971) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Bottle courtesy my buddy Ian. pours a straw gold with thin white head. Malty aroma with hints of some bitter hops. Light malty taste with just a hint of hop bite. Nice little session ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 11, 2008
13-Jun-08 (500-ml bottle: Purchased 02-May-08 for $4.99 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) Clean, light and dry, this is a malty beer with a nutty quality and a lightly bitter finish. While drinking the beer, the grainy backing of the malt is vaguely reminiscent of a pale lager, but the dry toastiness and lightly roasted nuttiness in the forefront and gentle fruitiness in the background give this beer greater depth and pleasant, lasting flavor. Dry, nutty, and slightly fruity nose. Light-medium body with soft carbonation. Golden-amber in color with perfect clarity. Small, off-white head settles to a thin ring. A nice session ale with a flavor profile that won’t distract you from your conversation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Palidor19 (3128) - Brandon, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2008
very good, not too mild but not strong enough to have a couple while hanging with friends. aroma smells a little funky but the taste works very well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4357) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2008
The aroma is malty with biscuits nuts and toffee. The appearance is golden amber with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin but smooth. Overall it’s good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Bottle shared with the Dev guys, thanks Death w a K! Gold pour with some head. Grassy and earthy notes with some yeast. Decent on the pallet, crisp with a tinge of bitters on the finish, a little bland.

   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.

   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.

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