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

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RATINGS: 158   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11535) - 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 (5556) - 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.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
LouieDog40oz (28) - Germantown, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Taste like piss but could be because my friend had my try it after a tommyknockers imperial nut brown

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2008
Well balance bitter, hops were crisp with a citrus and lightly earthy quality. Fruity malt flavors soft doughy sweetness. Pours clear golden color with a soft white head. Well balanced and sessionable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2008
Nice pour, a clear golden amber body with a foamy head. Pretty much no lace. The aroma is a light, sweet toffee with soft floral and herbal hops. The sweet malts and bitter hops are well balanced throughout the drink, although the floral/grassy bitterness increases in the end. The finish is dry with a prolonged, moderate earthy bitterness. Nice sessionable ale.

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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2008
[room temp =) ]Pours clear amber with a medium sudsy white head. Nice hop aroma for a bitter, some toffee malt and hay also. Sweet toffee malt flavor with a touch of bitter hops in the finish. Straight forward and simple...and in some beers that is exactly what you want. Smooth english palate with basically no carbonation. Very easy drinking without being overly thin. Quaffable for sure.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Pours with a stunningly, brilliantly clear light cranberry hue. It shows a rich copper hue when held up to the light. A vigorous pour produces a three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The aroma is a mix of soft malt and hop notes; it is a touch metallic, with a distinct cracker-like malt character, some light grassy hop notes, perhaps a hint of marmalade and a touch of fruitiness that becomes more noticeable as the beer warms up a bit.

Lightly sweet malt greets my tongue at first, but then a bitter hop note rises up to challenge the malt and in fact lingers through to a long bitter finish. The beer is fairly light on the tongue, but does have a touch of malt body to keep it from being water-like. The flavors are balanced towards the hop character, though all of the notes are quite in line for a British Bitter. The malt & yeast notes combine to contribute a touch of toffee flavors up front, some soft apple-like fruitiness. As the beer warms up a bit a touch of citrus-like hop flavors become noticeable as does a bit more of the herbal notes; this could use a touch more hop flavor, but really gets better once it warms up from the 50F / 10C serving temperature.

I would say that the aroma is more malt balanced, while the flavor is clearly hop balanced; Each component plays a role though in both domains and even that fermentation character adds just a touch here an there. This stands out for being so low in alcohol, yet still being quite flavorful and eminently quaffable. It is perhaps a bit too hoppy, or really too bitter; I would have loved to see some more hop flavor characteristics here. What this really brings home is that I need to get to England to taste a whole lot of quality bitters. Quite an enjoyable brew.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4399) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 24, 2008
500ml bottle. Clear golden-tan color. Nice carbonation and head. Aroma is mildly sweet, and very fresh. The taste is mildly bitter as the name would suggest, with a nice chewy body. A rich and full-bodied beer for 3.6%. Delicate honey tastes and a nice fruity/malty finish. Delicious beer.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2007
[785-20071028] 500mL (w/ jerc, tuqueboy). Mild malty beery yeast aroma. Clear, orange amber body with a quick foamy off-white head. Malty grains flavour has a little grassy hops and a mild bitter finish. Medium body seems watery. Mild beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maria (10158) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2007
Its a golden beer with a nice head. The aroma is very discrete with weak notes of malt/caramel. The flavour is light too, I get notes of fruit, light sweetness, malt, caramel and a moderate citrussy bitterness. To call it a bitter is perhaps too much, but its a nice and uncomplicated beer, that is easy to drink, and Im sure its a brilliant session beer.


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