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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2007
Bottle shared by Mabel. Golden body with a small fluffy white head that fades. (3+) Grainy grassy hops with muted note of honey and straw. (6+) Mild flavour with a grassy grainy character that lingers into the finish. Good amount of bitterness but not particularly well rounded. Average palate.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (4526) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2007
500ml bottle from Budgens, Ascot. Gold with a loose off-white head; grassy aroma; fresh light hoppy flavour, with nutty malts; dry finish. A well balanced bitter.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
scotty (1053) - SCOTLAND - OCT 9, 2007
Found this in my local Post Office/ grocer shop type place, I suspect they had it delivered by accident...should’ve asked them I suppose! Anyway, it was ok, fairly malty and fairly bitter...average stuff really.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
pivnizub (8853) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - AUG 17, 2007
Bottle: Slightly hazy, big fluffy off-white head, light-amber coloured; fruity and sweet-malty nose, distinctively underpinned by aromatic hops; moderate sweet-bitter flavour, light bodied, no surprise; lingering bitter-sweet aromatic finish. A nice, aromatic, but nevertheless thin beer............

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
downender (6290) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2007
Golden coloured with a slight white head. Aroma of floral hops and hay. Flavour was of biscuit malt with a dry finish. Not bad for a low ABV bottled beer, although the cask version is superior.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19372) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2007
Bottled at Loch Ness, Stockholm. Cloudy reddish amber,rocky head. Caramelly nose with some paper. Medium sweet, light bodied. Some wonderful chewy doughy malt laquered by vague hay-like hops. Medium bitterness. The malt carries this beer, and that is where Hook Norton excels.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2007
[Bottle from magic_dave6] caramel colour with a small head. Very heavy, doughy malt aroma, some peach notes. thin body, more fruit on the palate. A bit of a mess to be honest.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2007
Aroma is biscuity, some lemon coming through though dominated by malt, soem grass eventually shows up. Taste is similar and seriously malty, fruityness starts coming through as it moves on.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rauchbier (3607) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2007
Bottle. Amber gold, thin short white head and moderate condition. Gentle fruity melon and hop flower in the nose with some low maltiness, soft and thin in the mouth with low caramel and a moderate fruity hoppiness, gentle hop bitterness in the finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - OCT 10, 2006
Bottle, picked up at the brewery. Pours copper orange with a cap of off white. Dried fruit and kind of a sherry sweetness. Not unpleasant, but also clearly suffering from some oxidation. In spite of that, the flavors are bright and fruity, and mostly clean with a nice marmalade finish. Nice delicate palate. This tastes like a really nice bitter that got a little roughed up in pasteurizing/bottling. Hooky makes great ales, but they need their own bottling line. And they really ought to bottle condition. Much better cask.


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