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


on tap

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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
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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 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rauchbier (3639) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fin (7894) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2006
Bottle, thought Iíd rated this some time ago but as Iíd picked up one amongst others from SH Jones Bicester 23-09-06 I may as well rate it here. A warm golden colour you can get hops in the aroma but not much. Taste is a bit unbalanced and not at all like the cask version bitterness seems to be a bit unchecked and ends up becoming one of the main features masking all else, some maltiness little sweetness but as already mentioned they are drowned out by the bitterness. Ok but not great

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Papsoe (25076) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) In my version simply called "Hook Norton Bitter". Pale caramel colour with a small head. Weak malty character and ditto bitterness. But very, very quaffable. A fairly ordinary Bitter. 210301

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2005
Amber colour with a small head. Aroma is quite strong with sweet malt and grassy hops. Taste of malt with melon fruit. Too much carbonation. Medium bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
imdownthepub (10860) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2005
Bottled, pasteurised. Golden colour with slight white head. Doesnít fare too well in a pasteurised bottle in my opinion, the subtelties are lost, the delicate bitterness and malty sweetness. This has a harsher flavour, one dimensional with a harder bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
caesar (5464) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2005
Not the best bitter at all. Very weak specimen of the bitter style, it lacks complexity. Bit skunky hops and malts, and not the pleasant bitterness as some/many other bitters.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
skortila (4665) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2005
Hoppy, fresh aroma. Clear, golden-yellow coloured with a thin white head. Taste is sweet, quite bitte, slightly maltyr and hoppy. Not the best bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2005
Orange coloured bitter. Itís smellís okay. Not great. Taste is good, bitter but a little bit too much water.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
YogiBeera (2516) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Light orange brown color, liveley carbonation, but no head. Ripe apple most and wet grass nose, but weak. Medium hoppy, horse blanket taste. Goes by fast at is very thin.

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