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

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RATINGS: 162   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.


2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Palme (3605) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2013
0.5l bottle. This one is clear dark nutty golden - almost bronze in the glass and it has a medium sized islandy and bubbly white head. Not to inviting on the aroma to be honest. Quite grainy with something bearing resemblance of vegetables. Also traces of both biter nuts and wet grass. Something thatís not tickling my nose here, but hard to pinpoint what it is. Itís really thin and watery this. Below average on the carbonation. Soft and watery flavors. Feels floral with a thin but still present bitterness. Actually not that bad, but the flavor is really generic and standard. Wish it could be a bit more challenging, but considering the genre and the abv, itís not all that bad. 26.04.2013

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
simonblaine (375) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
Pours orange with a frothy head. Aroma if wet leaves and malt. Slight metallic taste, slightly bitter, but rather ordinary all around. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (5462) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 21, 2013
500 ml bottle, from Vaaland, Bryne. ABV is 3.5%. Deep golden colour, moderate white head. Sweetish aroma of malt sugar and grassy hops. Thin mouthfeel, drier than the aroma made me expect. The flavour has some weak toffee and caramel notes, followed by a fairly distinct bitterness, but is not particularly complex. Still a drinkable "ordinary" bitter.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
ClubGonzo (4450) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 28, 2013
Bottle from ICA Maaseskjśret, Bergen. Pours a deep golden-amber body with a medium, short-lived white head. Nose is nutty malt tones, biscuits and hints of bread and faint grass. Taste is jagged grass-hoppy tones up front and bready malts in the back. A bit jumbled in its profile. Medium to thin body, medium carbonation. Not the best bitter Iíve had.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Arve_Christian (3488) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2013
On bottle from Meny Vollebekk. Golden color, good foam. Some fruitiness, very light hoppy aromas Light body & complexity. Some bitterness Good enough beer, but not very interesting

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (6446) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2013
Medium offwhite head. Clear amber body with carbonation. Earthy caramelly strawy aroma, quite light, with toffee and paper notes. Dryish papery caramelly taste with earthy notes. Mid-to-light body. Mild mouthfeel. Dry spicy dried fruit aftertaste with papery caramelly earthy notes. Not bad, but a bit austere. (0.5l bottle, Meny Oslo City.)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fellebag (1041) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2013
Bottle 500ml. Small white head, golden color, good carbonation. Aroma has grass, leaves and hops. Grass and malt for flavour. Bitter and a bit "doughy". ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPad

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - JAN 22, 2013
I love this cask beer and the bottle did not disappoint either. Really great depth of flavour. Hoppy and comforting, great balance and bitter finish, and very, very drinkable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
visionthing (3236) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2013
50cl bottle from Meny, Oslo City. Pours dark golden with a white head. Mild hoppy aroma with malt, caramel and some fruitiness. Medium sweet with a nice and bitter finish. Fairly light body, but surprisingly nice for itís low alcohol. Very sessionable, although it would get boring after a few. Still very easy to drink and a quite decent bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Imaena (1943) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2013
This is a solid bitter with nothing notable to set it apart from the herd.


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