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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnar (6920) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAY 19, 2013
Bottle from Vaaland, Bryne. Pours dark golden with a small white head.Aroma is sweet malts and dusty hops. Taste is sweet nutty malts, watery body, but quite full for the low abv, good ordinary best bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Karol (729) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 12, 2013
Bottled. A gift for my 35th b-day togehther with 25 more beer bottles. Malty aroma with tiny hints fruits. The color is nice golden brown. The taste is malty, refreshing, espresso like, bitter finish. Alcohol low due to 3.5% abv. The overall taste is similar to a home brew I recently made from concentrate (a bitter ale style beer).

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Palme (3603) - 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 that’s not tickling my nose here, but hard to pinpoint what it is. It’s 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, it’s not all that bad. 26.04.2013

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
simonblaine (471) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (5991) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
ClubGonzo (4903) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 28, 2013
Bottle from ICA Maaseskjæret, 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 I’ve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Arve_Christian (4153) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (6929) - 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.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fellebag (1218) - 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

   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.

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