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


on tap

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RATINGS: 156   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daniele (5210) - ITALY - SEP 29, 2012
ambrato scarico buona schiuma media persitenza no moltointensa leggero malto non molto amara discreta sechezza

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (3496) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2012
September 2008: Out of date (by 4 months) brown 500ml bottle, cost me 10 Pence because it was past its best before date. Poured into a straight pint glass, the beer is a clear, bright, terracotta red colour. The head was an off-white blanket of tightly knitted foam. A constant flow of bubbles burst up towards the head throughout the tasting. The aroma was fairly sweet, hoppy and it had a very English Bitter type smell, as you would expect. Crisp, sharp and bitter in flavour, a very good example of an English Bitter. A good feel to it considering the ABV is only 3.6%, sure it is a little watery, but it has a body and the flavours stay in the mouth well after the fluid has been swallowed. Very drinkable and well worth the 10 Pence I paid for it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blafa (511) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2012
Bottle at Dahlbergs. Helsingborg, March 2012.
Thanks to PeaceRich for sharing these. Pours golden brown. Rich aromas of honey, caramel, bitter noble hops, earth and minerals. Soft texture and taste with more caramel, bitter hops with flavours of pine. Long aftertaste. I think Iím starting to like these low abv bitters more and more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pottygok (441) - Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Aroma: Hints of bread, but mostly basement aromas. Appearance: Cloudy orange with minimal head. Taste: Medium sweetness with a faintly bitter finish. Palate: Medium body, soft carbonation, slick texture, long malty finish Overall: Iím not thrilled by this beer, and while Iíll drink it, itís too malty for my taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndySnow (2907) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2011
Bottle at Monks Sveavšgen. Golden beer with medium head. Sweet aroma. Mild bitter taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 A - Caramel and honey with slight hints of fruit A - Amber brown with thin white head T - Slight sweetness with little to no bitter P - Medium and a touch fizzy O - Not much there

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2011
Bottle. A golden bitter with a thin white head. Malty aroma. Boiled malt, fruity, no hops.Hook Norton is a very good brewery and this is very good in the cask but in the bottle itís dull and lifeless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnnniee (2193) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 20, 2011
Pours a slightly cloudy deep amber with a rocky white head that sticks to everything it touches. Smell is malty sweet with hints of toffee and caramel. There are some floral/earthy hops in here but every time I think I smell them they are gone to quickly. Taste is again malty bready and sweet with caramel and toffee. Some hops do come out in the flavor earthy floral cut through the malt quite nicely. There is a slight mineral element in the taste as well as a hint of butter. Medium to low level of carbonation, sweet sticky mineral mouthfeel with a medium body. This beer flew through my glass on this 98 degree day. This is an easy drinking light ale with enough flavor to keep my attention, to bad it takes a bit of work to get one of these to enjoy at home.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
rosenbergh (6556) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 6, 2011
500 ml bottle. From Oxford, England. HHOK IX.
Cloudy amber colour with small white head. Darker malt, wood, nuts and caramel in aroma. Flavour is malt, some hops, wood and nuts. Low carbonation. Quite sturdy for a 3.6% brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brinehart (205) - Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2011
Pint bottle. Pours slightly hazy copper with off-white head. Sweet caramel nose with some fruity esters - a bit restrained from other really great english beers Iíve had. Simple session beer - nice malt character, pungent and earthy finish. Thin mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

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