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


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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4706) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle. Thought it was decent enough; the usual amber colour and light malt caramel flavour. Would definitely have another but really impressed I drank the bottle without realizing it was only 3.5%. Nice job.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Decaf (21) - - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle. Resin & herbs aroma. Clear orange color, frothy white head. Light sweetness gives way to moderate hop bitterness. Medium body, oily texture, nice long bitter finish. Overall a very nice English bitter, with above-average hop flavor for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pintbypint (2696) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 12, 2012
500ml brown bottle. Clearr dark gold pour, the head is rather creamy, white, light clingy foam on the sides of the glass. Nose has light malts. Taste is dryish malts, light biscuity notes, light caramel. Finishes dry and rather clean. Light body, mild carbonation. Servicable session bitter, light and clean presentation overall, but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
reebtogi (4363) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
500ml bottle pours a pale amber color with a finger of off-white head that leaves a few spots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is caramel and light citrus. Taste is big malty and light fruity sweetness with a mild citrus bitterness coming through in the finish. Light bodied with decent carbonation. Easy on the palate and makes a good session ale, nothing more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daniele (5763) - 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 (4115) - 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 (486) - 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 (4060) - 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

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