RateBeer
overall
41
57
style
Brewed by Hook Norton
Style: Bitter
Banbury, England
Serve in English pint

bottled
available

on tap
unknown

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
Share this beer with friends!
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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Joeh (2049) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnnniee (2459) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
rosenbergh (7399) - Tampere, 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brinehart (212) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7909) - Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
500ml bottle. Poured into a English pint, it is a medium orangeish gold with a nice foamy white head. It recedes with some nice lacing. The smell is very nice, it has a lot of lemon and orange zest, it is very zesty. The taste is surprisingly similar, though more subdued. It has some zesty lemon/lime, a bit of grain, and some mineral water. It has a lot of flavor, though it is a bit blunt. It is supremely drinkable. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-30-2011 04:34:35

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2011

Bottle 500ml. @ home.

Clear light medium amber orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, malt and nutty notes. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average duration, abit borring ! Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110108]

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MoritzF (8590) - Bochum, GERMANY - DEC 17, 2010
(bottle) Hazy, orange-golden colour with a mid-sized off-white foamy head. Mildly sweet malty aroma with yeasty notes and a tinge of caramel, accompanied by herbal and subtle fruity hops. Moderately sweet and slightly bitter flavour, light bodied with a soft carbonation. Cara-malty and bready taste with herbal spice; moderately dry bitter-sweet finish with spicy hops and caramel. Quite flavourful. 17.XII.10

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3178) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 19, 2010
500mL Bottle poured at RIFT English Pale Ale tasting. Big rich strong graham cracker aroma, with lots of malt. Pours a darker gold, with white head. Flavors are solid...the palate comes across lighter, but still holds some solid malt and slight oaky-like bitterness. Balanced. Solid. And probably my favorite of the evening,.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Clear orange gold body; medium dense khaki head. Very drinkable. Dry, grainy, hoppy in only a British way. Medium body. Good stuff.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (7956) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Bottle. Sweet honey barley malt and hay hops aroma. Slightly hazy amber color with minimal head. Sweet malt and moderately bitter grass flavor. Okay but not great.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 « 3 4 5  6  7 8 9 » 16


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50