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


on tap

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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2009
Bottle from the brewery.Pale copper with an airy white collar. Nose hay and hazelnut with a pleasant woodsy rub of hop cone. Soft malty bitter with an affable mush of dunked biscuit, milk chocolate and honey about it. Some soap and hop in the finish, before the malts return in a long sweet caramel-accented aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hayduke (4920) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 2, 2009
From a 500 ml bottle this poured a dark gold with a small white and quickly dissipating head the left light lacing. Nose of caramel malts and floral hops. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is malty with some moderate bitterness that carries through to the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beth101 (531) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2009
Bottle from morrisons copper colour with a thin off white head.Aroma of malt not much else though. Taste of bitter malt

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6504) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2009
bottle, golden color with light foam, aromas of dried apricots, flavor is fruity, mild with some bitter metallic on the finish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bullit (4428) - Burgos, SPAIN - SEP 28, 2009
Bottle, Morrisons. Clear golden colour, off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts. Flavour is malty, with a hint of hops. Slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thornecb (5497) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Pours amber into an English pint. Pancake head with good retention leaves slight sheets as it recedes. Caramel and hop aromas. Smooth caramel upfront turning thin and bitter in the lasting finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2009
Decent lace and a lasting head. Pale amber color and reasonable clarity (slight haze) Here’s something new: I detect something resembling play-dough. The stronger smell is bittering hop. Low dry-ish malt aroma in the background. A thin beer, particularly for a English Bitter, although it has a proper level of carbonation. Fairly standard stuff here. Nice balance. Not as "British" tasting as some Bitters, but it holds its own.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 11, 2009
Bottled. Deep golden colour with mediumsized foamy white head. Aroma is nectar, mild honey, some wood and grass along with herbal notes. Flavour is wooden, flowery hoppy, some grass as well as some mild nutty notes as well. Easy to drink and quite pleasant for being only 3.6%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (4006) - - JUN 11, 2009
clear gold under a large fluffy white head. pleasant floral aroma with notes of honey, flowers, light hops, breezy clean fresh air. flavors has notes of a grainy nuttiness like peanut butter or something with flowery hops. this is pretty good. light and easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Sampled on 6/5/2009. This bitter pours a medium orange gold color from a 50cl bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with good retention. The aroma is malty, flowery and hoppy. A medium bodied bitter. The malts are caramel and fruity. The hops are floral and earthy. Nice carbonation. The hops seem a little more pronounced in this beer when compared to most other English Bitters I’ve tried. Mouthfeel is a touch thin, but kind of expected for a 3.6% beer. Would be a good session beer. Mouthfeel is round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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