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


on tap

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RATINGS: 158   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 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
smcolw (530) - 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 (20299) - 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 (3755) - - 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 (5278) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sloth (2469) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Small offwhite head, retention is short lived with very little lace. Clear, amber orange color. Nose is lightly grainy, metallic, copper, some oxydation. Body is light, dry on the palate. Lightly fruity flavors, woodsy, caramel maltiness, dry and lightly bready, . Dry, nutty, leafy finish. Bottle acquired @statelineliquors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2009
A tasty beer that is low in ABV but packs a pleasing flavor and palate. Bottle. Pours light amber/golden with a decent frothy head. Aroma is biscuity with light floral hop notes. A very light and balanced flavor. Not bad at all. I’m curious about this style now and would like to find the best available bitters. It seems that so many beers imported from Britain look like they are only a novelty beer with their silly names and labels...hard to distinguish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2008
It’s simplicity intrigues me, i’ve just been at the pub and drunk 6.4% US IPA and come home to this....and yet i’m enjoying this as much! tasty Low alc% beers are a triumph of brewing skill

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2400) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Pours a white, three-finger head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Very light floral nose. Flavor is light, slightly sweet and not at all bitter but hints of bitterness at finish. $6.50 for a 500ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thebeertourist (4785) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 17, 2008
Bottle. Clear amber with a bif off-white head. Grassy and flowery hop aromas with notes of fruity caramel. Flavours emphasize fruit and even a touch of nuts. Some bitterness to offset the sweet malts. Light-bodied. Easy-drinking.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Albertcampion (8) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2008 does not count
Bottle. Bright gold with sustained snowy head which clings to glass. Very malty nose and taste short finish with strong hints of coconut and sniffs of caramel and banana. Slightly watery. Bit of a disappointment.

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