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

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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
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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.


3.7
   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

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2456) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thebeertourist (5072) - 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.

2.6
   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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MiP (14048) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2008
Bottle at EBF08. OK spicy hop aroma and flavour. Clear copper colour. Nice hops.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (34358) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2008
50 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a fully gone head. Mild fruity hops aroma with a mild spice note. Flavour is medium dry and slight breadish with a light bitterness showing through. Smooth and dry finish. Nice one.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2008
Clear deep golden with tiny white head. Sweet malty aroma with orange notes. Flavour likewise and somewhat watery. Ends sweet.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear yellow amber color, with a fizzy white head and wet dripping lacing. Some sweet floral notes, grain and distant subdued corn. Sweet malt flavors, some gingerbread, interesting grainy feel. Pretty basic, but tasty and very drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vyvvy (4580) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 21, 2008
Pours clear golden / orange with a tan head. The aroma has dry caramel malt, crackers, dough and a hint of butterscotch. Medium body that is a bit slick then there is a lot of carbonation. The flavor starts with dry biscuits with a bit of caramel, some spicy hops and is on the watery side. The finish is like lightly sweetened spiced crackers. Fair.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bhensonb (12140) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Bottle from John’s Marketplace in Portland OR. Copper amber color with a minimal white head. Nice fruity esters over lightly roasted caramel. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is apple, a little spice, and a light caramel undertone. Finish is fairly balanced. Gets firmly bitter as consumption continues. Definitely a session ale. Goes down like there’s no end to it, but there is.


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