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Hook Norton Hooky (Cask)

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
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Cask; Regular.
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
wimpyjoe (2983) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2014
Cask @ Church Inn, Prestwich. Golden with a small head. Has a nice malt-hop mix character in a medium-full body.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OwainTurner (286) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2013
At Rutland Beer Festival... Silky smooth, very very nice flavour. But doesn’t look or smell the part.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
berkshirejohn (4207) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2013
Cask at the Henley Brew House. Hazy amber with a thin white head; aroma of damp hay; soft and grainy with a sweet caramel malt taste; and a dry, woody, finish. A satisfying rural bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (13390) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2013
Cask @ C4, Odense. Pours clear Golden with a thick White head. Fresh Grain, Biscuit , caramel and shy hops. Doughy. Fine 3,5% Cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Imaena (1703) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2013
This is a beer that definitely shines in the cask - perhaps the dry hopping makes all the difference.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorgeLee (1070) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2012
From a freshly tapped cask direct from the brewery at Henry’s wedding, and sampled repeatedly that evening. With no dispensing system poured an extremely flat light copper colour. This is a very pleasant classic English session beer, well balanced with good dry fruity marmelade hop character. Maybe not the sort of beer you’d rate highly as a standalone rate, but an excellent selection for a wedding - dry and bitter enough to be moreish, quenching, light enough in alcohol - a very good choice Henry!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2012
Handpull pint at Ye Olde Cock. Clear amber-gold, lasting solid creamy bone white head. Aroma is floral, more than honey sweetness, maybe a little dishwater in there. Taste - yes, a bit sour, but mostly acidic grassiness that almost completely obscures the sweetness - a little alcohol. Chewy, thick, very airy and amazingly bitter based on the aroma impression, astringent and dry and a bit bitterly coating in the linger. Pretty solid stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - AUG 5, 2012
OOOooooooohhhh this is lovely. I want some more please! Really great depth of flavour. Hoppy and comforting, great balance and bitter finish, and very, very drinkable. Woooppps .... there goes another afternoon in the sunshine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
EdKing (1760) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2012
Cask in The Dog & Duck, Soho. Cloudy amber/brown bitter bubbling white head. Nose is grainy cereal, bread, bit of floral. Taste is bread, cereal malt, touch of caramel sweetness. Fairly subdued flavours.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
AshtonMcCobb (2131) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 9, 2012
On tap @ the Haymarket. Pours hazy amber with nice head. Nose of malt and resin. Taste of more resin and apples. Palate medium throughout. Overall, so so!

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