Hbie (133) - Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask. Many times in Oxfordshire, including the brewery and brewery tap.Excellent session beer. Golden slightly sweet but wonderfully balanced by the hops. Hoppy but not bitter must be the tradional variety of hops. The brewery is well worth visiting as it is very tradional Victorian tower brewery with lots of acient machinery.
Moggle (24) - Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 Nose: difficult to assess in a full glass at the pub.
Taste: butter, fudge, citrus, nice and malty. Developed more flavours as I continued to drink - biscuit, orange peel, seeded bread, popcorn, thyme.
Dark straw colour, lacy with thin white creamy head. Nice body.
Extremely drinkable. I will be visiting this pub again and/or seeking this beer out at the local off-licence.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tested hand pumped, off cask. Pale, amber bitter.
imdownthepub (9153) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thousands of pints over 20 years or more. I saved this one up for my 100th rating and now the time is here, how do you rate a beer that you literally have grown up with? She is not just a beer to me, she’s a friend, a confidante, a pacifier and a temptress, she’s been there through thick and thin, births, marriages and deaths and everything in between. She helps celebrate great sporting victories and commiserates in desperate defeats. You might wonder why someone would wax lyrical about a 3.4% Boys Bitter, but oh; she’s much more than that, she is our beer, local and proud of it, pale and blonde, full of fun and definitely tasty. Admittedly she’s not always at her best, she doesn’t travel well, moody when not pampered and she definitely isn’t great in a bottle where all the life is removed from her, but when she’s good, well you know the rest! I have been unfaithful though, oh yes, it only takes a new beer in town and off I wander, trying the goods and I have to share her, I know, she brings pleasure to so many, it’s hard, but when she’s all mine and not in one of her little moods it’s perfection itself. She’s won a few beauty awards has our Hooky but she’s not gone big headed and spread herself about, no she is our session beer and we love her, so how do I mark that?
Liberty (52) - Stompwijk, NETHERLANDS - SEP 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask, Hook Norton vistor centre and at the Pear Tree Inn.
Very nice easy drinking bitter.. No problem to have more than 1 pint of this golden bitter.
Very well balanced between malts, hops and fruit. Als a refreshing bitter..
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2009 Cask at Hook Norton Brewery. Beautiful golden appearance with a light head. Thin tasting session beer with a bit of lemon and fruit, perhaps melon. A very slight bitterness afterwards. Refreshing and terribly, terribly good. 16.10.09 Under the name of Hook Norton Best Bitter, cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Coppery amber. Faint malt aroma and pleasant earthy bitter taste. Mid bitter finish. Rated: 5,4,6,4,12:3.1
omhper (18318) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled cask conditioned. Pale amber. Spicy aroma. Medium bodied. It has that lovely fresh, chewy mothfill you’ll only find in really good cask ales. Medium- to low bitternesss. Plain, but most certainly not unremarkable.
Vladivostok (198) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful, subtle beer. Neither especially malty nor hoppy but a fine overall balance.
Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Swan, a short amble from the lovely Hook Norton brewery. Amber pour with a nice cap of fine white. Applewood aroma and a touch of warm sweet malt. Grainy fresh malt flavor, sweet, soft, delicate. and gently lingering warm biscuit. Just enough hops to provide some closure between sips, but very restrained. This is a great expression of fresh beer. It doesn’t roar or poke you in the eyeballs with flavor, but it’s very nice in a comforting kind of way.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Brazen Head. Very enjoyable beer here. Sweetish and hoppy, with some bitter earthy notes. Lots of biscuit and mild caroway flavors. Some west coast hops notes. Deliciously drinkable. I gotta get to England some time.