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


on tap

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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (9579) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2006
Cask frequently in Oxfordshire. A jolly decent quaffing bitter that I have been drinking regularly for some 20 years it is very typical of it’s style, pleasant and refreshing, from a brewery that rarely puts a foot wrong. For those visiting the area I would heartily recomend a brewery visit as it is excellent.

   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5542) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2014
Sept, 2003 Gravity, Maidstone Beer Fest. Last beer of the festival. And perhaps one too many because when reversing my car in the middle of a bloody large field with nothing anywhere near me, I managed to hit the only post within miles! Whack! Shit! Where the fuck did that come from? I shrugged and drove on - after all, I’ve got a Jag - big strong muther; a silly little post aint gonna stop me. But then we notice that people are staring and pointing. I pull over. Gee! Entire back bumper is bent and distorted with the wings sticking out at obscene angles. Damn! That’s gonna be expensive! And the beer? Well, it’s a pale orange colour. Sweet malt aroma. Clean & refreshing session bitter. Not worth damaging my car for! [2.9]
Jan, 2006 Edgar Wallace, Fleet Street. Good clean flavoursome session bitter. Lovely balance of malt & hops. Nice. Drinkable. Quite moreish. [3.3]
Feb, 2008 The Bear, Oxford A fresh, drinkable session bitter of little character. A bit of vanilla and oak. Nice. [3.0]
Feb, 2013 Steam Coach, Boxmoor, Hemel. 3.5% Clean, crisp and refreshing. A wonderful session bitter - very drinkable. Good fresh flavours - a little bite of hops over a toffee-accented biscuit malt. A whiff of sulphur. [4.0].

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - APR 7, 2005
[Cask conditioned] Very fresh and tasty. Fruity and rather hoppy aroma with spicy notes. Fresh flavour with hoppy notes. The British truly are the masters of brewing full flavoured low alcohol beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALLOVATE (2895) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2006
Cask, handpump @ the Pear Tree Inn, Hook Norton.
Bright gold with a thin, wispy white head that produced good legs. Ripe oranges and spicy, bitter hop nose with a touch of fresh baked white bread. Dusty, pale malt, caramel, oranges and a touch of honey in the mouth. Body is extremely light and there is just a prickle of carbonation left to keep it alive. Grassy and floral in the back, good bitter bite before it drops off short and dry in the swallow. Nothing challenging but it is a solid bitter. Nicely made, very easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (7293) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 18, 2008
Small coarseish head. Amber body. Sweet honey and resin aroma. Dryish straw and resin taste with fruity notes. Soft, mild mouthfeel. Very nice! (0.1l taster from cask at EBF ’08.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6375) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (4381) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2013 Hand pulled at Penny Blacks, Birmingham. Amber hued straw coloured Bitter, with a big firm head. This is a standard Bitter, the kind that the older members of my cricket team love. Light, some pepper and specks of sweetness, inside a refreshing quaffable, smooth tipple. Not my favourite. Original rating on 10/10/2005. RE-RATE - cask at the Hook Norton Brewery. Slightly astringent, not brilliant. Gets better and is a trad bitter. In that it tastes bitter. Roy Castle’s Mum. Steamed spaniel. Yeah, it’s alright.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2010
Cask@The Oxford. Golden colour, small slightly off-white head. Aroma is lots of honey, some mild spices, bready malts as well as sweet malts. Flavour is quite similar with some nice floral bitterness in it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorgeLee (1758) - 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!

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