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Brewed by Hook Norton
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Banbury, England

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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Cask; Regular.
Officially launched May 2006 as a Spring seasonal called Gold. Name changed later to Hooky Gold.
A very pale, crisp beer, confidently displaying it’s hop character. The first Hook Norton beer to feature American hops. A fruity aroma and a pleasant, light taste.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
davegore (222) - liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2007
On tap at the Crows Nest, pours a gold with fluffy white head. Strong fruity citrus aroma leading onto a kind of peach. Good finish

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dedollewaitor (13923) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2007
Clear gold with good white foam. Fruity & flowery hops all over. Malty feel. Sweetness. Bitter crisp, citrus/piney end - close to sour and biting your inner cheek. Nice hoppy Cask ale!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7191) - NUNEATON, Top 18, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2009 Bronze pint with a dense, clinging white head and lace. Mustily hoppy, slightly urine-scented nose. Big, heady, mouth-filling satsuma hop zestiness. Potently hopped and full-bodied for the ABV. Very fruity and hopsacky. Hop-dominated and almost approaching the fruitiness of an American IPA. Too headily citrussy to be a sessionable summer refresher, but very good all the same. 647416 (Cask, Raglan Arms, Rugby) Clear gold draped finely with white. Wine gum, passionfruit and stewed tea aroma. Sweet red apple, tangerine and passion fruit hop drying into a discreetly punchy finish, linger of vanilla and wafer. NZ soft fruitiness and wafery biscuit; a bit Kipling or punk IPA top, husky bitter afters. Impressive and surprisingly hoppy quencher. 737314 (cask handpull at the brewery) Lush tangerine-Ovaltine balance, overripe orange aroma, crunch of red apple. Top US hopped English sessions, 738415.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MiP (13599) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 12, 2007
Cask. Nicely fruity hop aroma. Nice fruity hoppiness in flavour, hint of yeast. Good, medium bitterness. A very good bitter.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gunnfryd (10599) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 8, 2007
Cask at the Wharf, Aalborg. Golden colour with a white head. Aroma is fruit, hop, malt. Flavour is sweet, fruit, hop, malt. Ok beer.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (13575) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 6, 2007
Cask at the Wharf, Aalborg. Clear, pale golden, almost yellow, with a small white head. Citrus, bitterness and some malt in the aroma. Very citrusy flavor with some malt as well. Medium body and a citrusy and piney finish. Quite nice. (070331)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2007 Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Golden with a white head. Floral hop aroma. Strong citric fruity taste and a sharp dry finish. It seems churlish to complain after condemning some other golden ales as ’watery’, but curiously I found the taste experience of this one rather too intense and flavourful. Perhaps it was the weather.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29335) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2007
Cask at Charlie’s Bar, Copenhagen. A hazy golden beer with a thick light orange head. The aroma is sweet flowery, combined with light notes of peaches, on a light malty back ground. The flavor is sweet and very flowery and with strong notes of peaches, leading to a dry and lightly bitter end. The body is a bit thin, but it is a very drinkable beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALLOVATE (2413) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2006
Renamed ’Hooky Gold’. Cask, handpump @ the Hook Norton Brewery, Hook Norton.
Sunny gold in body, beautifully bright with a solid ½" white pad that left behind minimal legs. Ripe, spicy citrus fruits tickle the nose with some honey and a light showing of pine underneath. Dry, slightly savoury and spicy fruits in the mouth. Aged tangerines, tangy grapefruit and vine leaves, very soft showing of clean malts and some dry pine similar to the aroma. This worked nicely. Very light bodied but holds in itself a lot of flavour. Finish has a gripping bitter edge before it slides off fresh and juicy. Becomes nutty as it warms and flattens beyond it’s very, very light residual carbonation. Like macadamia nuts washed down with some high energy fruit punch. Quite a nice quaffer, definitely sessionable. Thanks to the nameless lorry driver who served me up a pint of this and shared a yarn or two. Very nice!!!!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2006
UPDATED: APR 9, 2011 1. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich (JDW) 01/06/2006 Hoppy aroma. Golden coloured and slightly hazy appearance. Some citrus and pale malt and a crisp slightly creamy bitter malt finish. 2. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black JDW, Northwich 20/10/2010 Hoppy aroma. White head. Golden coloured hoppy and fruity with apricot and pear flavours. A hint of dryness and bitterness in a malt finish.


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