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

bottled
common

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unknown

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RATINGS: 351   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottled. Pasteurised.
A well balanced and full bodied beer demonstrating fruitiness, with the Crystal Malt content being distinctive. The hoppy mouth gives way to a sweeter finish.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7191) - NUNEATON, Top 18, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2007 Crystal red amber pour. Chocolate maltiness and leafy hops in the nose. Honey, tea, caramel, grapefruit. Lots more tangy hops than the cask. Less mellow creaminess and honey. Even pasteurised, something of an understated, easy-drinking yet complex classic.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Enjoyit (3460) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2007
Cobber of color with an off-white head. An aroma of toffee, hops and sweet malt. A flavor with hints of caramell, hops and apples.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joanesee (7) - ENGLAND - APR 21, 2007 does not count
Nice colour, but thin in body. Nice bitter taste maybe too much for some. Drinks while room temperature as well as cold.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dedollewaitor (13915) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 8, 2007
Amber with off white head. Malty caramel with fruity tones. Ok body with overall moderate taste. Pleasant slight bitter end. Simple but quite drinkable!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (14287) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 1, 2007
light brown colour, with nice flowery hop, smooth sweet very fruity with lingering malt.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (4816) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 25, 2007
Bottle. Deep reddish amber, clear. Fruity aroma promising apples, but also some raisins and toffee.Very good raisins flavours, kept dry and bitter, despite the toffee presence. Medium to full body. Very enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hoser (367) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 3, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 Bought this is a clear bottle in Amsterdam drank it in Harem. Nutty Fruity with a hoppy sweetness finish. Page 234 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide on 368 out of 500 Classic Brews to go. Had on cask in England recently I think boring sums it up.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (4530) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2007
Bottle from Asda, High Wycombe poured chestnut with a beige head; pleasant fruity aroma; sweet malty flavour with traces of boiled sweets and pear drops and a dry hoppy aftertaste.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
vanvenlo (1236) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2007
15 Apr 2006 - Sweet malt hop aroma. Amber-brown colour, good head and suds lacing. Sweet malt with big vegetable hop flavour. Hoppy finish and vegetable aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 19, 2006
Tasted 18/12/2006 (in lieu of an 1812). 500ml bottle from RW&S, Wellington. Deep copper, pretty bright, off-white head. Toffee, golding fruit notes and subtle esters on the nose. Solid through the mouth - nice toasty crystal flavour, quite fresh - with a good medium bitterness in the end and some more caramel notes on the palate. Good, well-travelled and very very English.


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