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

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RATINGS: 368   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 9, 2008
50cL bottle, courtesy of argo0. Thanks, Aaron! Pours a bright, clear orange-amber color; mostly headless, with a touch of oiliness and some slight bubbles at the perimeter. Fruity, sugary aroma; a touch sticky and medicinal and flabby. Medium mouthfeel: lightly carbonated; sticky malts and red fruits and sugar; not exceptionally complex, pretty sticky, and some cardboard / toasty malt notes. Medium finish, showing bitterness and stale malts.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tlind2 (1296) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2008
Appealing, reddish-brown color with an off-white head. Fruity aroma -- maybe rasberry? The taste is a nice mixture of hops and juicy malts, with more fruity notes. A very nice bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
liinis (1717) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 22, 2008
gives an impression of being very classy and good quality ale. beautiful colour. nicely hoppy but a bit flat.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2008
Old Hooky has a deep amber, almost copper colour. The aroma is sweet fruit which dominates the flavour although there is a nice hop quality to the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3536) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2008
16.9oz bottle-An amber body with a nice small head and an aroma of caramel and toffee. Taste of the same with a little bitterness and hops. A nice tasting bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (3752) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Bottle at home. This is a bitter beer with a lot of different flavors. A very English bitter. Watery and a bit fruity.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 1, 2008
0.5 l bottle. Amber color with small head. Honey, biscuity malt, fruity esters, fruity and resiny hops, marmelade, orange and nuts in the aroma. Sweetish, perfumed, honeyish, biscuity flavor with notes of fruity hops. Bitterness is most notable in the finish. Easy and harmless.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sm89walt (1816) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2007
Bottle. This is a dark, hazy amber beer with a thick and firm beige head. Its aromas are quite dusty with sweet caramel and butterscotch. Unfortunately these aromas do not translate into flavours. They are predominantly grassy and resinous instead. Quite thick on the palate and an average bitter finish ends the beer. I was somewhat disappointed with this one.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10191) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2007
The color is extremely beautiful like liquid red amber. The head is moderate but gives nice lacing. The aroma is hoppy and malty with notes of caramel. The mouthfeel is smooth and the flavour has complexity with notes of sweetness, fruit, caramel and licorice-soft roasted malt. The finish is moderate but sufficiently bitter. It’s a very well balanced beer, and with it’s low ABV it has a fantastic full body. Well done!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (8319) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2007
Bottle from SH Jones, Bicester, 29-09-07 Pours dark amber with white head. Some dark fruits gently waft in the aroma which is mainly sweet malts. Tastes fruity, but darker fruits, some dried plums maybe and plenty of soft caramel, finishes with hoppy bitterness.


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