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%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2014
Appearance: Clear amber/copper with finger thick ivory head. Aroma: Bread, dough, dried fruit, grassy, floral and golden syrup. Taste: Medium bitter and sweetness with low sourness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, light body, average carbonation, lingering dry bitter, slightly sweet, burnt malty fruity finish. Comments: Very good and slight lacing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (2041) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 23, 2014
If there’s a beer that I have an enduring affection for, it is ESB. It reminds me of my ancestry, and somehow drinking it just feels right. This one is a good example: on the rosy copper side of golden with an enduring thick cream coloured head that lasted to the bottom of the glass. It smells of fruity malts and gentle woody hoppiness, but dominated by that cracked malt aroma that is quite delicious. It puts me in mind of Bakewell Tart with its fruitiness and sweet pastry character. A taste reveals those same flavours with a lovely balance of bitterness and sweet malt with both enduring. I just want more... can I have more? Please?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
flemmingwillum (1098) - Nysted, DENMARK - APR 6, 2014
Rating #932, flaske fra svigerfars køleskab. Gylden øl med dårligt skum. Mild duft af karamel og malt. Smagen er præget af solbær, karamel og malt og ender i en solid bitterhed. Rimeligt tyk og blød i munden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
s_hartshorne (2231) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2014
Bottle tesco. Dark amber slight head. Aroma is fruity malts. Taste is similar nice bitter finish. Medium body nice mouthfeel sift carbonated. Decent bottled stuff.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bamsen78 (4273) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear amber with stable off-white head. Mild aroma of hops and yeast, with subtle fruity notes. Bitter, hoppy flavour with malty and fruity notes which are quite disturbing for the overall experience. Bitter and slightly sourish finish. A bit dusty and old. Past BBD. Needs re-rating.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
martjoobolut (1470) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 8, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2014 0,5L bottle, BB 12.12.2014. Pours clear amber with white head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, and caramel. Taste is bitter, fruity, metallic, and caramel. Overall: not something I would try again, but also not really awful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Soulda (1) - Silvano d’Orba, ITALY - MAR 5, 2014 does not count
Una ale rossa inglese di grande fattura . Al naso nessuna imperfezione ed una perfetta aderenza alla tipologia, Al palato un’esplosione di frutta rossa, con luppoli giustamente bilanciati , grande morbidezza sul palato.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
campbega (94) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2014
500ml bottle from Waitrose. Full flavoured beer. Pours nice reddy brown with a decent off-white head that maintains. Biscuit and fruit aromas. Nice smooth finish with bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kalarel (34) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 8, 2014
50cl bottle. Clear amber, tall head that stays. Sweet malty, fruity aroma with some honey. Creamy texture, no carbonation. Malty taste with some hoppy bitterness underneath and a touch of fruit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Melkart (316) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - JAN 24, 2014
Fruity aroma. Taste is fruit and caramel sweet. Medium body, medium carbonation.

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