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


on tap

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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lembeek (143) - ITALY - JAN 6, 2014
Ambrata, con schiuma abbondante e cremosa. Velata. Aroma maltato con note fruttate e floreali. Nel palato ha un attacco morbido, maltato, ben equilibrato da una buona e non aggressiva. Al retroolfatto sono evidenti note di caramello, mela, pesca. Corpo leggero, carbonataziome scarna.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rob_D_UK (1137) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2014
Pours a rich chestnut with a thin white head. Smells of bready malt. Taste is a nice bitterness with a hint of hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elbernays (741) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 15, 2013
50cl bottle at home. Pours dark plum, head goes away. Sweet plum pudding, dark fruits, wood. Flavour is very sweet. Tangy ale. Subtle dark fruit flavours with dry wood.. Carbonation was too high for me which denies the body and for no esb is too much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shark_Pants (351) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2013
Aroma of caramel & dark fruits, reminiscent of a lot of good Belgian strong dark ales. Good dark English ale with some fruity Belgian strong dark ale hints in the taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ERB92 (471) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2013
Caramel, apples, some dried fruits and hops in the aroma. Clear brown with a small white head. Medium sweet and medium bitter. Light to medium body with a soft carbonation. Dry bitter aftertaste. Overall a nice ESB, enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AgentAle (919) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013
Aroma: very malty smells Taste: rich malt taste, full mouth taste, roasty caramel flavor, not much hopiness Appearance: light brown, thin head ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Senka (810) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 2, 2013
50cl bottle with new label. Did not recognize it immediately, since I have not seen it in years. Typical, traditional premium bitter. Pours clear brown, with minimal head - as bitter should. Light carbonation, fruity and hoppy as promised. Well balanced bitterness, lightly sweet, peachy brew. I expected it to have more body. It was not exactly full bodied beer. Well balanced alcohol content. Refreshing when served at around 7 degC, but should be served around 12-14degC (was to thirsty, and could not wait).

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