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


on tap

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RATINGS: 351   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
M_Sack (383) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2013
Bottle. Perfect looking beer. Reddy/copper pour with an attractive one finger creamy head that is maintained. Subtle malt aromas, toffee, biscuit, orchard fruit and esters. Initial hop flavoured bitterness gives way to a toffee, malt and ester flavour. The bitterness then returns leaving a dryish mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (1204) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - NOV 22, 2013
500mL bottle 06 JUN 14 Great looking beer in the glass; a creamy inch of persistent head sits atop a red-tinged copper body, excellent clarity. Soft yet nice aroma; malt drives with notes of rich toffee, biscuit, toasted nuts, supported by earthy hop spice and undertones of apple and stonefruit esters. Medium-to-full body, somewhat high carbonation for the style, with a nice malt chewiness. Malt is the hero here; plenty of burnt toffee, sweet cookie, toasted nuts, just the slightest hint of dark crystal, possibly even roast huskiness. Supported by lightly fruity notes of plum, peach, apple and spice. Finishes with good bitterness, lingering caramel character, somewhat satisfying. Tasty bitter. Plenty of character.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
djoeye (1530) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 17, 2013
500 ml brown bottle, 4.6% abv, from Kilpishalli Kilpisjärvi.fi. Beige moderate head quite persistent on clear amber body. Scents of roasted malts, red or yellow apples. Tastes hops, roasted malts, spruce, grapefruit peel. Easy in the mouth, with decent fine bitterness. Half dry bitter ending with bisquits notes, wood, leaves, overall quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
varanid99 (520) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 4, 2013
Copper pour with very little head. Lots of caramel, malt, a little biscuit on the nose. Quite sweet, caramel, malty flavour. A little bit bitter at the end but fairly short finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KeefOz (923) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2013
BB 06June14. Poured a clear coppery amber colour with a one-finger off white foamy head that diminished quickly and laced poorly. Low carbonation with small bubbles. Aroma fresh and mild of grain malt, a trace of fruity hops, and a trace of yeast. Taste of sweet fruity malt and very mild hops. Medium body. Dry with mild bitterness on the finish. Good, but a bit sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vinhol (278) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2013
500ml bottle from BWS Kilsyth nice fruity aroma deep amber in colour fruity malty taste overall very nice ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
absgt (6) - - OCT 24, 2013 does not count
Rather too sweet. Plus some other characters to make this 75 characters long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PAK9 (5) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2013 does not count
Old Hooky tastes like the beer that regular Hooky wants to be - more complex and notable than its sister it is a much more pleasurable drink. A sharp fruity nose and taste are the primary features. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
teddybeer (2230) - Madrid, SPAIN - OCT 15, 2013
Bottle. Brown colour with an off-white head with short duration. Aroma has notes of toasted malts, mild carmel with floral notes. Flavor is quite similar and predictable according to aroma, toasted malts, caramel, candy sugar and mild bittery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aleksander9 (450) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 2, 2013
Nice copper color with small white head. Aroma is good for this abv: caramel, malt and mild floral. Good mouthfeel also, it is slick and nice. Aftertaste is floral bitter and some caramel roundness. Overall: Very nice, impressed considering abv.

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