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


on tap

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RATINGS: 349   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
djoeye (1380) - 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 (491) - 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 (881) - 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 (261) - 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 (2181) - 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 (395) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (5164) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2013
50cl bottle from ABCBeers. Thick creamy white hed. Clear amber pour. Nice bitterness. Nice ESB

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (5214) - Sandnes, NORWAY - SEP 27, 2013
Bottle from Vaaland. Pours clear amber with a big frothy white head, disappears fast. Aroma of caramel, shy fruits. Taste is good moderate sweet caramel, light nutty as well,decent bitter end.

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