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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 355   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.


JohnCook101's rating

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnCook101 (338) - - FEB 7, 2013
500ml bottle. Pours copper with a good off-white head. Malty and yeasty aroma. A good amount of malt to taste, offset well by a touch of bitterness. Slightly sweet toffee and toast. A touch of honey and light floral notes. Not as heavy as it looks. A very nice, well balanced beer.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Simmo (22) - - NOV 14, 2014
Strong arome of various fruits and honey. Pours deep orange and slightly hazy with a thin beige head that lasts. Some lacing. Full bodied with average carbonation. Slick texture yet slightly sticky on the lips. Taste is light bitter with a medium/heavy sweet finish. Lots of fruit and honey flavours so if you like sweet fruity beers you’re likely to enjoy this.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tinylightsrecs (232) - - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle from Dobbies Ponteland. Pours deep red. Nice full body and deep fruit flavours

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hohops (340) - Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2014
Amber and clear, half finger off white head. Aroma- malty, caramel, raisin hints, hoppy. Taste- bitter hops, spicy hints, medium in the mouth and quite satisfying, bitter finish, fruity undertones, some toffee, hint of pine. Nice ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lagerboy (1296) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 1, 2014
500 ml bottle. Clear brownish orange, off-white fading foam. Aroma of fruity c-malt and herbal hop. Taste is lightly bitter, herbal and grassy, berry fruity caramel/toffee malt, slightly floral, some spice. Soft carbonation, light-medium bodied, lightly hopped. A better bitter. LBW (Lagerboys Be Wary)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Idiosynkrasie (4026) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - SEP 19, 2014
500ml bottle. Clear, amber golden colour with small to average, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, off-white head. Typical British hop aroma, notes of gooseberry and red berries. Taste is dry hoppy with identical fruit notes, subtle malt sweetness, some biscuit. Nothing special.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kauge (256) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle from a Selver in Tallinn, Sept 2014. Pours a nice clear copper with a creamish off-white, retaining head, also gives good lacing. Nose... autumn fruits and malts most apparent, also toffee and slight caramel. Taste is grainy malts and near putrid fruits at first, then more sweet (toffee or caramel) in the middle, with a fair deal of hop bitterness in the finish. Palate is silky smooth with very little carbonation, yet the bitterness brightens it all up. A good, unpretentious and relatively cheap beer to down a few while watching some stand-up.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (2355) - BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2014
Classic English bitter from Oxford, with yellowish white head and warm amber colour. Malty aroma, English bitter hops; taste of dried fruits, citrus peel notes, caramelly malt base, a bit oaky, long hop bitterish finish. Delivers, though I suppose the cask-conditioned version should be better.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mR_fr0g (3669) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle at home shared with Sarah from Sainburys. Had this a few times before but first time rate. Clear amber copper coloured pour with a lasting greyish cream head. Aroma is mineral, some farts, stale wet grassy hop, toffee. Flavour is toffee and toast malts, mice English yeast esters, slight metal note in the finish. Hops are a bit stale, cheesy and lacklustre. Boring beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
miquelcrush (1474) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUL 12, 2014
Bona cervesa, és bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gegwilson (1389) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Kate P. Pours amber with a cream head. A nice drinkable bitter. Notes of caramel, fruit and a little citrus on the finish. Enjoyable.


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