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


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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
Cask: Regular.
A beautifully balanced beer, fruity by nature, with a well-rounded body and the suggestive echo of Crystal Malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2007
Dark copper pour topped by a fine off-white cover. Very yeasty nose where dark toasted bread nose are in utmost liberty. Earthy middle finished off by mellow leafiness. Certainly interesting, the yeast profile is fun and the palate is as smooth and subtle as it gets. A model of drinkability. I expected it to be a bit tastier though, but the mouthfeel compensates in the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichardGretton (4639) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2007
Cask@Melton Mowbray Beer Festival 2007. Reddish looking beer with a soapy and weak aroma. The flavour is quite dry with a fruity’ish finish. Overall an average fruity, toffee and hopped beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dalri (1) - USA - SEP 20, 2007 does not count
Wonderful session beer. Pint after pint remains drinkable. Crystal maltiness reminescent of "Grape Nuts" cereal flafor, plenty of mild hoppiness, yeasty smell but not skunky. Very clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (9837) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2007
Cask, Melton Fest 07. Dark amber with a small head. Aromas are caramel and toffee malts with Autumn fruit, especially pear. Quite sweet Flavours are sweet malts and Autumn fruit. Earthy hops follow. Malty and tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2007
A Mes rate: Cask at some random pub on the Strand. Amber brown with a slight head. Slightly sour vinegar nose with some malt and hops underneath. Similar flavour with plenty of tangy malt and more sourness in the finish. Guessing this was just about on the turn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Pint hand drawn from the Fleece Hotel in Cirencester, England. Poured light reddish brown with a medium sized frothy head. Strong fruit aroma: peaches, pears, mango. Some caramel notes. Flavor is quite fruity as well with some caramel. Mild tanginess in the finish followed by some bitterness. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2012 Cask conditioned - handpump - Kean’s Head, Nottingham. A ruby coloured beer with a white head and lacing. The aroma is bready and fruity with notes of raisins. The taste has sweet and sour notes. Caramel, fruit and malt. Decent but I’ve had this better. Score 3.0
Subsequent ratings scored 3.5, 3.3 and 3.3. Average becomes 3.3

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Cask, Rose & Crown, Oxford. Burnished copper, fine cream white head. Deep spicy fruit aroma, cinnamon, Christmas pud, plummy tartness. Dry leathery apricot flavor, a lovely tanic brush to the finish. Simple, unpretentious beer, but when it’s in good shape, Hooky is a real stunner. The rustic beauty of an open fermention with a robust English yeast at it’s best.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jammin7jg (139) - Burnage, Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2007
[CASK: The Waterhouse, Manchester 13/02/07] A very pleasant ale that is good in flavour and overall a nice ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berkshirejohn (5988) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2007
Cask at the Jolly Anglers, Reading. A pale reddish chestnut colour, with a white head; little aroma; dry and fruity in the mouth, with hints of orange, becoming seeter, and then leaving a modetrately bitter finish. Pleasant, but not outstanding.

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