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


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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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Cask: Regular.
A beautifully balanced beer, fruity by nature, with a well-rounded body and the suggestive echo of Crystal Malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12816) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2007
Cask@Beer Hunters
Copper brown color, steady white head, some lace. Clover aroma, some honey sweetness. Fresh flowery hoppy flavor, lots of cut grass. Soft mouthfeel, flowery hoppy aftertaste. Nice session beer from fresh cask.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
StueyD (1177) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2007
A mid to dark coppr coloured beer with a strong, frothy white head. A malty aroma, with hints of dark fruit, but a touch bready. The taste is bitter, malty, with the fruitiness coming through from the nose. Bready again, with a slightly sour, yeasty flavour at the end. Not entirely sure this was at its best, a re-rate will be in order. (Cask - The Globe JDW, King’s Lynn, Norfolk).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (8205) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 14, 2006
Pint on cask. Perfect served temperature. Hazy amber with a reddish or ruby tint to it. Dark malty aroma. Spicy flavour containing dark fruit and a nice bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium to full bodied (Guest ale at The Greyhound in Ipswich 22.09.2006).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2006
cask at Murphy’s in Lemington: Brilliant ale. aroma is slight and of malt and hops. lovely dark coper color with beautiful head off the hand pump. flavor is very full and friuty. Loads of citrus. Very complex. Palate was rather thin, but it still brilliant. Chees!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ALLOVATE (2437) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2006
Cask, handpump @ the Pear Tree Inn, Hook Norton.
Bright golden copper in body, slightly tawny, light residual carbonation but no head formed nor would it. Distinct tree bark-lined toffee malt nose with some zesty orange marmalade mixed in. Quite flat and lifeless in the mouth. Nice rounded, ripe orange and mango juice flavours with a touch of sharper peach. Reasonably dry otherwise. Finish is fruity bitter, light showing of malt and marmalade in the swallow, slightly woody/yeasty. It’s nice I must admit, but alongside the Hooky Gold, Charter 400 and standard Hooky Bitter it just doesn’t excite. A classic in its own right though!!!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Finn (4315) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 29, 2006
Cask at Reading Beer Festival 27 Apr 06. Brown colour. No head. Some fruity hints. Watery. No distinct aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7542) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2006
Another Hooky beer that I have been drinking regularly throughout my home county for some 20+ years. A big step up from the standard best bitter, and offering considerably more bite, bitterness, hoppy characteristics and more importantly depth of flavour. As far as easy to get Hooky beers go this is usually my beer of choice from them.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (16932) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2006
Cask at Charlie’s Bar, Copenhagen. Amber colour with a small off-white head. Fruity aroma. Very fruity flavor with a bitter hoppy finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joergen (21087) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2006
Cask at Charlies. Clear orange coloured with a small off white head. Aroma of fruits and yeast. Fruity flavour with notes of yeast and hops. Hoppy finish. Boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2010 1. Cask Handpump at Wetherspoons, Chester 21/03/2001 Very fruity with a bitter aftertaste. 2. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich (JDW) 11/10/2001 Mid brown fruity and very bitter. Some woody aroma in the malt finish. 3. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich 14/06/2002 Amber coloured and floral aroma. Dry malt hop finish. 4. Cask Stillage at the Memorial Hall, Northwich 21/09/2002 Amber colour and fruity. Hint of whisky in the finish. 5. Cask Handpump at the Cross Keys, Knutsford 10/12/2003 Amber slightly strong fruity and malty with a slightly dry lasting finish. 6. Cask Handpump at the Cross Keys, Knutsford 15/01/2004 Amber golden and hoppy with a smooth slightly bitter crisp lasting malt finish. 7. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich 09/03/2004 Amber colour with some sour fruit flavour. Slightly dry bitter finish. 8. Cask Handpump at Forest House Lloyds No 1, Chester 13/02/2010 Malty aroma. White head. Amber coloured a little sweet on the palate and fruity with a hint of dryness and bitterness in a malt finish.

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