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


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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   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 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 (5395) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (23682) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 13, 2007
Cask@Beer Hunters. Copperish amber colour with longlasting, slightly off-white head. Aroma is flowery hops, some fruits and grass. Flavour goes through quite the same.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2007
Cask @ Charlies, Copenhagen. Amber, reddish colour with a small off white head. Malty, dark fruit sweet aroma with a hoppy note. Hoppy floral flavor with some fruity sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (14785) - 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 (1542) - 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 (9661) - 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).

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