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


on tap

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RATINGS: 127   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
greenmanalishi (446) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2008
Charters, Peterborough. fairly flavoursome, malty bitter that is smooth, well-balanced and very drinkable without being anything special. better memories of having in from cask than previous bottled experience though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2008
Cask at the Trumpet, Evesham. Like the bottled version, this is a deep amber, almost copper coloured beer with a sweet fruit aroma. Fruity malt dominates the flavour although the finish is more hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joe19612 (1743) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2008
Cask at Eagel and Child, Oxford. Poured a lovely amber colour with small, off-white head. The beer has a sweet taste with some citric notes and a hint of apples or pears. Plenty of fruit in the finish. A very clean beer and well made.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bobinlondon (1250) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2008
Handpulled cask at JDW Watford. Dark amber with a weak off-white head. Quite full flavoured with caramel malt and hops. Not bad at ali!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
doubelknv3 (938) - Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Tasting notes from Hook Norton brewery and Banbury beer festival. Amber with an off-white head. Caramel, fruit, and nut aroma notes. Caramel, dark fruit, and mild hop notes to finish. Mild bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2008
cask at the mansion, gipsy hill, london. Malt, hops and cream aroma. Pours a dark amber beer. Tastes is malty, cream and hoppy. Some treacle. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2008
Cask, d.b.a. Hazy golden amber beer with a creamy white head. Aroma is lightly earthy and a little bit crackery. A kiss of orange peel and toast along with some light minerally bitterness. Lightly fruity, but not overly so. There is quite a distracting metallic not on the back that doesn’t seem to fade at all. Meh... I get the sense that this cask just isn’t in good condition... which is the second in a row at d.b.a. that has been poor.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2008
Cask, The Wellington Arms, Southampton. Okay for a free pint, but not much aroma to it - slightly bready, perhaps. Pours a deep amber colour with small off white head. A certain fruitiness in flavour, with a slight sweetness. All in all, a fairly average pint that I would not say no to if offered another free one!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ethereal (2410) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Cask at the White Horse, Parson’s Green, 18th Jan 08. Slightly hazy amber with little head. Fruity aroma with a hint of grassy hops. Nicely fruity flavour too - pineapple and peach are evident and then a decent hop finish. Slightly sticky mouthfeel. A bit unbalanced, but good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (5908) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2008
Cask-conditioned at the King’s Arms, Didmarton, Gloucs. A decent strong bitter with a deep amber colour and off white head. Aroma of red fruit, caramel malt and earthy hops. Fruity flavour with a decent bitter finish. Good.

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