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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Regular.
A beautifully balanced beer, fruity by nature, with a well-rounded body and the suggestive echo of Crystal Malt.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
John_C (20) - USA - JAN 7, 2010
[Pint, J.D.W. Cuthbert Brodrick - Leeds, 07/01/10] Aroma is all malt, with little in the way of hoppy influence, so there is caramel and toast on the nose, with subtle unwanted metallic notes. Taste is much the same; caramel sweetness joins in, with a light-medium bitter finish. Medium bodied with a slight oiliness. Not perfect, but this is certainly a quality English session beer for me.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2009
Cask handpull at the brewery and The Reindeer, Banbury. Clear chestnut with a level cream collar draping with lace. Fresh, malt-driven bitter replete with biscuit, honey, vanilla and Ovaltine goodness; some fairly heady autumnal and hedgerow fruit bobbing about- pear and blackberry as well as the signature apple. Bittering walnut hints. Good.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bullit (4428) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUL 27, 2009
Cask @ some bar, London. Amber colour, off-white head. The brew has caramel, and toffee, and some spices, maybe cinnamon? Not my taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2009
Cask. Charlies Pub. Copenhagen. Amber colour with an off-white head. Grain, caramel (crystal malt), fruitiness, butterscotch, light roastiness, light coffee, bread, english hops. Malty, but balanced by a fair amount of hop bitterness. Very tasty in my book.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kassner (1549) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2009
In the Great Western Pub in Blockley. Of course hardly any carbonation, smooth, golden color, no head, and only a little lacing. It had just a hint of bitters at the finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 15, 2009
Cask. Unclear golden amber. Aroma is sweet with toasty malt and some spice. Mild bitter, caramellic, fruitybit spiced flavour.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (11928) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 9, 2009
cask, charlies, cph. orange, small thick white head. aroma is flaint flowery. flavor is mild, faint licorice. apalte is nice, smooth mouthfeel.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thewolf (12078) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 6, 2009
Cask @ Charlies, Cph.
Pours deep amber with a small, frothy, off-white film head. Sweet malty aroma, caramel and notes of ginger. Low carbonation, fine mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, some toffee, caramel and soft, dryish hops. Okay.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2009
Pretty standard to good biter - a touch malty and some fruits, lacking a bit of hops.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5628) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2009
On tap in London. Amber body, no head. Malty nose. Taste of malts and fruits, oranges. Smooth with a nice bitter finish.


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