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

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unknown

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common

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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Regular.
A beautifully balanced beer, fruity by nature, with a well-rounded body and the suggestive echo of Crystal Malt.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1387) - 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.

3.2
   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.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berkshirejohn (4209) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20003) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThomasE (5176) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (11947) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
StueyD (1071) - 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).

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (7365) - 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).

3.5
   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!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ALLOVATE (2281) - 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!!!


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