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


on tap

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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeMcPhee (9268) - 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 (2421) - 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 (7795) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2008
Cask @ ’Sporks. Copper with a thin white head. Sweet malt, caramel and some apple in the nose. Flavour is sweet toffee, bready malt and some subtle grassy hops in the finish. Creamy and full in the mouth, not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (12619) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2007
Cask/GBBF. Amber with a small but lasting white head. Caramel, malt, grass in the aroma. Sweet and malty with a good full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (13255) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2008 Cask (Bath Ale House, Cambridge) (2004) Red to brown, little head. Bready and dark-fruity aroma. Very well balanced combination of earthy hops and mellow woody malts in the taste. A classic English bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2007
Dark copper pour topped by a fine off-white cover. Very yeasty nose where dark toasted bread nose are in utmost liberty. Earthy middle finished off by mellow leafiness. Certainly interesting, the yeast profile is fun and the palate is as smooth and subtle as it gets. A model of drinkability. I expected it to be a bit tastier though, but the mouthfeel compensates in the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichardGretton (4611) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2007
Cask@Melton Mowbray Beer Festival 2007. Reddish looking beer with a soapy and weak aroma. The flavour is quite dry with a fruity’ish finish. Overall an average fruity, toffee and hopped beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dalri (1) - USA - SEP 20, 2007 does not count
Wonderful session beer. Pint after pint remains drinkable. Crystal maltiness reminescent of "Grape Nuts" cereal flafor, plenty of mild hoppiness, yeasty smell but not skunky. Very clean finish.

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