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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.


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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bobinlondon (1288) - 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!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
doubelknv3 (1083) - 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.

3.9
   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.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - 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.

2.8
   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!

3.3
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7925) - 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.

3.2
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (12885) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (13867) - 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.


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