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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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RATINGS: 132   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.


4.3
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (8070) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2007
Cask, Melton Fest 07. Dark amber with a small head. Aromas are caramel and toffee malts with Autumn fruit, especially pear. Quite sweet Flavours are sweet malts and Autumn fruit. Earthy hops follow. Malty and tasty.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2007
A Mes rate: Cask at some random pub on the Strand. Amber brown with a slight head. Slightly sour vinegar nose with some malt and hops underneath. Similar flavour with plenty of tangy malt and more sourness in the finish. Guessing this was just about on the turn.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrRomero (1975) - Nolanville, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Pint hand drawn from the Fleece Hotel in Cirencester, England. Poured light reddish brown with a medium sized frothy head. Strong fruit aroma: peaches, pears, mango. Some caramel notes. Flavor is quite fruity as well with some caramel. Mild tanginess in the finish followed by some bitterness. Good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8718) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2012 Cask conditioned - handpump - Keanís Head, Nottingham. A ruby coloured beer with a white head and lacing. The aroma is bready and fruity with notes of raisins. The taste has sweet and sour notes. Caramel, fruit and malt. Decent but Iíve had this better. Score 3.0
Subsequent ratings scored 3.5, 3.3 and 3.3. Average becomes 3.3

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - 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 itís in good shape, Hooky is a real stunner. The rustic beauty of an open fermention with a robust English yeast at itís 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 (4526) - 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 (20322) - 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.


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