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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.


John_C's rating

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 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (2115) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2016
Cask at the Cunning Man, Burghfield, Berks. Murky orange-brown, small white head. Toffee and caramel are the main flavours here, with fruit in the background (apple and pear?) and a mild earthy bitterness in the finish. On the sweet side. Certainly better than the pasteurised-to-death bottled version; unremarkable but actually pretty drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fatehunter (2240) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - AUG 21, 2016
Pours a finger and half of head on a hazy dark straw body. Aroma is fruity and leather. Taste is dark ripe fruit sweet, a little acidic finish. Texture is smooth.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GuideDogSaint (1183) - Xiamen, CHINA - JUL 31, 2016
Cask at the Assembly Rooms, Epsom (JDW). Pours clear amber brown with an off white head. Slightly spur aroma of malt and bread. Sweet finish.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2016
Cask at the Water House (JDW), Durham, £2.09/pint. Pours a deep, reddish amber with a thin, off-white head. The nose has touches of cereal grain and grass to it as well as doughy, bready malts. The taste is heavily sweet with malt-driven earthy, bready flavours overpowering the palate. Not one I enjoyed very much.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
The_Osprey (6246) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2015
Cask at Victoria ’spoons. Clear orange, still, small bubbly white head. Aroma is very light, some bready notes. Body is medium, smooth, watery low condition. Taste is bready, watery, touch of spice and resin. A touch insipid, and perhaps not at its best.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brandman (2834) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 17, 2015
No verbal comments. Just some numbers due to social interaction and heavy drinking.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Alexi91 (437) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2015
Origin; Tap. Vessel: Plastic Cup. Supplier; The Wonky Cock (Market Harborough). Dulled bitterness with no development.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Don2711 (384) - - JUL 24, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2015 Tarty aroma. Fruity flavour. Pale appearance. Sharp on palate and stronger than you think. All in all a good un.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MissPxx (959) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2015
Tastes of deep honey flavours. slightly darker with a reddish tinge. Hoppy and smooth with a bitter aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rob_D_UK (1369) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 15, 2015
Clear amber golden with a tiny off-white head. Soft, fruity nose. Light body with some fruit. Very discreet bitterness.


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