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


on tap

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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Cask: Seasonal - Autumn. Included in 2011 JDW Autumn Beer Festival. Bottle: Unfiltered.
India Pale Ale. Handcrafted in the Cotswold Hills since 1849
Originally brewed in 2005 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, Flagship is an India Pale Ale style of beer – strong in alcohol, and very hoppy. Admiral hops contribute to a full fruity mouth feel, and a sweet fruity aroma.

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sic1314 (4773) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2013
Poured a dark amber with a healthy white head. Aroma of spicy tropical fruit, soft malt. Medium body, flavour of grapefruit, sweet malt, dry, bitter finish.

RichTheVillan (8646) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2013
Cask at JDW The Square Peg; light amber pour with thin white head, zesty aroma, slight citrus in the taste , sweet malty action.

teddybeer (4463) - Madrid, SPAIN - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle. Golden colour with a white head, good lasting and nice lacing. Aroma is light floral and slightly metallic. Flavor is bittery with hints of caramel and bread. Dry and bittery sensation in the final.

Beese (3402) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2013
Bottle from Tesco in Wokingham. Poured a slightly hazy gold with a thick white head and visible carbonation. Aroma of tropical fruit, bready malt and a slight metallic tinge. Citrus hop flavours with hay and caramel sweetness. Finishes with biscuit, dry grain, light hop resin and a little toffee.

Borup (16296) - Albertslund, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2013
Sample at DØE 2013. Amber colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of fruit, hops, malt and grassy notes

Cantabrian (1170) - Christchurch NZ, now Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2013
I struggle to give it a three. One can find the aroma of grapes and passion fruit hidden behind a skunkiness, but that is already a turn off. The beer is not cloudy, but actually a suspension of microscopically-visible particles. One dimensional-flavour of malt/biscuit, migrating towards a dry bitterness at the finish. The overall result is less than memorable.

Jetulio (119) - Tarragona.SPAIN, SPAIN - SEP 2, 2013
500 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass Appearance....... amber beer with a 2 fingers head colour white Aroma............... spices and hop, strong smell with a little touch of malty aroma too Taste........grassy and malty start, bitterness appears soon lasting all the time with a dry finish Mouthfeel........... medium body and soft carbonation Overall............ a very nice india ale, bitterness is present with different additions of malt and dryness.

Travlr (27097) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Draft. Dark golden amber color, medium white head. Aroma of fruity straw. Taste is mildly bitter.

strangehorse (82) - - JUN 20, 2013
A rather good offering from Hook Norton, hoppy and good strength in depth without being overpowering. Surprised it’s in the ESB class.

SarkyNorthener (5086) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2013
Bottle conditioned. Golden Orange beer with small head and some lacing. Aroma of hops. Taste is bitter Orange hops and sweetish malts. A nice beer.

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