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


on tap

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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beese (2604) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Borup (13802) - Albertslund, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2013
Sample at DE 2013. Amber colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of fruit, hops, malt and grassy notes

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cantabrian (1109) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (24000) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Draft. Dark golden amber color, medium white head. Aroma of fruity straw. Taste is mildly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
strangehorse (78) - - JUN 20, 2013
A rather good offering from Hook Norton, hoppy and good strength in depth without being overpowering. Surprised its in the ESB class.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (4453) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Karol (908) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 15, 2013
Bottled. My fourth hook norton beer and finally this one is tasty. Fruity aroma, some malt, hops, but the sweet fruit aroma is dominant. Medium carbonation, full body. Head soapy and vanishes quickly. The taste is definitely the best part. Sour, fruity, bitter with a long lasting bitter finish. The color is nice golden brown. Overall a very tasty beer and my favorite so far by hook norton.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beer5000 (6382) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 9, 2013
500 ml bottle. A deep golden body with a off-white head. Mild and fruity aroma with a hint of cooked vegetables. Flavor is smooth caramel malt, fruit and moderate bitterness. Medium body and short in aftertaste. A bit in the middle of the road with some minor faults.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
LarsEngen (367) - Sandvika, NORWAY - MAY 7, 2013
50 cl bottle from vinmonopolet vika. Mabye I had to high expectations for this one, but this is a true to its style english bitter. Flat, floral and a bit boring.

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