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


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RATINGS: 284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A premium pale ale with distinctive fruity taste. The beer is light in colour, and has a refreshing clean flavour, which belies its strength.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, - OCT 4, 2012
Bottle. BB Nov 12, therefore not going to write off entirely and to account for on score. Pours clear amber gold with decent off white head, diminishing into a nice soapy film, yet still evident until the last drop with some lace residing. Aromas of sweet toffee caramel and butterscotch together with a woody, grainy, hay, toast with some floral herbal hop character. Medium chewy body, medium carbonation and generous bitterness. Malt sweetness towards the finish bringing a very desirable butter caramel character alongside the lingering and balanced bitterness. Pleasant drop. Would be keen to try fresh if possible.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Korcz (2409) - Warsaw, POLAND - FEB 5, 2017
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (10155) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2017
500ml bottle from M&S, the Gyle. Pours clear yellow gold with a thin white head. Aromas of light citrus, pale malt, faint spice. Taste is more citrus and light sweet malt. Gets a bit buttery down the glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rebelred (13) - cork, IRELAND - JAN 26, 2017
In bottle, pours with nice head . I really like this old school english bitter. The hops are goldings which might explain. Its a pity there is not more use of good standard english hops rather over hopped C or new world hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
danjs5 (166) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 25, 2017
From a 500ml bottle. Pours a light and flat amber. Thin head. Malt and subtle citris honey aroma. Sweet light caramel malt flavour. Thin body but very pleasant. Sweet sour salt pepper smokey theme. Nice hops bitterness throughout. A nice easy and subtle English style pale malt ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (2948) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JAN 22, 2017
Bottle from Beers of Europe [181216]
Amber, big off white head, clear
Aroma of soft caramel, soft spicy English hops, touch of zest
Taste as aroma, soft bitter spicy hops, hint of toasted malts, easy going, quite malty
Palate - Soft carb, medium body, fairly bitter spicy. Refreshing palate. Cleans off palate, fairly bitter linger.
Overall - Nice, easy going beer, clean

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StevieT (1906) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2016
From a bottle. A decent beer, some fruit in the aroma and mellow smooth finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TedE (1173) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2016
500ml bottle into pint glass. Smells of earth, peppery hops, a little malt. Cloudy orange beer with solid white head. Laces well. Some tiny bubbles rise. Full bodied and flat, immediate taste is sweet malt but soon followed by bitter fruity hops. The finish is long, dry, bitter with a slight balancing malt sweetness underneath. Flavours develop a little as it warms. Good, tasty bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cimbasso (884) - - JUN 13, 2016
Sampled from a bottle. Very clear amber colour with a white head. Sweet, honeyed malts and fruity, grassy hops. Not much complexity, but an excellent well-balanced ESB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nybol (1702) - DENMARK - APR 24, 2016
Cask. Meget humlet, frugtig, fyldig, utrolig god fylde af malt. Den er tr og meget humlet (hvis jeg ikke fik det nvnt), mske en anelse blomster smag i eftersmagen. Drukket p Turf Tarvern i Oxford, det er nsten helt som at sidde sammen med Inspector Morse, det gr det temmelig svrt at bedmme llen da den jo bare smager af mere s.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phfyysik (1141) - Tartu, ESTONIA - APR 5, 2016
Pours slightly hazy amber with lasting light white top. Aroma is fruity, grassy, hay, sweet flowers, oat. Taste is creamy, average bitterness, sweet notes, floral notes, a lot of fruits, some dust. After is creamy/oily with bitter and dusty notes. Very good beer!

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