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


on tap

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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
Bottled; pasteurised.
Previously Best Bitter, name changed in to Hooky Bitter in April 2005. "Bitter" subsequently dropped from the name. ABV reduced from 3.6% to 3.5% in 2012.
A subtly balanced, golden bitter, hoppy to the nose, malty on the palate - the classic session beer, eminently drinkable.

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Bill Becker (2050) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 29, 2017
From Jun 2008 Purchased at Wilburs Total Beverage in Ft Collins Colorado. I was looking for some low alcohol English Bitter brews and this one was the first that caught my eye. No indication of its age on the bottle but it pours a clear light gold with a 1 finger head of foam. Very good head retention and there's some good lacing. Smell wise, it fits the style very well. Some sweet malty tones and a more than adequate nose of fruit. Seems promising. The taste is nice. I get big flavours of biscuit up front followed by some fruit and some lemony hops that comprise most of the finish. Good medium mouthfeel for the style and the carbonation is light. Hmmm....this is pretty tasty however "old" it is and I find it very drinkable. Still, I doubt that the bottle I'm drinking from would be found to be impressive by my cousins from across the pond. It just doesn't have that "freshness" factor that I look for in all the brews I try. Oh well, a 3.6%abv brew *is* very delicate, to say the least, and the fact that I enjoyed it probably says how good it must taste when sampled fresh. It's a good one, for sure.

Michael27 (2439) - Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 14, 2017
Aus der Flasche getrunken (Händlerlieferung). Schönes Amber mit feiner Schaumkrone. Für ein Schankbier ziemlich bitter, leichte Fruchtnoten fehlen mir.

tlind2 (1839) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 1, 2017
Bottle. Deep golden color, white head. Metallic aroma. Fairly clean, malty flavor with some floral hops and a bready finish. Medium-light body, medium-light carbonation. Not bad for the ABV.

luttonm (7077) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2017
Bottle in Oxford at Andrew and Rachel’s wedding. Copper amber pour, fair head. Cardboard and light bitter grain. Mediocre and boring flavor. Easy drink but nothing unique. Fair.

drmet (1063) - GERMANY - JUN 22, 2017
L: -pours a clear golden-orange with a medium,frothy,white head -medium carbonation visible S: -honey,toffee,grapefruit,spicy,grainy the nose + a toasty finish -medium bitterniss for the style F: -medium carbonation -light body O: A pretty solid English Bitter.

Leighton (23090) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2017
Bottle at home in Hackney - sourced from Ocado. Pours clear gold with a creamy, white head. The nose has sun-kissed pale bread, a little dough, faint lemon. Light sweet flavour with notes of pale grains, straw, citrus peel. Light bodied with average carbonation. OK balance to finish, some cereal, biscuits, dried dough, hay, mild bitterness. Very basic but it drinks fine.

Quack-Duck (9540) - Down South, GERMANY - NOV 18, 2015
bottle from Bierpost. Clear golden with a mid-sized white head. Malty with nice fruity hops. Light and refreshing summer beer.

sound67 (784) - Offenbach, GERMANY - JUL 2, 2015
Maker: Hook Norton Brewery, Hook Norton, United Kingdom *** Beer: Hooky (bottled, unfiltered, 500ml) *** Style: Bitter *** ALC.VOL.: 3.5% *** "A subtly balanced, golden bitter, hoppy to the nose, malty on the palate - the classic session beer, eminently drinkable." [brewery note] *** Colour: Bright hazy amber; medium,m creamy head. *** Nose: Bready malts, dried figs. Yeast. *** Texture: Medium body, not too watery. Moderate carbonation. *** Taste: Floral notes and dried figs at the start, with yeasty notes present, too. Butterscotch. Mildly sweetish. More floral towards the middle, with increasing bitterness. Some fruit retained in the finale, along with hoppy bitterness and sweet malts for balance. Medium long aftertaste of malts and hops. *** Impressions: Surprisingly characterful for such a low ABV ale. Refreshing, quaffable. Superior British "standard" bitter.

sic1314 (4773) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2015
Poured medium amber with an off white head. Aroma of nuts, dark fruit and bitter hops. Light body, flavour is lightly sweet, moderately bitter.

sdmmb (1857) - BELGIUM - MAR 3, 2015
Drunk from a 50cl bottle in Ditchley, UK. Pale, golden, hoppy ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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