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

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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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igneous1 (1538) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 27, 2003
bright orange color with a thin white head...slight lacing. not much bitterness to this, slight bit of hops in the finish. not all that much in the aroma..s'pose this is a true session beer indeed.

3.1
Ungstrup (39109) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2003
An amber beer with a bubbly and disappearing head. The aroma is slightly hoppy. The flavor is malty, somewhat flowery. It ends on a dry woodyness and a bitterness, that lingers. It is very drinkable, but not special in any way.

3.1
Indra (2710) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - AUG 4, 2003
Rating is for bottled version, but at least it's packaged in brown glass. Lightly hoppy and fruity aroma, a bit of toasty malt sweetness as well, perhaps a bit of musty wood?. Light golden amber color, clear, with a very fine, diminishing head. Fruity, hoppy, citric, lightly floral profile, with a light malty sweetness throughout. Finish is lemony and has a bitter tingle. Refreshing.

3.6
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2003
Grainy sweet aroma. Well carbonated amber hue. Nice grainy flavor offset by I'm guessing a ggod bit of Fuggles bitterness. Finish is dry. Hook Norton is somewhat new to the states, my guess is that it will catch on. They brew quality beers!

3.7
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2003
A very smooth beer. Amber in color with a nice head. Aroma is slight malt. Taste is a mild bitter, very subdued. Outstanding.

3.5
Schroppfy (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
An excercise in English subtle maltiness. Metallic bits to the flavor, deliciously subdued hopping. Clear and inviting.

3.5
mjmurphy2 (85) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2002
Not bitter all with little hop presence. Sweet amber beer with a frothy white head and great mouthfeel. Very malty and drinkable.

3.7
JPDIPSO (6317) - Wauwatosa, USA - NOV 14, 2002
Bottle. Amber color with a thin white head. Light grainy aroma. Flavors of light biscuits and oats. Balanced and clean. Makes you wonder if there should be more to this one, but still invites you back. Some herbal flavors with a crisp dry finish.

3.5
Nuffield (4252) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2002
I had this from a bottle. I think it has to be judged in light of what it claims to be. For a 3.4% bitter, it is nicely balanced and with impressive on the palate. The appearance is unremarkable--amber/dark golden, initially sizeable and loosely formed head, soon diminished. Aroma was quite mild--bit of malt, but none of the spiciness that one might find in the cask version. In the mouth, though, while watery it holds a bit of body to it. Hints of sweetness, with just a slight bitterness and some rosemary-like spiciness (or herbiness?), although there was also a metallic twang at moments. Still, a good session beer to be sure.


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