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


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RATINGS: 165   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Sampled on 6/5/2009. This bitter pours a medium orange gold color from a 50cl bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with good retention. The aroma is malty, flowery and hoppy. A medium bodied bitter. The malts are caramel and fruity. The hops are floral and earthy. Nice carbonation. The hops seem a little more pronounced in this beer when compared to most other English Bitters Ive tried. Mouthfeel is a touch thin, but kind of expected for a 3.6% beer. Would be a good session beer. Mouthfeel is round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sloth (2876) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Small offwhite head, retention is short lived with very little lace. Clear, amber orange color. Nose is lightly grainy, metallic, copper, some oxydation. Body is light, dry on the palate. Lightly fruity flavors, woodsy, caramel maltiness, dry and lightly bready, . Dry, nutty, leafy finish. Bottle acquired @statelineliquors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2009
A tasty beer that is low in ABV but packs a pleasing flavor and palate. Bottle. Pours light amber/golden with a decent frothy head. Aroma is biscuity with light floral hop notes. A very light and balanced flavor. Not bad at all. Im curious about this style now and would like to find the best available bitters. It seems that so many beers imported from Britain look like they are only a novelty beer with their silly names and labels...hard to distinguish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2008
It’s simplicity intrigues me, i’ve just been at the pub and drunk 6.4% US IPA and come home to this....and yet i’m enjoying this as much! tasty Low alc% beers are a triumph of brewing skill

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2595) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Pours a white, three-finger head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Very light floral nose. Flavor is light, slightly sweet and not at all bitter but hints of bitterness at finish. $6.50 for a 500ml bottle from Tullys Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 17, 2008
Bottle. Clear amber with a bif off-white head. Grassy and flowery hop aromas with notes of fruity caramel. Flavours emphasize fruit and even a touch of nuts. Some bitterness to offset the sweet malts. Light-bodied. Easy-drinking.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Albertcampion (8) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2008 does not count
Bottle. Bright gold with sustained snowy head which clings to glass. Very malty nose and taste short finish with strong hints of coconut and sniffs of caramel and banana. Slightly watery. Bit of a disappointment.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MiP (15452) - Snderborg, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2008
Bottle at EBF08. OK spicy hop aroma and flavour. Clear copper colour. Nice hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (43040) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2008
50 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a fully gone head. Mild fruity hops aroma with a mild spice note. Flavour is medium dry and slight breadish with a light bitterness showing through. Smooth and dry finish. Nice one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
KimJohansen (10484) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2008
Clear deep golden with tiny white head. Sweet malty aroma with orange notes. Flavour likewise and somewhat watery. Ends sweet.

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