overall
46
88
style
Brewed by Hook Norton
Style: Bitter
Hook Norton, England
Serve in English pint

bottling
unknown

on tap
common

Regional Distribution

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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular.
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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3.8
omhper (25740) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2002
Sampled cask conditioned. Pale amber. Spicy aroma. Medium bodied. It has that lovely fresh, chewy mothfill you'll only find in really good cask ales. Medium- to low bitternesss. Plain, but most certainly not unremarkable.

3.7
Doppelganger (1389) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 15, 2006
Cask at the Swan, a short amble from the lovely Hook Norton brewery. Amber pour with a nice cap of fine white. Applewood aroma and a touch of warm sweet malt. Grainy fresh malt flavor, sweet, soft, delicate. and gently lingering warm biscuit. Just enough hops to provide some closure between sips, but very restrained. This is a great expression of fresh beer. It doesn’t roar or poke you in the eyeballs with flavor, but it’s very nice in a comforting kind of way.

3.7
puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Cask at the Brazen Head. Very enjoyable beer here. Sweetish and hoppy, with some bitter earthy notes. Lots of biscuit and mild caroway flavors. Some west coast hops notes. Deliciously drinkable. I gotta get to England some time.

3.6
Fin (10917) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2006
Cask frequently in Oxfordshire. A jolly decent quaffing bitter that I have been drinking regularly for some 20 years it is very typical of it’s style, pleasant and refreshing, from a brewery that rarely puts a foot wrong. For those visiting the area I would heartily recomend a brewery visit as it is excellent.

3.6
Beesbeer (450) - WALES - AUG 5, 2012
OOOooooooohhhh this is lovely. I want some more please! Really great depth of flavour. Hoppy and comforting, great balance and bitter finish, and very, very drinkable. Woooppps .... there goes another afternoon in the sunshine.

3.5
SilkTork (5854) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2014
Sept, 2003 Gravity, Maidstone Beer Fest. Last beer of the festival. And perhaps one too many because when reversing my car in the middle of a bloody large field with nothing anywhere near me, I managed to hit the only post within miles! Whack! Shit! Where the fuck did that come from? I shrugged and drove on - after all, I’ve got a Jag - big strong muther; a silly little post aint gonna stop me. But then we notice that people are staring and pointing. I pull over. Gee! Entire back bumper is bent and distorted with the wings sticking out at obscene angles. Damn! That’s gonna be expensive! And the beer? Well, it’s a pale orange colour. Sweet malt aroma. Clean & refreshing session bitter. Not worth damaging my car for! [2.9]
Jan, 2006 Edgar Wallace, Fleet Street. Good clean flavoursome session bitter. Lovely balance of malt & hops. Nice. Drinkable. Quite moreish. [3.3]
Feb, 2008 The Bear, Oxford A fresh, drinkable session bitter of little character. A bit of vanilla and oak. Nice. [3.0]
Feb, 2013 Steam Coach, Boxmoor, Hemel. 3.5% Clean, crisp and refreshing. A wonderful session bitter - very drinkable. Good fresh flavours - a little bite of hops over a toffee-accented biscuit malt. A whiff of sulphur. [4.0].

3.5
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - APR 7, 2005
[Cask conditioned] Very fresh and tasty. Fruity and rather hoppy aroma with spicy notes. Fresh flavour with hoppy notes. The British truly are the masters of brewing full flavoured low alcohol beers.

3.5
ALLOVATE (3063) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2006
Cask, handpump @ the Pear Tree Inn, Hook Norton.
Bright gold with a thin, wispy white head that produced good legs. Ripe oranges and spicy, bitter hop nose with a touch of fresh baked white bread. Dusty, pale malt, caramel, oranges and a touch of honey in the mouth. Body is extremely light and there is just a prickle of carbonation left to keep it alive. Grassy and floral in the back, good bitter bite before it drops off short and dry in the swallow. Nothing challenging but it is a solid bitter. Nicely made, very easy to drink.

3.5
larsga (7656) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 18, 2008
Small coarseish head. Amber body. Sweet honey and resin aroma. Dryish straw and resin taste with fruity notes. Soft, mild mouthfeel. Very nice! (0.1l taster from cask at EBF ’08.)

3.5
HogTownHarry (7065) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - AUG 30, 2012
Handpull pint at Ye Olde Cock. Clear amber-gold, lasting solid creamy bone white head. Aroma is floral, more than honey sweetness, maybe a little dishwater in there. Taste - yes, a bit sour, but mostly acidic grassiness that almost completely obscures the sweetness - a little alcohol. Chewy, thick, very airy and amazingly bitter based on the aroma impression, astringent and dry and a bit bitterly coating in the linger. Pretty solid stuff.


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