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Brewed by Hook Norton
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Hook Norton, England

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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular.
Officially launched May 2006 as a Spring seasonal called Gold. Name changed later to Hooky Gold.
A very pale, crisp beer, confidently displaying its hop character. The first Hook Norton beer to feature American hops. A fruity aroma and a pleasant, light taste.

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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2007
A Mes rate: Gravicask at GBBF. Dark golden appearance with a thin white head. Dull and standard aroma with some nice fruity notes. Grapefruit flavour with a sharp bitter hop finish. Boring but pleasingly drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (23255) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2007
Cask ... red lion cropredy ... Very nice golden amber ... light fresh fruit hop ... sweet mellow fruit ... soft hop little honeyish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 14, 2007
Cask, GBBF 07. Poured it myself. Golden straw with a thin lacing white head. Nose is fruit, berries, very summery hops. Mouth is citrus hop and some malt that finishes in a hoppy rounded crisp end.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
davegore (223) - liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2007
On tap at the Crows Nest, pours a gold with fluffy white head. Strong fruity citrus aroma leading onto a kind of peach. Good finish

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dedollewaitor (15905) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2007
Clear gold with good white foam. Fruity & flowery hops all over. Malty feel. Sweetness. Bitter crisp, citrus/piney end - close to sour and biting your inner cheek. Nice hoppy Cask ale!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (8218) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2009 Bronze pint with a dense, clinging white head and lace. Mustily hoppy, slightly urine-scented nose. Big, heady, mouth-filling satsuma hop zestiness. Potently hopped and full-bodied for the ABV. Very fruity and hopsacky. Hop-dominated and almost approaching the fruitiness of an American IPA. Too headily citrussy to be a sessionable summer refresher, but very good all the same. 647416 (Cask, Raglan Arms, Rugby) Clear gold draped finely with white. Wine gum, passionfruit and stewed tea aroma. Sweet red apple, tangerine and passion fruit hop drying into a discreetly punchy finish, linger of vanilla and wafer. NZ soft fruitiness and wafery biscuit; a bit Kipling or punk IPA top, husky bitter afters. Impressive and surprisingly hoppy quencher. 737314 (cask handpull at the brewery) Lush tangerine-Ovaltine balance, overripe orange aroma, crunch of red apple. Top US hopped English sessions, 738415.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MiP (15451) - Snderborg, DENMARK - APR 12, 2007
Cask. Nicely fruity hop aroma. Nice fruity hoppiness in flavour, hint of yeast. Good, medium bitterness. A very good bitter.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gunnfryd (14637) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 8, 2007
Cask at the Wharf, Aalborg. Golden colour with a white head. Aroma is fruit, hop, malt. Flavour is sweet, fruit, hop, malt. Ok beer.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (16874) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 6, 2007
Cask at the Wharf, Aalborg. Clear, pale golden, almost yellow, with a small white head. Citrus, bitterness and some malt in the aroma. Very citrusy flavor with some malt as well. Medium body and a citrusy and piney finish. Quite nice. (070331)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2007 Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Golden with a white head. Floral hop aroma. Strong citric fruity taste and a sharp dry finish. It seems churlish to complain after condemning some other golden ales as watery, but curiously I found the taste experience of this one rather too intense and flavourful. Perhaps it was the weather.


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