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Hockley Dark - Hockley Valley Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hockley Valley Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: xlperro on 08-12-2004

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Ratings: 134 | Reviews: 88
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3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Worked my way through a 1 L bottle solo while brewing a batch with very little trouble, a very nice session ale. Appearance is a dark brown, very clear, with a nice cap of frothy tan head, good lacing.

S - roasty and nutty, chestnut, mild grassy hops. nice crystal malts, cherry notes, and a mild leafy aspect. Mild aroma but balanced with a nice English yeasty aspect as well, giving a slight creaminess.

T - pleasant malt notes with a bit of a tang, nutty (brazilnuts), robust fruity notes, apple and squash almost, mild chocolate mixed in, oranges, some nice floral and spice hops, earthy, with some slight woody notes. Light, refreshing.

M - some sweetness to it, but also a slight hop character, lightly bittered but the hops retain some good character, mild carbonation and the balance is pretty good making this a very nice session ale.

It's not a beer that will be a showstopper, and I would say even the stylistic execution could be fine-tuned for some improvement, this is a bit minerally and a bit overly earthy, but overall it is well balanced and perfectly sessionable while delivering a a really nice malty flavour with hints of the hops and english yeast. Mild and unassuming, this makes a pretty solid session offering.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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The origins of Hockley Valley Brewing Company date to the end of 2002 with its foundation in the back of a small general store in Hockley Village, Ontario. Brewmaster Andrew Kohnen subsequently joined the company, and in 2007 the brewery relocated to its current facility in Orangeville, Ontario. Hockley Valley Brewing currently produces three beers; Hockley Dark, Hockley Black & Tan and Hockley Stout. We tried the Dark, which was 5.0% alcohol by volume, in a 473 ml can.

Hockley Valley Dark ("HVD") poured with a big cascade in the glass, and was a dark ruby/brown colour with a fluffy beige head. Great visuals! The head was a good 3 cm after pouring and dissipated slowly with a bit of lacing down the glass. The aroma is predominantly of toasted malt with subtle hops. The body was a bit lighter than you would normally expect for a dark ale, but I understand that this was done deliberately to appeal more to the North American market. There was an appropriate amount of carbonation and smooth mouth feel. In terms of taste, the Brewmaster has found a pretty good balance between the sweetness of the roasted malts and a subtle hoppy presence. The taste lingers for a few seconds on the tongue, but finishes clean and dry. All in all, a respectable dark ale that was good enough that I would want to try the brewery's other offerings at some point in the not too distant future.

According to the brewery's web site, HVD won gold medals at both the 2008 Canadian, and 2008 Ontario Brewing Awards.

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Hockley Dark from Hockley Valley Brewing Co.
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