Cocker Hoop - Jennings Brothers PLC

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jennings Brothers PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-05-2002

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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 20
Reviews by Stephen63:
Photo of Stephen63
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Light colour with decent enough head.

S - Fruity but understated.

T - Hoppy and flowery as expected for a pale ale.

M - Good level of carbonation, quite smooth.

D - Enjoyed this beer but not enough to stick with it. Also I had this after a Sneck Lifter from the same brewery which was exceptional so perhaps this review reflects this.

A reasonable and standard pale ale, worth a try.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.83/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of March 2012. ABV is stated as 4.2%. Described on the label as a golden pale ale.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear golden-amber hue with medium carbonation. Forms a decent head of frothy white foam that lasts for a minute or so before subsiding. Aroma of mildly grainy light malt with notes of stewed hops and fruity yeast. Hints of citrus are also discernible.

Tastes of caramel malt with a dominant stewed hop character. Notes of caramel/toffee, stewed leaves, cardboard, yeast and a faint whiff of citrus in the background. Quite dry, with a harsh flavour on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with some astringency. A coarse aftertaste of stewed hops.

Rather so-so. Too much stewed hop bitterness to this one; the result is a rather harsh, dry character. Goes down smoothly, but would be improved by a focus on aromatic hops instead of bitterness. Nothing too special.

Photo of dwren89
3.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark gold with fizzy white head, good clarity

Aroma: biscuity, but not very aromatic overall

Taste: Biscuity leaning towards malt, a little toasty, bitter finish. Tastes vaguely like Timothy Taylor's Landlord, except a little less body and flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, refreshing, nicely carbonated

Overall Impression: Quite drinkable and refreshing, a little more malt forward than a typical English Pale Ale (hence being advertised as a "Golden Pale Ale"). Nice combination of a Blonde Ale and English Pale.

Photo of rastaman
1.94/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

(Cask)Not impressed at all. Toffe caramel stickyness, some citrusy hops, light, boring, with a bad oily texture, really didn't enjoy it, served too cold aswell, which may have had something to do with the blandness i also found in my half-pint. Really glad i didn't have to sit through more of it.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown 500ml bottle (4.2%ABV), best before 31 Mar 2012, drank and reviewed 18 June 2011.

Poured into a straight UK pint sleeve.

Golden yellow body, good lasting white head on top, which left some good lacing.

The beer gave off a mild hoppy smell with slight floral, citrusy notes.

The taste is a refreshing hoppy and those citrus smells also appear in the tatse, again with floral overtones.

Easy to drink, uncomplicated and OK, no world beater, but certainly not a bad beer.

Photo of frank4sail
3.96/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a "golden bitter" that was a special selection at a Real Ale pub in London. It had golden color with a slight white head. Hop/light malt nose but not really strong. Clingy white lace in the pint glass. Smooth medium mouth. Bitterness is left on the tongue. Golding hops is used throughout the boil to enhance the balence and bitterness. The malt base is up front and in your face. This sweetness is punctuated by a strong bitter/sour finish. Quite complex with a dry bitter tongued finish. A nice bitter!

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.01/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have found memories of this on cask though it's many, many years since I had it so.

I remember it's launch fondly, it seemed a cocky hoot too sound that British ales had not only survived but had reasons to strut about the barnyard about.

Seems things have changed and not foe the better, okay this is the bottled version and therefore should be given some room.

Pours a crisp golden body with and gives good head for a bottled beer.

The aroma verges slightly towards unpleasant, when the bottle is opened there is a strong woosh of Megadeth T-shirt after all night in the mosh pit. Once this has subsided we have crystal soda and wheat crackers and malt.

The taste? Well not as I remember gone is the sweet start with pear drop hints funnelling into a hoppy smack on the tongue as it leaves. Replaced by a run of the mill 'Golden ale' affair with a yeasty start and a peppery finish.

Quite thin on the mouthfeel but good carbonation.

Slightly better than average Golden ale, thats the best thing I can say about this.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.39/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle from a Marston's mixed pack picked up at the LCBO; best before July 31 2015. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a light golden-amber colour, and topped at first with a generous two fingers of fluffy, sticky white froth. The head recedes slowly over the next few minutes into a more manageable half-cm cap, whose wide away of different-sized bubbles gives it a bit of a sponge toffee look. Lots of beautiful, webby lace is deposited, too. Looks awesome, but the aroma is rather weak - some butterscotch and toffee sweetness, wheaty malts, and some dirty, leafy hops.

The flavour profile fits the style, but it's nothing to write home about overall. The malts are wheaty and bready, with restrained notes of caramel and toffee sweetness backing them up. Leafy, grassy hop bitterness dominates the latter half of the profile, with a light hint of citrusy pith. Dry finish with some lingering hop astringency. Light-bodied, with moderately high carbonation that gives this pale ale a crisp, active mouthfeel that smooths as you steadily make your way into the pint. Very sessionable, but not remarkable.

Final Grade: 3.39, a B-. Cocker Hoop is a relatively well-crafted English pale ale that leans a little toward the bitter side, which may or may not be your cup of tea. I actually kind of like that, but not to the extent that I'd be likely to consider this anything more than a serviceable, run-of-the-mill pale ale. I'm enjoying my glass, but there is nothing impressive enough about this session ale to really distinguish it from the pack. I'll try this again if I'm ever in England, but I doubt I'd pay import prices for it again.

Photo of gutbucket2
3/5  rDev -8.8%

A: gold, rapidly diminishing head.
S: none detected.
T: bubbly citrus hop.
M: light-med body, lingering hop.
O: There is some taste in this beer, however in most respects it does not shine.

Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color is a amber honey that is clear and shows the carbonation.

It pours a crisp white head that dosen't leave to soon nor does it last very long.

It smells of hay and perhaps grass.

The taste is just as it smells, starts off with a hay like taste taht then turns to a grassy feel and it finishes leaving a slight bitterness on the back off your tongue.

I nice beer to drink, I enjoyed it very much.

Photo of jonb5
3.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Half Litre Bottle, poured into a Pint Glass. Golden colour, clear, half finger head, good retention + lacing, lively looking. Aroma was cork citrus and some wheat. Tasted citrus, finish was bittersweet and wheaty. Light to medium body, crisp, fairly smooth. Fairly decent sessionable beer, needed to do slightly more to be memorable.

Photo of biegaman
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Cocker Hoop takes its name from the brewery's location along the River Cocker but 'cock-a-hoop' is apparently British slang meaning "in a state of boastful elation". This blurred golden ale, however, doesn't look especially excited - it is entirely without bubbles or head.

Even with names like 'Cocker Hoop' British Pale Ales lack the sex appeal of their American counterparts. Whereas US beers tend to brim with all sorts of juicy citrus and/or piny resins, UK ones generally have more subdued bouquets. This one has the soft perfume of a flower shop.

Some of that floral hoppiness makes it onto the palate but it's subtle there too; tastes of fresh-cut grass and rose water are present but brief. For that matter so is the grainy and lightly honeyed cereal malt flavour. Characteristically hard water minerals wipe the tongue blank.

This isn't nearly as light-bodied as the 4.2% alcohol suggests. Too bad the extra weight doesn't equate to increased flavour - if I'm going to have a pint I want to feel like I've had more than just the calories. Starting your evening with this is the equivalent of filling up on the bread.

You'd expect something called Cocker Hoop to leave you satisfied but this "unashamedly cocky" pale ale has limp maltiness and flaccid hops. It falls inches short! OK, enough with the easy puns. Seriously though, at least in export form, the beer leaves much to be desired.

Photo of Nickls
3.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Light hazy yellowish/gold color. Thin white head, that didn't really leave a lot of lacing. Not bad looking

S - Light hoppy aroma, that's more earthy and grassy than anything else. Decent malt backing

T - Touch of hop bitterness up front, but really lacking overall with anything interesting.

M - Thinnish mouthfeel, and I expected more for the style

D - It wasn't hard to get through the sample, but really didn't beg another.

Overall, it was a just OK representative of the style. It left me wanting more of pretty much all aspects of an English Pale Ale. Try it if there is anything else interesting, but don't go out of your way.

Photo of PartyBear
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber in colour, with a deep cloudy head. The head fades quickly but sticks to the glass.

S - Distinctive fruity scents, possibly oranges and melon. It gives the impression of a fruit cake. Subtle malts.

T - Toffee and a sweet maltiness. Provides a pleasant bitter nutty aftertaste. The fruitiness of the aroma doesn't come through in the taste.

M - Thick, meaty and full bodied, however, it is still soft and warming in the palette.

D - Appealing aromas and flavours make this a pleasure to drink. A superb example of a British Ale. One for the long cold winter nights.

Photo of flyingpig
2.68/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light, clear looking golden colour. Bubbly white head that is about a thumbs width tall & fair retention.

Slightly skunky, corn and earthy lager hops along with a few adjuncts, some sweetness and a touch of lemon or citrus fruit too. Overly all it is quite mild and comes with a touch of bitterness at the end.

Cheap hops making up most of the taste along with some mild citrus and a few other adjuncts. Not a lot else.

A slight feel of grain from this beer with a light medium body and a sticky, dry finish.

A huge disappoint from this beer even though I wasn't expecting to much from it given where I picked it up. The beer was drinkable but not enjoyable or worth drinking.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a light golden colour with a faint head and no lacing to be seen.

Smells quite malty - of light-medium malts.

Taste refelts the smell with quite up fromt medium malts giving quite a bittersweet taste. Some balanced hops as well on the swallow.

Overall a fairly decent attempt but i've had far better. Not bad for the £1.29 price tag though, god bless lidl.

Photo of Dentist666
2.97/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into english pint.
Pours slightly hazy orange-golden beer with nice off-white head, moderate retention. Smell is as usually for Jennings not clean and not attractive, leaning to pale malts and stale hops. Flavour is simple - bready malts, some hops. Mediocrity is a diagnosis.

Photo of wl0307
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted by a half-pint at a JDW pub in central London.

A: cloudy golden, fluffy head, nearing the end of the cask?
S: citric fruitiness of Goldings with a touch of sour lemons. Not on form, surely.
T: a surprisingly pleasant contrast with the smell--citrus zests and tangy bitterness fill the palate, ensued by an almost green-tea like bitter aftertaste as well as some nectar-like and honey-ish maltiness... overall, soothing and light in the maltiness on a par with hop's inputs.
M&D: the body is o.k., soft in fizziness, the texture and flavour don't quite accord with the rather thin aroma. If only it was a little fresher, it just might well be a thirst-quencher!

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

A – Very effervescent this golden pale amber number raises a dismal single finger head that vanishes quickly.

S – Some citrus mainly lemon with acidic notes and light malt.

T – The taste is very smooth and supports a tiny hit of citrus which is nice but very hard to detect. What does come through though is a lovely mouthful of barley malt and wheat but the tannin hits the roof of the mouth leaving it a little dry.

MF – Dry medium body and medium fullness.

O – This has a Gold award from the world beer awards Europe in 2013. The flavour is best described as rounded and I rather like this one but would not necessarily have singled it out for an award myself, but that probably means I need more experience with the Pale Ales as I will acknowledge most of my drinking and reviewing has been on the brown, ruby and stout end of the scale.

Photo of Godfather50
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S- light hop, flowery, sweet
A - light amber, 1 finger pale head that dissipated quicly.
T - citrus, lemon, acidic dry, light malt, tannins,
M - smooth but the tannins dig into the upper pallets
O - the citrus notes of the hops are two strong for this to be enjoyable. It needed to be balanced with a larger malt presence. Also tasted slightly stale.

Cocker Hoop from Jennings Brothers PLC
77 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.