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Hooky Gold - Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 56
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: gpcollen1 on 07-18-2007

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Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2011. Label mentions this brewery's first use of American hop Williamette in addition to Fuggles and Goldings.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. A golden colour with slight haziness and good carbonation. Produces a thick head of white foam that subsides after a few minutes. An aroma of light malt with distinctive hoppiness; sharp fruity notes of citrus and grapefruit. Nice...

Taste of light malt with a refreshing bitterness. Citrus and grapefruit notes. A tingly and slightly astringent mouthfeel. Lingering aftertaste of hops.

Very nice. Light but flavoursome, and well worth your time. Would be very refreshing in summer.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours, well, gold with a nice white sheet on top.

The nose is definitely English. It's got those herbal, lemony, spicy hops out front, with a distinct but subdued malty backbone. So far, i'm diggin' it.

The taste is quite bitter for an English Pale, but that's good, means it's fresh. Noble hops just edge out the honeyish malts in the flavor. The mouthfeel is rich and the carbonation ample. For 4.2% this is loaded with flavor. Awesomely drinkable.

This won't shake anything up in the world of beer, but for me, in the world of Brittish Pale, it's innovative. Hook Norton is great!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours clear gold under a ½” quickly dissipating foam cap.
S: Fruit and bread aromas T: Biscuit tempered by moderate hop bitterness and the fruitiness is almost peach.
F: Very smooth with a medium to medium full body and below average carbonation.
O: A very easy to drink beer with big flavor.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cask at Chipshop, Atlantic Ave. location. Served in an O'Hara's imperial tulip pint.

A--Bright tawny honey-colored body--looks like sunlight coming through an open window in the Spring air. Light ring of big soapy bubbles circle the rim and dissipate. Body is still without being flat.

S--Mainly lemony, with some light grassy and floral hops (very, very light on the floral--we're not talking American hops here). Mostly it's fresh grain promising juicy biscuit on the flavor profile.

T--And it's in! Yeah, that's what I missed about England--just a flavor sock of biscuit malt buttered on both sides. Earthy herbal notes come through that were lacking on the nose to match the lemony tang up front (which is more muted in the taste). The profile on this is great, but the cask was on its way out, unfortunately--got some sour wetness on the back end that just shouldn't be there. Too bad the turnaround on beers like this isn't quicker in the States.

M&D--Mouthfeel is super--slick and medium-full and creamy. Drinkability on all English ales is great. Halfway through I was ready for another, without any trepidation toward the serving size.

We really need to get our cask on in this country and start appreciating subtlety.

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Photo of maxist
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ever so slight hazy golden color with a rather small head that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of pale malt with some fruity esters and a nice yet subtle citrus hop. The taste has a nice balance of English and PNW hops that leads to a nice fruity result. I pick up hints of apricot and grapefruit which mix well with the pale malt. I get a sense of mineral water as well. The feel is moderate and the carbonation is prickly; finishes with a mild hop bitterness. Hooky Gold is indeed a drinkable brew, nice mellow hop flavors and a solid pale malt blend well together. A very nice EPA.

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Photo of AEK
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown bottle poured into a Young's pint pot B.B. 25/04/10.
Note the Best Before date and the date I sampled it! Bloody Spar shops!

A. Yellow-Gold coloured beer with a nice white head that was pretty consistant.

S. Citrus and fruity malt.

T. Juicy malt, zesty and citrus notes, maybe a hint of spiciness in there too. A slight hop bite.

M. Medium bodied

D. This would have scored higher marks if it was still in date. Even though it is 5 months over the B.B. Date it was still okay. Still a little complexity going on in the aroma and taste but maybe not as much as there was 6 months ago.

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Photo of Welshbloke
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of Beejay
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Grapefruit colored, and hazy. The head is white, and plentiful.

S: A very light biscuity bread aroma. The aroma is very soft. There is an earthy/grassy hop scent coming through but it is fairly subtle.

T: Bready, with a little bite from the hops. There is almost a slight earthiness to it. Rather subtle and nice.

M: Light in body and carbonation. The finish is clean.

D: Something I would love to try on cask, or dry hopped. Good, but I think it could be great in the UK.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 500ml bottle, drank and reviewed a week after its best before date.

Poured into an 'Abbot Ale' glass tankard: pale yellow/golden body with full, deep white foamy head which produced some good lacing.

The nose is citrusy hops (three types of hops used, American Willamette, with British Fuggles and Goldings.

The flavour was mostly hops, semi-sweet tasting more that a hoppy bitterness, that came later in the mouthfeel.

A nice refreshing pint, ideal for summer drinking, but also fine for cold winter nights too.

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Photo of fx20736
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a British Pint Glass. Served around 50f.

Peach yellow with noticeable carbonation forms a linen white head that leaves gobs and gobs of lacing.

Aroma: a Pilsnerish mix of Pale Malt & Spicy fragrant Hops but also a touch of orchard fruitiness (peaches, apricots)

Mouthfeel: more spritzy than your typical EPA.

Taste: Biscuity malt dollowed by a Noble hop style bitterness with just a touch of EPA fruitiness on the tail.

Notes: Whoa! This Bitter shares a lot of characteristics of a Pilsener or perhaps a Kolsch. The label claims that this beer is finished with American Hops and it shows. This is an oh so refreshing and tasty beer. Such a nice twist on a Pale ale by one of my favorite English breweries. This one deserves a big thanks and I cannot wait to get my hands on another.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Gold and lightly cloudy with a moderate amount of carbonation. Topped with 3 fingers of yellowish tinged foamy head that leaves a foamy lacing.

Big caramel, honey, buiscut, sweet maltiness, fruity, light floral note like honey suckle, a hint of lemon rind or grapefruit pith in the background.

Lightly sweet, honey, lemon rind and a hint of juice, biscuit, caramel comes in on the finish and then a slight grapefruit pith on the end.

Moderate to light body, moderate peppery carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

Found this at Villa Market in Bangkok, where I am drinking it July 26th, 2015. Well done brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mdagnew
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from The Vintage, Antrim...

Poured a crystal clear pale straw colour... white head poured quite small and loose which faded quickly to light covering... lots of carbonation rushes to the surface... light lacing..

Aroma - Strong freshly cut wet grass, light pale biscuity maltiness, floral hops, salty, honey sweetness, light fruits (lemons, apples), some faint almond nuttiness, light spicy / peppery notes, some creamy vanilla...

Taste - Nice strong fruitiness (grapefruit, apples, lemon), good peppery hop bite, faint pine, biscuity malts, some butteriness, floral honey, grassy, herbal, light mint, some sea salt, light sweet caramel notes...

Feel - Smooth initially then a good sharp bite comes through... medium bodied... extremely thirst quenching and drinkable - a perfect session beer..

Overall - Another pretty good pale ale from Hook Norton... nothing ground breaking but a good drinkable ale.

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Photo of smcolw
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Plateaued, foamy head that leaves spotty, but chunky lace after each sip. Slight haze to a light gold color.

Earthy malt tones to the smell, some skunk; Light hop in the background.

Creamy body with a light spritz in the background. Good malt base. The swallow is a pleasant blend of pale malts and bittering hops which last a decent amount of time in the aftertaste. A good run-of-the-mill English Bitter.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnished gold under a pocked lump off-white head that leaves trailers. Cut grain and lemon zest nose with some grass and herb - fresh and spring-like.
Lemon curd and white pan up front with citrus and light gingery hops with mild soapiness. Mango end and sweet-and-sour linger.
Light to medium, some cling, round.

Substantial for a blonde - nice EKG + Fuggles end but decent bitterness from Willamette, all on top of some chewy malts. Does fine cold in summer, I'm sure, but warm in autumn works, too. Hook Norton continue to impress.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of gfreed
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not-quite clear colors of gold and amber, with a little fog in the middle, and a loose white head that faded quickly. Quite pretty. Not a lot of visible carbonation. Enough lemon and honey in the smell to remind me of a good German lager. Still more honey and lemon in the taste; perhaps a little soap as well (this would definitely be good for washing out the mouth when mother catches you using the wrong words...) and some orange furniture polish at the end. A little density in the body; not a lot of fizz. What's missing is the bite: the edges are rather dull, especially at the end where a sting can be nice.

With an ABV of 4.2%, this could easily fall into the lawnmower-beer category. However, at $5+ a bottle in New England it's a bit pricey for pounding while pushing a whirring, limb-mangling power tool around the yard.

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Hooky Gold from Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.