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Old Hooky - Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.

Old HookyOld Hooky

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BA SCORE
84
good

85 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%


Brewed by:
Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-04-2002)
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Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 63 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by rjimlad:
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rjimlad

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint handle with a creamy white head. Deep russet/orange colour like ruby red grapefruit. I'm hopeless with aroma but some citrus/fruity esters. Flavour is subdued but citrusy, grapefruit bitterness. Balance is great but I don't know how true to style this is. It's a bit like a pale ale from the esters but I don't care. It is a fruity mild bodied drop with a clean finish and good length in the fruit flavours. All round decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 07:53:57 | More by rjimlad
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pknyc

New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

04-17-2014 18:09:23 | More by pknyc
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KrisBeerndt

Australia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

04-11-2014 07:45:03 | More by KrisBeerndt
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innominat

Ireland

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-20-2014 18:07:38 | More by innominat
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Jerseyislandbeer

Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.1%

03-17-2014 19:48:32 | More by Jerseyislandbeer
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chogm54

Australia

4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a favourite from my days living in somerset, time to see if it is as good in bottle as it is on tap

a - hazy orange brown, almost like honey. very thin head almost instantly disappearing into a beige lacing.

s - honey smell to match the colour. also a whiff of cereal malts.

t - sweet, slightly fruity, biscuit like malt taste with a, light bitters coming through, slightly more than other english bitters. its the malty taste that lasts the longest.

m - lightly carbonated, medium body, dry on the palate

call it nostalgia, but this is just like i remembered. will now be my go to ESB.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 10:59:33 | More by chogm54
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served to me blind by @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a lovely clear amber, bright and clean. Head is a pleasantly foamy beige, that settles to a pocked head of film. Some fine specks of lace as it goes down. Carbonation is fine, body looks like it has a bit of weight to it. Looks good.

Nose is slightly sweet and malty, but with some English estery notes coming through, a little rose and blackberry. Some slightly herbal, slightly earthy hops come through as well, giving a moderately peppery tone to it as well. It's quite pleasant.

Taste is pretty clean and pleasant: light malty entry, some grainy notes with a couched fruity sweetness towards the back. Clean, leafy hop character just dries out the back slightly, but it retains enough sweetness to keep the back palate going. Feel is nice and smooth, but with a lightness that helps the drinkability.

Yep, very drinkable, and really very enjoyable. It's well-made, very clean and consistent, but with enough flavour to keep it interesting. I enjoyed it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 04:41:47 | More by lacqueredmouse
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hansavijaticar

Croatia (Hrvatska)

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not really a brown ale. I would say premium bitter.

A: Amber, orange.

S: Apricot marmelade.

T: Same as smell.

M: Moderately bitter. Not very lasting, but enough.

Another great bitter that goes very well with meat dishes. Similar with London Pride and Young's Bitter, even Young's London Special.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 14:13:01 | More by hansavijaticar
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-29-2013 18:58:20 | More by BillRoth
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admiral

Australia

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable beer that is full of flavour: a quality English ale

aroma: mineral and fruity with caramel/toffee

taste: on the sweet side (in a good way) - has a rich fruity, citrus, spice taste with a smooth delicious malt backbone that displays nice caramel/biscuit character with a smattering of white wine

excellent beer that is full of flavour and easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 10:24:16 | More by admiral
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

11-01-2013 16:53:56 | More by EmperorBevis
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

10-03-2013 08:32:20 | More by abeeronthebeach
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Olavi

Estonia

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

09-18-2013 10:25:06 | More by Olavi
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WGO

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

09-17-2013 18:15:28 | More by WGO
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vinicole

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

09-07-2013 19:00:30 | More by vinicole
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JohnQVD

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

08-21-2013 22:58:13 | More by JohnQVD
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Jetulio

Spain

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass
Appearance... amber/copper beer with head colour white of 1 finger
Aroma... floral and hops. Fresh and not too strong smell with a little touch of malty aroma
Taste... fruity with a tangerine touch, bitterness appears soon lasting until the end
Mouthfeel... full body and medium/soft carbonation
Overall... nice ale, bitterness is present in balance with malt and fruit presence

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 22:40:39 | More by Jetulio
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +8.1%

07-15-2013 17:35:43 | More by mrfrancis
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magpieken

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

07-12-2013 04:22:32 | More by magpieken
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Effervescent; amber; medium head with good lacing

Aroma: Malty; sweet; dried fruit

Taste: Malty, creamy on start; dry in the mid with slightly bitter finish with nutty aftertaste

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 21:50:36 | More by IchLiebeBier
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pkenkman

Estonia

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

06-01-2013 18:17:19 | More by pkenkman
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soju6

Missouri

3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark hazy amber color with an off-white head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus and fruit, mostly of berries.

T: Taste of citrus, berries, some caramel sweetness and bit of spice. Decent bitterness and a fairly dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth but too much sweetness.

O: Decent beer but too fruity to really enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 03:49:14 | More by soju6
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Vinicius

Brazil

3/5  rDev -18.9%

05-26-2013 00:59:05 | More by Vinicius
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-16-2013 13:59:29 | More by KStark
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SmashPants

Australia

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: a tall, solid dark brown 500mL bottle with an old-school English macro label.

Appearance: dark amber in colour with ruby and brown highlights. A decent and semi-solid head with good retention.

Aroma: typical English ale characteristics on the nose - toffee and caramel, nuts, plum, cherries and a touch of spice.

Taste: the combination of flavours come through on the palate, but in a typically English ale style they are quite demure.

Aftertaste: lingers for a time, but again not much to it.

Mouth feel: fuller in body with a low carbonation, with a touch of bitterness.

Overall: a decent English ale, and one which I would certainly have again. It isn't amazing, but a good standard English ale when you feel like the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 08:23:05 | More by SmashPants
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Old Hooky from Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.