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Haymaker - Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.

Not Rated.

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 06-17-2003)
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Reviews by SmashPants:
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3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: solid 500mL brown bottle, cool old-school country label. I try not to be swayed by packaging, but the story and the family name have me in the mood for a quiet, classically-styled English Pale.

Appearance: deep golden amber with orange highlights, 1.5 centimetre head, nice and creamy. Great retention and sporadic lacing.

Aroma: disappointingly muted, but still pleasant. That thick and creamy head puts off only slight amounts of bread malts and heavy hop notes.

Taste: follows the nose, fortunately in a stronger guise. Those lovely bread and now biscuit malts take centre stage, with some very slight dried fruits and floral hops.

Aftertaste: the flavours were quite demure, and dissipate rapidly. A teensy bit of bitterness, just to let you know it was there the whole time.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with low carbonation. If anything, I think it could have done with a bit more carbonation to carry some more of the flavour through.

Overall: a nice if somewhat demure English Pale Ale with a lovely mix of sweet and bready malts, and a touch of floral hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 01:25:32 | More by SmashPants
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

04-10-2014 09:13:57 | More by KrisBeerndt
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid, fruity English pale ale that is on the sweeter side but enjoyable nonetheless.

aroma: fruity, citrus, orange marmalade with some toffee/caramel

taste: sweet, fruity, citrus, grapes and spice, with some candied banana and a solid malt backbone.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 10:18:56 | More by admiral
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

01-12-2014 06:04:23 | More by mungus
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

11-04-2013 12:14:15 | More by dcmchew
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

11-01-2013 15:34:06 | More by EmperorBevis
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

09-28-2013 20:52:54 | More by Rwalford74
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

07-15-2013 04:07:55 | More by magpieken
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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-07-2013 17:26:55 | More by vinicole
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3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a solid head that fades to quite a bit of lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, caramel, nuts with some fresh grain.

T: Taste of citrus, a bit fruity, caramel sweetness, nutty and fresh grain. Nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium boy, smooth with a subtle richness.

O: Enjoyable beer, quite good for the sytle.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 03:46:19 | More by soju6
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Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. It's so cute how British brewers call anything with 5% ABV 'strong'.

This beer pours a crystal clear medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy dirty white head, which leaves a few instances of random wave crest lace around the glass as it evenly wisps away.

It smells of sweet, grainy caramel malt, a bit of herbal tea herbal notes, and some musty, dusty leafy hops. The taste is more sweet, kind of biscuity, grainy malt, with a touch of caramel/toffee essence, ethereally muddled citrus, stoney orchard drupe fruit, mild mustiness, and herbal, leafy hops.

The bubbles are well restrained, though hardly oppressed, the body a wavering medium weight, with a rather agreeable, generally untainted smoothness. It finishes well off-dry, the grainy, bready malt, and lingering inward-looking fruitiness carrying through to the end, with a slightly floral, slightly warm offset the only other loitering agent in the mix.

A standard, and equitably engaging pale ale, of the English persuasion, with a varied fruit and hop melange, that renders this a somewhat surprising candidate for another round or two, wherein my picky nature gets overridden by the generally placid drinkability of this pub-friendly offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 02:22:48 | More by biboergosum
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3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml brown bottle purchased for me by the in-laws for Christmas.

Pours a pale, relatively clear golden-orange colour, with a fine, but inconsistent head of pure white. Some speckled lacing. Very fine and prolific carbonation, that swirls powdery and anarchic when tilted. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is rather sweet and sweaty, with some tea-like overtones from the weak hops. There's a herbal sweetness to it, and a slightly funky fragrance. Something buttery and sickly, like lemon curd icing. It's hard to put it all together into something coherent, and the beer fails a little in this way. I'm not overly enthusiastic.

Taste is light and empty, with a slight bite of earthy hops on the back, and a light herbal astringency. Sweet malt comes through pretty weakly, but it lends a slightly sickly tone to the beer. Fortunately, the lightness means that it never gets too offensive, but it's a close thing.

Feel is smooth and light, fitting and pleasant enough.

Overall, I'm not really that impressed. It's OK, but not really any better than that—the sweetness is only tempered by the fact that it's actually quite flavourless. Neither of those descriptions is a sign of a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 07:18:31 | More by lacqueredmouse
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3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a fading white head.
Nose shows some sweet malt and toffee. Also some floral hints.
Very similar flavours, but more spicy hops rather than floral notes.
Carbonation seems a bit high.
Perfectly reasonable but not all that interesting.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 08:08:39 | More by CrazyDavros
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

10-25-2012 14:04:12 | More by beerhunter13
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3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

exp: Nov 2012

A: Beautiful warm copper color, very light risng carbonation, sea foam head.
S: Interesting and pleasant spices that I can't quite place. slight plasticy alcohol
T: Tart plasticy alcohol, which I didn't expect. in the direction of an amber, a hair of dull bitterness
M: Not much texture. a hair dry.
O: Okay and drinkable but unexciting

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 01:48:20 | More by sfprint
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-18-2012 12:14:56 | More by cammo84
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3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB Nov 12

Pours a light gold / copper clear body. Head dies quickly.

Aromas of English style malts. Some toffee. Muted.

Taste is back into sessionable EPA territory as Aromas. Add a hint of maramalade. Traditional flavours.

Mouthfeel light, slight carbed. Just.

A really solid EPA, add in 0.5 for price point in Aus. Very difficult to pinpoint individual flavours/elements, as the whole is very much more than the sum of the pasrts.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 08:56:27 | More by heygeebee
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3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a new one that showed up in my local - Hook Norton, sounds and looks like one old school bad ass mother____, I'm liking it, the bottle, the blurb on the back, the picture of farmers pitching hay onto the back of a horse drawn carriage; it all screams of a different time and place, a happy place where ales were ales and wearing a trilby was considered normal behaviour.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents with a classic orange-peel body and a ring of pale lacing, looks like your standard tap poured English pub ale.

S: Aromas of stone fruit and toasted biscuit malt grains with a twist of lemon thrown in. Appeals in a way that only a decent EPA can - with a promise of an even hop/malt balance, unlike an APA (which is clearly skewed towards the hops). Not saying this is better but sometimes we need a break from hop heavy ales, enter EPA.

T: All of the above - stone fruit, citrus and toasted malts. Not unlike Harviestoun's "Bitter & Twisted" only this one has more of an acrid sharp tang at the end. It's not quite as nice as the B&T and feels like it's lacking balance between hops/malt and some different hop flavours (herbal hops perhaps).

M: All textbook here: mid to heavy body and low carbonation.

D: Apart from the bitter after-taste, which is cloying towards the end, this is a decent enough drop. As noted above the balance could be better and is really holding this back from a (near) perfect score... and that bitterness too.

Food match: The bottle states "spicy food" and I would agree. Asian or Indian flavours would be the best bet.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 09:46:59 | More by doktorhops
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

07-02-2012 02:45:05 | More by pin
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Russian Federation

3.5/5  rDev -3%

04-11-2012 08:00:26 | More by thekkk
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

04-04-2012 20:28:44 | More by Richie71
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South Africa

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a pint my Tripel Karmeliet Tulip.
BB 28/04/2012

Appearance: Good looking pale ale - deep golden amber body with a large, creamy white head that lasts pretty well and leaves great lace.

Smell: A little light, but still very pleasant. Sweet biscuity malt, caramel, some citrus, orange marmalade and a lightly spicy note. As the beer warms, sweet, lightly spiced citrus dominates.

Taste: Lovely flavour - perfect session ale. Sweet caramel malt dominates with citrus, marmalade, grassy hops and light spices. The initial flavour is sweet but is balanced out by the lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Just fuller than light body with smooth, mild carbonation.

Overall: Simple, but very enjoyable. I would happily enjoy a few pints of this at the pub while watching the footy.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 19:29:25 | More by Thehuntmaster
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2.03/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a tankeresque English style beer mug in London, England. Reviewed live.

A: Three finger head of fair cream, lackluster thickness, and bad retention. Transparent light copper colour.

Sm: Very light scent of only cream.

T: Bland barley and cream. Some water. Quite simple and poorly built. Not even balanced.

Mf: Too smooth, too wet. Classic fallacy. Doesn't suit the taste, except in matching its mediocrity.

Dr: Average ABV, terrible quality, and mediocre drinkability. Avoid this one, lads.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 01:34:48 | More by kojevergas
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber-tinged gold and a fluffy white head that fades to clingy film. Caramel apple and toasted grain on the nose. Bitter almond and wholemeal toast up front with golden syrup sweetness as it warms and lots of woody, orange oil Goldings to end. Apricot finish and a dry spicy linger. Medium, chewy, round.

EKG bomb. Let it never be said the English can't bring the hops. Not sure how summery it is, but I'll take it.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 23:34:52 | More by StJamesGate
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Haymaker from Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
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