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Flagship - Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.

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Reviews: 5
Hads: 19
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 21.56%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BlackHaddock on 10-18-2011

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Reviews: 5 | Hads: 19
Reviews by StJamesGate:
Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Against the Grain, Dublin.

Hazy honey-goldenrod with continuously rising parchment-coloured head that rings.
Resin, marmalade and sponge cake on the nose.
Honey, mango, caramel and pear cake, some woody vanilla in the middle, then a big resin and orange rind hop hit.
Lemon cookie linger and nettle linger.
Medium starting to get heavy, sticky, chewy, a bit hot.

Flagged as 6.3% on draft, which confuses me.

Punches way above it's weight; almost like a DIPA. Some very American characteristics to the aroma, and serious bitterness. (Admiral is the most prominently named hops, but there is EKG and Fuggles in there, too.) Curious if it hold up in the bottle.

Welcome addition to the new generation of "traditional" English IPAs.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Rabae6
4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fresh hops and a first drink lilttle soltie.

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Photo of izzyyeah
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned (5.5%): 500ml, drank one day before its best before date.

Light amber to orange in colour with an off-white head.

The nose is citrus hops and yeast: next to no maltiness found in the smells.

The taste has a hoppy start which turns into a sweeter maltier centre followed by a dry bittering finish.

Enjoyed it just as much as the cask one I've reviewed.

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Photo of pknyc
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of vinicole
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of patre_tim
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Cloudy bruised pear copper, lots of fine bubbles, 3 fingers of beige head.

S: Earthy, a sort of smelly foot like a woman’s not a man’s, glue.

T: Glue, lots of beefy umami bitterness, light sour quality, dry tannic qualities like black tea.

M: Thick, chewy, little carbonation, dry tannic finish.

O: Got at Villa Market in Bangkok, drank in Hat Yai, March 2nd, 2015. Great label on the bottle. Sort of clunky, but a good brew.

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Photo of LeeSkilton
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tescos 500ml bottle, blue label with ship on.
It's a golden seethrough light coloured beer with 2cm yellowy white head.
The smell is a little sweet for an ipa but some grapefruit in there
Taste is great not as powerful as the kind of IPA I would normally like such as a strong brewdog for example
Mouthfeel is good because after the smooth comes a really bitter fizz that is great on the tongue.
Overall I gave the beer a 3.5 because I've had better IPAs but enjoyed this rather light one more than most.

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Photo of k3ve
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of bark
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of cbnz
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Kirk
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of dcmchew
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jetulio
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass
Appearance... amber beer with a 2 fingers
head colour white
Aroma... spices and hop, strong smell with a little touch of malty aroma too
Taste...grassy and malty start, bitterness appears soon lasting all the time with a dry finish
Mouthfeel... medium body and soft carbonation
Overall... a very nice india ale, bitterness is present with different additions of malt and dryness.

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Photo of Spike
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wl0307
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Flagship from Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.