Hockley Classic | Hockley Valley Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Hockley Valley Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
hockleybeer.ca

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by thehyperduck on 09-23-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
16
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
10.47%
 
 
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
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3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 mL can picked up at the LCBO; packaged Aug. 26 2013. Another new offering from Hockley, and another blonde ale at that; I bought two cans of this and enjoyed the other one a few nights ago, intending to save this one for a review. Served well chilled.

Pours an attractive, clear golden-blonde hue, topped at first with just over one finger's worth of frothy, bright white head. It recedes gradually over the next few minutes, resulting in a thin cap and collar of foam; not much in the way of lace. Clean, unremarkable aroma with plenty of grainy barley, bready/biscuity malt and honey sweetness. Subtle hints of lemon and leafy hops also become apparent as the brew warms, in addition to some appleskin. Nothing outstanding, but appropriate for a blonde.

The flavour is similar; clean and fairly enjoyable, with no one aspect particularly dominant over the others. Grainy, bready malt sweetness comes through initially, with a vaguely lemony note accompanying it in the background. The citrus becomes more prominent toward the tail end, with leafy hop bitterness coming in to dry off the palate, which lingers into a dry aftertaste. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels; it becomes increasingly smoother and easier to drink as this feature softens with time. The dryness also encourages quick sipping - I could swig through a few of these cans in a half an hour, but it's flavourful enough to be worth enjoying at a more leisurely pace.

[Updated Mar 29 2017]

Another tallboy, without a canning date. The can now has a navy blue colour scheme, and explicitly describes itself as a "golden lager", which wasn't the case originally. I remember this being an objectively better beer, but to be fair I don't think I've purchased it in at least 2 years so a) I could be wrong, and b) it can't have been that amazing in the first place if I've gone so long without a re-purchase. There's a hint of grassy hops, but beyond that it's just cereal grain sweetness, with a bland, semi-clean finish. Reminiscent of imported Euro lagers - what happened to this beer? It reminds me more of their Georgian Bay Dipper now.

Hockley was one of the Ontario brewers that introduced me to the world of craft beer, and I used to have a fair amount of respect for them - even though they have never been all that creative in terms of venturing outside their comfort zone. But I can't respect an outfit that has done nothing but stagnate over the last half-decade. If I were a betting man, I'd bet that these guys are going to get bought out by a more lively operation in the near future, because it seems like they've flat-out given up.

Final Grade: 3.46, a passable B-.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ThinkAgain
2.97/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of spinrsx
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473ml Can from the Ottawa LCBO for $2.50

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Bread/grains, corn, apples

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, corn and apples. There is also some breads/grains and a bit of a herbal/grasssy flavour.

Overall - A highly drinkable beer but pretty boring overall. Something decent for drinking all day/night while camping etc. Not something I'd buy again.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OneTuffPony
3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can poured into a pint glass. Served cold.

Appearance - Clear golden color with about a finger of white head which dissipates very quickly. Tons of effervescent bubbles rise rapidly to the surface. Small amount of wispy head lingers for any length of time.

Smell - Faint corn sweetness, but also very floral and reminiscent of some low hanging fruit and apples. There's something about the sweetness that just seems a tad too sweet for my nostrils.

Taste - That fruity sweetness continues here in the taste . Definitely apples, although I also get something akin to cranberry. The malt and hop bills are pretty low, some very mild bitterness and grainy flavors but rather subdued.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and refreshing with a bit of a tingly sensation on the back of the tongue. High carbonation level.

Overall - A fine beer that's a little bit different with the fruitier than normal smell and above average carbonation. Easy drinking although there are even better options for the price. Although a decent start for this Ontario Craft Brewer.

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Photo of Boo-urns
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CRObighit2
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JPNesker
4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Better than average micro brewed lager. Lagers aren't easy - they are so simple they reveal all mistakes. More on the malty side, like a helles. Not too carbonated so goes down easy. Heavier than expected mouthfeel. Simple, sessionable, totally inoffensive. Dig this one.

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Photo of fortyfield
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TerryW
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Hockley Classic from Hockley Valley Brewing Co.
3.44 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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