Cocker Hoop | Jennings Brothers PLC

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Cocker HoopCocker Hoop

Brewed by:
Jennings Brothers PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 12-05-2002

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by Stephen63:
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3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Light colour with decent enough head.

S - Fruity but understated.

T - Hoppy and flowery as expected for a pale ale.

M - Good level of carbonation, quite smooth.

D - Enjoyed this beer but not enough to stick with it. Also I had this after a Sneck Lifter from the same brewery which was exceptional so perhaps this review reflects this.

A reasonable and standard pale ale, worth a try.

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Photo of cam477
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of March 2012. ABV is stated as 4.2%. Described on the label as a golden pale ale.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear golden-amber hue with medium carbonation. Forms a decent head of frothy white foam that lasts for a minute or so before subsiding. Aroma of mildly grainy light malt with notes of stewed hops and fruity yeast. Hints of citrus are also discernible.

Tastes of caramel malt with a dominant stewed hop character. Notes of caramel/toffee, stewed leaves, cardboard, yeast and a faint whiff of citrus in the background. Quite dry, with a harsh flavour on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with some astringency. A coarse aftertaste of stewed hops.

Rather so-so. Too much stewed hop bitterness to this one; the result is a rather harsh, dry character. Goes down smoothly, but would be improved by a focus on aromatic hops instead of bitterness. Nothing too special.

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Photo of Robertas
3.41/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dwren89
3.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark gold with fizzy white head, good clarity

Aroma: biscuity, but not very aromatic overall

Taste: Biscuity leaning towards malt, a little toasty, bitter finish. Tastes vaguely like Timothy Taylor's Landlord, except a little less body and flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, refreshing, nicely carbonated

Overall Impression: Quite drinkable and refreshing, a little more malt forward than a typical English Pale Ale (hence being advertised as a "Golden Pale Ale"). Nice combination of a Blonde Ale and English Pale.

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Photo of rastaman
1.94/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

(Cask)Not impressed at all. Toffe caramel stickyness, some citrusy hops, light, boring, with a bad oily texture, really didn't enjoy it, served too cold aswell, which may have had something to do with the blandness i also found in my half-pint. Really glad i didn't have to sit through more of it.

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Photo of DavidGross
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Tipper27
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rwalford74
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown 500ml bottle (4.2%ABV), best before 31 Mar 2012, drank and reviewed 18 June 2011.

Poured into a straight UK pint sleeve.

Golden yellow body, good lasting white head on top, which left some good lacing.

The beer gave off a mild hoppy smell with slight floral, citrusy notes.

The taste is a refreshing hoppy and those citrus smells also appear in the tatse, again with floral overtones.

Easy to drink, uncomplicated and OK, no world beater, but certainly not a bad beer.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.96/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a "golden bitter" that was a special selection at a Real Ale pub in London. It had golden color with a slight white head. Hop/light malt nose but not really strong. Clingy white lace in the pint glass. Smooth medium mouth. Bitterness is left on the tongue. Golding hops is used throughout the boil to enhance the balence and bitterness. The malt base is up front and in your face. This sweetness is punctuated by a strong bitter/sour finish. Quite complex with a dry bitter tongued finish. A nice bitter!

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Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of thommo_nk
3.49/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spinrsx
3.37/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.01/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have found memories of this on cask though it's many, many years since I had it so.

I remember it's launch fondly, it seemed a cocky hoot too sound that British ales had not only survived but had reasons to strut about the barnyard about.

Seems things have changed and not foe the better, okay this is the bottled version and therefore should be given some room.

Pours a crisp golden body with and gives good head for a bottled beer.

The aroma verges slightly towards unpleasant, when the bottle is opened there is a strong woosh of Megadeth T-shirt after all night in the mosh pit. Once this has subsided we have crystal soda and wheat crackers and malt.

The taste? Well not as I remember gone is the sweet start with pear drop hints funnelling into a hoppy smack on the tongue as it leaves. Replaced by a run of the mill 'Golden ale' affair with a yeasty start and a peppery finish.

Quite thin on the mouthfeel but good carbonation.

Slightly better than average Golden ale, thats the best thing I can say about this.

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Photo of FrizzBizzle
2.24/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle from a Marston's mixed pack picked up at the LCBO; best before July 31 2015. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a light golden-amber colour, and topped at first with a generous two fingers of fluffy, sticky white froth. The head recedes slowly over the next few minutes into a more manageable half-cm cap, whose wide away of different-sized bubbles gives it a bit of a sponge toffee look. Lots of beautiful, webby lace is deposited, too. Looks awesome, but the aroma is rather weak - some butterscotch and toffee sweetness, wheaty malts, and some dirty, leafy hops.

The flavour profile fits the style, but it's nothing to write home about overall. The malts are wheaty and bready, with restrained notes of caramel and toffee sweetness backing them up. Leafy, grassy hop bitterness dominates the latter half of the profile, with a light hint of citrusy pith. Dry finish with some lingering hop astringency. Light-bodied, with moderately high carbonation that gives this pale ale a crisp, active mouthfeel that smooths as you steadily make your way into the pint. Very sessionable, but not remarkable.

Final Grade: 3.39, a B-. Cocker Hoop is a relatively well-crafted English pale ale that leans a little toward the bitter side, which may or may not be your cup of tea. I actually kind of like that, but not to the extent that I'd be likely to consider this anything more than a serviceable, run-of-the-mill pale ale. I'm enjoying my glass, but there is nothing impressive enough about this session ale to really distinguish it from the pack. I'll try this again if I'm ever in England, but I doubt I'd pay import prices for it again.

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Photo of gutbucket2
3/5  rDev -8%

A: gold, rapidly diminishing head.
S: none detected.
T: bubbly citrus hop.
M: light-med body, lingering hop.
O: There is some taste in this beer, however in most respects it does not shine.

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Photo of headstash
2.68/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of jmtpi
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of wretchedabyss
3.37/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gudthing
3.46/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very refreshing and smooth. Taste a little bit of metal and oak. Looks pretty when first poured but head disappears after 30 seconds. Smell is hoppy and citrus. Overall a pretty decent pale on a warm summer evening, but not spectacular.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color is a amber honey that is clear and shows the carbonation.

It pours a crisp white head that dosen't leave to soon nor does it last very long.

It smells of hay and perhaps grass.

The taste is just as it smells, starts off with a hay like taste taht then turns to a grassy feel and it finishes leaving a slight bitterness on the back off your tongue.

I nice beer to drink, I enjoyed it very much.

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Cocker Hoop from Jennings Brothers PLC
3.26 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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