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Hooky Bitter | Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.

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3.87/5
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60 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
England, United Kingdom
hooknortonbrewery.co.uk

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by bark on 02-07-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,169
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
60
pDev:
8.27%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Photo of drmeto
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L:
-pours a clear golden-orange with a medium,frothy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-honey,toffee,grapefruit,spicy,grainy
T:
-Follows the nose + a toasty finish
-medium bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium carbonation
-light body
O:
A pretty solid English Bitter.

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Photo of Sexmortus
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pcbnumber1
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of igl
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FCox143
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle - Pours clear amber with a small foamy head. Medium carbonation. Smell - hoppy, light citrus tones. Taste - malty, floral with a crisp light bitter finish. Nice easy drinking session bitter.

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Photo of hamrwolf
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: rich bready aromas with a hint of fruit and slight earthy hop aromas, faint caramel. Appearance: hazy gold, ½” large bubbled off white head that quickly dissipates but leaves cathedral window lacing. Flavor: light fruit, slight raisin, little biscuit, finishes dry, medium bitterness, British earthy hops, has a pleasant mix of fruity sweetness balanced by the hop bitterness. The sweetness is more light fruit than sugars such as caramel. Mouthfeel: medium light to medium body, low carbonation. Overall Impression: aroma to style, low alcohol, low gravity and carbonation, makes this beer easy to drink. Balanced slightly to the hops but could use a touch more.

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Photo of steverx8
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WillWillows
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of pknyc
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of FLima
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber copper color with a thin head that keeps a constant lace.
Traditional English Bitter aroma, light notes of white bread, a tangy citrusy, a bit of caramels, minerals and earthy hops.
Bitter flavor with notes of caramels, biscuit malt, earthy and herbal hops, minerals, apples, tangy citrusy and fruity esters. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation. Slightly acid, and a bit of a watery sensation.
Good, but average bitter, with all expected notes from the style. Given the low alcohol content, it is a good option for a “session beer”.

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Photo of vinicole
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 500ml bottle with a BB of May 2013. ABV stated as 3.5%. Picked up a while back from a supermarket in Oxford.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear sunset-amber colour with good carbonation and faint sediment. Forms a small head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of mild caramel malt with hints of fruity ale yeast, stewed leaves, faint grain and a touch of solvent.

Tastes of mild caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of grain, faint caramel, fruity ale yeast, stewed leaves and a delicate earthiness. A subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good body for the style. Somewhat astringent, followed by an aftertaste of dry stewed leaves and weak caramel malt.

A pretty average bitter. Not bad but it doesn't really grab your attention. Flavour and aroma are balanced yet dull and uncharismatic. Drinkable but quite forgettable - I know Hook Norton can do better. Worth sampling but no need to seek it out.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, 3.5% ABV. Anything resembling an English pub bitter in these parts, done well, has my vote - let us see. Another new offering in Alberta that is only available in the large, soulless chain liquor store(s).

This beer pours a crystal clear medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of tightly foamy, somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a low undulating berm of painted lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of biscuity, somewhat metallic pale grain, an aged lemony fruitiness, and musty, floral, mildly bitter earthy hops. The taste is grainy, bready malt, a waning bready biscuit character, some soft indistinct orchard fruit notes, and nicely offsetting floral, bitter leafy hops.

The carbonation is decently reserved - not absent, not interfering, the body medium light in weight, and everyman smooth. It finishes fairly dry, the mostly crisp, grainy malt seeing fit to share quality time with still prevalent, and softly bitter hops.

Well, I can't really bitch and moan at all about anything here, other that the weird hegemony that brought this beer to me, which is not the brewer's fault (I hope), so I will say that this is an easy drinking bitter, definitely not too acerbic, and worthy of many another round, were that the situation.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Playin' hooky tonight. ...Wow...sorry... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear soft gold topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises biscuit, mild cocoa, earthy greens, light oak, and dried tobacco (like a nice Connecticut wrapper). The taste brings in more of the same, with a blast of firm earth, oak, and tobacco really taking control, junta-style. Things just don't sit right with me, honestly, especially considering how much I prefer democracy. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, this bitter just didn't do it for me. The hops came through far too tobacco-y to be enjoyable, and this is coming from someone who enjoys a nice cigar. Don't know what went wrong, but something clearly did.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber with lumpy taupe head that fades to film and chunky trailers.
Mostly flinty grain, with faint oily wood and toasted hazelnuts.
Buttered toasted pain with hints of peanuts, slight soapiness, with sandalwood hops.
Dried apricot finish and drying linger. Light, slight clingy, oily.

Rebranded as just "Hooky", and dropped to 3.5%.

Easy drinking, and the strength is right, but I look for my session bitters to actually be bitter. Malts in the fore just doesn't suit. Maybe it's the 3.5% as opposed to, say, 3.8%, but it just ends up insubstantial.

Hook Norton does better than this.

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Photo of bottlerocket24
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of fx20736
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a British Imperial Pint Glass.

Hazy copper amber, actively carbonated with a 1 finger tan head. The ale leaves a magnificient shawl of lacing.

Aroma of malt and fruitiness with a hint of diacetyl.

mouthfeel: that soft but solid English Ale feel

Taste: Biscuity malt gives way to a musty, earthy English hoppiness followed by a glaze of buttery toffee and a touch of fruitiness like dried plums or apricots. Hooky leaves just a hint of herbal bitterness in the aftertaste.

Notes: pretty to look at, nice bouquet, supple in the mouth and a complex taste that lies in layer upon layer of the soil of England. My God this is a beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hooky Bitter

Pours a light orange color, inch of head and little in the way of lace. Aroma is yeasty, sweet, floral, and somewhat malt driven. In the taste, ale yeast, mellow noble bittering hop, and a light malt character. Just a bit of toffee, herbal hop, and a very clean finish. Mild, yet with a good malt bill and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a nice mild English session ale, easy and unobtrusive.

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Hooky Bitter from Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 60 ratings
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