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Old Hooky | Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.

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3.73/5
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118 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 12-04-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,165
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
118
pDev:
12.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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6
Gots:
11
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3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of dsloth
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kovfer
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden colour, not very effervescent as it came from a hand pump tap, but very pleasant flavour with a touch of sweetness.

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3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beginner2
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Hooky is listed on the "1001" and should be. I wish Hook Norton had broader distribution in the U.S. as this might show brewers how to make a pleasant and subtle bitter.
Old Hooky actually looks a darkish amber and a nice head recedes quickly. I smell the fruits and malts, but detect no hops. They come in after two or three sips... which is the right time for me ... for a balanced ale.

MJ's "1999" guide gave Old Hooky 2.5 of 4 starts and said it "is tawny, smooth, clean and fruity."

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Photo of Squire123
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Tawny colour. Clear with minimal carbonation (odd stray bubble). Thin, off-white head reduces quickly to a patchy cap. No lacing.

S: Little nose up front, but a wave of sweet malts comes through after gentle swirling.

T: Malts. Fruit cake. Dark treacle. Traditional English strong bitter flavour profile.

F: Light to medium body with a little 'pick-me-up' of light carbonation. Gentle bitterness.

O: Pleasant, robust, ESB.

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4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Oleg85
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of patre_tim
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber and cloudy with no visible carbonation, and 4 fingers of soufflé like beige head. Nicely layered lacing.

Caramel, toasted malts, a hint of apple, creme brûlée. A hint of orange pith as well.

Caramel and creme brûlée, a hint of apples, a fair amount of toasted dull bitterness on the finish.

Almost no carbonation, slightly weighty body.

Really well done brew. Not had a brown ale like this before, but its certainly British in character. Found it at Villa Market in Bangkok, drank in Chiang Mai Aug 5th, 2015.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours reddish amber under a 1” quickly dissipating white foam cap that quickly dissipates while leaving thick lace.
S: Earthy English hop aromas, fruity and malty
T: Bready and malty with a slight initial sweetness that dries on the finish. Slightly astringent finish with a lingering bitterness.
F: Creamy and soft on the mouth with medium body and medium lo0w carbonation.
O: An easy to drink flavorful sessionable beer.

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3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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Old Hooky from Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 118 ratings
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