Haymaker | Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 06-17-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
51
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
12.67%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
4
For Trade:
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Photo of patre_tim
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber and slightly cloudy with lots of fine bubbled carbonation. Topped with 4 fingers of light beige tinged head. The lacing looks like honeycomb.

Caramel, toffee, very light. Oh yes, ironically hay is in there. Dried grass. Really subtle on the nose. A hint of peach.

Caramel, cotton candy, almost no distinct hops, only a slight almost non existent bitterness on the finish. Candy apple, fresh pressed cider as well.

Medium body, little carbonation, balanced and clean finish.

Aptly named as the flavour profile is reminiscent of autumn and all its pomp. Candy apples, hay, candy floss, carnivals. Really subtle but delicious. Found and drank in Bangkok July 26th, 2015.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dentist666
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vanderSchorpioen
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of AlexAfonin
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of killcore
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of diablo14
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Sl1p
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of KrisBeerndt
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of admiral
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid, fruity English pale ale that is on the sweeter side but enjoyable nonetheless.

aroma: fruity, citrus, orange marmalade with some toffee/caramel

taste: sweet, fruity, citrus, grapes and spice, with some candied banana and a solid malt backbone.

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Photo of mungus
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dcmchew
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Rwalford74
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of magpieken
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of vinicole
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale copper. Wispy head.
English hops to the nose with a hint of malt.
Freshly mown grass and honey. Malt biscuit.
Moderate carbonation.
A good late summer beer.

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Photo of soju6
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a solid head that fades to quite a bit of lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, caramel, nuts with some fresh grain.

T: Taste of citrus, a bit fruity, caramel sweetness, nutty and fresh grain. Nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium boy, smooth with a subtle richness.

O: Enjoyable beer, quite good for the sytle.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. It's so cute how British brewers call anything with 5% ABV 'strong'.

This beer pours a crystal clear medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy dirty white head, which leaves a few instances of random wave crest lace around the glass as it evenly wisps away.

It smells of sweet, grainy caramel malt, a bit of herbal tea herbal notes, and some musty, dusty leafy hops. The taste is more sweet, kind of biscuity, grainy malt, with a touch of caramel/toffee essence, ethereally muddled citrus, stoney orchard drupe fruit, mild mustiness, and herbal, leafy hops.

The bubbles are well restrained, though hardly oppressed, the body a wavering medium weight, with a rather agreeable, generally untainted smoothness. It finishes well off-dry, the grainy, bready malt, and lingering inward-looking fruitiness carrying through to the end, with a slightly floral, slightly warm offset the only other loitering agent in the mix.

A standard, and equitably engaging pale ale, of the English persuasion, with a varied fruit and hop melange, that renders this a somewhat surprising candidate for another round or two, wherein my picky nature gets overridden by the generally placid drinkability of this pub-friendly offering.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml brown bottle purchased for me by the in-laws for Christmas.

Pours a pale, relatively clear golden-orange colour, with a fine, but inconsistent head of pure white. Some speckled lacing. Very fine and prolific carbonation, that swirls powdery and anarchic when tilted. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is rather sweet and sweaty, with some tea-like overtones from the weak hops. There's a herbal sweetness to it, and a slightly funky fragrance. Something buttery and sickly, like lemon curd icing. It's hard to put it all together into something coherent, and the beer fails a little in this way. I'm not overly enthusiastic.

Taste is light and empty, with a slight bite of earthy hops on the back, and a light herbal astringency. Sweet malt comes through pretty weakly, but it lends a slightly sickly tone to the beer. Fortunately, the lightness means that it never gets too offensive, but it's a close thing.

Feel is smooth and light, fitting and pleasant enough.

Overall, I'm not really that impressed. It's OK, but not really any better than that—the sweetness is only tempered by the fact that it's actually quite flavourless. Neither of those descriptions is a sign of a great beer.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a fading white head.
Nose shows some sweet malt and toffee. Also some floral hints.
Very similar flavours, but more spicy hops rather than floral notes.
Carbonation seems a bit high.
Perfectly reasonable but not all that interesting.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of sfprint
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

exp: Nov 2012

A: Beautiful warm copper color, very light risng carbonation, sea foam head.
S: Interesting and pleasant spices that I can't quite place. slight plasticy alcohol
T: Tart plasticy alcohol, which I didn't expect. in the direction of an amber, a hair of dull bitterness
M: Not much texture. a hair dry.
O: Okay and drinkable but unexciting

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Photo of cammo84
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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Haymaker from Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
3.63 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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