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Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.

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Pale Ale - English
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3.96 | pDev: 6.31%
Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
England, United Kingdom
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chinabeergeek from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

day two at NERAX 2009

deep golden straw with amber tones. faint haze. lots of sudsy, bubbly head, stays around. no lace.

aroma: caramel, with some definite albeit light fruity esters. the NERAX brochure describes "lychee", but i don't entirely agree. touch of grassy hop.

taste: nice balance of grassy, resinous hops and light, caramelized malts. touch of apple esters. mild to moderate bitterness that persists into a dry finish.

light body. starts smooth but ultimately just a bit watery. nice, moderate carbonation gives a faint prickle that is refreshing, redeeming the score a bit. touch of resinous and acidic textures before smoothing out again in the finish.

May 04, 2009
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JohnQVegas from Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask @ Beer Table, into tulip pint.

Pours hazy dark gold, with a big, bubbly white courtesy of a sparkler. Head settles into a nice thin white cap later on.

Nose is floral, lightly hoppy with some biscuity malt coming through as well. Hints of citrus.

Taste is simple and beautiful - a bit of biscuity malt up front, with a floral, slight citrusy hop character that is inviting and delicious. Finish is lightly bitter, just a bit fruity, invites the next sip before the first is even done.

Mouthfeel is just a bit fluffy, beautifully done. Drinkability is stellar - could have happily stuck to this one all night and for several nights to come as well.

Mar 30, 2009
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wl0307 from England

3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this beer by half-pint at my Wetherspoon local on 20/05/05 during its May Beerfestival.

Appearance: a little hazy amber colour, with a thin but lasting white head.
Smell: hop-dominated, some lemon-peel aroma and flowery scent--on balance quite soft on nose.
Taste & Aftertaste: understated peach fruit-tea flavour with very light grassy/herbal/citrusy-peel hops at the back; the finish has a dryish hop-kickback, while the bitterness coming with it is satisfyingly lingering...
Mouthfeel & Drinkability: a light-bodied ale with a bit too mild and soft mouthfeel; again, this is an ale whose aftertaste provides the major pleasure. Overall, apart from being not very special, it's not bad either. But I reckon that it could've been much more tasty if tasted when it was fresher. Will re-review this beer in the near future.

May 21, 2005
First Light from Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 4 ratings