Flagship | Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.

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

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 26
Photo of Hanglow
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best beer from hook Norton I have had so far, bought from brewery shop. What you would expect from a traditional English brewery when it offers up a mid 5 percent bottle conditioned copper ale.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2018. Acquired recently from Waitrose. The label mentions that this was originally brewed to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. Described as an IPA hopped with Admiral.

A: Poured into a tulip pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy marmalade-amber hue with moderate carbonation and fine suspended sediment. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of spicy, fruity hops with hints of lime, mild citrus zest, leafiness, hay, subtle caramel malt, ale yeast and earthiness. Very English in character; understated but nicely balanced.

T: Tastes of leafy, fruity hops with notes of subtle citrus peel, spice, herbs, grass/hay, mild caramel malt, ale yeast and a lingering earthiness. Faintly sweet, accompanied by a modest leafy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and good body for the style. Chewy and unfizzy. Aftertaste of bitter leafy hops, subtle fruitiness, ale yeast and mild caramel malt.

O: Eschews the modern penchant for insanely aromatic hops and instead opts for subtlety and tradition. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour showcase leafy hops, mild fruitiness, hay, ale yeast and caramel malt. Nice body. Balanced and drinkable - hopheads may complain about the lack of intensity but this is well-crafted. Would be perfect in a Cotswold pub. Worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark amber colour with a frothy beige head. Aromas of citrus, grapefruit & biscuit. Tastes of citrus, hay, grapefruit, biscuit, toffee & hints of spice. Finish has a sweet citrus-grapefruit biscuit hopped medium bitter end.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden clear body with quickly diminishing white head
Lovely aroma of barley sugar and lime zest
Flavour matches the aroma with a lasting soapy bitterness
Solid mouthfeel
Awesome mix of US & UK Ipa

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Photo of patre_tim
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Cloudy bruised pear copper, lots of fine bubbles, 3 fingers of beige head.

S: Earthy, a sort of smelly foot like a woman’s not a man’s, glue.

T: Glue, lots of beefy umami bitterness, light sour quality, dry tannic qualities like black tea.

M: Thick, chewy, little carbonation, dry tannic finish.

O: Got at Villa Market in Bangkok, drank in Hat Yai, March 2nd, 2015. Great label on the bottle. Sort of clunky, but a good brew.

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Photo of LeeSkilton
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tescos 500ml bottle, blue label with ship on.
It's a golden seethrough light coloured beer with 2cm yellowy white head.
The smell is a little sweet for an ipa but some grapefruit in there
Taste is great not as powerful as the kind of IPA I would normally like such as a strong brewdog for example
Mouthfeel is good because after the smooth comes a really bitter fizz that is great on the tongue.
Overall I gave the beer a 3.5 because I've had better IPAs but enjoyed this rather light one more than most.

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Photo of Jetulio
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass
Appearance... amber beer with a 2 fingers
head colour white
Aroma... spices and hop, strong smell with a little touch of malty aroma too
Taste...grassy and malty start, bitterness appears soon lasting all the time with a dry finish
Mouthfeel... medium body and soft carbonation
Overall... a very nice india ale, bitterness is present with different additions of malt and dryness.

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Photo of vinicole
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned. Amber. Lots of effervescence. Continually built head.
Zesty hops with a light malt and fruit aroma.
Taste continues the aroma. Citrus fruit moving to a caramel and then dry finish.
Smooth due to the conditioning.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Against the Grain, Dublin.

Hazy honey-goldenrod with continuously rising parchment-coloured head that rings.
Resin, marmalade and sponge cake on the nose.
Honey, mango, caramel and pear cake, some woody vanilla in the middle, then a big resin and orange rind hop hit.
Lemon cookie linger and nettle linger.
Medium starting to get heavy, sticky, chewy, a bit hot.

Flagged as 6.3% on draft, which confuses me.

Punches way above it's weight; almost like a DIPA. Some very American characteristics to the aroma, and serious bitterness. (Admiral is the most prominently named hops, but there is EKG and Fuggles in there, too.) Curious if it hold up in the bottle.

Welcome addition to the new generation of "traditional" English IPAs.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned (5.5%): 500ml, drank one day before its best before date.

Light amber to orange in colour with an off-white head.

The nose is citrus hops and yeast: next to no maltiness found in the smells.

The taste has a hoppy start which turns into a sweeter maltier centre followed by a dry bittering finish.

Enjoyed it just as much as the cask one I've reviewed.

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Flagship from Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 26 ratings