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Thomas Hooker Nor'Easter Lager | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
hookerbeer.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed to celebrate Winter in New England, Nor'Easter Lager possesses a Hearty Malt flavor delicately accented by mild winter spices.

16 IBU

Added by Boto on 11-29-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,789
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
151
pDev:
23.03%
Bros Score:
1.37
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 151 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of HamdenHector
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep amber in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; very little lacing;

S: baked apples followed by nutmeg and cinnamon;

T: can't define the initial taste, but it morphs into warm apple cider, then into apples baked with brown sugar and cinnamon; very little bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: interesting; not something I would drink except with dessert;

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Photo of Enriquehopnog
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of ChrisChagnon
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of NJBeer265
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of donniecuffs
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured bronze with one finger of offwhite head into an American pint glass, with nice lacing. The smell was toffee, pink grapefruit, and malt. The taste was much more interesting: toasted popcorn (maybe cracker jack?), toffee, cocoa powder, and nuttiness, with a definite almond/hazelnut sweet finish and aftertaste. Creamy, medium-bodied mouthfeel, with not much carbonation. A pleasant winter warmer, but not the best that I've tried.

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Photo of TBuikus
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of jwps214
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of PoppyParthenonE
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of stemcell001
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this on tap. I haven't heard of this offering from Hooker, so I was really interested in trying it. I didn't know what to expect because I forgot to ask what style of beer it was. So it was rather interesting to see a very nice brown to garnet body with a cream thick head. From the name (I was told only that it was Nor'Easter not Nor'Easter Lager) I was expecting a stout. It had a pleasant bready, malt smell with some hints of spices and tastes much like it smelled. It had a very smooth mouthfeel. If I had been to the restaurant for more than just lunch with my family, I would have ordered a few more.

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Photo of JMD
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Rich mahogany color with small off white head that quickly fades. A small amount of lacing.

S: Sweet malty aroma. Carmel, cookie dough and lots of fresh fruit. hints of spice as well.

T: Same as the aroma, sweet and fruity, but not overpowering. Carmel malt with hints of ripe fruit. Light vanilla and spice.

M: Medium bodied with little carbonation.

D: Nice winter offering from Thomas Hooker. I was skeptical at first, I thought this one would be too sweet. But its nicely balance and very drinkable.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark red with a smallish tan head that leaves no lacing. The Smell is only average with scents of apple,bread yeast,holiday spices,and roasted malt. The taste is creamy with roasted malt,bread yeast,apples,and vanilla. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing well. A very tasty beer,that will down well with Holiday meals.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, caramelized malts, coffee, chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with strong and creamy flavors of coffee and chocolate, then some dark fruit in the background. The hops presence is mild and the malt character is hearty creating a decent balance. It seems like a toned-down version of Liberator. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, this beer's complexity makes it worth drinking for a little while if you want something with substance that is slightly different.

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another in the line of winter beers for me to review.

A: Light fluffy head less than a finger semi quickly fades. Very clear copper color.

N: Very light sweet malt aroma and some crystal malt, some crisp lager like aromas. Little bit of toastiness and touch of spices.

T: Wow! Taste starts creamy, sweet, candy, apple, toasty, toffee. Lots of candy like. It has a candy/caramel coated apple like flavor, way out there. Some sweet malt flavors. The candy is crazy. Some toasty flavors as well mingle with the rest, and some toffee, caramel, and creamy flavors seem to fade last. The abv seems a little low for being a winter warmer, but from what I've reviewed so far perhaps that is becoming a usual occurrence.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation.

F: Finishes a little sweet with the lingering candy, caramel, and toffee slowly fading away. Light sugar coating on the mouth. As I open and close my mouth, somewhat smack it, I get more apple and caramel coated apple flavors. More toffee flavors seem to linger a bit, very slightly giving way to almost a coffee flavor. Actually, for being what it is, a spiced lighter feel, lower abv, with fruit and candy, I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected to. An interesting beer to sip and enjoy as a dessert.

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Photo of gromis
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a medium/dark brown/amber. This one has a different nose to it; it's not unpleasant or anything, it's just that I really can't describe it. It has a really nice malt flavor to it and I could find myself drinking a few of these in a session. As a "winter warmer", I really can't discern any additional spices, but I guess the 6.0 ABV is what puts it in this category. Very enjoyable nonetheless; will buy this again in the future.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Hooker pint glass from a growler obtained at the Thomas Hooker Brewery in Bloomfield, Conn.

A: Poured a copper-tinged amber brown color with a two-finger head of tannish foam which left a little lace, but the head faded halfway down the brew.

S: Smells a little sweet and bready, with the faint aroma of ginger, nutmeg, vanilla and other spices.

T: Flavor is a light brush of oak-aged vanilla and cinnamon to start. This gives way to a healthy caramel malt base with notes of ginger and sweet, slightly spicy cake. The flavor wears a little thin around mid-palate, but finishes with a faint vanilla smoothness.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not too heavy or astringent with spices.

D: A nice, mellow vanilla and spiced flavor with some sturdy caramel malts make this a decent winter brew. Not overpowering in the spice department, which is a good thing, but when it was done, I felt like it was pulling a punch or two.

I was told at the brewery that this brew started as the Octoberfest base, which got me all jazzed up, but felt a little let down by the overall impression left by the Nor'Easter. Not too bad, but I'd have liked to see more hop spiciness come through the sweet vanilla spices presented here. Worth a try though for the holidays.

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Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from the Brewery: This one pours a clear, ruby tinged dark amber color. There was a pretty decent tan head on it, but it subsides quickly. There is a nice aroma to it. The spices are up front, but not overpowering. The spices seem to be those that would be in an apple pie, plus a bit of oatmeal. Caramel malts also. The taste is good also. Spices are there, but not overdone. Some oatmeal and biscuity flavors also. A good malt body, but just a hint of sweetness. Nice brew.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this at Brass Rail, enjoyed on Christmas in a mug from the 12oz

The color is dark amber with good clarity and two fingers of beige head with very fine bead and spots of lace. The smell has a lot of malt in the nose with toasted ester and mild berry odor with a light herbal hop scent. The feel has a lot of malt with sweet tinge and light toasted texture with moderately carbonated with semi-dry finish and medium full body with mildly bitter finish.

The taste has a mellow entry with hints of toast and caramel and light fruity element with slight berry aspect and subtle spice with gentle nutty and slight vanilla taste with a hint of herbal hop as it finishes. Overall I think this is a decent lager- nice full malt with style seems to be fest/bock very drinkable and clean

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Photo of Jimmers
3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of barleyroad
3.91/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is amber with a nice light cream foam. Smell, in very faint and lacking in the aroma area. Mouthfeel is very clean and crisp, lays well in the mouth. Taste is nice and the hints of herbs are nice. This beer is balanced well in the spices and herbs. We had a 2010 and this 2011 is much better. Good with some stew or chowder.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.91/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy dark copper color, but the head almost immediately disapears completely. looks flat, even though its not. smells a spicy almost boozy whiskey smell, even though it's not high alcohol. toffee and carmel in the aroma as well. a heavy sweetness in the taste that I can't quite but a finger on, but I like it. lower carbonation. body is thinner, but has an intersting "sticky" aftertaste.
suprising tasty for being probably 8 or 9 months old, I'd like to taste it fresh

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Photo of WesWes
3.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry pilsner and crystal malt scent as well as a light roasted character. The taste is good. It has an interesting malt profile. It's dry and roasted up front with some sweet caramel notes next, finishing with a dry spiced character It's not terribly bitter or hoppy, but it does seem to have a moderate contribution. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking winter seasonal. It's lightly spiced and riddled with excellent malt flavor and excellent mouthfeel.

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Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at a Friday happy hour at the brewery. Dark amber honey colored with a beige frothy head that recedes slowly.

Aroma of toasted biscuit malt and cinnamon. Rich flavor of medium toasted malt, cinnamon and vanilla, maybe just a touch of cocoa. Semi-sweet, not cloying.

Even mouthfeel, full and rich, moderate carbonation. Very drinkable beer, I had about 5 draughts of this during the evening.

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Photo of u2carew
3.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz long neck. Consumed 01/08/10

A) Pours with a thin head that quickly settles. Very little lacing. Body is clear and amber in color.
S) Sweet. Subtle herbs. Notes of dates, cranberry, raspberry, cherries maybe even some heather.
T) First initial taste - a wow! A mouthful of herbs. Heather, maybe some jasmine and lavender. Dark fruits - cherries! Finishes flavorful and with a lingering cherry aftertaste.
M) Earthy sweet. Closer to medium body. Slightly crisp and fizzy up front. Mostly mellow and smooth.
D) A yummy seasonal brew. Nice job T-Hook!

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Photo of Stratocat0
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Thomas Hooker Nor'Easter Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 151 ratings
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