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Hooker | George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery

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Brewed by:
George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed every spring for the Six Nations Ruby Tournament, cask and bottles only.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 11-27-2003

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Reviews by EmperorBevis:
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3.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Judging from the other reviews have I got a rogue good beer?

upon opening the white bubbles foamed up and the bottle had a thick head, how odd.

poured into a handled dimpled pint pot to reveal an amber and straw body with a real thick white head.

A real hoppy aroma is thrown up as well from just opening the bottle with malts and flowery notes that really spiked my appetite.

Those flavours come with hop tastes and that floral taste which point to a really good bitter but there is another background taste there that spoils the beer can't put my finger on it, closest that I can think is gravy browning.

Its not overbearing but there, this however is almost forgiven by the great carbonation and near perfect mouthfeel.

Better than expected for a novelty beer, quite good actually apart from the strange aftertaste.

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2.86/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of March 2012. Label states the ABV as 4.1%. Brewed to commemorate the Six nations rugby tournament.

Poured into a Sam Smith's glass. A clear golden-amber colour with good carbonation. Produces a large head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of sweetish malt with some notes of caramel and yeasty esters.

Tastes of caramel malt with a dry, mildly bitter finish. Notes of caramel/toffee and hints of esters, accompanied by a harsh stewed leaf character upon swallowing. Slightly watery. Mouthfeel is smooth but has considerable astringency. Aftertaste of stewed leaves.

Not an enjoyable beer - it's both dull and has an unpleasant flavour. I won't be having this again, and couldn't recommend it to anyone else either.

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2.62/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hooker is brewed every spring (for the annual Six Nations Ruby Tournament) and is currently (2011) sitting at 4.1%ABV and with a new front label on the bottles and a changed font if on cask.

My 500ml brown bottle was best before 31 Mar 2012 and was drank/reviewed 7 Mar 2011.

Poured into a vase shaped pint, 'Old Speckled Hen' badged. The body is a light amber, clear and showing carbonisation rushing upwards to the full snowy white foaming head.

Very little aroma, some hops and yeast present if you sniff long and hard enough, otherwise not a lot of anything.

The flavours are a dry tasting blend of hops and unsweetened barley malts. It isn't bitter in taste, but certainly isn't sweet either. The dryness seemed to increase as the tasting progressed and I thought it dry in the first mouthfull!

I suppose you could call it refreshing, but I found it wanting in all aspects. Almost odourless, too dry and bland in both texture and taste.

The worst beer I've had from Batemans. I can only assume the cask version is a whole lot better.

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3.76/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted by a half-pint at a JDW pub in central London, the name of which escapes my hazy memory...

A: clear amber hue, coming with a fluffy off-white head and low carbonation; served cool, just ideal for a cask-conditioned ale.
S: Goldings' citric kick underlines the juicy pale malts -- simplistic but balanced, and smelling very fresh indeed.
T: floral hoppiness and fast intensifying dryish bitterness abound, showing a deepening impact and a good vertical structure; a mildly roasty hint shows at the back, while biscuity-malt's bitter-sweetness lingers very well along with the hoppy aftertaste mixed of peaches, orange peels and hayish dried-leafy hops.
M&D: the palate is very clean, and carbonation soft, making this a med-bodied, hoppy Best Bitter that is true to its classic flavour. When it is served fresh, I think this ale is even quaffable!

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Hooker from George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery
Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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