Old Hooky – Hook Norton Brewery, 4.6% ABV, (Oxon, UK)

On the back label:

“A beautifully balanced beer, fruity by nature with a well-rounded body and the suggestive echo of crystal malt. Brewed for the discerning drinker, try it as an accompaniment to meat dishes. Cheers!”

“We have been brewing award winning beers since 1849. Our traditional Victorian tower brewery, deep in the Oxfordshire countryside, is still powered by a steam engine.”

“Our beers contain natural ingredients – malted barley and wheat, hops and yeast. With pure spring water from our own spring-fed well.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I kinda like it: Great complexity for a low ABV beer
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: <$6 for a 500ml, Summer 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes
  • Listed in the “1001 beers you must taste before you die”

Tasting Notes: pours amber-orange-brown, decent thick head, sporadic sticky lacing, micro CO2, lots of CO2 streams. Medium malts on the nose. 5/10 mildly citrus fruitiness upfront mixed with medium malts and hints of nuttiness. Stays sweet through the mids and smoothly transitions into an off-dry hoppy bitterness that lingers at the top of mouth and partially down the throat. This beers drinks strangely “warm” and the carbonation is so ultra soft that all the flavour sensations are vibrant and clean <- quite unique. Medium-high body (amazing for 4.6% ABV), medium complexity, medium-long length, medium depth, 7/10 carry. Brewed with barley and wheat. Solid, worth 1x try.