While looking back at my reviews for The Brew Club, I noticed that the only Hook Norton brew I’ve reviewed is their Double Stout, which I reviewed back in April 2010; I have omitted their flagship brew ‘Old Hooky’ something I will address as soon as I can get hold of a couple of bottles.
Anyway, as part of my exploration of Golden Ales, I decided to try ‘Hooky Gold, Hook Norton’s entrant into the Golden Ale stakes. This is the first Hook Norton brew to feature American hops (Williamette from Oregon) and promises a ‘noble hop aroma’.
Hmm… we shall see.
It pours a bright summer gold, with a crisp white foaming head, all very promising, yes there are some citrus and floral hop notes in the nose, but overall the nose is a little disappointing, at least when chilled, it’s better at room temperature.
Maybe my nose has been blasted by all those IPA varieties!
The flavour is crisp and hoppy, it’s refreshingly dry, not too bitter, ideal for a warm summer’s day and would provide an ideal (and not too challenging) alternative to a lager, which is, I guess what Golden Ales are all about.
Using The Brew Club’s rating system I’d give Hooky Gold three stars “Something that does what it sets out to, I’d be happy to drink it again.”, but there are other Golden Ales I’d put on my shelf first.
Bob the Brit