206. Haymaker

Posted: March 20, 2014 in ale, International beer
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Haymaker - BOTTLE Haymaker
Great Britain - flag

Company info:
Hook Norton Brewery


Bottle size sampled: 500 mL

Alcohol: 5.0%
Standard drinks: 2

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for AU$4.99

Label info: ‘Haymaker is a strong pale ale of distinctive taste, best served lightly chilled. Plenty of Goldings hops during brewing give it a certain something extra – like sunshine on the tongue. Why not try Haymaker with spicy food. Cheers’
‘Back to Nature – At Hook Norton we do our very best to make sure that our brewing processes are as environmentally friendly as possible. First of all we go right back to nature, using our own spring-fed well to provide all the water we need to brew our beer. The grains that are a by-product of the brewing process are sent to local farmers to use as cattle feed. These ideas aren’t new to us – it’s the way we’ve always liked to do things’.

What the label really means: ‘Like sunshine on the tongue, I am itching to sink my teeth into this one’

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: Here is a very unique water-colour inspired design of a horse attached to saddle and pulley system standing in front of a wagon loaded high with hay. In fact the hay is so high it’s a bloke’s height plus another half. One man stands with a rake, scratching the sides of the pile, while one man stands on top of the pile, rake in hand, wondering what in hell’s name he’s doing up there, and how he’ll get down. Off in the distance a large building stands as what I presume is the brewery – surrounded by luscious farming hills.
It’s a fun, calm label that sings of history, fresh clean country air, hard work and thirst. I really like this.Haymaker - GLASS

I give it a label rating of 7.5 out of 10.

AROMA: An enticingly floral, hoppy aroma. 

Taste: GLASS: Good strong caramelised malt flavours flow through this very easy to drink, smooth beer. There’s a nice bitter finish that tops this off and makes for a very enjoyable beer.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 8 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE: From the bottle, Haymaker becomes a little sharper, a little dryer, a loses a bit of that malt complexity. Stick to the glass for maximum flavour.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 6.5 out of 10.

Accompanying food: Turkey or chicken would suit this brew to a tee.

Best season to appreciate: The darker tones of this brew make this a genuine Winter warmer.

All-nighter beer? I feel this could become a little too heavy after a few.

NEXT WEEK: Moon Boy Golden Ale

  1. Booroy Tazzle says:

    Another big malt Pom Pale Ale. A fantastic fellow that does his economic duty and gets on the outside of ten of these chunky farouks is in serious peril of contracting a jot of chundercide.


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