Clearing out the beer in the booze cabinet/Victrola ahead of the Advent Booze Calendar stock-up I found a bottle of Cocker Hoop and popped it in the freezer while I nipped out to the grocer for some popcorn (watching an old Tarzan movie this afternoon). On my return it was cool and irresistible, so I didn’t resist.
With a colour like lightly stained oak, the initial mouth was a bit soapy and bitter but turned off more astringent with a hoppy (but a bit cat-box-y) aroma and a phenolic-to-industrial-adhesive note. All of these things work for me, especially with the wheaty/grassy finish but I think it might be an acquired taste. A bit like an American-style blonde beer but without any of the hints of fruit.