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The Alexandra Hotel (Castle Rock)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Castle Rock - TwaybladeExceptional1
Phoenix - HopsackExcellent1
Goddards - Fuggle (or Fuggle Dee-Dum)Excellent1
Wood Street - Ebony StoutExcellent1
Cross Bay - ZenithExcellent1
Castle Rock - Bouncing BombExcellent1
Amber Ales - Imperial IPAExcellent1
Oakham - The Hare and the HedgehogExcellent1
Castle Rock - Shaggy Ink CapExcellent1
Mauldons - Blackberry PorterExcellent1
Bosun's - Yorkshire PalsGood1
Fuller's - Red FoxGood1
Castle Rock - Fredrick Gibson Garton Nottinghamian Celebration AleGood1
Castle Rock - Elsie MoNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Harvest PaleNot Tried0
Mauldons - Micawber's MildNot Tried0
West Berkshire - Mr Chubb's Lunchtime BitterNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Preservation Fine AleNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Screech OwlNot Tried0
Clark's (sometimes shown as Westgate Brewery) - BeachcomberNot Tried0
Bushy's - Ruby (1874) MildNot Tried0
Slater's - Top TottyNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Midnight OwlNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Dark MullenNot Tried0
Castle Rock - HarlequinNot Tried0
Dark Star - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Saltaire - Hazelnut Coffee PorterNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Black Gold MildNot Tried0
Saltaire - Challenger SpecialNot Tried0
Rudgate - Ruby MildNot Tried0
Northern (see also Blakemere) - Blakemere Jewel Not Tried0
Wood Street - DevilwoodNot Tried0
Burton Bridge - Pimlico PioneerNot Tried0
Titanic - MildNot Tried0
Dark Star - RevelationNot Tried0
Magpie - FlyerNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde MildNot Tried0
Kelham Island - Gentleman DeathNot Tried0
Magpie - Pere PaleNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Hemlock BitterNot Tried0
Thwaites - Nutty BlackNot Tried0
Titanic - Plum PorterNot Tried0
Portobello - APANot Tried0
Rudgate - Norse NectaNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Black GoldNot Tried0
White Horse - Black Horse PorterNot Tried0
Castle Rock - DormouseNot Tried0
Amber Ales - Jasmine IPANot Tried0
Picture 1. The Alexandra Hotel, Derby, Derbyshire

Visits Details

24 Oct 2013 (HSB)
12:30 Right hand bar. Two groups playing cards. The pet rabbit in a cage was an unusual feature. I hadn't seen the Class 37 cab in the car park before.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Phoenix - Hopsack3.80ExcellentRefreshing.
Bosun's - Yorkshire Pals4.00GoodNothing special
Rudgate - Ruby Mild4.40Not Tried
Castle Rock - Black Gold3.50Not Tried
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
White Horse - Black Horse Porter5.00Not Tried
Castle Rock - Dormouse4.40Not Tried
Amber Ales - Jasmine IPA5.00Not Tried
01 Jul 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Good to hear that Anna and Ralf married recently,
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - Twayblade6.00ExceptionalAbsolutely first rate
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Castle Rock - Hemlock Bitter4.00Not Tried
Thwaites - Nutty Black3.30Not Tried
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90Not Tried
Portobello - APA5.00Not Tried
Rudgate - Norse Necta4.30Not Tried
01 May 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - Bouncing Bomb4.40ExcellentVery creamy mouthfeel yet the sparkler was removed
Oakham - The Hare and the Hedgehog3.90Excellent
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde Mild3.70Not TriedPub's contribution to May is Mild Month
Castle Rock - Preservation Fine Ale4.40Not Tried
Kelham Island - Gentleman Death6.00Not Tried
Magpie - Pere Pale4.70Not Tried
10 Dec 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goddards - Fuggle (or Fuggle Dee-Dum)4.80ExcellentDark & wholesome
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Titanic - Mild3.50Not Tried
Castle Rock - Preservation Fine Ale4.40Not Tried
Dark Star - Revelation5.70Not Tried
Castle Rock - Shaggy Ink Cap4.50Not Tried
Magpie - Flyer4.10Not Tried
22 Nov 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Fairly quiet on a Thursday afternoon.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's - Red Fox4.30GoodSweet and malty red ale with biscuity malt dominating over fruity hop. My score 15/20.
13 Nov 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - Shaggy Ink Cap4.50ExcellentDark chocolate porter
Castle Rock - Fredrick Gibson Garton Nottinghamian Celebration Ale4.20GoodDark beer - tasted very thin
Rudgate - Ruby Mild4.40Not Tried
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Northern (see also Blakemere) - Blakemere Jewel 4.60Not Tried
Wood Street - Devilwood6.00Not Tried
Burton Bridge - Pimlico Pioneer4.50Not Tried
29 Oct 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit. Roaring fire burning wooden logs made for a welcome sight and a scorched derriere.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Amber Ales - Imperial IPA6.50ExcellentSuperb clarity. Dry unharsh bitterness and disguised strength
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Castle Rock - Preservation Fine Ale4.40Not Tried
Saltaire - Hazelnut Coffee Porter4.60Not Tried
Castle Rock - Black Gold Mild3.80Not Tried
Saltaire - Challenger Special5.20Not Tried
18 Oct 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cross Bay - Zenith5.00Excellent
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Bushy's - Ruby (1874) Mild3.50Not Tried
Slater's - Top Totty4.00Not Tried
Castle Rock - Midnight Owl5.50Not Tried
Castle Rock - Dark Mullen4.40Not Tried
Castle Rock - Harlequin4.00Not Tried
31 Aug 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
2015 hours visit. Landlady STILL operating with right arm in a sling after a short period out of it. One really wishes her well and a speedy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mauldons - Blackberry Porter4.80ExcellentJust as it says on the tin - a good balance and nice for sipping slowly
Castle Rock - Elsie Mo4.70Not Tried
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Mauldons - Micawber's Mild3.50Not Tried
West Berkshire - Mr Chubb's Lunchtime Bitter3.70Not Tried
Castle Rock - Preservation Fine Ale4.40Not Tried
Castle Rock - Screech Owl5.50Not Tried
Clark's (sometimes shown as Westgate Brewery) - Beachcomber4.20Not Tried
25 Aug 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
A few in late on a Saturday afternoon.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wood Street - Ebony Stout5.00ExcellentA good roasty stout with toasted malt and coffee flavours. Full bodied with some hop in the finish. My score 16/20.

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About The Alexandra Hotel

The pub sign. The Alexandra Hotel, Derby, Derbyshire

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional3
Excellent25
Good16
Acceptable7
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 2QE.

At one time a Shipstone's House (and later a Bateman's one for a short while) and is famed for being the birthplace of the Derby CAMRA Branch in 1974. Big detached Castle Rock pub, near the river, not far from the railway station. Large central bar serves 2 rooms with Castle Rock beers, guests, ciders and some continental beers. Real ale discount for card carrying CAMRA members. Walls adorned with lots of railwayana especially locomotive nameplates and numberplates. There is a Class 37 locomotive cab in the car park! 9 handpumps on the public bar counter.

We have visited this pub 39 times, seen 128 different beers and tried 50 of them.

Map location

Postcode: DE1 2QE