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Howling Hops Tank Bar (Brewery Tap)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Uto – Double Black IPA Exceptional1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - IPA No. 3 (West Coast Special) Excellent2
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream Pale Ale Excellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX No. 2Excellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Cog Zilla – Pale Riding Ale Excellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Chocolate StoutExcellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - IPA No. 2 (West Coast Special) Excellent2
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - American BrownExcellent3
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Double Coffee Chocolate Toffee Vanilla Milk Porter Excellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - 1/2 IPAExcellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - NZ Pale AleExcellent2
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale Ale No. 2Excellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Black XX No. 1 Excellent2
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Cherry GoseGood1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Ruby Red Dinner Ale Good1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - East End HefeweizenGood2
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Vienna LagerGood1
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - Burton Ale c.1924 Good1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale Ale No. 1Not Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX No. 1Not Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Farmhouse SaisonNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - LugerNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Aussie PaleNot Tried0
Picture 1. Howling Hops Tank Bar, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 2. Howling Hops Tank Bar, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 3. Howling Hops Tank Bar, Hackney, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

27 Apr 2017 (Stephen Harris)
I now have the advantage of a door-to-door bus service from this bar to my house (the No. 339). I should use it more often.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Black XX No. 1 5.50ExcellentA lovely Black IPA – I’ve missed it.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Double Coffee Chocolate Toffee Vanilla Milk Porter 6.30ExcellentHeavy and rich. Each of the listed ingredients is discernible.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - East End Hefeweizen4.50GoodCloudy, golden, banana. Slightly acidic.
05 Mar 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Evening meal and a few beers. A very pleasant atmosphere in here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - IPA No. 3 (West Coast Special) 6.90ExcellentSublime. More hops in this one glass than I tasted in 10 days abroad recently.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Cherry Gose4.50GoodPale red/pink in colour. Mouth-puckeringly sour. Cherries and some salt.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Vienna Lager6.00GoodNot a style I’m very fond of, but I thought I’d give it a go. Amber in colour. Malt dominated – caramel.
08 Feb 2017 (Stephen Harris)
My first time in here this year and I had almost forgotten just how good the food and the beer is (10 different beers available today). A note on the beer dispense method in use at this bar: All beers are served direct from the conditioning tanks, coming on as soon as they are ready and remaining on until the tank is empty. The beer is protected by what I think we used to call ‘blanket pressure’ – so beer does come into contact with gas and carbonation is low when the beer is fresh but builds up over time. These are not therefore ‘real ales’, unlike key-keg beers which are real ale by CAMRA’s definition.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - NZ Pale Ale5.10ExcellentInevitably, this is a pale and hoppy beer. The hops are Motueka and Nelson Sauvin. I need to increase my vocabulary for visits here if I am to capture the nuances of the different hop combinations.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale Ale No. 23.80ExcellentExcellent and exceptionally murky. An almost milky, thick, orangey colour. Hopped with Ella, Cascade and Galaxy.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - IPA No. 3 (West Coast Special) 6.90ExcellentPale cold in colour and a huge smack in the face of hops.
04 Dec 2016 (Stephen Harris)
It’s been a lovely day to be afoot in London and I have been exploring all over the place. It’s amazing though how many of these fairly random Sunday walks somehow seem to end up here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Chocolate Stout4.80ExcellentActually, maybe not all the beers here are hoppy. This one is silky smooth and chocolatey and sweet.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - 1/2 IPA3.00ExcellentFresh from the tank, this beer has an almost alarming, cloudy yellow colour. It is sharply hoppy.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Ruby Red Dinner Ale 5.00GoodA hoppy (they all are here), US-style Red.
04 Nov 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Great beer and food here. Eight tank beers available. A boffin was telling me that the beer dispense technology here is pretty much identical to that used by the Zero Degrees chain.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - IPA No. 2 (West Coast Special) 6.90ExcellentGorgeous.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream Pale Ale 5.50ExcellentAmber in colour. Raspberry and hops harmony with a creamy background taste. A very clever beer.
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - Burton Ale c.1924 5.40GoodA cloudy golden colour. Not like any Burton Ale I have ever drunk elsewhere.
05 Aug 2016 (Stephen Harris)
I ate in here this-evening for the first time and was not surprised to discover that the food is really good and tasty. All ten tanks were in use.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Uto – Double Black IPA 9.30ExceptionalA collaboration beer with Verdant Brewery. I must be in paradise, a 9.3% Black IPA.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - American Brown4.70ExcellentA murky brown beer, well-hopped with Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo and Simcoe.
23 Jul 2016 (Stephen Harris)
I came here after enjoying an afternoon watching athletics at the Olympic Stadium. Lots of other people had the same idea, so for a while it was very busy at the bar. About 7 beers available.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - IPA No. 2 (West Coast Special) 6.90ExcellentAnother pale hop bomb, this time with Mosaic, Columbus, Amarillo and Simcoe in the mix.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Aussie Pale5.20Not TriedA golden beer, well-hopped with Summer and Ella hops. Strength given today as 5.5%.
10 Jul 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Mid to late-evening to watch the Euro 2016 final. Although a very large screen had been erected, disappointingly the signal was coming over the internet rather than a standard TV signal. This meant a somewhat odd picture (the players all looked like Kryten out of Red Dwarf) and occasional loss of picture. The bar was busy, with the majority of support being for France. I also drank an IPA but did not record its details.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX No. 25.10ExcellentA new recipe of the Pale XX, with Citra, Motueka, Mosaic and Nelson Sauvin – giving a lusciously hop-filled beer.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Cog Zilla – Pale Riding Ale 4.50ExcellentNo surprise to find this beer is pale and hoppy.
26 May 2016 (Stephen Harris)
A brief, late stop on the way home from Hackney.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Black XX No. 1 5.50ExcellentNice to see this yummy beer available again.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - American Brown4.70ExcellentA dark, murky brown colour. Well carbonated. My second, lovely, hoppy Brown Ale of the evening.
15 May 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Standing room only in here on Sunday evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - American Brown4.70ExcellentA murky brown colour. Sticky malt and lots of hops.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - NZ Pale Ale5.10ExcellentGolden. Typically hop-filled.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - East End Hefeweizen4.50GoodYellowish gold in colour. Bananary and estery.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale Ale No. 13.80Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX No. 15.00Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Ruby Red Dinner Ale 5.00Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - IPA No. 2 (West Coast Special) 6.90Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Farmhouse Saison5.50Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Luger4.60Not Tried

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About the Howling Hops Tank Bar

The pub sign. Howling Hops Tank Bar, Hackney, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional3
Excellent58
Good16
Acceptable1
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Hackney, Greater London, E9 5EN.

The Howling Hops Brewery was established in July 2012 in the cellar of the Cock Tavern at Hackney Central. Very cramped conditions limited output and the varied range of beers could generally only be found in the pub. June 2015 saw the opening of a substantially larger brewery in Queens Yard, Hackney Wick and the associated, large Taproom. This occupies a former industrial premises, with the brewery itself at one end and a large space occupied by trestle tables at the other. Outside seating is also available and there is also a kitchen and a café-style counter. Uniquely in London at present, all the beers are poured directly from the conditioning tanks. Nearly as unusually, beers are only sold in two-third pint measures. The brewery stands almost next door to Crate Brewery.

We have visited this pub 33 times, seen 43 different beers and tried 41 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E9 5EN