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The Alexandra Hotel (Castle Rock)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Castle Rock - Harvest PaleExceptional2
360° - Pale #39Excellent1
Amber Ales - Fresh Hopped Autumn PaleExcellent1
Castle Rock - First Mo-ElExcellent1
Castle Rock - HareExcellent1
Castle Rock - Hemlock BitterExcellent1
Castle Rock - Henry Normal Nottinghamian Celebration AleExcellent1
Castle Rock - Midnight OwlExcellent1
Castle Rock - RattyExcellent1
From the Notebook (brewed at Allendale) - RobinExcellent1
Totally Brewed - Punch in the Face IPAExcellent1
Totally Brewed - Slap in the FaceExcellent1
Amber Ales - Jasmine IPAGood1
Castle Rock - SnowhiteAcceptable1
Hook Norton - Hooky Mild Acceptable1
Kelham Island - Back to BlackAcceptable1
Oakham - Green Hop Harvest AleAcceptable1
Amber Ales - BritanniaNot Tried0
Amber Ales - RevolutionNot Tried0
Atom - Half LifeNot Tried0
Boss - BlissNot Tried0
Boss - BlondeNot Tried0
Bude - PorthbudNot Tried0
Burton Bridge - DBANot Tried0
Burton Bridge - Hooray HenleyNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Autumn DaysNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Black GoldNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Elsie MoNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Florence Boot Nottinghamian Celebration AleNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Hop on BoardNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Preservation Classic Red AleNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Red HartNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Screech OwlNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Session IPA 2.0v1.7 Simcoe/Ahtanum/ColumbusNot Tried0
Colchester - No Man's LandNot Tried0
Dark Star - Espresso StoutNot Tried0
Dark Star - RevelationNot Tried0
Exit 33 (formerly The Brew Company then Sky's Edge) - Thirst AidNot Tried0
Goldmark - Liquid GoldNot Tried0
Great Heck - DAVENot Tried0
Green Jack - Orange WheatNot Tried0
Kelham Island - Big Black Blue SoundNot Tried0
Lincoln Green - SherwoodNot Tried0
Lincoln Green - Tuck PorterNot Tried0
Loch Lomond - Bonnie N' BitterNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde MildNot Tried0
Moorhouse's - Black Cat MildNot Tried0
Oldershaw - Blonde VoluptaNot Tried0
Pentrich - Eighteen SeventeenNot Tried0
Revolutions - MemorabiliaNot Tried0
Salopian - Lemon DreamNot Tried0
Theakston - Old PeculierNot Tried0
Thwaites - Nutty BlackNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Alexandra Hotel, Derby, Derbyshire

Visits Details

09 Jan 2018 (Jason)
Late afternoon and empty in the right hand bar with the exception of the pub's friendly resident rabbit, who's pen occupies half the bar area.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80ExceptionalFaultless condition
Theakston - Old Peculier5.60Not Tried
Salopian - Lemon Dream4.50Not Tried
Castle Rock - Black Gold3.50Not Tried
Exit 33 (formerly The Brew Company then Sky's Edge) - Thirst Aid4.00Not Tried
Castle Rock - Session IPA 2.0v1.7 Simcoe/Ahtanum/Columbus4.00Not Tried
Castle Rock - Preservation Classic Red Ale4.40Not Tried
Amber Ales - Britannia6.00Not Tried
24 Jul 2017 (ChrisE)
Monday afternoon for a retirement do that has filled tha saloon bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - Henry Normal Nottinghamian Celebration Ale4.20Excellent
24 Nov 2016 (Jason)
Late afternoon and busy. Left hand bar busy. The right side, which I've never drank in, was empty.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80ExceptionalSuperb condition. I could've had a shave in the reflection from the glass!
Castle Rock - Black Gold3.50Not Tried
Kelham Island - Big Black Blue Sound5.30Not Tried
Castle Rock - Florence Boot Nottinghamian Celebration Ale4.20Not Tried
Bude - Porthbud4.00Not Tried
Pentrich - Eighteen Seventeen4.50Not Tried
Burton Bridge - DBA4.80Not Tried
Atom - Half Life5.20Not Tried
11 Dec 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Christmas reunion party down to just 3 now.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - First Mo-El4.40Excellent
From the Notebook (brewed at Allendale) - Robin4.00ExcellentAnnoying that proper provenance is not declared - becoming an increasingly big problem as commercial forces try to exploit us in the micro-breweries' growth phenomenon
Castle Rock - Elsie Mo4.70Not Tried
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Boss - Blonde4.00Not Tried
Boss - Bliss4.60Not Tried
Colchester - No Man's Land4.20Not Tried
18 Jul 2014 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime visit and already doing a good trade. I was surprised to see one of the large Network South East digital clocks clunking away in the bar (fortunately the seconds are not working so it only clunks once per minute) and even more surprised to see the cab of a class 37 diesel locomotive in the car park. I had a good chat with the lady behind the bar and various customers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - Hemlock Bitter4.00ExcellentA good traditional bitter.
Castle Rock - Black Gold3.50Not Tried
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Espresso Stout4.20Not Tried
Green Jack - Orange Wheat4.20Not Tried
Oldershaw - Blonde Volupta5.00Not Tried
Burton Bridge - Hooray Henley4.50Not Tried
Castle Rock - Hop on Board4.20Not Tried
21 May 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Almost the perfect alehouse with each handpump labelled with colour, tasting notes, abv, price details plus a CAMRA discount on all real ales and a perpetual One over the Eight promotion on Castle Rock beer purchases.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - Midnight Owl5.50Excellent
Castle Rock - Ratty4.00Excellent
Totally Brewed - Slap in the Face4.00ExcellentTongue raspingly dry. Notes say tangerine and pomegranate flavour and it was
Totally Brewed - Punch in the Face IPA4.80ExcellentAnother tongue raspingly dry beer with orange flavours
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Goldmark - Liquid Gold4.00Not Tried
Revolutions - Memorabilia4.50Not Tried
19 Mar 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. This place gets better and better. It has now added a beer description tab in front of each handpump and a top shelf fully illuminated colour light shunting signal. With low prices plus CAMRA discount and Castle Rock 1 over the 8 well .........
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - Hare4.20ExcellentDescribed as having a ripe stone fruit flavour and it has just that
360° - Pale #393.90Excellent
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Thwaites - Nutty Black3.30Not Tried
Castle Rock - Midnight Owl5.50Not Tried
Dark Star - Revelation5.70Not Tried
Amber Ales - Revolution4.50Not TriedCame on just as I was leaving
02 Jan 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Roaring fire to warm the soul.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Amber Ales - Jasmine IPA5.00GoodGood but not the hop hit I expected
Castle Rock - Elsie Mo4.70Not Tried
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde Mild3.70Not Tried
Loch Lomond - Bonnie N' Bitter3.80Not Tried
Lincoln Green - Tuck Porter4.70Not Tried
Castle Rock - Red Hart5.00Not Tried
07 Dec 2013 (Andrew)
Funny old pub this. A two room affair; one being basicish, one being more theatrical. I liked it though.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hook Norton - Hooky Mild 2.80AcceptableWatery liquified rasins
Castle Rock - Snowhite4.20AcceptableBit too yeasty. Not a par on the poly-pin Cam and I had in lyme.
Kelham Island - Back to Black4.10AcceptableA black IPA, a style I do not agree with.
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Castle Rock - Screech Owl5.50Not Tried
Lincoln Green - Sherwood4.40Not Tried
Castle Rock - Autumn Days4.40Not Tried
29 Oct 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Very busy with darts night.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Amber Ales - Fresh Hopped Autumn Pale4.40Excellent
Oakham - Green Hop Harvest Ale3.60AcceptableOK but little flavour to excite
Moorhouse's - Black Cat Mild3.40Not Tried
Castle Rock - Elsie Mo4.70Not Tried
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Castle Rock - Midnight Owl5.50Not Tried
Great Heck - DAVE3.80Not Tried

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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