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The Ale House (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Brewers Special ReserveExceptional1
Waen - Chilli Plum PorterExcellent1
Canterbury Brewers - East Kent Red Rye Green HopExcellent1
Arbor Ales - ArtisanExcellent1
Billericay - Chilli PorterExcellent1
Wiper and True - Porter (Rye Porter)Excellent1
Big Hand - TelekinesisExcellent1
Indy-Man-Brew-House (only collaborators with others) - Pale (brewed at Blackjack)Excellent1
Oakham - CitraExcellent1
Two by Two - Coconut PorterExcellent1
Oakham - DreamcatcherExcellent1
Northern Monk - Chennai Export PorterExcellent1
Weird Beard - Safe StoutExcellent1
Kent - SimcoeGood1
Scarborough - CitraGood1
Gyle 59 - ToujoursGood1
360° - West Coast IPAGood1
Brightside - Our TownGood1
Round Tower - LiminalGood1
Hope - Ghost RiderGood1
Whippet - House DoggeAcceptable1
King's Head - Crowdie's Oatmeal StoutAcceptable1
Mallinsons - Lindley Pale AleNot Tried0
Buntingford - Crow's NestNot Tried0
Deverell's - DarksideNot Tried0
Siren Craft - 1/2 Mast, Quarter IPANot Tried0
Hellhound - Black ShuckNot Tried0
First Chop Brewing Arm - SIPNot Tried0
Brass Castle - Ginger MarmaladeNot Tried0
Stewart - Dakota BrownNot Tried0
Blackjack - Flyer BestNot Tried0
Exmoor - GoldNot Tried0
Oakham - InfernoNot Tried0
Dark Star - Partridge Best BitterNot Tried0
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - Hitchin Old DarkNot Tried0
Camerons - Ebony FallNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - NZ Amber AleNot Tried0
Cambrinus Craft - St. Anthony's AleNot Tried0
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Belma & BrewiseNot Tried0
Cotleigh - Night OwlNot Tried0
Bishop Nick - Ridley's RiteNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Neither NorNot Tried0
Weird Beard - Boring Brown BeerNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - BlackbirdNot Tried0
Mauldons - KittyNot Tried0
Irving - DiamondNot Tried0
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing BuzzzNot Tried0
AllGates - Bugle HornNot Tried0
Vale - Black Swan MildNot Tried0
Scarborough - StoutNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild RavenNot Tried0
Park - Spankers IPANot Tried0
Bexley - Kent Green Hop (Gushmere Fuggles) Pale AleNot Tried0
Acorn - Secret AffairNot Tried0
Canterbury Brewers - Halfling IPANot Tried0
Track - KarameaNot Tried0
Green Jack - Ripper TripelNot Tried0
Bishop Nick - EmbersNot Tried0
Nethergate Growler - Black ShadowNot Tried0
Liverpool Organic - Liverpool StoutNot Tried0
Big Smoke - Dark Wave PorterNot Tried0
Gipsy Hill - BounderNot Tried0
Dark Star - Wheat PurpleNot Tried0
Colchester - BrinsopNot Tried0
Cathedral Heights - Strait IPANot Tried0
Ash Valley - AshNot Tried0
Clouded Minds - VeraNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - Basta Rosse (collaboration with Mezzo Passo)Not Tried0
Coles Family - Nettle AleNot Tried0
Maldon - Born to be MildNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - CommandoNot Tried0
Blackjack - Sky CityNot Tried0
Elland - Lucky DipNot Tried0
Milton - Minotaur MildNot Tried0
Farmer's Ales (Maldon Brewing) - Drop of Nelson's BloodNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - JamboreeNot Tried0
Bishop Nick - East StreetNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - BlorageNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Ale House, Chelmsford, Essex
Picture 2. The Ale House, Chelmsford, Essex
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

30 Apr 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-evening to build up the strength to face the rail replacement bus to Newbury Park from Ingatestone. There is a pub quiz taking place and it has filled every table.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Weird Beard - Safe Stout7.70ExcellentA proper, strong black Stout that is worthy of the name.
King's Head - Crowdie's Oatmeal Stout5.00AcceptableA sweetish, brown-coloured Stout. Punched below its weight.
Milton - Minotaur Mild3.30Not Tried
Farmer's Ales (Maldon Brewing) - Drop of Nelson's Blood3.80Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Jamboree4.80Not Tried
Bishop Nick - East Street4.20Not Tried
Arbor Ales - Blorage5.20Not Tried
07 Jun 2016 (Jason)
Lunchtime one other customer.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Oakham - Citra4.20Excellent
Coles Family - Nettle Ale3.80Not Tried
Maldon - Born to be Mild4.70Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Commando4.30Not Tried
Blackjack - Sky City7.00Not Tried
Elland - Lucky Dip4.10Not Tried
15 Apr 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening, Return visit until just before the last London bound train. Clearly the best ale (and best range of) in town.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Billericay - Chilli Porter5.90ExcellentGreat end of session heart warmer
Big Hand - Telekinesis6.90Excellent
Liverpool Organic - Liverpool Stout4.70Not Tried
Kent - Simcoe4.50Not Tried
Big Smoke - Dark Wave Porter5.00Not Tried
Gipsy Hill - Bounder4.40Not Tried
Dark Star - Wheat Purple4.20Not Tried
Colchester - Brinsop4.30Not Tried
Cathedral Heights - Strait IPA3.90Not Tried
Ash Valley - Ash4.10Not Tried
Clouded Minds - Vera5.60Not Tried
Arbor Ales - Basta Rosse (collaboration with Mezzo Passo)5.00Not Tried
15 Apr 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Straight in off the train.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Simcoe4.50Good
Liverpool Organic - Liverpool Stout4.70Not Tried
Big Smoke - Dark Wave Porter5.00Not Tried
Gipsy Hill - Bounder4.40Not Tried
Dark Star - Wheat Purple4.20Not Tried
Colchester - Brinsop4.30Not Tried
Cathedral Heights - Strait IPA3.90Not Tried
Ash Valley - Ash4.10Not Tried
Clouded Minds - Vera5.60Not Tried
Billericay - Chilli Porter5.90Not Tried
Big Hand - Telekinesis6.90Not Tried
Arbor Ales - Basta Rosse (collaboration with Mezzo Passo)5.00Not Tried
01 Nov 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening on Sunday and relatively quiet in here. I didn’t record all the beer names.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Two by Two - Coconut Porter5.50ExcellentA very full-flavoured, black Porter.
Scarborough - Citra4.20GoodPale gold in colour. Pretty good Citra flavours but doesn’t quite have the lip-smacking quality of some of its type.
Brightside - Our Town4.00GoodGolden and quite crisp.
Whippet - House Dogge3.70AcceptableA chestnut-coloured, malty, caramel-flavoured standard Bitter.
Green Jack - Ripper Tripel8.50Not Tried
Hellhound - Black Shuck3.90Not Tried
Bishop Nick - Embers3.80Not Tried
Nethergate Growler - Black Shadow4.70Not Tried
26 Oct 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening, return visit, until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Oakham - Dreamcatcher6.90Excellent
Canterbury Brewers - East Kent Red Rye Green Hop4.40Excellent
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
Vale - Black Swan Mild3.90Not Tried
Scarborough - Stout4.60Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild Raven6.60Not Tried
Park - Spankers IPA5.50Not Tried
Bexley - Kent Green Hop (Gushmere Fuggles) Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Acorn - Secret Affair4.50Not Tried
Canterbury Brewers - Halfling IPA3.60Not Tried
Round Tower - Liminal4.50Not Tried
Track - Karamea4.20Not Tried
26 Oct 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Round Tower - Liminal4.50GoodA mid brown English bitter - how rare
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
Vale - Black Swan Mild3.90Not Tried
Oakham - Dreamcatcher6.90Not Tried
Scarborough - Stout4.60Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild Raven6.60Not Tried
Park - Spankers IPA5.50Not Tried
Bexley - Kent Green Hop (Gushmere Fuggles) Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Canterbury Brewers - East Kent Red Rye Green Hop4.40Not Tried
Acorn - Secret Affair4.50Not Tried
Canterbury Brewers - Halfling IPA3.60Not Tried
Track - Karamea4.20Not Tried
09 May 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Early to mid-evening and becoming progressively busier. Superb beer selection tonight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Arbor Ales - Artisan4.80ExcellentReddish-brown in colour. Heavy, sticky malt overlain with great hops.
Wiper and True - Porter (Rye Porter)5.40ExcellentA strongly-flavoured dark porter with lots of rye flavour.
Indy-Man-Brew-House (only collaborators with others) - Pale (brewed at Blackjack)4.00ExcellentExcellent, lip-smakingly hoppy Pale Ale.
Bishop Nick - Ridley's Rite3.60Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Neither Nor5.00Not Tried
Weird Beard - Boring Brown Beer8.20Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Blackbird4.00Not Tried
Mauldons - Kitty3.80Not Tried
Irving - Diamond4.50Not Tried
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing Buzzz4.50Not Tried
AllGates - Bugle Horn4.30Not Tried
09 Nov 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Early to mid-Sunday evening and fairly quiet.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Northern Monk - Chennai Export Porter5.40ExcellentVery nice. A Black IPA in all but name?
360° - West Coast IPA5.60GoodIntense hop flavours.
Hope - Ghost Rider4.50GoodAn amber-coloured, hoppy Bitter.
Exmoor - Gold4.50Not Tried
Oakham - Inferno4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Partridge Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - Hitchin Old Dark4.80Not Tried
Camerons - Ebony Fall4.30Not Tried
Arbor Ales - NZ Amber Ale5.20Not Tried
Cambrinus Craft - St. Anthony's Ale5.20Not Tried
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Belma & Brewise4.70Not Tried
Cotleigh - Night Owl4.50Not Tried
06 Oct 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Brewers Special Reserve12.90Exceptional2010 vintage. Words fail me and not through loss of consciousness. £6 pp but here in halves and thirds only
Waen - Chilli Plum Porter6.10Excellent
Gyle 59 - Toujours4.00GoodA saison
Mallinsons - Lindley Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Buntingford - Crow's Nest3.90Not Tried
Deverell's - Darkside4.80Not Tried
Siren Craft - 1/2 Mast, Quarter IPA2.80Not TriedOnly a few in but this was selling well
Hellhound - Black Shuck3.90Not Tried
First Chop Brewing Arm - SIP5.40Not Tried
Brass Castle - Ginger Marmalade4.50Not Tried
Stewart - Dakota Brown4.40Not Tried
Blackjack - Flyer Best4.80Not Tried

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About The Ale House

The pub sign. The Ale House, Chelmsford, Essex

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional2
Excellent27
Good23
Acceptable5
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1TS.

A specialist beer and cider pub which opened in early 2012 in three railway arches underneath the station. It is very conveniently situated, lying between Chelmsford’s bus and railway stations, moments walk from either. There are various seating and standing areas within, plus external drinking space either side of the railway. Decorated rather frugally. 2 banks each of 6 handpumps not on the front counter but on the back fitting instead, making legibility of the pumpclips quite difficult so the beer details are repeated on overhead blackboards. Large range of ciders served from gravity dispense.

We have visited this pub 27 times, seen 214 different beers and tried 56 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CM1 1TS