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The Cock Tavern (Brew Pub)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Howling Hops - RIP - Russian Imperial PorterExceptional1
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Imperial Stout Fighting AleExceptional1
Five Points - Hook Island RedExcellent1
Hammerton - Blanche WitbierExcellent1
Fourpure - Tea TimeExcellent1
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Chocolate StoutExcellent1
Hammerton - N7.7%Excellent1
Fourpure - American PaleExcellent1
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - 1/2 IPAExcellent2
Redchurch - TarteletteExcellent1
Redemption - Fellowship PorterExcellent1
RedWillow - Weightless MosaicExcellent1
Kernel - London Sour Raspberry Excellent1
Five Points - Railway PorterExcellent1
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Pale XX No. 2Excellent1
Maregade - Vanilla Milk StoutExcellent1
Maregade - Summer Fruit BrownGood1
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream Pale Ale Good1
Siren Craft - Ten Dollar ShakeGood1
One Mile End Brew Co. (formerly Mulligans at the White Hart and then WH Brew Pub) - Kumquat Session IPAGood1
Vibrant Forest - SummerlandsGood1
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Smoked Kölsch Good1
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Kölsch Good1
Ubrew - MangoseGood1
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Permanent RevolutionGood1
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Riding AleAcceptable1
Maregade - Green Hopped Pale 2016Acceptable1
Redchurch - Urban FarmhouseAcceptable1
Gipsy Hill - AnorakAcceptable1
Alechemy - Five SistersAcceptable1
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Biere de Garde Acceptable1
Pig & Porter - Fatal Flaw American AmberAcceptable1
Hawkshead - ITI (little NZPA) Acceptable1
Dark Star - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Under CurrentNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Ryesing Tides IPANot Tried0
One Mile End Brew Co. (formerly Mulligans at the White Hart and then WH Brew Pub) - Hospital PorterNot Tried0
Caveman - NeanderthalNot Tried0
Maregade - Blonde PaleNot Tried0
Bristol Beer Factory - EnigmaNot Tried0
Ilkley - Mary JaneNot Tried0
Bristol Beer Factory - Milk StoutNot Tried0
One Mile End Brew Co. (formerly Mulligans at the White Hart and then WH Brew Pub) - Salutation Pale AleNot Tried0
Weird Beard - Mariana Trench Not Tried0
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Pale Ale No. 1Not Tried0
Brixton - Reliance Pale Ale Not Tried0
Brixton - Effra Ale Not Tried0
One Mile End Brew Co. (formerly Mulligans at the White Hart and then WH Brew Pub) - Docker's Delight BitterNot Tried0
Five Points - Brick Field BrownNot Tried0
Burning Sky - PlateauNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Ruby Red Dinner Ale Not Tried0
Out There - Just in Time to See the SunNot Tried0
Redemption - Big ChiefNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Liquid Mistress Red IPANot Tried0
Hammerton - N1Not Tried0
Hammerton - N7Not Tried0
Hammerton - Pentonville Oyster StoutNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - NightwatchmanNot Tried0
Gipsy Hill - HepcatNot Tried0
Alechemy - 10 Storey Malt BombNot Tried0
Dark Star - HopheadNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Pale Ale No. 2Not Tried0
Moor - RevivalNot Tried0
Moor - Nor'HopNot Tried0
Maregade - AmberNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Cock Tavern, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 2. The Cock Tavern, Hackney, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

18 Mar 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Saturday evening drink up with many of the usual crowd present.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fourpure - Tea Time3.70ExcellentFrom key-keg. A hoppy beer infused with Earl Grey tea.
Ubrew - Mangose5.10GoodFrom key-keg. A cloudy golden-coloured, salty, mango-flavoured beer. Experimentation run riot.
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Permanent Revolution3.50GoodA hoppy Red with a massive IBU but somewhat lacking in body.
Moor - Revival3.80Not Tried
Moor - Nor'Hop4.10Not Tried
Maregade - Vanilla Milk Stout4.50Not Tried
Maregade - Amber4.90Not Tried
08 Feb 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening after work. Three more cask beers were being pulled through as I left.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops - RIP - Russian Imperial Porter12.50ExceptionalA dusty cask of this beer has been found in a forgotten corner of a storeroom. The strength is given this time as 11.5%. It is jet black, with a thick mouthfeel. A bit sweet. Tastes a lot like a Port Wine, with hops, and burnt around the edges.
Gipsy Hill - Anorak4.40AcceptableA Plum Mild no less. Reddish-brown in colour. Very fruity, but not a lot else going on.
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Hammerton - N75.20Not Tried
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Pale Ale No. 23.80Not Tried
05 Jan 2017 (Stephen Harris)
A friend is celebrating his 50th birthday here tonight and the pub is full of his guests – he’s clearly a very popular chap. We even have an amateur DJ, playing such Somerset delights as the Wurzels. A very enjoyable evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
RedWillow - Weightless Mosaic4.20ExcellentA lovely, fresh, fruity, single-hop Pale Ale.
Maregade - Vanilla Milk Stout4.50ExcellentBlack, smooth, sweetish and vanilla.
Siren Craft - Ten Dollar Shake6.60GoodOn key-keg dispense. Pushing at boundaries, this is one of the most extraordinary beers I have ever drunk. It has the appearance and texture of a fruit smoothie. Peach is the fruit that springs to mind. It is also incredibly bitter, from a massive load of hops. The sort of beer that could be 2% or 12%, you just can’t tell, the alcohol being dominated by the massive attack of other flavours.
Alechemy - Five Sisters4.30AcceptableA bit too Red for my tastes.
Alechemy - 10 Storey Malt Bomb4.50Not Tried
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Pale Ale No. 13.80Not Tried
22 Dec 2016 (Stephen Harris)
It’s ‘Holy Cheese Mountain’ night here again – and eventually I work out that it is the January 2017 event taking place a bit early. I don’t actually get around to eating any cheese, but it’s good to enjoy a few beers with so many friends present tonight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Redemption - Fellowship Porter5.10ExcellentBlack and chocolaty.
Kernel - London Sour Raspberry 3.00ExcellentOn key-keg dispense. Red in colour (actually red, not the reddish brown that you usually call red in beers). Very sour. Very raspberry. Refreshing.
Fourpure - American Pale5.00ExcellentOn key-keg dispense. I’ve been very impressed with Fourpure beers lately – and this does nothing to undermine that impression. Really good US hop flavours.
Vibrant Forest - Summerlands3.50GoodLots of lovely grapefruity-hoppy flavours in a golden pint. Just a little bit thin.
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Riding Ale3.00AcceptablePale and murky and tasting a bit insubstantial alongside some of the other beers tonight.
East London (ELB) - Nightwatchman4.50Not Tried
Hammerton - Pentonville Oyster Stout5.30Not Tried
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Ruby Red Dinner Ale 5.00Not Tried
Gipsy Hill - Hepcat4.60Not Tried
13 Dec 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Tonight is the monthly ‘Hop Swap’ night here. Curious to know what that means I popped in after work. In fact it is a Bottle Swap, and a couple of tables were groaning under the weight of exotic bottled beers ready to be swapped. I had no bottles with me so sat at the bar away from the action. Lee Hammerton was guest of honour, and five of his beers were on the bar tonight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Imperial Stout Fighting Ale11.50ExceptionalOn key-keg dispense. A real show-stopper of a beer. Smooth and black and strong and hoppy.
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80ExcellentA favourite of mine and I couldn’t resist starting with a pint of this despite the wealth of beery delights available tonight. It’s on particularly good form too.
Hammerton - Blanche Witbier5.30ExcellentOn keg dispense, a collaboration brew with Spanish brewers Mala Gissona. I was grumbling just a couple of days ago that British brewers were a little half-hearted with their Wheat Beers. This is a full-blown Belgian Witbier – pale and cloudy and spicy with orange peel, ginger and coriander in the brew kettle. Fully-authentic.
Hammerton - N7.7%7.70ExcellentAmber-coloured and a bit hazy. This is a superb Imperial IPA with intense, lingering hop flavours from a whole recipe book of hop types, including Amarillo, Chinook, Cascade etc… Probably deserves five stars, but I don’t feel capable physically of giving two five star ratings at one session.
Redemption - Big Chief5.50Not Tried
Siren Craft - Liquid Mistress Red IPA5.80Not Tried
Siren Craft - Under Current4.50Not Tried
Hammerton - N14.10Not Tried
Hammerton - N75.20Not Tried
Hammerton - Pentonville Oyster Stout5.30Not Tried
Maregade - Vanilla Milk Stout4.50Not Tried
14 Nov 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Good to see a beer event on a Monday night. This was a special opportunity to sample a range of Howling Hops beers in cask, including the launch of three new ones ahead of the forthcoming Pig’s Ear Beer Festival. One end of the room was taken up by a large CAMRA group, whilst many of the brewery’s loyal fans were also present.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Pale XX No. 25.10ExcellentI already knew that I love this beer.
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream Pale Ale 5.50GoodOn key-keg dispense. I loved this fresh from the tank at the Howling Hops Tank Bar. Flavours seemingly not quite so well developed tonight.
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Smoked Kölsch 4.60GoodA pale beer with a relatively subtle smokiness. Nice.
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Kölsch 4.60GoodA fruity, golden beer that is just a touch sweet.
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Biere de Garde 7.40AcceptableA thick, brown, sweetish, Barley Wine-type beer. A bit lacking in condition. Will be better in a few days’ time.
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50Not Tried
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Ruby Red Dinner Ale 5.00Not Tried
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Chocolate Stout4.80Not Tried
Out There - Just in Time to See the Sun2.80Not Tried
10 Nov 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Late afternoon into early evening with after work crowds beginning to arrive.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - 1/2 IPA3.00ExcellentGreat low-strength/full-flavour beer that gives Redemption Trinity and Tap East Tonic Ale a run for their money.
Pig & Porter - Fatal Flaw American Amber4.50AcceptableI’ve had this beer tasting better to be honest.
Brixton - Reliance Pale Ale 4.20Not Tried
Brixton - Effra Ale 4.50Not Tried
One Mile End Brew Co. (formerly Mulligans at the White Hart and then WH Brew Pub) - Docker's Delight Bitter4.20Not Tried
Five Points - Brick Field Brown5.40Not Tried
26 Oct 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening. Two Crate Brewery / Howling Hops collaboration beers are being launched here tonight, so there are lots of familiar faces present.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - 1/2 IPA3.00ExcellentA collaboration beer with Crate Brewery – this one brewed at Howling Hops. Full flavoured but low strength. Very pale in colour.
Maregade - Green Hopped Pale 20164.30AcceptableCloudy, golden beer. Very sharp. I think it needs something to balance the fresh hops and make the beer more mellow.
Ilkley - Mary Jane3.50Not Tried
Bristol Beer Factory - Milk Stout4.50Not Tried
One Mile End Brew Co. (formerly Mulligans at the White Hart and then WH Brew Pub) - Salutation Pale Ale4.40Not Tried
Weird Beard - Mariana Trench 5.10Not Tried
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Pale Ale No. 13.80Not Tried
07 Jul 2016 (Stephen Harris)
It’s the monthly cheese night in here and the pub is crowded already when more pack in to watch the football at 8pm.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Maregade - Summer Fruit Brown4.20GoodReddish-brown and a bit odd. A malty Brown Ale with lots of fruit flavours.
One Mile End Brew Co. (formerly Mulligans at the White Hart and then WH Brew Pub) - Kumquat Session IPA3.90GoodPale gold in colour. Unexpectedly dry and a bit nutty rather than fruity.
Hawkshead - ITI (little NZPA) 3.50AcceptableGreat hop flavours but tasting a little bit thin.
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Riding Ale3.00Not Tried
Maregade - Blonde Pale4.80Not Tried
Bristol Beer Factory - Enigma4.40Not Tried
05 Feb 2016 (Stephen Harris)
It became rather crowded in here. I was stood at the bar with a group of friends and acquaintances, most of whom were either coming from or going to the beer festival at the Snooty Fox (which I had forgotten all about).
BeerABVScoreNotes
Five Points - Hook Island Red6.00ExcellentI find it hard to ignore this lush, strong beer when it is on the bar and finished up for the evening with an enjoyable pint.
Howling Hops (Hackney Wick) - Chocolate Stout4.80ExcellentThe only beer on in cask from the house brewery. Very chocolaty.
Redchurch - Tartelette4.50ExcellentOn keg dispense. At last, a classy sour beer – after a couple of days of disappointment. Delicate, citrus flavours.
Redchurch - Urban Farmhouse3.80AcceptableOn keg dispense. A cloudy, gold colour. A base, sour beer. Tastes like it is waiting for flavour to be added.
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Siren Craft - Under Current4.50Not Tried
Siren Craft - Ryesing Tides IPA7.40Not Tried
One Mile End Brew Co. (formerly Mulligans at the White Hart and then WH Brew Pub) - Hospital Porter5.20Not Tried
Caveman - Neanderthal4.40Not Tried

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About The Cock Tavern

The pub sign. The Cock Tavern, Hackney, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional8
Excellent117
Good62
Acceptable20
Poor-

The pub is found in Hackney, Greater London, E8 1EJ.

There was a pub called the Cock in Hackney village as early as the 1650s, and in 1661 it was the venue for ‘Popish Conspirators’, plotting an unsuccessful assassination attempt on King Charles II. Nobody is quite sure if this was the predecessor of today’s pub – but the present pub was certainly around by the 1830s and was rebuilt in its present form by Truman’s Brewery in around 1930. Very much a down-market, high street, strictly ‘no real ale’ sort of place, it closed in early 2012 for refurbishment, and re-opened on 18 July 2012 as a real ale champion, complete with in-house ‘Howling Hops’ micro-brewery (subsequently relocated to larger premises). This pub is sister pub to the Southampton Arms in Kentish Town.

We have visited this pub 70 times, seen 256 different beers and tried 164 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E8 1EJ