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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) - AUPAExcellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - IPA New England Special Excellent3
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Black XX No. 1 Excellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - NZ Pale AleExcellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Black Forest Gateau Excellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale Ale No. 2Excellent2
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Summer Fruit APA Excellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Double Coffee Chocolate Toffee Vanilla Milk Porter Excellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - IPA No. 3 (West Coast Special) Excellent2
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX No. 2Excellent2
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - Pale Ale Custom De LuxeGood1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Das Köolsch Lager Bier Good1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Vienna LagerGood1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Passion Fruit Gose Good1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - East End HefeweizenGood1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - GrisetteGood1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Cherry GoseGood2
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Kölsch Not 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

09 Jan 2018 (Stephen Harris)
My mate Robert doesn’t get let out of the house very often, but has an evening pass for today. He choses to meet here. It is unusually quiet tonight, with nine different beers available from the tanks.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX No. 25.10ExcellentI love this style of beer – the trouble is that it makes most things taste dull in comparison.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - IPA New England Special 6.90ExcellentAnother cracker.
08 Dec 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Early Friday evening. It’s a cold one and few have ventured out, although starting to fill by the time I left. Eight beers to choose from.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - AUPA4.50ExcellentA typically in-your-face Howling Hops Pale Ale, this one very well-hopped with Australian varieties Ella, Topaz and Vic Secret.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Black Forest Gateau 4.50ExcellentA black beer with a brown head. It tastes of cakes. And fruit.
21 Aug 2017 (Jason)
Impressive use of a cavernous warehouse building with a free brewery tour enroute to the gents! Fairly quiet on a Monday lunchtime with a handful of customers dotted about.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - Pale Ale Custom De Luxe3.80GoodHazy as advertised, served in a 2/3 pint glass resembled pineapple juice but tasted sour and smoky, not to my palate.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - East End Hefeweizen4.50Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Kölsch 4.60Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - IPA New England Special 6.90Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Passion Fruit Gose 4.50Not Tried
10 Aug 2017 (Stephen Harris)
My second London Beer City event of the day. A new 2.5% Radler (shandy) is being launched here tonight by Square Root London. It is based on Howling Hops’ Das Koolsch. I’m not entering it on here as a beer, but it was very nice indeed (and free). I had a couple of regular beers too and a nice meal.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX No. 25.10ExcellentLush, strong Pale Ale.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - IPA New England Special 6.90ExcellentExtra lush.
09 Jul 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Late Sunday afternoon and it’s fairly quiet here, although getting busier all the time as we head towards early evening. Nine different beers available from the tanks.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Summer Fruit APA 5.50ExcellentAnother murky golden beer. Fresh and hoppy and lovely.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Passion Fruit Gose 4.50GoodMurky gold in colour. Very fruity and salty too and tart as well. I was completely puckered by the time the glass was empty.
20 Jun 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Somehow the food did not seem to hit the heights tonight, but the beer was as good as ever.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale Ale No. 23.80ExcellentA very cloudy, yellowish-coloured beer that is heavily hopped with Ella, Chinook and Galaxy). Staff have started warning customers just how cloudy it is.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - IPA New England Special 6.90ExcellentCloudy gold. A very lush IPA.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Das Köolsch Lager Bier 4.60GoodI’m not sure if this is the same beer that I have drunk as ‘Kölsch’ when in cask format. Sweetish and golden.
01 Jun 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-evening call for dinner and a couple of beers. For some reason I am off the hoppy stuff today. Nine home-brewed beers to choose from today.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Cherry Gose4.50GoodBright red. Salty and sweet.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Grisette3.60GoodLight and refreshing.
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.

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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
Excellent51
Good16
Acceptable1
Poor-

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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 30 times, seen 40 different beers and tried 38 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E9 5EN