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Imperial (Brew Pub)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Lithic - Black IPAExceptional1
Mad Hatter - Penny Lane PaleExceptional1
Long Man - Wild ManExceptional1
Cellar Head - Single Hop: Keyworth's MidseasonExcellent1
Brewing Brothers - Jackson Five Pale Series ‘Rakau’ Excellent1
Brewing Brothers - Jackson Five Pale Series ‘Ekuanot’ Excellent1
Gun - How’s the Serenity? Excellent1
Bath Ales - Prophecy (superseded by 3.8% version)Excellent1
Burnt Mill - Solar Light.Excellent1
Brewing Brothers - Marley StoutExcellent1
Brewing Brothers - Gallagher's IPAExcellent1
Cellar Head - Festival PaleExcellent1
Brewing Brothers - Jackson Five Pale Series 'Centennial'Excellent1
Cellar Head - Single Hop Pale: Ernest Good1
Brewing Brothers - Ryeteous Brothers Good1
Brewing Brothers - Ford's American Brown AleGood1
Brewing Brothers - James's Pale AleGood1
Kiln - A Darker Shade of Pale Good1
Cellar Head - Spring Pale AleGood1
Brewers Brothers - Wright's PaleGood1
Brewing Brothers - Charlton's BestGood1
Brewing Brothers - Attenborough’s Amber Good1
TicketyBrew - Coffee Anise PorterNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Whispering Bob APANot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Born Lost Orange WitNot Tried0
Wild Beer Co. - Of The SeaNot Tried0
Wiper and True - Small Beer No.20 Not Tried0
Viven - PorterNot Tried0
Freedom - Four LagerNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Fatal Flaw American AmberNot Tried0
Rother Valley - Furious BruNot Tried0
Dark Star - RevelationNot Tried0
Gun - Project Babylon Pale AleNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - All the Small ThingsNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Learning To Fly APANot Tried0
Picture 1. Imperial, Hastings, East Sussex
Picture 2. Imperial, Hastings, East Sussex
Picture 3. Imperial, Hastings, East Sussex
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Visits Details

30 Jun 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-afternoon for a pizza and a couple of beers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cellar Head - Festival Pale4.80ExcellentA well-balanced, golden beer.
Brewers Brothers - Wright's Pale3.90GoodFrom keggery of some kind. Cloudy gold, verging on murk. Very bitter.
Brewing Brothers - Charlton's Best4.00Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Learning To Fly APA4.50Not Tried
22 Jun 2018 (Stephen Harris)
A busy Friday evening session for a couple of beers and a pizza.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brewing Brothers - Jackson Five Pale Series ‘Rakau’ 4.90ExcellentFrom a keg of some kind. Murky gold. Juicy. Leafy hop.
Gun - How’s the Serenity? 4.40ExcellentA cloudy golden coloured ‘Vermont IPA’. I’m starting to get a bit NEIPA-ed out, although this is a great one. Fruity and zesty.
Brewing Brothers - Marley Stout4.00ExcellentA black Stout, full of dry coffee and chocolate flavours.
Brewing Brothers - Charlton's Best4.00GoodA brown, fruity, Best Bitter.
Gun - Project Babylon Pale Ale4.60Not Tried
Pig & Porter - All the Small Things3.70Not Tried
16 Jun 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-afternoon = Pizza time.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brewing Brothers - Gallagher's IPA6.00ExcellentFrom key-keg. A bestseller here apparently and I can see why. This is a really lush, fresh and fruity IPA. Golden and cloudy.
Kiln - A Darker Shade of Pale 5.70GoodClose to black in colour and definitely in Black IPA territory, although relatively subdued for the style.
Dark Star - Revelation5.70Not Tried
Brewing Brothers - Charlton's Best4.00Not Tried
30 May 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-evening and nice to see the pub busy at this time.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Lithic - Black IPA6.30ExceptionalA superb example of my favourite beer style.
Burnt Mill - Solar Light.8.40ExcellentA Double IPA from keg, featuring Citra and Ekuanot hops.
Brewing Brothers - James's Pale Ale5.00Not Tried
Brewing Brothers - Charlton's Best4.00Not Tried
20 May 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Lunchtime for a pizza with my brother and nephew.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cellar Head - Single Hop: Keyworth's Midseason4.60ExcellentA very pleasant, well-balanced beer, brewed with a ‘forgotten’ hop variety.
Brewing Brothers - Attenborough’s Amber 5.00Not Tried
Brewing Brothers - James's Pale Ale5.00Not Tried
13 May 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Lunchtime here with my brother. I can now confirm that it is not just the beer that is good here, the pizzas are also great.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cellar Head - Spring Pale Ale4.20GoodGolden and slightly hazy. A good, refreshing, lunchtime beer.
Brewing Brothers - Attenborough’s Amber 5.00Not Tried
Brewing Brothers - James's Pale Ale5.00Not Tried
28 Apr 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Lunchtime and, apart from a family finishing up their pizzas, I was the only customer.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brewing Brothers - Ford's American Brown Ale5.00GoodA murky, brown, bitter beer.
Brewing Brothers - James's Pale Ale5.00GoodCloudy amber in colour. Fruity smell. Very bitter taste.
Rother Valley - Furious Bru6.00Not Tried
16 Jul 2017 (Stephen Harris)
A brief visit in the early evening. Pub quiet.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brewing Brothers - Jackson Five Pale Series ‘Ekuanot’ 4.50ExcellentGolden. Well-hopped and very bitter.
Cellar Head - Single Hop Pale: Ernest 4.50GoodGolden, cloudy and smooth. Unusual hop flavours.
Pig & Porter - Fatal Flaw American Amber4.50Not Tried
16 Apr 2017 (Magnus Greel)
Early evening and busy mostly younger studenty folk enjoying a live solo artist in play of a blues style making for a pleasant atmosphere with an unusual and exciting beer range. The heat of the glowing pizza oven made it a tad warm however we decided to try a pizza and it was delicious. I liked this place hope to return soon.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mad Hatter - Penny Lane Pale3.80ExceptionalWow peachy maybe orange too. Superb.
Long Man - Wild Man5.20ExceptionalWow this made my tongue tingle,superb!!
Bath Ales - Prophecy (superseded by 3.8% version)3.90Excellent
Brewing Brothers - Jackson Five Pale Series 'Centennial'4.60ExcellentCream soda with a citrus finish. Nice.
TicketyBrew - Coffee Anise Porter4.90Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Whispering Bob APA6.50Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Born Lost Orange Wit6.00Not Tried
Wild Beer Co. - Of The Sea7.00Not Tried
Wiper and True - Small Beer No.20 2.70Not Tried
Viven - Porter7.00Not Tried
Freedom - Four Lager4.00Not Tried
18 Dec 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening visit and good to see plenty of people here checking out the new brewery in Hastings.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brewing Brothers - Attenborough’s Amber 5.00GoodBrown in colour, quite a heavy, malt-driven beer.
Brewing Brothers - Ryeteous Brothers 4.60GoodA cloudy red/brown colour. Rye twang and a decent hop presence.

About the Imperial

The pub sign. Imperial, Hastings, East Sussex

Summary of Beer Scores

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Exceptional3
Excellent10
Good9
Acceptable-
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1RL.

A street corner pub opened in 1869 as the Imperial Inn, at what was then the edge of town. In 2014 the name of the pub was changed to Forbidden Fruit, but this venture did not last long and the pub stood empty and forlorn for a couple of years. The pub re-opened as the Imperial in September 2016. It now has a stripped-back décor, three handpumps on the bar and a pizza oven. Also visible behind the bar is the brewing equipment of the Brewing Brothers, the new in-house brewery.

We have visited this pub 10 times, seen 35 different beers and tried 22 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN34 1RL