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The Archibald Simpson (Wetherspoon)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Thwaites - 13 Guns (canned)Excellent1
Banks's - Central City Red Racer IPAExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Good1
Burton Bridge - XL BitterGood1
Everards - Arcadia Session Pale AleAcceptable1
Hook Norton - Ducato A.F.O. Acceptable1
Elgood's - HickathriftAcceptable1
Wooha - PorterAcceptable1
Wood's - WonderfulAcceptable1
Butcombe - Chinook APAAcceptable1
Adnams - Stone Amber AleAcceptable1
Uprising (sub-brand of Windsor & Eton) - Treason West Coast IPAAcceptable1
Vale - GravitasAcceptable1
Everards - Sudwerk InbetweenPoor1
Camerons - Fridge Magnet Pale AlePoor1
Stonehenge - PigswillPoor1
Orkney (Sinclair) - Nimbus Blonde (Atlas range)Poor1
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - FireflyPoor1
Windswept - WaimeaUndrinkable1
Picture 1. The Archibald Simpson, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

Visits Details

03 May 2017 (McGargle)
Usual struggle to find a drinkable ale. Usual grubby tables.
Everards - Arcadia Session Pale Ale4.50AcceptableThin for abv with some limited US hops. As a homebrewer I would be disappointed if I'd brewed this.
19 Apr 2017 (McGargle)
Grubby tables. Fine selection of dull brown beers if that's your thing.
Uprising (sub-brand of Windsor & Eton) - Treason West Coast IPA5.80AcceptableAmerican style IPA. OK but no finesse.
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Firefly3.70PoorDull, brown and characterless.
17 Mar 2017 (McGargle)
Lots of dirty tables. Run out of nuts and crisps. Mediocre beer choice most -available soon'. GBG 2017? Not on this form.
Wooha - Porter5.00AcceptableOK but not very interesting.
Stonehenge - Pigswill4.00PoorMediocre bitter.
10 Mar 2017 (McGargle)
Quite busy for fish night. Run out of fish.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40GoodCompetent Olde Worde Best.
08 Sep 2016 (McGargle)
Not much ale choice. Quality generally poor.
Thwaites - 13 Guns (canned)5.50ExcellentThe reliability of cans against the vaguaries of cask. As is often the case cans win.
Wood's - Wonderful4.80AcceptableUndemanding dark amber ale.
Orkney (Sinclair) - Nimbus Blonde (Atlas range)5.00PoorOn the turn.
Windswept - Waimea3.80UndrinkableSo thick you could stand a sppon up it. Replaced but kept on sale.
31 May 2016 (McGargle)
Good service, disappointing beer choice.
Vale - Gravitas4.80AcceptableWell at least there was some freshness and hop presence.
Camerons - Fridge Magnet Pale Ale4.50PoorDespite the brewer's description that this was 'highly hopped' or 'delightfully complex' it wasn't. 'Cardboard' might be a more appropriate description.
11 Feb 2016 (McGargle)
Busy bot good service this evening.
Burton Bridge - XL Bitter4.00GoodWorkmanlike Burton bitter.
Adnams - Stone Amber Ale4.50AcceptableBadged (incorrectly) as Leviation this was a malt led, hop lacking beer. Not to my taste at all. A disappointment.
23 Dec 2015 (McGargle)
Poor beer range.
Elgood's - Hickathrift4.30AcceptableWierd earthy/spicy. Didn't taste the ginger which may be a good thing.
11 Dec 2015 (McGargle)
Christmas busy. Staff working hard.
Hook Norton - Ducato A.F.O. 5.40AcceptableInitially smooth then sweet and unsatisfying.
Everards - Sudwerk Inbetween4.80PoorThin, watery. Disappointment in a glass.
30 Oct 2015 (McGargle)
Banks's - Central City Red Racer IPA6.50ExcellentThis wa s good. Plenty of US hops, excellent but dry body and no hint of Banks's yeast.
Butcombe - Chinook APA4.20AcceptablePale shadow of what an APA should be. No malt sweetness and not much from the hops. Easy drinking beer.

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About The Archibald Simpson

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, AB11 5BQ.

Typical Spoon's bank conversion with typical Spoon's mix of customers but also a manager who knows about real ale and keeps a good variety of beers in good condition. Aberdeen CAMRA Town Pub of the Year 2009.

We have visited this pub 200 times, seen 405 different beers and tried 253 of them.

Map location

Postcode: AB11 5BQ