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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
Burton Bridge - XL BitterGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Good1
Hook Norton - Ducato A.F.O. Acceptable1
Elgood's - HickathriftAcceptable1
Wooha - PorterAcceptable1
Wood's - WonderfulAcceptable1
Adnams - Stone Amber AleAcceptable1
Uprising (sub-brand of Windsor & Eton) - Treason West Coast IPAAcceptable1
Vale - GravitasAcceptable1
Everards - Arcadia Session Pale AleAcceptable1
Salopian - Shropshire GoldPoor1
Stonehenge - PigswillPoor1
Orkney (Sinclair) - Nimbus Blonde (Atlas range)Poor1
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - FireflyPoor1
Everards - Sudwerk InbetweenPoor1
Camerons - Fridge Magnet Pale AlePoor1
Windswept - WaimeaUndrinkable1
Picture 1. The Archibald Simpson, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

Visits Details

01 Aug 2017 (McGargle)
Seems to be going downhill. Poor beer selection/quality. Unpleasant musty smell in the corridors.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Salopian - Shropshire Gold3.80PoorWell past its best.
03 May 2017 (McGargle)
Usual struggle to find a drinkable ale. Usual grubby tables.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wooha - Porter5.00AcceptableOK but not very interesting.
Stonehenge - Pigswill4.00PoorMediocre bitter.
10 Mar 2017 (McGargle)
Quite busy for fish night. Run out of fish.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40GoodCompetent Olde Worde Best.
08 Sep 2016 (McGargle)
Not much ale choice. Quality generally poor.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hook Norton - Ducato A.F.O. 5.40AcceptableInitially smooth then sweet and unsatisfying.
Everards - Sudwerk Inbetween4.80PoorThin, watery. Disappointment in a glass.

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About The Archibald Simpson

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent55
Good91
Acceptable103
Poor54

Website.

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 201 times, seen 405 different beers and tried 254 of them.

Map location

Postcode: AB11 5BQ