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PubAddressLast Visit Seen
The Jolly CoopersHampton, Greater London18 Apr 2024
The Masons ArmsTeddington, Greater London18 Apr 2024
The Glue PotSwindon, Wiltshire12 Apr 2024
The New InnCanterbury, Kent07 Oct 2023
Nelson ArmsTonbridge, Kent16 Aug 2023
Claret & Ale (formerly Claret Free House)Addiscombe, Greater London25 Jul 2023
The Ship InnSandgate, Kent16 Jun 2023
The SultanSouth Wimbledon, Greater London05 Dec 2022
Coach & HorsesWellingborough, Northamptonshire07 Jul 2022
The Dolphin HotelWeymouth, Dorset03 Jul 2021
The Wyndham ArmsSalisbury, Wiltshire28 May 2021
The Wash HouseMilford on Sea, Hampshire15 May 2021
The Inn on the FurlongRingwood, Hampshire12 May 2021
White Cliffs Beer Festival 2020Dover, Kent07 Feb 2020
The Three PillarsGravesend, Kent07 Sep 2019
The Door HingeWelling, Greater London13 Aug 2019
The Three WishesWinchmore Hill, Greater London04 Jun 2019
Old Road TavernChippenham, Wiltshire12 Apr 2019
Haunch of VenisonSalisbury, Wiltshire16 Mar 2019
DeaconsSalisbury, Wiltshire16 Mar 2019
Prince of WalesFarnborough, Hampshire11 Mar 2019
The Great EasternBrighton, East Sussex06 Mar 2019
The Dove Street InnIpswich, Suffolk18 Feb 2019
The BerryWalmer, Kent22 Aug 2018
ParkervilleHerne Bay, Kent03 Aug 2018
This Ancient Boro'Tenterden, Kent14 Jul 2018
The River Ale HouseEast Greenwich, Greater London08 Jul 2018
Waterloo ArmsSouthampton, Hampshire14 Mar 2018
The EagleEastbourne, East Sussex17 Jan 2018
The Kingston ArmsCambridge, Cambridgeshire07 Oct 2017
Blacksmiths ArmsWillesborough, Kent11 Aug 2017
The Alehouse (formerly Hobgoblin)Reading, Berkshire21 Jun 2017
The Windmill TavernGravesend, Kent15 Jun 2017
Queens HeadKingsnorth, Kent11 Apr 2017
FalconHuntingdon, Cambridgeshire13 Jan 2017
Black BoyWinchester, Hampshire07 Jan 2017
The Brewers ArmsLewes, East Sussex31 Oct 2016
Prince AlbertNotting Hill, Central London17 Aug 2016
The PheasantSalisbury, Wiltshire28 Jul 2016
The Star InnRingwood, Hampshire06 Jul 2016
Ye Olde Rose & CrownWalthamstow, Greater London30 Jun 2016
The Black RobinKingston, Kent25 Jun 2016
Kings ArmsNorwich, Norfolk11 Jun 2016
Princess of WalesBlackheath, Greater London09 Jun 2016
The MarinerFolkestone, Kent09 Feb 2016
The Prince of WalesStow Maries, Essex05 Feb 2016
White Cliffs Beer Festival 2016Dover, Kent05 Feb 2016
The Blue Posts (Berwick St.)Soho, Central London14 Jan 2016
Royal StandardWooburn Common, Buckinghamshire21 Nov 2015
The AngelSwanton Morley, Norfolk24 Oct 2015
The CoronationBristol, Avon17 Oct 2015
Two PigsCorsham, Wiltshire16 Oct 2015
The Fat CatNorwich, Norfolk14 Oct 2015
The Station InnWhitby, North Yorkshire15 Sep 2015
Rose TavernNorwich, Norfolk09 Sep 2015
Grove InnLeeds, West Yorkshire22 Aug 2015
The LionBasford, Nottinghamshire21 Aug 2015
The White SwanCovent Garden, Central London20 Aug 2015
The Market HotelAlton, Hampshire18 Aug 2015
The Phoenix TavernFaversham, Kent15 Aug 2015
The Carpenters ArmsWindsor, Berkshire09 Aug 2015
The RailwayBlackheath, Greater London29 Jul 2015
Mash Tun (formerly Hog in Armour)Norwich, Norfolk22 Jul 2015
The Argyll ArmsSoho, Central London19 Jul 2015
The ClachanSoho, Central London19 Jul 2015
The PorcupineLeicester Square, Central London17 Jul 2015
The MarquisCharing Cross, Central London03 Jul 2015
The Flower PotMaidstone, Kent27 Jun 2015
The White LionBaldock, Hertfordshire23 Jun 2015
The Hyde TavernWinchester, Hampshire16 May 2015
Pearson's ArmsWhitstable, Kent11 May 2015
Black BullGodmanchester, Cambridgeshire02 May 2015
The Robin HoodIcklesham, East Sussex19 Apr 2015
The LobsterSheringham, Norfolk04 Apr 2015
The LanesDover, Kent05 Mar 2015
The Buckingham ArmsShoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex14 Feb 2015
King William IVLeyton, Greater London26 Dec 2014
Ox & PloughOld Buckenham, Norfolk14 Sep 2014
The FalconBattersea, Greater London09 Sep 2014
The Goose (formerly The Sovereign)Ramsgate, Kent04 Sep 2014
The Star InnBath, Somerset01 Sep 2014
The BellBath, Somerset01 Sep 2014
Crown HotelLiverpool, Merseyside29 Aug 2014
Railway TavernFramingham Earl, Norfolk24 Aug 2014
Hooden Smokehouse & Cellar (formerly Hooden on the Hill)Willesborough, Kent22 Aug 2014
Woolpack HotelTenterden, Kent08 Aug 2014
The Tiger InnBridport, Dorset30 Jul 2014
The MagpieCity, Central London17 Jul 2014
Duck InnLaverstock, Wiltshire11 Jul 2014
The RoseNorwich, Norfolk24 Jun 2014
The Snooty FoxCanonbury, Greater London11 Jun 2014
Dog & DuckSoho, Central London05 Jun 2014
Waters Green TavernMacclesfield, Cheshire14 Apr 2014
The Blue BellBelmesthorpe, Lincolnshire19 Nov 2013
The Sun InnStafford, Staffordshire18 Sep 2013
The ShipCity, Central London02 Sep 2013
Kings ArmsArundel, West Sussex28 Aug 2013
Ales of the UnexpectedWestbrook, Kent24 Aug 2013
The SealSelsey, West Sussex24 Aug 2013
The White LionSawley, Derbyshire24 Aug 2013
The Rising SunTwitton, Kent17 Aug 2013
Halfway HouseChallock, Kent14 Aug 2013
The Black FriarBlackfriars, Central London10 Aug 2013
Six BellsWoodchurch, Kent09 Aug 2013
The Red HerringGreat Yarmouth, Norfolk27 Jul 2013
The CricketersAddiscombe, Greater London07 Jul 2013
The State BarGlasgow, Glasgow, City of04 Jul 2013
Sawyers (formerly Barbers Arms)Wye, Kent18 Jun 2013
Nags HeadReading, Berkshire08 Jun 2013
Somerset ArmsGravesend, Kent06 Jun 2013
Duke of WellingtonNorwich, Norfolk30 May 2013
Earl of NormantonIdmiston, Wiltshire30 Mar 2013
The Green ManStamford, Lincolnshire11 Dec 2012
The Dolphin HotelPlymouth, Devon06 Dec 2012
The BellWalthamstow, Greater London22 Nov 2012
The Royal OakFritham, Hampshire11 Nov 2012
The Cuckoo InnSalisbury, Wiltshire25 Oct 2012
Bottle ShopCanterbury, Kent04 Oct 2012
The PiccadillyManchester, Greater Manchester11 Sep 2012
White RabbitMaidstone, Kent31 Aug 2012
The Old MillAshford, Kent30 Aug 2012
The AnchorWalberswick, Suffolk18 Aug 2012
Philharmonic Dining RoomsLiverpool, Merseyside18 Aug 2012
Catford Bridge TavernCatford, Greater London16 Aug 2012
The George (formerly The Barrow House, The George Inn)Egerton, Kent01 Aug 2012
The Sussex ArmsTunbridge Wells, Kent31 Jul 2012
The WindmillHollingbourne, Kent27 Jul 2012
DrakesMaidstone, Kent20 Jul 2012
The Dirty HabitHollingbourne, Kent18 Jul 2012
Duke of WellingtonWareham, Dorset23 Jun 2012
The Oak on the GreenBearsted, Kent14 Jun 2012
Stile BridgeMarden, Kent04 Jun 2012
Bull's HeadPratt's Bottom, Kent02 Jun 2012
The Fat CatIpswich, Suffolk20 May 2012
Salisbury Rugby Football ClubSalisbury, Wiltshire19 May 2012
1st Angelfest Music and Beer Festival 2012Tonbridge, Kent21 Apr 2012
Nevill BullBirling, Kent06 Apr 2012
The Barley MowShepperton, Surrey13 Mar 2012
The Last InnOswestry, Shropshire04 Mar 2012
The Druids ArmsMaidstone, Kent25 Dec 2011
The Swan Inn (old entry now superseded)Wittersham, Kent20 Aug 2011
King Street TavernSouthsea, Hampshire06 Aug 2011
The ChequersSevenoaks, Kent30 Jul 2011
The Little Black Dog (formerly The Hoodener's Horse)Great Chart, Kent17 Jul 2011
Ramsgate Royal Harbour Brewhouse and BakeryRamsgate, Kent04 Jul 2011
The Old OakSittingbourne, Kent16 Jun 2011
The Lobster PotWest Malling, Kent15 May 2011
The Malt ShovelHorsham, West Sussex30 Apr 2011
The Victoria (formerly Tap and Spile)North Shields, Tyne and Wear24 Apr 2011
King & QueenEast Malling, Kent25 Nov 2010
The Marine HotelStonehaven, Aberdeenshire28 Jul 2010
Bowl InnCharing, Kent18 Jul 2010
The GreyhoundWadhurst, East Sussex18 Jul 2010
The PhoenixCanterbury, Kent30 Apr 2010
The Tickled TroutWye, Kent21 Apr 2010
The Bree LouiseEuston, Central London27 Mar 2010
TilleysNewcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear19 Oct 2009
Rising SunBradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire03 Oct 2009
The DuckPett Bottom, Kent29 Aug 2009
The RoebuckHampton Hill, Greater London01 Jun 2009
The Tiger InnStowting, Kent29 May 2009
The Rose InnWickhambreaux, Kent25 May 2009
The Hare at Blean (formerly Blean Tavern; Hare & Hounds)Blean, Kent23 May 2009
The Swan in the RushesLoughborough, Leicestershire19 May 2009
The Fox Goes FreeCharlton, West Sussex17 May 2009
The Stratford HavenWest Bridgford, Nottinghamshire14 Apr 2009
West Riding Licensed Refreshment RoomsDewsbury, West Yorkshire08 Apr 2009
Horse & GroomSt Leonards on Sea, East Sussex14 Nov 2008
The Churchill TavernRamsgate, Kent05 Sep 2008
Montefiore ArmsRamsgate, Kent17 Aug 2008
The Blue PigeonsWorth, Kent16 Aug 2008
Artillery ArmsRamsgate, Kent19 Apr 2008
The HarpCharing Cross, Central London08 Apr 2008
The Doric ArchEuston, Central London26 Jan 2008
The Fat Cat Brewery TapNorwich, Norfolk27 Jul 2007
WhaleboneNorwich, Norfolk27 Jul 2007
The GoatSt Albans, Hertfordshire07 Jul 2007
The White LionSt Albans, Hertfordshire07 Jul 2007
Half Moon & Seven StarsPreston, Kent30 Jun 2007
The BootSt Albans, Hertfordshire30 Sep 2006
Victoria & AlbertNetherhampton, Wiltshire12 Aug 2006
Red LionSnargate, Kent31 Jul 2006
Behind the WallFalkirk, Falkirk29 Jun 2006
The Yew Tree InnBarfrestone, Kent08 Oct 2005
Ship InnDeal, Kent05 Jun 2005
Rare Breeds Beer Festival 2005Woodchurch, Kent03 Jun 2005
The Royal OakBrookland, Kent30 May 2005

Tasting Summary

These comments are the opinion of the individual reviewer and represent what they thought of the beer on a particular day in a particular pub. If a review is less favourable, it may be because the beer suffered somewhere in the supply chain between them and the brewery.

The Jolly Coopers, Hampton, Greater London

Magnus GreelNot Tried18 Apr 2024

The Masons Arms, Teddington, Greater London

Magnus GreelExcellent18 Apr 2024 All my SL expectations satisfied..

The Glue Pot, Swindon, Wiltshire

Magnus GreelExcellent12 Apr 2024 All my SL expectations saisfied..
Magnus GreelNot Tried03 May 2019
Philip PirripNot Tried22 Jun 2015
Philip PirripNot Tried21 Jul 2014
Stephen HarrisNot Tried23 Nov 2013
Philip PirripNot Tried05 Nov 2012
Philip PirripNot Tried21 Sep 2012
Philip PirripNot Tried23 Jun 2012

The New Inn, Canterbury, Kent

AndrewGood07 Oct 2023 Soft and creamy. Rich. Very good.
Magnus GreelNot Tried06 Oct 2023
Jack WilliamGood16 Jul 2023
MickNot Tried19 Jun 2015
MickNot Tried23 May 2015
AndrewNot Tried22 May 2015
MickNot Tried25 May 2014
AndrewNot Tried02 Jun 2012

Nelson Arms, Tonbridge, Kent

Philip PirripExcellent16 Aug 2023 Doesn't get much better
Philip PirripNot Tried01 Aug 2023

Claret & Ale (formerly Claret Free House), Addiscombe, Greater London

Philip PirripExcellent25 Jul 2023 If only it was served like this everywhere
Philip PirripGood04 Feb 2023 Good nightcap but never as good as it once as
Philip PirripNot Tried31 Aug 2022 Tempted but the much adored mid brown bitters were too good

The Ship Inn, Sandgate, Kent

Jack WilliamGood16 Jun 2023
ChrisENot Tried12 Apr 2018
ChrisENot Tried07 Dec 2016
ChrisENot Tried07 Nov 2016
Stephen HarrisNot Tried16 Oct 2016
ChrisENot Tried09 Jul 2016
ChrisENot Tried09 May 2016
ChrisENot Tried03 Feb 2016
ChrisENot Tried19 Jan 2016
ChrisENot Tried28 Aug 2015
ChrisENot Tried20 Nov 2014
ChrisENot Tried04 Oct 2012
Stephen HarrisNot Tried21 Jan 2012
AndrewNot Tried04 Feb 2006 Charlie and Martin's pint looked a bit cloudy to me but they said it wasn't too bad a pint
IanNot Tried13 Jul 2005
IanGood12 Feb 2005 Had a certain creamy bitterness to it. First pint from the barrel
MartinGood22 May 2004 Not bad, but it's been better here. Nearing the end of the barrel methinks.

The Sultan, South Wimbledon, Greater London

Magnus GreelNot Tried05 Dec 2022
Magnus GreelNot Tried02 Dec 2019
Magnus GreelExcellent29 Nov 2019
ChrisENot Tried14 Apr 2018
ChrisENot Tried02 Apr 2018
ChrisENot Tried04 Dec 2017
Stephen HarrisAcceptable22 Jun 2017 Not at its best, we thought it might be a little ‘green’.
Philip PirripNot Tried17 Mar 2017
ChrisENot Tried17 Mar 2017
Stephen HarrisNot Tried03 Dec 2016
Magnus GreelNot Tried22 Sep 2015
HSBNot Tried03 Jun 2015
HSBNot Tried02 Apr 2015

Coach & Horses, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

Magnus GreelNot Tried07 Jul 2022

The Dolphin Hotel, Weymouth, Dorset

ChrisENot Tried03 Jul 2021
Stephen HarrisAcceptable25 May 2015 Classic beer somehow rendered near tasteless.

The Wyndham Arms, Salisbury, Wiltshire

DosserExcellent28 May 2021 Refreshingly hoppy beer the advert says. Long time no see.
AndrewNot Tried16 Mar 2019
Stephen HarrisNot Tried12 Dec 2015
Philip PirripNot Tried11 Jul 2014

The Wash House, Milford on Sea, Hampshire

Archie14Exceptional15 May 2021 Top notch example of this iconic ale

The Inn on the Furlong, Ringwood, Hampshire

Archie14Excellent12 May 2021 One of the original and best of the blonde ales, delicate floral notes work well with the strong 5.0abv & very morish

White Cliffs Beer Festival 2020, Dover, Kent

Philip PirripNot Tried07 Feb 2020

The Three Pillars, Gravesend, Kent

Philip PirripNot Tried07 Sep 2019

The Door Hinge, Welling, Greater London

Philip PirripNot Tried13 Aug 2019 Ran out as I ordered, must have really run out at the end of the Sunday session here
Philip PirripExcellent10 Aug 2019 4½* Don't get Summer Lightning is this condition very often, apart from here
Philip PirripExcellent12 Jul 2019 Always the best Summer Lightning here
Philip PirripExcellent24 Aug 2018 Ray the Guv here is the master of Summer Lightning, the best I know even country-wide
Philip PirripExcellent26 Jan 2018 The Guv here seems to bring this beer to its peak of taste
Philip PirripExcellent09 Sep 2017 The Guv here works magic on this beer, that is rare elsewhere
Philip PirripExcellent01 Jul 2017 4½* In stunning condition, head, flavour just all right
Philip PirripExcellent10 Jan 2015
Philip PirripExcellent12 Dec 2014 Never as good anywhere else as it is here
Philip PirripExceptional21 Jun 2014 I have not had Lightning like this for years so much so that I had recently avoided it

The Three Wishes, Winchmore Hill, Greater London

Magnus GreelUndrinkable04 Jun 2019 Vile - exchanged for the Watch Rugby with good grace.

Old Road Tavern, Chippenham, Wiltshire

AndrewNot Tried12 Apr 2019
Philip PirripNot Tried24 Jun 2015

Haunch of Venison, Salisbury, Wiltshire

AndrewGood16 Mar 2019 Bit clinical but good
ChrisENot Tried21 May 2016
ChrisENot Tried12 Dec 2015
HSBNot Tried13 Jun 2013
Martin the MildmanNot Tried17 Feb 2011
ChrisEExcellent01 May 2010

Deacons, Salisbury, Wiltshire

AndrewNot Tried16 Mar 2019
Philip PirripNot Tried13 Jan 2014
ChrisEExcellent19 May 2012
ChrisENot Tried01 May 2010
AndrewNot Tried21 Apr 2007

Prince of Wales, Farnborough, Hampshire

MitchNot Tried11 Mar 2019
thebrewingmanNot Tried25 Feb 2012

The Great Eastern, Brighton, East Sussex

Philip PirripGood06 Mar 2019 Good but not at its best. Rare sweet after-taste for this beer
Philip PirripGood23 Aug 2018

The Dove Street Inn, Ipswich, Suffolk

Jack WilliamNot Tried18 Feb 2019
Philip PirripNot Tried14 Jan 2013
Philip PirripNot Tried20 May 2012

The Berry, Walmer, Kent

Magnus GreelNot Tried22 Aug 2018

Parkerville, Herne Bay, Kent

AndrewNot Tried03 Aug 2018

This Ancient Boro', Tenterden, Kent

ChrisENot Tried14 Jul 2018

The River Ale House, East Greenwich, Greater London

Philip PirripGood08 Jul 2018

Waterloo Arms, Southampton, Hampshire

ChrisENot Tried14 Mar 2018
AndrewNot Tried16 May 2015

The Eagle, Eastbourne, East Sussex

Magnus GreelNot Tried17 Jan 2018

The Kingston Arms, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Magnus GreelNot Tried07 Oct 2017
HSBNot Tried18 Feb 2016
Stephen HarrisNot Tried12 Sep 2015
Stephen HarrisNot Tried27 Dec 2014
IanExcellent19 Jan 2007 I so want to give this a higher score. One of my all time favourites. Bit of yeast and citrus fruits on aroma. Full in mouth with that slight sweetness from the alcohol and then a smooth malt/hop swallow, with a great lingering herby hop finish with more melon type hops and a certain dryness. Yes, very good beer.

Blacksmiths Arms, Willesborough, Kent

ChrisENot Tried11 Aug 2017
Magnus GreelNot Tried31 May 2017
ChrisENot Tried13 Feb 2017

The Alehouse (formerly Hobgoblin), Reading, Berkshire

Stephen HarrisNot Tried21 Jun 2017
Stephen HarrisNot Tried12 Jun 2015

The Windmill Tavern, Gravesend, Kent

Philip PirripNot Tried15 Jun 2017

Queens Head, Kingsnorth, Kent

ChrisEGood11 Apr 2017
ChrisENot Tried14 Mar 2017
ChrisEGood04 Feb 2017 Gravity dispense from the cellar.
ChrisEExcellent17 Aug 2015 Served direct from the cellar by gravity dispense.
Magnus GreelGood28 May 2010

Falcon, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

Philip PirripNot Tried13 Jan 2017

Black Boy, Winchester, Hampshire

ChrisENot Tried07 Jan 2017
ChrisENot Tried14 Dec 2016
ChrisENot Tried08 Apr 2014
StuNot Tried05 Jun 2010
AndrewNot Tried30 Sep 2005

The Brewers Arms, Lewes, East Sussex

Philip PirripNot Tried31 Oct 2016
EddieNot Tried02 Nov 2012

Prince Albert, Notting Hill, Central London

Stephen HarrisGood17 Aug 2016 Not the freshest pint of this I have ever drunk, but still discernible as a very decent, hoppy, golden beer.

The Pheasant, Salisbury, Wiltshire

AndrewGood28 Jul 2016 A pint of, "That there".

The Star Inn, Ringwood, Hampshire

Archie14Excellent06 Jul 2016 Probably one of the first light blonde ales and still on of the best
EddieExceptional24 Oct 2012 Stunning example of this light golden premium ale :)

Ye Olde Rose & Crown, Walthamstow, Greater London

Magnus GreelNot Tried30 Jun 2016

The Black Robin, Kingston, Kent

Jack WilliamGood25 Jun 2016
MickNot Tried24 Oct 2015
MickExcellent19 Jul 2015 Nice pale hoppy ale.
MickGood12 Jul 2015 Good pale, refreshing bitter.
Jack WilliamGood11 Jul 2015 An old standard kept well
MickGood25 Jun 2015 pale, hoppy and refreshing.
MickExcellent09 Jun 2015 Fresh and crisp.
MickNot Tried21 Sep 2014
MickExcellent15 Aug 2014 Very nice pint of this pale hoppy beer.

Kings Arms, Norwich, Norfolk

AndrewNot Tried11 Jun 2016
HSBNot Tried25 May 2013

Princess of Wales, Blackheath, Greater London

Philip PirripNot Tried09 Jun 2016
Philip PirripNot Tried20 Jun 2013

The Mariner, Folkestone, Kent

ChrisENot Tried09 Feb 2016

The Prince of Wales, Stow Maries, Essex

ChrisENot Tried05 Feb 2016

White Cliffs Beer Festival 2016, Dover, Kent

Philip PirripNot Tried05 Feb 2016

The Blue Posts (Berwick St.), Soho, Central London

HSBGood14 Jan 2016
Philip PirripNot Tried25 May 2014

Royal Standard, Wooburn Common, Buckinghamshire

ChrisENot Tried21 Nov 2015
ChrisENot Tried02 Jul 2010

The Angel, Swanton Morley, Norfolk

HSBNot Tried24 Oct 2015
HSBExcellent17 May 2015 Not a beer I normally drink but I thought I'd give it a go. New cask and very lively but very tasty.

The Coronation, Bristol, Avon

AndrewNot Tried17 Oct 2015
AndrewNot Tried14 Apr 2007
AndrewNot Tried06 May 2006

Two Pigs, Corsham, Wiltshire

Stephen HarrisNot Tried16 Oct 2015

The Fat Cat, Norwich, Norfolk

HSBNot Tried14 Oct 2015
HSBNot Tried11 Jul 2013
AndrewNot Tried26 Jul 2007

The Station Inn, Whitby, North Yorkshire

HSBNot Tried15 Sep 2015

Rose Tavern, Norwich, Norfolk

HSBNot Tried09 Sep 2015

Grove Inn, Leeds, West Yorkshire

HSBNot Tried22 Aug 2015

The Lion, Basford, Nottinghamshire

Magnus GreelNot Tried21 Aug 2015

The White Swan, Covent Garden, Central London

Philip PirripNot Tried20 Aug 2015

The Market Hotel, Alton, Hampshire

Philip PirripNot Tried18 Aug 2015

The Phoenix Tavern, Faversham, Kent

Philip PirripNot Tried15 Aug 2015 Several guests sent this back for being hazy and out of condition
Philip PirripNot Tried08 Jan 2015

The Carpenters Arms, Windsor, Berkshire

Magnus GreelAcceptable09 Aug 2015 Not cold enough for my preference with this beer.

The Railway, Blackheath, Greater London

Philip PirripAcceptable29 Jul 2015 Lively on pour. Reckon this was very fresh as it left a long lingering sweet after-taste
Philip PirripNot Tried21 Jun 2015

Mash Tun (formerly Hog in Armour), Norwich, Norfolk

HSBNot Tried22 Jul 2015

The Argyll Arms, Soho, Central London

Philip PirripNot Tried19 Jul 2015

The Clachan, Soho, Central London

Philip PirripNot Tried19 Jul 2015

The Porcupine, Leicester Square, Central London

Philip PirripNot Tried17 Jul 2015

The Marquis, Charing Cross, Central London

Philip PirripNot Tried03 Jul 2015

The Flower Pot, Maidstone, Kent

TobesNot Tried27 Jun 2015
DosserNot Tried15 Feb 2015
DosserNot Tried14 Feb 2015
TobesNot Tried14 Feb 2015
PedroNot Tried12 Oct 2012
DosserExcellent10 Oct 2012
PedroNot Tried13 Apr 2012
HSBNot Tried11 Apr 2012
PedroNot Tried17 Dec 2011
PedroExcellent16 Dec 2011
AlenomoreExceptional16 Dec 2011 Another stunningly good beer.
PedroNot Tried09 Oct 2011
DosserNot Tried08 Oct 2011
PedroNot Tried07 Oct 2011
PedroNot Tried17 Jul 2011
PedroNot Tried15 Jul 2011
AlenomoreExceptional15 Jul 2011 Another top 5* ale.
PedroExcellent01 Jul 2011
DosserExcellent08 Jul 2010 ran out
PedroExcellent03 Jul 2010
PedroNot Tried22 Jan 2010
PedroNot Tried21 Jan 2010
PedroNot Tried19 Jan 2010
AngieExcellent17 Jan 2010
PedroExcellent16 Jan 2010
PedroExcellent29 Aug 2009
PedroExcellent28 Aug 2009
DosserExceptional28 Aug 2009
PedroExcellent26 Aug 2009
PedroNot Tried16 May 2009 Ran out before I could order one !
DosserGood16 May 2009
PedroNot Tried15 May 2009

The White Lion, Baldock, Hertfordshire

HSBNot Tried23 Jun 2015

The Hyde Tavern, Winchester, Hampshire

AndrewNot Tried16 May 2015

Pearson's Arms, Whitstable, Kent

Jack WilliamAcceptable11 May 2015 I used to really like this beer - but this was cloyingly sweet.
AlenomoreExceptional30 Jul 2012 In 5* condition today.

Black Bull, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire

Stephen HarrisAcceptable02 May 2015 Somewhat insipid. Lacked the flavours I usually associate with this beer.

The Robin Hood, Icklesham, East Sussex

Stephen HarrisNot Tried19 Apr 2015

The Lobster, Sheringham, Norfolk

StuNot Tried04 Apr 2015
StuNot Tried19 Apr 2014

The Lanes, Dover, Kent

Jack WilliamNot Tried05 Mar 2015
IanGood07 Feb 2015 Used to be my favourite beer. This was a really good iteration.

The Buckingham Arms, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex

Stephen HarrisNot Tried14 Feb 2015

King William IV, Leyton, Greater London

Philip PirripNot Tried26 Dec 2014
ChrisENot Tried26 Dec 2014

Ox & Plough, Old Buckenham, Norfolk

HSBNot Tried14 Sep 2014

The Falcon, Battersea, Greater London

Stephen HarrisNot Tried09 Sep 2014

The Goose (formerly The Sovereign), Ramsgate, Kent

DosserGood04 Sep 2014

The Star Inn, Bath, Somerset

Archie14Not Tried01 Sep 2014

The Bell, Bath, Somerset

Archie14Not Tried01 Sep 2014
TonyNot Tried14 Apr 2007
AndrewNot Tried14 Apr 2007

Crown Hotel, Liverpool, Merseyside

HSBGood29 Aug 2014

Railway Tavern, Framingham Earl, Norfolk

HSBNot Tried24 Aug 2014

Hooden Smokehouse & Cellar (formerly Hooden on the Hill), Willesborough, Kent

ChrisENot Tried22 Aug 2014
TrevorNot Tried14 Dec 2012
TrevorNot Tried07 Nov 2012
TrevorNot Tried16 Sep 2012
TrevorNot Tried17 Aug 2012
TrevorNot Tried19 Jul 2012
TrevorNot Tried17 Jun 2012
TrevorNot Tried14 May 2012
AndrewNot Tried05 May 2012 On at bar
TrevorNot Tried03 May 2012
TrevorNot Tried03 Apr 2012
TrevorNot Tried15 Mar 2012
TrevorNot Tried01 Mar 2012
TrevorNot Tried21 Sep 2011
TrevorNot Tried09 Aug 2011
TrevorNot Tried26 Jul 2011
TrevorNot Tried14 Jul 2011
TrevorNot Tried29 Jun 2011 Not available
TrevorNot Tried15 Jun 2011
TrevorNot Tried04 May 2011 Label turned round
TrevorNot Tried28 Apr 2011
TrevorNot Tried14 Apr 2011
TrevorNot Tried24 Mar 2011
TrevorNot Tried25 Feb 2011
TrevorNot Tried11 Feb 2011
TrevorNot Tried09 Feb 2011
TrevorExcellent25 Jan 2011 Clear, very drinkable ale, holding flavours to the end.
TrevorExcellent12 Jan 2011 Strong and very drinkable.
TrevorNot Tried20 Oct 2010 Label was turned round on arrival but ale was available by the time we left.
TrevorNot Tried05 Oct 2010 The label was turned round.
AlenomoreNot Tried19 Sep 2010 On at the pub bar.
TrevorExcellent11 Aug 2010 Good condition with a strong flavour.
TrevorNot Tried28 Jul 2010 Not available
TrevorExcellent14 Jul 2010 Good clear refeshing drink.
ChrisEPoor06 Jul 2010 Lacking condition, buttery, and slightly hazy. I was unable to finish this pint.
TrevorNot Tried30 Jun 2010
TrevorNot Tried02 Jun 2010
TrevorNot Tried19 May 2010
TrevorNot Tried06 May 2010
TrevorNot Tried07 Apr 2010
ChrisEGood17 Feb 2010
TrevorNot Tried09 Feb 2010
TrevorNot Tried26 Nov 2009
TrevorNot Tried11 Nov 2009
TrevorNot Tried28 Oct 2009
TrevorNot Tried23 Sep 2009
TrevorNot Tried25 Aug 2009
TrevorNot Tried23 Jul 2009
TrevorNot Tried01 Jul 2009
TrevorGood17 Jun 2009 Refreshing and sharp flavour.
TrevorNot Tried03 Jun 2009
TrevorNot Tried21 May 2009
TrevorGood07 May 2009 Clear golden ale in good condition.
IanAcceptable06 Oct 2007 Just no condition on this at all. No carbonation in mouth. Lacks aroma. Some kick in the mouth. Bit uncultured. Some grassy hop.
IanAcceptable14 Jul 2005 Apart from the white bits floating in it, this tasted absolutely fine, almost tasting like its old self. Golden with elderflower hop and dusty aromas, citric fruit and it certainly does not drink its strength. Shame that the pub is not quite how I remember it 10 years ago

Woolpack Hotel, Tenterden, Kent

ChrisENot Tried08 Aug 2014
WittendenNot Tried31 May 2014

The Tiger Inn, Bridport, Dorset

AndrewNot Tried30 Jul 2014

The Magpie, City, Central London

HSBNot Tried17 Jul 2014

Duck Inn, Laverstock, Wiltshire

Philip PirripNot Tried11 Jul 2014
AndrewNot Tried15 Jun 2012

The Rose, Norwich, Norfolk

HSBNot Tried24 Jun 2014
BlairExcellent02 May 2009 Not usually my cup of tea this one, but on a day like this it went down a treat. Light and summery, great stuff.

The Snooty Fox, Canonbury, Greater London

Stephen HarrisNot Tried11 Jun 2014

Dog & Duck, Soho, Central London

Stephen HarrisNot Tried05 Jun 2014

Waters Green Tavern, Macclesfield, Cheshire

Philip PirripNot Tried14 Apr 2014
Philip PirripNot Tried14 Mar 2014

The Blue Bell, Belmesthorpe, Lincolnshire

HSBNot Tried19 Nov 2013

The Sun Inn, Stafford, Staffordshire

Philip PirripNot Tried18 Sep 2013

The Ship, City, Central London

Stephen HarrisNot Tried02 Sep 2013

Kings Arms, Arundel, West Sussex

AndrewNot Tried28 Aug 2013

Ales of the Unexpected, Westbrook, Kent

Philip PirripNot Tried24 Aug 2013 Ran out mid evening
beery steveNot Tried23 Aug 2013

The Seal, Selsey, West Sussex

AndrewNot Tried24 Aug 2013

The White Lion, Sawley, Derbyshire

StuNot Tried24 Aug 2013

The Rising Sun, Twitton, Kent

PedroNot Tried17 Aug 2013
PedroExcellent16 Aug 2013
PedroGood18 Aug 2012
PedroNot Tried17 Aug 2012
PedroNot Tried19 Aug 2011
PedroNot Tried20 Aug 2010

Halfway House, Challock, Kent

TrevorGood14 Aug 2013 Refreshing crisp flavoured drink.
TrevorAcceptable02 Aug 2012
TrevorNot Tried16 Apr 2012
TrevorNot Tried02 Jul 2010
TrevorNot Tried01 Sep 2009

The Black Friar, Blackfriars, Central London

Philip PirripNot Tried10 Aug 2013

Six Bells, Woodchurch, Kent

PedroNot Tried09 Aug 2013
PedroExcellent19 Jun 2011
PedroExcellent04 Jun 2011
PedroNot Tried23 Apr 2011
PedroExcellent28 Dec 2010

The Red Herring, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

HSBNot Tried27 Jul 2013

The Cricketers, Addiscombe, Greater London

ChrisENot Tried07 Jul 2013

The State Bar, Glasgow, Glasgow, City of

HSBNot Tried04 Jul 2013

Sawyers (formerly Barbers Arms), Wye, Kent

ChrisEAcceptable18 Jun 2013

Nags Head, Reading, Berkshire

Philip PirripNot Tried08 Jun 2013

Somerset Arms, Gravesend, Kent

HSBNot Tried06 Jun 2013

Duke of Wellington, Norwich, Norfolk

HSBNot Tried30 May 2013
AndrewNot Tried27 Jul 2007

Earl of Normanton, Idmiston, Wiltshire

thebrewingmanGood30 Mar 2013

The Green Man, Stamford, Lincolnshire

ChrisENot Tried11 Dec 2012

The Dolphin Hotel, Plymouth, Devon

MickGood06 Dec 2012 OK pint of this classic beer, pale and hoppy but maybe a tad past its best.

The Bell, Walthamstow, Greater London

Stephen HarrisNot Tried22 Nov 2012

The Royal Oak, Fritham, Hampshire

EddieNot Tried11 Nov 2012
EddieExceptional19 Oct 2012 Just love this premium bitter and its in 5* condition here today :)
AndrewNot Tried19 Jun 2009

The Cuckoo Inn, Salisbury, Wiltshire

EddieExcellent25 Oct 2012
MattY1Exceptional02 Nov 2011 Wow! In top condition Fresh hoppy aroma with intense bitterness, this was a very polished pint, superb:)

Bottle Shop, Canterbury, Kent

ChrisEExcellent04 Oct 2012

The Piccadilly, Manchester, Greater Manchester

AlenomoreNot Tried11 Sep 2012

White Rabbit, Maidstone, Kent

AlenomoreNot Tried31 Aug 2012
PedroNot Tried28 Aug 2012 replaced

The Old Mill, Ashford, Kent

Bob ANot Tried30 Aug 2012
ChrisENot Tried03 Jul 2012
IanNot Tried08 Jun 2012
Bob ANot Tried13 May 2012
ChrisENot Tried24 Apr 2012
Bob ANot Tried02 Apr 2012
IanNot Tried28 Mar 2012

The Anchor, Walberswick, Suffolk

AndrewNot Tried18 Aug 2012 Beer festival beer

Philharmonic Dining Rooms, Liverpool, Merseyside

Stephen HarrisNot Tried18 Aug 2012

Catford Bridge Tavern, Catford, Greater London

Philip PirripNot Tried16 Aug 2012
Philip PirripNot Tried14 Aug 2012

The George (formerly The Barrow House, The George Inn), Egerton, Kent

WittendenGood01 Aug 2012 Ahh, Summer Lightning! In good order, but not the full on experience of a few years' back.

The Sussex Arms, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Martin the MildmanNot Tried31 Jul 2012

The Windmill, Hollingbourne, Kent

PedroNot Tried27 Jul 2012
AlenomoreExcellent30 Jun 2012 Our chauffuer sampled this and thought it was spot on.

Drakes, Maidstone, Kent

AlenomoreExcellent20 Jul 2012 A new cask just went on. Good stuff @ £3.85 pint!
AlenomoreExceptional18 Jul 2012 Out of three handpumps, this was the sole offering today. Must admit, it was 5*, and so it should be at £3.85p a pint? For the record, I believe this is the priciest pint of Real Ale in town??
AlenomoreExceptional10 Jul 2010 Surprised to see this on and not disappointing either.

The Dirty Habit, Hollingbourne, Kent

WittendenNot Tried18 Jul 2012 I was looking forward to this for oldtime's sake, but it ran out.
PedroNot Tried07 Nov 2010

Duke of Wellington, Wareham, Dorset

Stephen HarrisNot Tried23 Jun 2012

The Oak on the Green, Bearsted, Kent

PedroNot Tried14 Jun 2012

Stile Bridge, Marden, Kent

PedroNot Tried04 Jun 2012

Bull's Head, Pratt's Bottom, Kent

PedroNot Tried02 Jun 2012

The Fat Cat, Ipswich, Suffolk

Philip PirripNot Tried20 May 2012 Ran out during visit

Salisbury Rugby Football Club, Salisbury, Wiltshire

ChrisENot Tried19 May 2012

1st Angelfest Music and Beer Festival 2012, Tonbridge, Kent

oz11Not Tried21 Apr 2012

Nevill Bull, Birling, Kent

PedroGood06 Apr 2012

The Barley Mow, Shepperton, Surrey

thebrewingmanNot Tried13 Mar 2012

The Last Inn, Oswestry, Shropshire

Bear & Ragged StaffGood04 Mar 2012 First try at this and it certainly didn't drink at 5.0%, it was easy and smooth. The downside was that it was neither one thing or the other and seemed lost. I got some biscuity malt and some citrus hop, but it didn't stand out and there was something stopping it being a great ale.

The Druids Arms, Maidstone, Kent

AlenomoreExceptional25 Dec 2011 A top ale. Stayed on this one.
AlenomoreNot Tried09 Dec 2011

The Swan Inn (old entry now superseded), Wittersham, Kent

PedroNot Tried20 Aug 2011

King Street Tavern, Southsea, Hampshire

ChrisEGood06 Aug 2011

The Chequers, Sevenoaks, Kent

oz11Not Tried30 Jul 2011

The Little Black Dog (formerly The Hoodener's Horse), Great Chart, Kent

PedroExcellent17 Jul 2011
ChrisENot Tried28 May 2011
ChrisEExcellent11 Mar 2011
IanGood18 Mar 2010 Best pint of this I've had in some time, bit of biscuit on the finish. Some decent hop and some tangerine fruit.

Ramsgate Royal Harbour Brewhouse and Bakery, Ramsgate, Kent

BlairExcellent04 Jul 2011 Very good pint, wasn't expecting it at all.

The Old Oak, Sittingbourne, Kent

ChrisENot Tried16 Jun 2011

The Lobster Pot, West Malling, Kent

PedroNot Tried15 May 2011
PedroGood07 Apr 2011
HopmonsterNot Tried29 Nov 2010
PedroNot Tried27 Aug 2010
PedroNot Tried21 Jul 2010
IanNot Tried27 Aug 2005

The Malt Shovel, Horsham, West Sussex

thebrewingmanNot Tried30 Apr 2011

The Victoria (formerly Tap and Spile), North Shields, Tyne and Wear

Flying.geordieExcellent24 Apr 2011
Flying.geordieGood20 Mar 2011
Flying.geordieExcellent15 Aug 2010
Flying.geordieExcellent17 Oct 2009

King & Queen, East Malling, Kent

HopmonsterNot Tried25 Nov 2010
AlenomoreNot Tried04 Sep 2010

The Marine Hotel, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

McGargleNot Tried28 Jul 2010

Bowl Inn, Charing, Kent

AlenomoreNot Tried18 Jul 2010

The Greyhound, Wadhurst, East Sussex

WittendenExcellent18 Jul 2010 The original (for me) Pale 'n'Hoppy, and as good as it ever was. Plenty of bite from the Challengers and Goldings, with an underlying malt body.

The Phoenix, Canterbury, Kent

AndrewNot Tried30 Apr 2010

The Tickled Trout, Wye, Kent

ChrisENot Tried21 Apr 2010
WittendenNot Tried27 Mar 2010 I was tempted, but the Skrim was too good.

The Bree Louise, Euston, Central London

PedroNot Tried27 Mar 2010
IanNot Tried31 May 2008

Tilleys, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear

Flying.geordieAcceptable19 Oct 2009
IanNot Tried30 Oct 2007

Rising Sun, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire

AndrewNot Tried03 Oct 2009

The Duck, Pett Bottom, Kent

AndrewNot Tried29 Aug 2009
AndrewNot Tried23 Aug 2005

The Roebuck, Hampton Hill, Greater London

James TExcellent01 Jun 2009 I could have happily sat and drank this all night in the pleasant evening sun. Glad to see this has replaced the landlords favourite of Sharps Special (cask conditioned).

The Tiger Inn, Stowting, Kent

IanGood29 May 2009 Yeah, pretty good, bit warm maybe, but the hops were good, they were decent pale malts and it was pretty drinkable.
IanGood27 May 2005 Golden beer. Does not drink its strength and can get you deceptively drunk. Slighly hoppy nose with some creamy lemon citrus acids in mouth. Pleasing refreshing summer beer made for a beer garden

The Rose Inn, Wickhambreaux, Kent

MickNot Tried25 May 2009
BlairGood23 May 2009 Light summer ale with a strong abv. Great on a hot day.
MickNot Tried10 Oct 2008
MickNot Tried21 Jul 2008
AndrewNot Tried14 Jul 2007
AndrewExcellent02 Jun 2007 The pub's guest beer. Excellent straw malt and green leaf herby hops. "That there" is back.

The Hare at Blean (formerly Blean Tavern; Hare & Hounds), Blean, Kent

AndrewNot Tried23 May 2009

The Swan in the Rushes, Loughborough, Leicestershire

StuNot Tried19 May 2009
StuNot Tried13 May 2009
StuNot Tried11 Feb 2009

The Fox Goes Free, Charlton, West Sussex

WittendenNot Tried17 May 2009 Was tempted for old time's sake,but I had serious business to attend to.

The Stratford Haven, West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire

AndrewNot Tried14 Apr 2009

West Riding Licensed Refreshment Rooms, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire

Magnus GreelExcellent08 Apr 2009

Horse & Groom, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex

AndrewGood14 Nov 2008 "That there". Mellowed rich hop with reedy flavoured body.

The Churchill Tavern, Ramsgate, Kent

BlairGood05 Sep 2008 Really malty with a nice straw like flavour to it. Good beer.

Montefiore Arms, Ramsgate, Kent

BlairNot Tried17 Aug 2008

The Blue Pigeons, Worth, Kent

BlairNot Tried16 Aug 2008

Artillery Arms, Ramsgate, Kent

BlairGood19 Apr 2008 Grassy, hoppy flavour with a slight alcohol finish. This is a good beer, but not sure it deserves all the hype it gets.

The Harp, Charing Cross, Central London

IanNot Tried08 Apr 2008

The Doric Arch, Euston, Central London

IanNot Tried26 Jan 2008
IanNot Tried30 Mar 2007
IanNot Tried12 Aug 2006
IanNot Tried23 Mar 2006
IanNot Tried28 May 2005
IanNot Tried16 Apr 2005
AndrewAcceptable30 Oct 2004 It's beginning to taste like warm fosters

The Fat Cat Brewery Tap, Norwich, Norfolk

AndrewNot Tried27 Jul 2007

Whalebone, Norwich, Norfolk

AndrewNot Tried27 Jul 2007
IanNot Tried27 Jul 2007

The Goat, St Albans, Hertfordshire

IanGood07 Jul 2007 Bit too yeasty on aroma. Beautifully juicy and hoppy in mouth. Don't car, this pub is fantastic.

The White Lion, St Albans, Hertfordshire

IanNot Tried07 Jul 2007

Half Moon & Seven Stars, Preston, Kent

AndrewNot Tried30 Jun 2007 Festival beer on gravity

The Boot, St Albans, Hertfordshire

AndrewExcellent30 Sep 2006 Aggresively bitter just like it was 15 yars ago.

Victoria & Albert, Netherhampton, Wiltshire

AndrewNot Tried12 Aug 2006

Red Lion, Snargate, Kent

AndrewNot Tried31 Jul 2006

Behind the Wall, Falkirk, Falkirk

CharlesExcellent29 Jun 2006 Drank nothing else - very good - hoppy with high ABV

The Yew Tree Inn, Barfrestone, Kent

BrianNot Tried08 Oct 2005
AndrewNot Tried08 Oct 2005
AndrewNot Tried17 Sep 2005
IanNot Tried17 Sep 2005
BrianNot Tried17 Sep 2005

Ship Inn, Deal, Kent

AndrewNot Tried05 Jun 2005
AndrewAcceptable16 Apr 2005 Umm... I don't know what Hopback are doing with this beer. It tastes tired and rough. This is not the pint of the early 90's

Rare Breeds Beer Festival 2005, Woodchurch, Kent

AndrewExcellent03 Jun 2005 Aggresively bitter, yellow beer. Nearly back to how it was 10 years ago

The Royal Oak, Brookland, Kent

IanAcceptable30 May 2005 I was driving so could only have a half. Golden summer beer with some hops, citrus fruit and a light creamy feel for a 5% beer

Hop Back Summer Lightning

5.00% ABV.

We have tried this beer 133 times.

We have given this beer an average score of Good to Excellent.

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