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Marston's Old Empire IPA

PubAddressLast Visit Seen
The Furze WrenBexleyheath, Greater London26 Jul 2022
Royal Victoria PavilionRamsgate, Kent17 Jul 2022
The New Cross TurnpikeWelling, Greater London18 Jun 2022
The Humphrey BeanTonbridge, Kent22 Apr 2022
The Spa Lane VaultsChesterfield, Derbyshire08 Mar 2022
The County HotelAshford, Kent21 Nov 2021
The Gate ClockGreenwich, Greater London04 Oct 2021
The Thomas IngoldsbyCanterbury, Kent20 Sep 2021
Bridge InnBrewood, Staffordshire26 Jun 2021
RitzLincoln, Lincolnshire03 Oct 2020
The Watch HouseLewisham, Greater London08 Mar 2020
The GeorgeCroydon, Greater London14 Jan 2020
The Willow WalkVictoria, Central London02 Jan 2020
The Lord BurtonBurton upon Trent, Staffordshire16 Oct 2019
The Eight BellsDover, Kent31 Aug 2019
The Bottle of SackSutton Coldfield, West Midlands03 Aug 2019
The Parchment MakersHavant, Hampshire02 Mar 2019
The Great HarryWoolwich, Greater London07 Feb 2019
Boot InnWeymouth, Dorset01 Feb 2019
The Bankers DraftEltham, Greater London04 Dec 2018
The Leading LightFaversham, Kent15 Nov 2018
The Robert PocockGravesend, Kent25 Oct 2018
The Tailor's ChalkSidcup, Greater London19 Aug 2018
The Clarendon HotelWolverhampton, West Midlands28 Jul 2018
The Sir Norman WisdomDeal, Kent16 Jun 2018
Conquerors MarchHastings, East Sussex29 May 2018
The White Lion HotelTenterden, Kent08 Feb 2017
Green DragonWelton, East Yorkshire23 Jul 2016
Olde England 2Wellingborough, Northamptonshire27 Jan 2016
The Society RoomsMaidstone, Kent05 Nov 2015
The Plasterers ArmsNorwich, Norfolk28 Oct 2015
Hamilton HallCity, Central London30 Sep 2015
GoldengroveStratford, Greater London27 Nov 2014
The Crosse KeysCity, Central London13 Nov 2014
The HuntsmanCheadle, Staffordshire13 Apr 2014
The Standing OrderStevenage, Hertfordshire10 Oct 2013
Good IntentWest Farleigh, Kent23 Aug 2013
The College ArmsPeterborough, Cambridgeshire02 Aug 2013
The Gun & SpitroastHorsmonden, Kent05 Apr 2013
The West Gate InnCanterbury, Kent22 Nov 2012
The Muggleton InnMaidstone, Kent28 Aug 2012
Woodrow WilsonCarlisle, Cumbria27 Jul 2012
The Metropolitan BarBaker Street, Central London12 Jul 2012
The Sovereign of the SeasPetts Wood, Greater London25 Jun 2012
The Bree LouiseEuston, Central London14 Jun 2012
J.J. Moon'sTooting, Greater London27 Apr 2012
Three CompassesHornsey, Greater London13 Apr 2012
The Last InnOswestry, Shropshire24 Dec 2011
The Thomas SheratonStockton-on-Tees, Durham02 Oct 2011
Yates (formerly The William Wilberforce)Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire12 Jan 2011
Ye Olde Red Lion HotelMarket Bosworth, Leicestershire25 Dec 2010
The WelkinLiverpool, Merseyside23 Dec 2010
The LoggerheadsShrewsbury, Shropshire22 Oct 2010
The Earl of DalkeithKettering, Northamptonshire03 Jun 2010
The Mechanical ElephantMargate, Kent10 Jul 2009
Gardener's ArmsOxford, Oxfordshire09 Feb 2008
The GuildhallFolkestone, Kent16 Feb 2007
White Cliffs Beer Festival 2007Dover, Kent02 Feb 2007
Simmons (formerly Jimi Loves Gloria, Pillars of Hercules)Soho, Central London15 Oct 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 Furze Wren, Bexleyheath, Greater London

Philip PirripNot Tried26 Jul 2022
Philip PirripGood25 Jul 2022 A sweet brew
Philip PirripNot Tried30 Aug 2021

Royal Victoria Pavilion, Ramsgate, Kent

DosserGood17 Jul 2022
DosserGood22 Dec 2019 Told I couldnt have a top up as the beer had gone. But I was others drinking it!
DosserGood16 Jun 2019 Good pint
DosserGood08 Nov 2017
ChrisENot Tried06 Nov 2017
DosserGood04 Nov 2017

The New Cross Turnpike, Welling, Greater London

Philip PirripGood18 Jun 2022 Good dry bitterness - second day in a row when best beer of the day was in a 'Spoon's
Philip PirripNot Tried19 Feb 2022
Philip PirripNot Tried25 Jul 2017 Just a taster had a caramel edge
Philip PirripNot Tried10 Mar 2017
Philip PirripNot Tried14 Sep 2016 Ran out as I ordered. Clip left showing so I turned it round, a simple act of customer service!!
Philip PirripGood12 Sep 2016 1st one
Philip PirripExcellent12 Sep 2016 2nd out just that bit fresher
Philip PirripGood17 Jun 2016
Philip PirripNot Tried01 Aug 2015

The Humphrey Bean, Tonbridge, Kent

Magnus GreelExcellent22 Apr 2022 My 'one for the road' treat...

The Spa Lane Vaults, Chesterfield, Derbyshire

DosserExcellent08 Mar 2022 Top pint.

The County Hotel, Ashford, Kent

ChrisEGood21 Nov 2021
Magnus GreelExcellent15 Nov 2021
ChrisENot Tried05 Oct 2011
IanExcellent23 Jul 2008 Still just about my favourite Marston's beer. The hop really is quite amazing and I keep forgetting just how good the aroma and hop finish are. Beautiful pint. I could smell this all night.
IanGood04 Jun 2008 Really very hoppy for an English beer. Slight burton snatch on the aroma. Then the alcohol kicks in. Not obvious syrupy, but definitely has an effect on the brain.
IanGood16 Jan 2008 Just about the best pint of this beer I've had. The hop was incredibly fresh on this.
IanNot Tried16 Sep 2007
SteveExcellent13 Jun 2007 Full Flavoured ale taste the hops and malt very fruity at 5.7 it was one pint I didn't knock straight back I just sipped and savoured excellent beer
IanNot Tried27 Mar 2007
IanNot Tried13 Mar 2007
IanNot Tried08 Mar 2007
AndrewNot Tried23 Jan 2007
AndrewGood24 Dec 2006 Pale malt gold colour. No head. Smells of summer medows. Tastes of snow and gold malt. Quite sharp and slightly sour.
IanGood24 Dec 2006 Some ok fruit, some hoppy dryness on end. Quite pleasant to drink
IanAcceptable20 Nov 2006 Crystal clear copper colour with lasting partly creamy/bubbly beige head. Earthy hop aroma. Some hop, bit of ashtray. Bit farty on aroma too. Raspberry malty fruit in mouth, some hop bite on end. Sweet red fruit in mouth. Drying finish, hops battling with the sweetness. Juicy malt. Too sweet for me, not enough hop to balance, but interesting.

The Gate Clock, Greenwich, Greater London

Philip PirripNot Tried04 Oct 2021
Philip PirripGood15 Mar 2020 Good nightcap

The Thomas Ingoldsby, Canterbury, Kent

DosserExcellent20 Sep 2021 Went down very well.

Bridge Inn, Brewood, Staffordshire

Jack WilliamGood26 Jun 2021

Ritz, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

DosserGood03 Oct 2020 Still good
DosserExcellent02 Oct 2020 Quality pint. Spoilt however by my conversation with the young waiter who refused a top up on 2 pints insisting that 5% of the beer could be a head. Unfortunately for my 5% was head but another 7% was missing. No amount of me taking pictures or talking out loud about my previous lie as a man working for the weights and measures would change their minds. It seemed that my 50p voucher had to be reduced to 25p by reducing the size of the pint. Whinge over Mr pirrip.

The Watch House, Lewisham, Greater London

Philip PirripAcceptable08 Mar 2020 In OK condition
Philip PirripNot Tried09 Feb 2020
Philip PirripNot Tried08 Feb 2020
Philip PirripGood31 Mar 2018 A heavy hitter all round
Philip PirripExcellent19 Feb 2017
Philip PirripExcellent19 Feb 2017
Philip PirripAcceptable02 Dec 2015 Jury's out

The George, Croydon, Greater London

ChrisENot Tried14 Jan 2020

The Willow Walk, Victoria, Central London

Philip PirripExcellent02 Jan 2020 A massive dry bitter hit

The Lord Burton, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

ChrisENot Tried16 Oct 2019

The Eight Bells, Dover, Kent

Philip PirripNot Tried31 Aug 2019
Philip PirripNot Tried02 Mar 2017
Stephen HarrisNot Tried14 Aug 2016

The Bottle of Sack, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

DosserExcellent03 Aug 2019 One of best pints of old I've had..and 1.49 with voucher

The Parchment Makers, Havant, Hampshire

Stephen HarrisNot Tried02 Mar 2019

The Great Harry, Woolwich, Greater London

Philip PirripNot Tried07 Feb 2019

Boot Inn, Weymouth, Dorset

Magnus GreelNot Tried01 Feb 2019

The Bankers Draft, Eltham, Greater London

Philip PirripExcellent04 Dec 2018 Superb nick, very dry bitterness

The Leading Light, Faversham, Kent

Philip PirripGood15 Nov 2018 A snip at £2.15 pp

The Robert Pocock, Gravesend, Kent

Philip PirripGood25 Oct 2018
Philip PirripNot Tried31 Dec 2016

The Tailor's Chalk, Sidcup, Greater London

DosserNot Tried19 Aug 2018

The Clarendon Hotel, Wolverhampton, West Midlands

ChrisENot Tried28 Jul 2018

The Sir Norman Wisdom, Deal, Kent

DosserGood16 Jun 2018 Boring but at 1.99 the best beer here. Unless you like gloombar et al.

Conquerors March, Hastings, East Sussex

Stephen HarrisGood29 May 2018 This was pretty decent from bottle.

The White Lion Hotel, Tenterden, Kent

Magnus GreelNot Tried08 Feb 2017
ChrisENot Tried04 Apr 2015

Green Dragon, Welton, East Yorkshire

ChrisEExcellent23 Jul 2016 A perfect nightcap before retiring to the stable block.

Olde England 2, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

HSBNot Tried27 Jan 2016

The Society Rooms, Maidstone, Kent

HSBNot Tried05 Nov 2015
TobesNot Tried03 Aug 2013
Toby Not Tried13 Jun 2013
AlenomoreNot Tried05 Aug 2012
PedroNot Tried26 Jun 2012
AlenomoreAcceptable14 Jul 2011 Not in particularly good condition.
IanNot Tried19 May 2011
AlenomoreNot Tried26 Sep 2010
AlenomoreExceptional29 Jul 2010 Still a classic. Very good.

The Plasterers Arms, Norwich, Norfolk

HSBNot Tried28 Oct 2015

Hamilton Hall, City, Central London

HSBNot Tried30 Sep 2015
HSBNot Tried14 May 2015

Goldengrove, Stratford, Greater London

Philip PirripNot Tried27 Nov 2014

The Crosse Keys, City, Central London

ChrisENot Tried13 Nov 2014
Stephen HarrisNot Tried16 Oct 2014
Stephen HarrisNot Tried14 Mar 2013
IanNot Tried21 Oct 2008

The Huntsman, Cheadle, Staffordshire

Nick WillisNot Tried13 Apr 2014 Just gone

The Standing Order, Stevenage, Hertfordshire

HSBNot Tried10 Oct 2013

Good Intent, West Farleigh, Kent

PedroNot Tried23 Aug 2013

The College Arms, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Stephen HarrisNot Tried02 Aug 2013

The Gun & Spitroast, Horsmonden, Kent

oz11Poor05 Apr 2013 Should have stayed on the red top, but against my better judgement I tried this. Flat and out of condition.

The West Gate Inn, Canterbury, Kent

Bob ANot Tried22 Nov 2012

The Muggleton Inn, Maidstone, Kent

PedroNot Tried28 Aug 2012
AlenomoreNot Tried18 Jul 2012
AlenomoreNot Tried15 Aug 2010

Woodrow Wilson, Carlisle, Cumbria

Stephen HarrisNot Tried27 Jul 2012

The Metropolitan Bar, Baker Street, Central London

Philip PirripExcellent12 Jul 2012 Dry and moreish
IanNot Tried17 Feb 2009

The Sovereign of the Seas, Petts Wood, Greater London

oz11Not Tried25 Jun 2012
oz11Good22 Jun 2012

The Bree Louise, Euston, Central London

Philip PirripNot Tried14 Jun 2012

J.J. Moon's, Tooting, Greater London

Stephen HarrisNot Tried27 Apr 2012

Three Compasses, Hornsey, Greater London

Stephen HarrisNot Tried13 Apr 2012

The Last Inn, Oswestry, Shropshire

Bear & Ragged StaffExcellent24 Dec 2011 I shy away from Marston's whenever I see it, strange considering I was brought up on the stuff. I'm glad I tried this. It was nicely malty and fruity with a medium dry finish. Good balance, good body and smooth to drink . No hesitation in having this when I see it again.

The Thomas Sheraton, Stockton-on-Tees, Durham

davidg83Not Tried02 Oct 2011

Yates (formerly The William Wilberforce), Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire

MickExcellent12 Jan 2011 Superb hops, pale gold with superb aroma and finish.

Ye Olde Red Lion Hotel, Market Bosworth, Leicestershire

DubbelExcellent25 Dec 2010 Really good. Robust IPA flavours, well kept and just the right amount of buzz from the first beer of a long boozy day.

The Welkin, Liverpool, Merseyside

MickExcellent23 Dec 2010 Very nice, good flavour for a pale beer, lovely ho taste and aroma

The Loggerheads, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

ChrisENot Tried22 Oct 2010

The Earl of Dalkeith, Kettering, Northamptonshire

StephenGood03 Jun 2010 Great well balanced ale but you feel it drinks all its strength so only had one.
StephenNot Tried03 Jun 2008

The Mechanical Elephant, Margate, Kent

BlairNot Tried10 Jul 2009

Gardener's Arms, Oxford, Oxfordshire

IanNot Tried09 Feb 2008

The Guildhall, Folkestone, Kent

IanGood16 Feb 2007 Deep copper colour with lasting off white head. Perfumey hop aroma is slight. Good in mouth, some toffee, some warming alcohol. Good dose of hops. Some yeast. Bit of syrupy malt. Goodish white flesh stone fruit/peach/nectarine.

White Cliffs Beer Festival 2007, Dover, Kent

BrianGood02 Feb 2007 Decided to go on an IPA mission. The sulphorous odour is almost enough to put you off, but the taste is great.

Simmons (formerly Jimi Loves Gloria, Pillars of Hercules), Soho, Central London

IanAcceptable15 Oct 2005 Hazy orange colour quite good hops, some nice fruit, quite fresh, but doesn't drink its strength

Marston's Old Empire IPA

5.70% ABV.

We have tried this beer 52 times.

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

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