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The Flower Pot (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Tap House - Dark & DangerousExcellent1
Salamander - Dark Corner StoutExcellent1
Blackwater (sub brand of Salopian) - Counterfeit IPAExcellent1
Salamander - Peyote PorterExcellent1
Full Mash - TwilightGood1
Black Iris - Iron Gate StoutGood1
Castle Rock - Trent Bridge 20/20 VisionGood1
Rowditch - Middle Earth Prancing PonyGood1
Fyne - JarlGood1
Abbeydale - Beer Works Dr Morton's Finish StripperGood1
Full Mash - Maris PaleGood1
Foxfield - SandsGood1
Spire - Old Jamaica PorterGood1
Castle Rock - Harry Wheatcroft Nottinghamian Celebration AleGood1
Oakham - Baja 1000Acceptable1
AllGates - Summer GoldAcceptable1
Headless - 5 GatesAcceptable1
Newmans - Summer BerryAcceptable1
Wentwell - Farm Hand's BitterAcceptable1
Tollgate - High St BitterAcceptable1
Headless - First BloomAcceptable1
Brass Monkey - Monkey PoohAcceptable1
Milestone - Classic Dark MildAcceptable1
Headless - KSAAcceptable1
Leadmill - Summer HopAcceptable1
Slater's - Monkey Magic MildAcceptable1
York - CitraNot Tried0
Newby Wyke - OrsinoNot Tried0
Derby - MJENot Tried0
Riverhead - Amarillo PaleNot Tried0
Newmans - Green LadyNot Tried0
Rudgate - Niflheim IPANot Tried0
Burton Bridge - Eternal TriangleNot Tried0
Salamander - Yo Banana BoyNot Tried0
Acorn - Light AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Flower Pot, Derby, Derbyshire

Visits Details

27 Aug 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Beer festival in progress with additional stillage in the pub along with the cellar bar.
Tap House - Dark & Dangerous5.00ExcellentBlack porter with a very strong malt character and some hoppiness to give a slightly tart finish. My score 16/20.
Rowditch - Middle Earth Prancing Pony3.90GoodBrewed on the plant at the Rowditch in Derby by Middle Earth brewing staff. This is a good hoppy pale ale with good citrus notes and a dryish finish. My score 15/20.
Full Mash - Maris Pale4.00GoodWell balanced pale beer with good malt character but also some hop bitterness. My score 15/20.
Castle Rock - Harry Wheatcroft Nottinghamian Celebration Ale4.20GoodWell balanced chestnut coloured bitter with moderate citrus hop flavour. My score 15/20.
Black Iris - Iron Gate Stout5.50GoodNew name for the on site brewery at the Flowerpot, Derby. A very bitter, roasty stout with strong roast coffee notes. My score 15/20.
Wentwell - Farm Hand's Bitter4.10AcceptableAmber bitter with a dryish malty character and little hoppiness. The finish is quite astringent. My score 14/20.
Leadmill - Summer Hop4.00AcceptablePale, dry and hoppy with a bitter finish. My score 14/20.
08 Jul 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Fairly quiet mid afternoon on a Friday. Plenty of beers on to coincide with CAMRA beer festival.
Salamander - Peyote Porter4.50ExcellentDark brown porter with a sweetish malty character balanced by some hoppiness. My score 16/20.
Brass Monkey - Monkey Pooh4.00AcceptableVery pale and despite the name, quite drinkable. Mainly malty with little hop character and sweetish toffee finish. My score 14/20.
York - Citra4.00Not Tried
Newby Wyke - Orsino4.00Not Tried
Derby - MJE4.20Not Tried
Riverhead - Amarillo Pale4.50Not Tried
Newmans - Green Lady4.00Not Tried
Rudgate - Niflheim IPA4.40Not Tried
Burton Bridge - Eternal Triangle4.50Not Tried
Salamander - Yo Banana Boy3.80Not Tried
Acorn - Light Ale3.60Not Tried
13 Nov 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
Rather quiet on a Saturday lunchtime and the cellar bar only had two casks racked up.
Spire - Old Jamaica Porter4.80GoodA dark brown porter brewed with rum and raisins. The rum is noticeable throughout and the raisins give a fairly tart, dry finish. My score 15/20.
04 Sep 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
Salamander - Dark Corner Stout4.50ExcellentFull bodied stout with good roast malt character and a little chocolate malt. My score 16/20.
10 Jul 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
Full Mash - Twilight3.70GoodThick, black mild with lots of toffee malt and a berry fruit finish. My score 15/20.
Fyne - Jarl3.80GoodVery pale ale with good hop character and citrus notes and good overall balance. My score 15/20.
17 May 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
Milestone - Classic Dark Mild4.00AcceptableQuite bitter dark brown mild with a very dry, malty finish. My score 14/20.
06 Feb 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
Tollgate - High St Bitter4.40AcceptableStandard best bitter with a bitter hop character and a dryish finish. My score 14/20.
07 Nov 2009 (Martin the Mildman)
Fairly busy with lunchtime diners and passing beer samplers.
Oakham - Baja 10004.30AcceptableDark for an Oakham beer but still very bitter and hoppy, not really my style but brewed well. My score 14/20.
AllGates - Summer Gold4.00AcceptableRather sharp and bitter, lacking much maltiness or sweetness. My score 14/20.
Headless - 5 Gates5.00AcceptablePale strong bitter, quite dry and bitter with little malt balance. My score 13/20.
14 Jul 2009 (Ian)
Looks like a smallish pub from the front, but then opens up into multiple rooms. You can see into the cellar through windows. Some beers are on handpull, some on gravity via an unusual metal pull. What a great place. Quietish Tuesday mid PM
Headless - First Bloom4.30AcceptableGolden bitter, decent. OK hops, bit flowery. Little bit of tangerine marmalade on finish. Fine. Drinkable and good dry marmalade on finish
Headless - KSA3.70AcceptableVery pale gold, virtually no head. Bit like the First Bloom but lighter and hop is a more flowery perfumed style than tangerine fruity. Extermely dry on finish. Not bad at all, really quite hoppy.
11 Jul 2009 (Martin the Mildman)
Busy due to to the Derby Summer beer festival. At least 25 beers available.
Blackwater (sub brand of Salopian) - Counterfeit IPA4.00ExcellentVery pale bitter with lots of citrus hoppiness. My score 16/20.
Foxfield - Sands3.60GoodWell balanced very pale bitter. Now brewed at 3.7%. My score 15/20.
Castle Rock - Trent Bridge 20/20 Vision3.70GoodVery pale beer with good balance of malt and hops. My score 15/20.
Abbeydale - Beer Works Dr Morton's Finish Stripper4.00GoodWell balanced pale ale. My score 15/20.
Slater's - Monkey Magic Mild3.40AcceptableRather bitter for a mild. My score 14/20.
Newmans - Summer Berry4.20AcceptableRather dry and malty, with a slight cardboard/rubbery taste. No hint of berries. My score 12/20.

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About The Flower Pot

The pub sign. The Flower Pot, Derby, Derbyshire

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 3DZ.

Superb freehouse with its own brewery (Headless). Up to 25 beers served, many on gravity from a unique cellar stillage which can be viewed at the rear of the pub. Excellent value lunches served.

We have visited this pub 20 times, seen 79 different beers and tried 51 of them.

Map location

Postcode: DE1 3DZ