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The Ale House (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Round Tower - Lupuline GoldExceptional1
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Brewers Special ReserveExceptional1
Wiper and True - Porter (Rye Porter)Excellent1
Offbeat - Grateful DeafExcellent1
Indy-Man-Brew-House (only collaborators with others) - Pale (brewed at Blackjack)Excellent1
Round Tower - SlipstreamExcellent1
Peerless - Jinja NinjaExcellent1
Quantum - Oersoep Lapsang Souchong SaisonExcellent1
Wibblers - Winter WibbleExcellent1
Northern Monk - Chennai Export PorterExcellent1
S43 (formerly Sonnet 43) - Sun & CandlelightExcellent1
Waen - Chilli Plum PorterExcellent1
Arbor Ales - ArtisanExcellent1
Wentworth - Caught Nowt!Good1
Calvors - Four RunnerGood1
Gyle 59 - ToujoursGood1
Oakham - Jester's FerretGood1
Quantum - Small BeerGood1
Art Brew - Sergei Bergesson Good1
360° - West Coast IPAGood1
Hope - Ghost RiderGood1
Tempest - UnfermentalistGood1
Batemans - Dark MildGood1
Round Tower - StoutGood1
Dancing Duck - SeductionGood1
Phipps NBC - Last OrdersAcceptable1
Castle Rock - HareAcceptable1
RCH - Old Slug PorterNot Tried0
Hepworth - Iron HorseNot Tried0
Burton Bridge - XL MildNot Tried0
Tempest - A Face With No NameNot Tried0
York (now brewed at Black Sheep) - York GoldNot Tried0
Dark Star - Red ShiftNot Tried0
Sharp's - HeckeweizenNot Tried0
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Royal PupNot Tried0
Otter - HeadNot Tried0
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Umbel Ale (aka Special Coriander Ale)Not Tried0
Exmoor - WildcatNot Tried0
Dark Star - Partridge Best BitterNot Tried0
Dark Star - RevelationNot Tried0
Wild Card - Jack of ClubsNot Tried0
Shalford - Levelly BlackNot Tried0
Colchester - DrizzleNot Tried0
Otter - BitterNot Tried0
St Austell - Black PrinceNot Tried0
Cliff Quay - Tumble HomeNot Tried0
Pin-Up - Milk StoutNot Tried0
Adnams - Shingle ShellsNot Tried0
Colchester - Dark Ruby AleNot Tried0
Black Sheep - Christmas Special Imperial Russian StoutNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - Yule Love HerNot Tried0
Round Tower - Lupuline BlackNot Tried0
Batemans - XXXB (now superseded by 4.8% version)Not Tried0
Titanic - CompassNot Tried0
Downton - Dark DelightNot Tried0
Ilkley - Pata NegraNot Tried0
Dark Star - Victorian Ruby MildNot Tried0
Brentwood - Chockwork OrangeNot Tried0
Skinner's - St Piran's AleNot Tried0
Oakham - ParanoidNot Tried0
Milton - MinervaNot Tried0
Vale - TelstarNot Tried0
Ramsbury - Summer FestNot Tried0
Round Tower - CromptonNot Tried0
Black Country - The Thomas Guest Brewing Company PuddlersNot Tried0
Mallinsons - Lindley Pale AleNot Tried0
Buntingford - Crow's NestNot Tried0
Deverell's - DarksideNot Tried0
Siren Craft - 1/2 Mast, Quarter IPANot Tried0
Hellhound - Black ShuckNot Tried0
First Chop Brewing Arm - SIPNot Tried0
Brass Castle - Ginger MarmaladeNot Tried0
Stewart - Dakota BrownNot Tried0
Blackjack - Flyer BestNot Tried0
Exmoor - GoldNot Tried0
Oakham - InfernoNot Tried0
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - Hitchin Old DarkNot Tried0
Camerons - Ebony FallNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - NZ Amber AleNot Tried0
Cambrinus Craft - St. Anthony's AleNot Tried0
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Belma & BrewiseNot Tried0
Cotleigh - Night OwlNot Tried0
Bishop Nick - Ridley's RiteNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Neither NorNot Tried0
Weird Beard - Boring Brown BeerNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - BlackbirdNot Tried0
Mauldons - KittyNot Tried0
Irving - DiamondNot Tried0
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing BuzzzNot Tried0
AllGates - Bugle HornNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Ale House, Chelmsford, Essex
Picture 2. The Ale House, Chelmsford, Essex
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

09 May 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Early to mid-evening and becoming progressively busier. Superb beer selection tonight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Arbor Ales - Artisan4.80ExcellentReddish-brown in colour. Heavy, sticky malt overlain with great hops.
Wiper and True - Porter (Rye Porter)5.40ExcellentA strongly-flavoured dark porter with lots of rye flavour.
Indy-Man-Brew-House (only collaborators with others) - Pale (brewed at Blackjack)4.00ExcellentExcellent, lip-smakingly hoppy Pale Ale.
Bishop Nick - Ridley's Rite3.60Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Neither Nor5.00Not Tried
Weird Beard - Boring Brown Beer8.20Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Blackbird4.00Not Tried
Mauldons - Kitty3.80Not Tried
Irving - Diamond4.50Not Tried
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing Buzzz4.50Not Tried
AllGates - Bugle Horn4.30Not Tried
09 Nov 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Early to mid-Sunday evening and fairly quiet.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Northern Monk - Chennai Export Porter5.40ExcellentVery nice. A Black IPA in all but name?
360° - West Coast IPA5.60GoodIntense hop flavours.
Hope - Ghost Rider4.50GoodAn amber-coloured, hoppy Bitter.
Exmoor - Gold4.50Not Tried
Oakham - Inferno4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Partridge Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - Hitchin Old Dark4.80Not Tried
Camerons - Ebony Fall4.30Not Tried
Arbor Ales - NZ Amber Ale5.20Not Tried
Cambrinus Craft - St. Anthony's Ale5.20Not Tried
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Belma & Brewise4.70Not Tried
Cotleigh - Night Owl4.50Not Tried
06 Oct 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Brewers Special Reserve12.90Exceptional2010 vintage. Words fail me and not through loss of consciousness. £6 pp but here in halves and thirds only
Waen - Chilli Plum Porter6.10Excellent
Gyle 59 - Toujours4.00GoodA saison
Mallinsons - Lindley Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Buntingford - Crow's Nest3.90Not Tried
Deverell's - Darkside4.80Not Tried
Siren Craft - 1/2 Mast, Quarter IPA2.80Not TriedOnly a few in but this was selling well
Hellhound - Black Shuck3.90Not Tried
First Chop Brewing Arm - SIP5.40Not Tried
Brass Castle - Ginger Marmalade4.50Not Tried
Stewart - Dakota Brown4.40Not Tried
Blackjack - Flyer Best4.80Not Tried
23 Jun 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening last knockings. The barman kindly served me even though he had cleaned up to close with no others in.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Peerless - Jinja Ninja4.00Excellent
Phipps NBC - Last Orders4.80Acceptable
Dark Star - Victorian Ruby Mild6.00Not Tried
Brentwood - Chockwork Orange6.50Not Tried
Skinner's - St Piran's Ale4.50Not Tried
Oakham - Paranoid5.20Not Tried
Milton - Minerva4.60Not Tried
Vale - Telstar3.90Not Tried
Ramsbury - Summer Fest4.70Not Tried
Round Tower - Crompton4.40Not Tried
Black Country - The Thomas Guest Brewing Company Puddlers4.10Not Tried
12 Mar 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Afternoon - latecomer for a morning started Birthday Bash for one of our group. Enough beers here to take all day trying.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Oakham - Jester's Ferret3.60Good
Batemans - XXXB (now superseded by 4.8% version)4.50Not Tried
Batemans - Dark Mild3.00Not Tried
Titanic - Compass4.10Not Tried
Downton - Dark Delight5.50Not Tried
Castle Rock - Hare4.20Not Tried
Round Tower - Stout4.10Not Tried
Ilkley - Pata Negra6.20Not Tried
Calvors - Four Runner3.80Not Tried
Wentworth - Caught Nowt!4.10Not Tried
Quantum - Small Beer2.60Not Tried
Quantum - Oersoep Lapsang Souchong Saison6.30Not Tried
12 Mar 2014 (ChrisE)
11am and a fair size group of us met here to celebrate a friend's birthday. The beer list was as already listed by others.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Batemans - Dark Mild3.00GoodA tasty traditional dark mild in good condition.
Round Tower - Stout4.10Good
Wentworth - Caught Nowt!4.10Good
12 Mar 2014 (HSB)
11:30 First stop on my 61st birthday pub crawl. Fifteen of us including a rare sighting of Philip Pirrip in the daylight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Quantum - Oersoep Lapsang Souchong Saison6.30ExcellentHighly unusual beer
Calvors - Four Runner3.80GoodLager like
Quantum - Small Beer2.60Good
Castle Rock - Hare4.20Acceptable
Batemans - XXXB (now superseded by 4.8% version)4.50Not Tried
Batemans - Dark Mild3.00Not Tried
Titanic - Compass4.10Not Tried
Downton - Dark Delight5.50Not Tried
Oakham - Jester's Ferret3.60Not Tried
Round Tower - Stout4.10Not Tried
Ilkley - Pata Negra6.20Not Tried
Wentworth - Caught Nowt!4.10Not Tried
08 Jan 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until close. Good beer banter with barman.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Round Tower - Lupuline Gold5.60ExceptionalRound Tower has never let me down and this was just plain superb. Unfined golden beer which just melted in the mouth
Wibblers - Winter Wibble6.00Excellent
Otter - Bitter3.60Not Tried
St Austell - Black Prince4.00Not Tried
Cliff Quay - Tumble Home4.70Not Tried
Pin-Up - Milk Stout4.50Not TriedI was amused that this was advertised as Milk Street Pin-Up Stout on the boards (they do sell a lot of Milk Street beers here!!)
Adnams - Shingle Shells3.90Not Tried
Colchester - Dark Ruby Ale4.30Not Tried
Black Sheep - Christmas Special Imperial Russian Stout7.50Not TriedI dared not
Mighty Oak - Yule Love Her4.10Not Tried
Round Tower - Lupuline Black4.40Not TriedA black IPA
15 Sep 2013 (Stephen Harris)
I’ve had a very successful weekend on several levels and celebrate with a few early evening strong ones in here. Pub very quiet.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Offbeat - Grateful Deaf6.50ExcellentDescribed as an ‘Imperial Brown Ale’; it is dark brown in colour, strong, seriously hoppy and has a bit of chocolate too.
Dancing Duck - Seduction5.20GoodI’ve only just got the joke, 18 hours later – Se-“Duck”-tion! I’m very slow sometimes. Amber, strong, malt-heavy, bitter.
Art Brew - Sergei Bergesson 6.00GoodCopper-coloured and very powerful-tasting. In a barley wine style I think.
Otter - Head5.80Not Tried
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Umbel Ale (aka Special Coriander Ale)3.80Not Tried
Exmoor - Wildcat4.40Not Tried
Dark Star - Partridge Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Revelation5.70Not Tried
Wild Card - Jack of Clubs4.50Not Tried
Shalford - Levelly Black4.80Not Tried
Colchester - Drizzle4.20Not Tried
27 Jul 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-evening visit and the pub is very busy, with people of all ages. I note that it is now only possible to enjoy outside drinking on the north side of the arches – not that anybody would want to this-evening, given the prevailing cats and dogs situation out there.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Round Tower - Slipstream5.70ExcellentAn excellent example of the Black IPA style. Black, sticky malt, cut through by lively hopping. Long bitter finish.
S43 (formerly Sonnet 43) - Sun & Candlelight5.90ExcellentA murky orange colour. Impressively sour saison with spicy yeast tastes.
Tempest - Unfermentalist3.20GoodLow strength and quite sweet. Perhaps not fully fermented (hold on, I think there’s a clue in the name).
RCH - Old Slug Porter4.50Not Tried
Hepworth - Iron Horse4.80Not Tried
Burton Bridge - XL Mild4.00Not Tried
Tempest - A Face With No Name6.00Not Tried
York (now brewed at Black Sheep) - York Gold3.90Not Tried
Dark Star - Red Shift5.50Not Tried
Sharp's - Heckeweizen4.70Not Tried
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Royal Pup4.40Not Tried

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About The Ale House

The pub sign. The Ale House, Chelmsford, Essex

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional2
Excellent28
Good26
Acceptable7
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1TS.

A specialist beer and cider pub which opened in early 2012 in three railway arches underneath the station. It is very conveniently situated, lying between Chelmsford’s bus and railway stations, moments walk from either. There are various seating and standing areas within, plus external drinking space either side of the railway. Decorated rather frugally. 2 banks each of 6 handpumps not on the front counter but on the back fitting instead, making legibility of the pumpclips quite difficult so the beer details are repeated on overhead blackboards. Large range of ciders served from gravity dispense.

We have visited this pub 30 times, seen 240 different beers and tried 62 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CM1 1TS