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The Ale House (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Brewers Special ReserveExceptional1
Round Tower - Lupuline GoldExceptional1
Offbeat - Grateful DeafExcellent1
Hand Drawn Monkey - Tandoori IPΔExcellent1
Round Tower - SlipstreamExcellent1
Peerless - Jinja NinjaExcellent1
Quantum - Oersoep Lapsang Souchong SaisonExcellent1
Wibblers - Winter WibbleExcellent1
S43 (formerly Sonnet 43) - Sun & CandlelightExcellent1
Waen - Chilli Plum PorterExcellent1
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Clovis Point Brown Excellent1
Dancing Duck - SeductionGood1
Hand Drawn Monkey - Jerk StoutGood2
Wentworth - Caught Nowt!Good1
Calvors - Four RunnerGood1
Gyle 59 - ToujoursGood1
Oakham - Jester's FerretGood1
Quantum - Small BeerGood1
Art Brew - Sergei Bergesson Good1
Tempest - UnfermentalistGood1
Dancing Duck - Duck's CourageGood1
Batemans - Dark MildGood1
Round Tower - StoutGood1
Phipps NBC - Last OrdersAcceptable1
Castle Rock - HareAcceptable1
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
St Austell - HSDNot Tried0
St Austell - Black PrinceNot Tried0
Summer Wine (SWB) - TeleporterNot Tried0
Blue Bee - Nectar PaleNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - CwtchNot Tried0
Colchester - No. 1Not Tried0
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - MegalithicNot Tried0
Piddle (Dorset Piddle) - Piddle Premium AleNot Tried0
Moor - Illusion (Black IPA)Not Tried0
Buxton - American RyeNot Tried0
Dark Star - The Art of DarknessNot Tried0
Deverell's - DarksideNot Tried0
Dark Star - Red ShiftNot Tried0
Tempest - Long White CloudNot Tried0
Moor - RadianceNot Tried0
RCH - Old Slug PorterNot Tried0
Hepworth - Iron HorseNot Tried0
Burton Bridge - XL MildNot Tried0
Tempest - A Face With No NameNot Tried0
York - York GoldNot 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
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
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
Picture 1. The Ale House, Chelmsford, Essex
Picture 2. The Ale House, Chelmsford, Essex
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

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 - 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
14 Jul 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening latish. Knowledgeable barman.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hand Drawn Monkey - Tandoori IPΔ6.50ExcellentGreat fun. Would have liked some naan bread soldiers to dip in it
Hand Drawn Monkey - Jerk Stout7.40GoodHalf was enough. Several customers variously described it as salty, vinegary and I said HP saucy
Piddle (Dorset Piddle) - Piddle Premium Ale4.10Not Tried
Moor - Illusion (Black IPA)4.50Not Tried
Buxton - American Rye4.30Not Tried
Dark Star - The Art of Darkness3.50Not Tried
Deverell's - Darkside4.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Red Shift5.50Not Tried
Tempest - Long White Cloud5.60Not Tried
Moor - Radiance5.00Not Tried
08 Jul 2013 (Stephen Harris)
A fairly brief, early evening visit. With both cricket and football taking place in Chelmsford tonight, there were plenty of people passing through.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Clovis Point Brown 5.20ExcellentDark brown and chocolatey, with a bit of alcohol.
Dancing Duck - Duck's Courage5.00GoodThe pumpclip was designed to resemble that of Courage Best. Straw-coloured. Malty taste.
Hand Drawn Monkey - Jerk Stout7.40GoodVery dark brown, heavily spiced with jerk seasoning. Perhaps too heavily.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
St Austell - HSD5.00Not Tried
St Austell - Black Prince4.00Not Tried
Summer Wine (SWB) - Teleporter5.00Not Tried
Blue Bee - Nectar Pale4.00Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - Cwtch4.60Not Tried
Colchester - No. 14.10Not Tried
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Megalithic5.90Not Tried

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About The Ale House

The pub sign. The Ale House, Chelmsford, Essex

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional2
Excellent27
Good23
Acceptable6
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 28 times, seen 223 different beers and tried 57 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CM1 1TS