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The Rake (Utobeer)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Brew York - RhubiperExcellent1
Three Sods - Trade UnionExcellent1
Fallen - Chew ChewExcellent1
Leigh on Sea - Cockle Row SpitExcellent1
Brewster's - Britannia's BrewExcellent1
Brew York - The Hoptimist Double IPA (collaboration with North Riding Brewery)Excellent1
Leigh on Sea - Legra PaleExcellent1
Vibrant Forest - SummerlandsExcellent1
Garden Brewery (Zagreb) - Kiwi SourExcellent1
Cassels & Sons - Extra Pale AleExcellent1
St Peter's - India Pale AleExcellent1
Garden Brewery (Zagreb) - Triple IPAExcellent1
Heavy Industry - Forza!Excellent1
Brew York - NUBAExcellent1
Garden Brewery (Zagreb) - Milkshake IPAExcellent1
Brew York - Blood EagleExcellent1
Three Sods - BoHo BitterExcellent1
Victory Brewing Company - Summer LoveExcellent1
Leigh on Sea - CrowstoneExcellent1
Grey Trees - Chinookian VPAGood1
Brew York - Little RIPAGood1
Cassels & Sons - Red IPAGood1
Anarchy - Boot BoysGood1
Garden Brewery (Zagreb) - StoutGood1
Garden Brewery (Zagreb) - Yakima HBC IPAGood1
Garden Brewery (Zagreb) - Pale AleAcceptable1
TicketyBrew - NZ GoldAcceptable1
Arundel - CastleNot Tried0
Oakham - MK UltraNot Tried0
Electric Bear - Inspector RemorseNot Tried0
Dukeries - Chapman's MapNot Tried0
Burton Bridge - Dam DogNot Tried0
Anarchy - Smoke BombNot Tried0
360° - APANot Tried0
Blue Monkey - NUTSNot Tried0
Brew York - X-Panda: Centennial, Ekuanot & Simcoe Not Tried0
Bowman - Pukka PorterNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - CwtchNot Tried0
Heavy Industry - CollaboratorNot Tried0
Mallinsons - ColumbusNot Tried0
Grey Trees - Mosaic Pale AleNot Tried0
Three Sods - Leapyear Golden Ale Not Tried0
Redemption - HopspurNot Tried0
Leigh on Sea - Two Tree IslandNot Tried0
Leigh on Sea - Six Little ShipsNot Tried0
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Umbel Ale (aka Special Coriander Ale)Not Tried0
Milestone - New World BitterNot Tried0
West Berkshire - Good Old BoyNot Tried0
Brew York - Brew York Brew YorkNot Tried0
Oakham - Hawse BucklerNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Pattern RecognitionNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Rake, Southwark, Central London

Visits Details

02 Jun 2018 (Wittenden)
Early evening, awaiting train back to Kent.Pleasantly busy. I enjoyed my beer in the little open air area.
Three Sods - Trade Union4.50ExcellentWorkmanlike pale ale.Hedge fruits.
Oakham - Hawse Buckler5.60Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Pattern Recognition4.20Not Tried
04 May 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Last call on a little Borough pub crawl. Needless to say it is very crowded in here.
Three Sods - BoHo Bitter4.10ExcellentA really good, amber-coloured Bitter in great condition.
West Berkshire - Good Old Boy4.00Not Tried
Brew York - Brew York Brew York4.90Not Tried
16 Apr 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Low-level Monday evening crowding means I have the rare privilege tonight of taking up a stool in the inside part of this little pub.
St Peter's - India Pale Ale5.50ExcellentA nice, robust, English IPA with some peppery hops. Bitter.
Cassels & Sons - Red IPA6.60GoodFizzy from old skool keggery, but nevertheless very tasty.
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Umbel Ale (aka Special Coriander Ale)3.80Not Tried
Milestone - New World Bitter4.80Not Tried
Dukeries - Chapman's Map3.90Not Tried
22 Mar 2018 (Stephen Harris)
A presentation tonight of beers from the new and very well-regarded Leigh-on-Sea Brewery. There are three on cask and six or seven on keg of one sort or another. The event has drawn a very large crowd and I soon find the numbers unbearable.
Leigh on Sea - Crowstone5.50ExcellentI had enjoyed a half of this beer at Decemberís Pigís Ear, and a full glass tonight does not disappoint. A very drinkable Black IPA.
Leigh on Sea - Cockle Row Spit5.60ExcellentFrom key-keg. A great, cloudy, US-style IPA.
Leigh on Sea - Legra Pale3.80ExcellentFrom key-keg. A cloudy, US-style Pale Ale. And very nice too.
Redemption - Hopspur4.50Not Tried
Leigh on Sea - Two Tree Island4.50Not Tried
Leigh on Sea - Six Little Ships4.20Not Tried
11 Mar 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Early Sunday evening and not busy.
Cassels & Sons - Extra Pale Ale4.90ExcellentA New Zealand import on keg dispense Ė recommended to me by a friend who had been in earlier. Not dissimilar to the Grey Trees beer, but with a lot more balance.
Grey Trees - Chinookian VPA4.20GoodA very pale and intensely hoppy beer.
Tiny Rebel - Cwtch4.60Not Tried
Heavy Industry - Collaborator5.00Not Tried
Heavy Industry - Forza!4.50Not Tried
08 Mar 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Here with Robert S for the Tap Takeover event with the Garden Brewery of Zagreb, Croatia. As always at these events here, it is pretty crowded. All of the Garden Brewery beers are kegged.
Heavy Industry - Forza!4.50ExcellentA fruity, golden Pale Ale.
Garden Brewery (Zagreb) - Kiwi Sour4.30ExcellentA really nice, fruity Sour.
Garden Brewery (Zagreb) - Triple IPA10.40ExcellentVery serious stuff indeed. A headbanger in fact.
Garden Brewery (Zagreb) - Milkshake IPA6.20ExcellentThis beer is bonkers. Cloudy and creamy. It both looks and tastes like strawberry milkshake. Yet it has a big alcohol hit. Iím close to five stars here.
Garden Brewery (Zagreb) - Stout5.70GoodStrongly-flavoured, black Stout.
Garden Brewery (Zagreb) - Yakima HBC IPA6.80GoodA golden IPA. Serious stuff but a bit too impacted by carbonation.
Garden Brewery (Zagreb) - Pale Ale5.00AcceptableA competent Pale Ale, but another that is overly-affected by carbonation.
Mallinsons - Columbus3.80Not Tried
Heavy Industry - Collaborator5.00Not Tried
Grey Trees - Mosaic Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
Three Sods - Leapyear Golden Ale 5.00Not Tried
12 Oct 2017 (Stephen Harris)
I was very favourably impressed by a visit to Brew York a couple of weeks ago, so could not miss their Tap Takeover here tonight. I resorted after a first pint to some little third pint glasses.
Brew York - The Hoptimist Double IPA (collaboration with North Riding Brewery)9.10ExcellentFrom key-keg. A fierce Double IPA.
Brew York - NUBA6.60ExcellentFrom key-keg. A nice, clean, golden, well-hopped US (Vermont) IPA.
Brew York - Blood Eagle4.50ExcellentFrom key-keg. A Pale Ale flavoured with blood orange and grapefruit. Nicely balanced, the flavourings being more subtle than I expected.
Brew York - Rhubiper4.50ExcellentFrom key-keg. Reddish in colour. Sharp, sour, lots of rhubarb flavour.
Brew York - Little RIPA4.20GoodFrom cask. A chestnut-coloured, relatively low-strength, Rye IPA Ė hence its name. Very drinkable.
Blue Monkey - NUTS4.60Not Tried
Brew York - X-Panda: Centennial, Ekuanot & Simcoe 4.50Not Tried
Bowman - Pukka Porter5.00Not Tried
05 Sep 2017 (Stephen Harris)
This pub has been in the news recently for charging £13:50 a pint for a particular beer. Personally I have no problem with that as this is a pub where the price of each of the cask and keg beers is prominently displayed. If you donít want to pay £13:50, then donít order it. I knew full well tonight that my pint was going to cost £4:20 and had the right money ready by the time I was served.
Fallen - Chew Chew6.00ExcellentPitch black. A salted caramel-flavoured Milk Stout. Delicious.
Burton Bridge - Dam Dog5.00Not Tried
Anarchy - Smoke Bomb3.90Not Tried
360° - APA5.00Not Tried
21 Aug 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Monday evening and nice to find this pub quiet for a change. Serious beer talk at the bar Ė the declining status of Thornbridge Jaipur, new hop varieties from Argentina, and the booming pub scene in Budapest Ė the latter something Iím hoping to see for myself in November.
Victory Brewing Company - Summer Love5.20ExcellentA keg beer from the USA. Golden in colour and bursting with hop flavours, from the interesting mix of Citra, Simcoe, Cascade and Tettnang.
Anarchy - Boot Boys5.00GoodA Brown Ale that packs a punch.
TicketyBrew - NZ Gold4.00AcceptableA golden beer with fine hop flavours but distinctly lacking in body.
Electric Bear - Inspector Remorse4.70Not Tried
Dukeries - Chapman's Map3.90Not Tried
14 Jun 2017 (Stephen Harris)
The police cordons are down and Borough Market is open again after ten days as a sealed-off crime scene. Very large crowds are present to give their support to all the businesses that have been affected.
Brewster's - Britannia's Brew5.00ExcellentStrength given this year as 4.5%; this is a collaboration brew with Yeastie Boys. It is a pale golden IPA, heavily flavoured with Earl Grey tea for a very aromatic and tasty pint.
Vibrant Forest - Summerlands3.50ExcellentA pale, dry, hoppy pint in superb condition.
Arundel - Castle3.80Not Tried
Oakham - MK Ultra3.70Not Tried

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About The Rake

The pub sign. The Rake, Southwark, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Southwark, Central London, SE1 9AG.

Small pub on the north side of Borough Market run by the same people who own the Utobeer bottled beer stall in the market itself. The bar has 3 hand pulls serving UK cask beers and 6 taps supplying continental and world beers. An extensive bottle beer selection is also available from the fridges behind the bar. The bar has stripped wood floors, pale beige walls and a historic Pilkington glass ceiling. A decked patio provides extra space and seating. Definitely an excellent addition to the Southwark beer scene.

We have visited this pub 150 times, seen 345 different beers and tried 248 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE1 9AG