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The Humphrey Bean (Wetherspoon)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Dark Star - The Art of DarknessExcellent1
Batemans - Wicked Weed Freak of NatureExcellent1
Marston's - Birrificio Lambrate LigeraExcellent1
Purity - Mad GooseExcellent1
Wadworth - Bale Breaker Field 41 Pale AleExcellent1
Caledonian - The Bruery Oatmeal Stout (American Craft Brewers Showcase)Excellent1
Beer Studio (Hydes sub-brand) - Dark OdysseyExcellent1
Thwaites - Driftwood Pale AleGood1
Innis & Gunn - Edinburgh Pale AleGood1
Banks's - Devils Backbone Independence AleGood1
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Devils Backbone India Pale AleGood1
Hook Norton - Brew Moon Real Antipodean AleGood1
Wychwood - Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin AleGood1
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Conservation BitterAcceptable1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurNot Tried0
Adnams - Ghost ShipNot Tried0
Dark Star - RevelationNot Tried0
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Greene King - Abbot AleNot Tried0
Greene King - Ruddles BestNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - London PorterNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - HopfestNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Jack BlackNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - ErasmusNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Hook Norton - Twelve DaysNot Tried0
Woodforde's - Tinsel Toes (superseded by 4.4% version)Not Tried0
Wychwood - Bah Humbug!Not Tried0
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - IPANot Tried0
Whitstable - Native BitterNot Tried0
Hogs Back - Snout Winter StoutNot Tried0
Wychwood - PiledriverNot Tried0
Whitstable - CitraNot Tried0
Batemans - Springtime Oatmeal Biscuit BeerNot Tried0
Jennings - Cocker Hoop (aka September Ale)Not Tried0
Kissingate - Black Cherry MildNot Tried0
Kissingate - Gardenia MildNot Tried0
Exmoor - GoldNot Tried0
Kent - CobnutNot Tried0
Cotswold Spring - OSM (Old Sodbury Mild)Not Tried0
WharfeBank - Ryestone CowboyNot Tried0
Whitstable - KazbekNot Tried0
Whitstable - Kentish ReserveNot Tried0
Batemans - Colonel's WhiskersNot Tried0
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Tiger Triple GoldNot Tried0
Caledonian - Brouwerij 't IJ ISA India Session AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Humphrey Bean, Tonbridge, Kent

Visits Details

27 Oct 2014 (oz11)
Evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Marston's - Birrificio Lambrate Ligera4.80Excellent
Innis & Gunn - Edinburgh Pale Ale4.20Good
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Tiger Triple Gold5.00Not Tried
Caledonian - Brouwerij 't IJ ISA India Session Ale4.60Not Tried
24 Oct 2014 (oz11)
Afternoon
BeerABVScoreNotes
Batemans - Wicked Weed Freak of Nature7.50ExcellentA big, big beer. Hugely enjoyable but one was quite enough.
Hook Norton - Brew Moon Real Antipodean Ale4.00GoodServed direct from a cask set up on the bar.
Wychwood - Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale6.50GoodNothing wrong with the beer but not at all to my taste.
Whitstable - Kentish Reserve5.00Not Tried
Batemans - Colonel's Whiskers4.30Not Tried
30 Sep 2014 (oz11)
Time for one before the bus, didn't note all the beers. But have now found them on their Twitter account!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Purity - Mad Goose4.20Excellent
Exmoor - Gold4.50Not Tried
Kent - Cobnut4.10Not Tried
Cotswold Spring - OSM (Old Sodbury Mild)3.90Not Tried
WharfeBank - Ryestone Cowboy5.00Not Tried
Whitstable - Kazbek4.40Not Tried
19 Jul 2014 (oz11)
BeerABVScoreNotes
Banks's - Devils Backbone Independence Ale4.70Good
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90Not Tried
Jennings - Cocker Hoop (aka September Ale)4.60Not Tried
Kissingate - Black Cherry Mild4.20Not Tried
Kissingate - Gardenia Mild4.50Not Tried
05 Apr 2014 (thebrewingman)
Saturday lunchtime and the usual queues at the bar. Usual suspects, three beer festival beers and two clips turned round. Very disappointing. I don't think the manager is managing.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Beer Studio (Hydes sub-brand) - Dark Odyssey4.40ExcellentBest of the bunch.
Thwaites - Driftwood Pale Ale5.00GoodPretty average for a 5% special.
Batemans - Springtime Oatmeal Biscuit Beer3.60Not Tried
12 Mar 2014 (oz11)
Afternoon.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Caledonian - The Bruery Oatmeal Stout (American Craft Brewers Showcase)5.50Excellent
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - IPA5.50Not Tried
Whitstable - Native Bitter3.70Not Tried
Hogs Back - Snout Winter Stout3.80Not Tried
Wychwood - Piledriver4.30Not Tried
Whitstable - Citra4.40Not Tried
08 Feb 2014 (oz11)
Half hour to kill before the bus home. Didn't make a note of the other beers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wadworth - Bale Breaker Field 41 Pale Ale4.80Excellent
15 Dec 2013 (oz11)
After midnight, quiet.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Devils Backbone India Pale Ale5.90Good
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Hook Norton - Twelve Days5.50Not Tried
Woodforde's - Tinsel Toes (superseded by 4.4% version)4.50Not Tried
Wychwood - Bah Humbug!4.30Not Tried
26 Aug 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. One helluva barn of a floor space. Greatly disappointed to find not a single local Kentish ale on sale - all from faraway. Smell the coffee 'Spoon's - local is now de rigeur and there are now some middle 20s Kent micros!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Conservation Bitter4.10AcceptableFlat head, malty and cloying - hardly a bitter at all
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - London Porter5.00Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Hopfest3.80Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Jack Black4.80Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Erasmus4.70Not Tried
06 Jul 2013 (oz11)
Time for a swift one before the bus. Other beers were available.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - The Art of Darkness3.50ExcellentIn great nick!
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Dark Star - Revelation5.70Not Tried

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About The Humphrey Bean

The pub sign. The Humphrey Bean, Tonbridge, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional2
Excellent66
Good93
Acceptable51
Poor9

Website.

The pub is found in Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1AP.

Located in the High Street this vast barn-like Wetherspoon pub was a post office for most of the 20th century. Before 1908, the 'We Three Loggerheads' pub stood on this site, with Humphrey Bean as its landlord. Banks of 6 handpumps adorn either end of the long bar counter to dispense the real ales here.

We have visited this pub 143 times, seen 332 different beers and tried 201 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN9 1AP