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The Alexandra Hotel (Castle Rock)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Castle Rock - Harvest PaleExceptional3
Castle Rock - HareExcellent1
Castle Rock - IPA: Citra, Galaxy, SabroExcellent1
Castle Rock - Hemlock BitterExcellent1
360° - Pale #39Excellent1
Castle Rock - First Mo-ElExcellent1
Castle Rock - Midnight OwlExcellent1
From the Notebook (brewed at Allendale) - RobinExcellent1
Castle Rock - RattyExcellent1
Totally Brewed - Slap in the FaceExcellent1
Castle Rock - Henry Normal Nottinghamian Celebration AleExcellent1
Totally Brewed - Punch in the Face IPAExcellent1
Stewart - 80/-Good1
Shiny - NZ PaleGood1
Dark Star - RevelationNot Tried0
Bude - PorthbudNot Tried0
Stewart - Radical Road ReverseNot Tried0
Amber Ales - RevolutionNot Tried0
Pentrich - Eighteen SeventeenNot Tried0
Tindall - Galaxy DreamNot Tried0
Goldmark - Liquid GoldNot Tried0
Burton Bridge - DBANot Tried0
Blue Bee - Dollars and CentsNot Tried0
Revolutions - MemorabiliaNot Tried0
Atom - Half LifeNot Tried0
North Riding Brewery - Oatmeal StoutNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Black GoldNot Tried0
Theakston - Old PeculierNot Tried0
Hawkshead - Mill Yard MildNot Tried0
Dark Star - Espresso StoutNot Tried0
Salopian - Lemon DreamNot Tried0
Totally Brewed - Cask Special V4Not Tried0
Green Jack - Orange WheatNot Tried0
Exit 33 (formerly The Brew Company then Sky's Edge) - Thirst AidNot Tried0
Bad Seed - Work RateNot Tried0
Oldershaw - Blonde VoluptaNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Session IPA 2.0v1.7 Simcoe - Ahtanum - ColumbusNot Tried0
Bang the Elephant - White SoulNot Tried0
Burton Bridge - Hooray HenleyNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Preservation Classic Red AleNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Hop on BoardNot Tried0
Amber Ales - BritanniaNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Elsie MoNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Counting CrowsNot Tried0
Boss - BlondeNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Redwillow Simcoe Idaho 7Not Tried0
Boss - BlissNot Tried0
Castle Rock - SIPA v3 SimcoeNot Tried0
Colchester - No Man's LandNot Tried0
Castle Rock - North Riding PorterNot Tried0
Kelham Island - Big Black Blue SoundNot Tried0
Fyne - JarlNot Tried0
Thwaites - Nutty BlackNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Florence Boot Nottinghamian Celebration AleNot Tried0
Stewart - Cauld Reekie Stout (Black Forest) Not Tried0
Picture 1. The Alexandra Hotel, Derby, Derbyshire

Visits Details

25 Mar 2022 (Magnus Greel)
Early afternoon just a few others in, we chatted to a couple of chaps who were impressed we came so far to enjoy the local beer scene. I've travelled much further to do similar!!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shiny - NZ Pale3.90GoodHoppy dry and citrus session ale
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
North Riding Brewery - Oatmeal Stout5.00Not Tried
Castle Rock - Preservation Classic Red Ale4.40Not Tried
Hawkshead - Mill Yard Mild3.40Not Tried
Totally Brewed - Cask Special V44.30Not Tried
Bad Seed - Work Rate5.50Not Tried
Bang the Elephant - White Soul6.80Not Tried
25 Jan 2022 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit, we sat in the right hand bar and shared it with the resident rabbit. The left hand side appeared to be fairly busy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Stewart - 80/-4.40Good
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Fyne - Jarl3.80Not Tried
Stewart - Cauld Reekie Stout (Black Forest) 5.50Not Tried
Stewart - Radical Road Reverse4.60Not Tried
Tindall - Galaxy Dream4.00Not Tried
Blue Bee - Dollars and Cents6.30Not Tried
07 Jun 2021 (Magnus Greel)
Early afternoon fairly quiet just a few others in, attentive staff we were quickly escorted to a free table at the rear of the left hand bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80ExcellentRefreshingly hoppy slight citrus notes
Castle Rock - IPA: Citra, Galaxy, Sabro5.40ExcellentAll my 5 a day in this hazy tropical fruit broth.
Castle Rock - Black Gold3.50Not Tried
Castle Rock - Counting Crows4.40Not Tried
Castle Rock - Redwillow Simcoe Idaho 73.90Not Tried
Castle Rock - SIPA v3 Simcoe4.30Not Tried
Castle Rock - North Riding Porter6.00Not Tried
09 Jan 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Late afternoon and empty in the right hand bar with the exception of the pub's friendly resident rabbit, who's pen occupies half the bar area.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80ExceptionalFaultless condition
Theakston - Old Peculier5.60Not Tried
Salopian - Lemon Dream4.50Not Tried
Castle Rock - Black Gold3.50Not Tried
Exit 33 (formerly The Brew Company then Sky's Edge) - Thirst Aid4.00Not Tried
Castle Rock - Session IPA 2.0v1.7 Simcoe - Ahtanum - Columbus4.00Not Tried
Castle Rock - Preservation Classic Red Ale4.40Not Tried
Amber Ales - Britannia6.00Not Tried
24 Jul 2017 (ChrisE)
Monday afternoon for a retirement do that has filled tha saloon bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - Henry Normal Nottinghamian Celebration Ale4.20Excellent
24 Nov 2016 (Magnus Greel)
Late afternoon and busy. Left hand bar busy. The right side, which I've never drank in, was empty.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80ExceptionalSuperb condition. I could've had a shave in the reflection from the glass!
Castle Rock - Black Gold3.50Not Tried
Kelham Island - Big Black Blue Sound5.30Not Tried
Castle Rock - Florence Boot Nottinghamian Celebration Ale4.20Not Tried
Bude - Porthbud4.00Not Tried
Pentrich - Eighteen Seventeen4.50Not Tried
Burton Bridge - DBA4.80Not Tried
Atom - Half Life5.20Not Tried
11 Dec 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Christmas reunion party down to just 3 now.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - First Mo-El4.40Excellent
From the Notebook (brewed at Allendale) - Robin4.00ExcellentAnnoying that proper provenance is not declared - becoming an increasingly big problem as commercial forces try to exploit us in the micro-breweries' growth phenomenon
Castle Rock - Elsie Mo4.70Not Tried
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Boss - Blonde4.00Not Tried
Boss - Bliss4.60Not Tried
Colchester - No Man's Land4.20Not Tried
18 Jul 2014 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime visit and already doing a good trade. I was surprised to see one of the large Network South East digital clocks clunking away in the bar (fortunately the seconds are not working so it only clunks once per minute) and even more surprised to see the cab of a class 37 diesel locomotive in the car park. I had a good chat with the lady behind the bar and various customers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - Hemlock Bitter4.00ExcellentA good traditional bitter.
Castle Rock - Black Gold3.50Not Tried
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Espresso Stout4.20Not Tried
Green Jack - Orange Wheat4.20Not Tried
Oldershaw - Blonde Volupta5.00Not Tried
Burton Bridge - Hooray Henley4.50Not Tried
Castle Rock - Hop on Board4.20Not Tried
21 May 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Almost the perfect alehouse with each handpump labelled with colour, tasting notes, abv, price details plus a CAMRA discount on all real ales and a perpetual One over the Eight promotion on Castle Rock beer purchases.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - Midnight Owl5.50Excellent
Castle Rock - Ratty4.00Excellent
Totally Brewed - Slap in the Face4.00ExcellentTongue raspingly dry. Notes say tangerine and pomegranate flavour and it was
Totally Brewed - Punch in the Face IPA4.80ExcellentAnother tongue raspingly dry beer with orange flavours
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Goldmark - Liquid Gold4.00Not Tried
Revolutions - Memorabilia4.50Not Tried
19 Mar 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. This place gets better and better. It has now added a beer description tab in front of each handpump and a top shelf fully illuminated colour light shunting signal. With low prices plus CAMRA discount and Castle Rock 1 over the 8 well .........
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - Hare4.20ExcellentDescribed as having a ripe stone fruit flavour and it has just that
360° - Pale #393.90Excellent
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Thwaites - Nutty Black3.30Not Tried
Castle Rock - Midnight Owl5.50Not Tried
Dark Star - Revelation5.70Not Tried
Amber Ales - Revolution4.50Not TriedCame on just as I was leaving

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About The Alexandra Hotel

The pub sign. The Alexandra Hotel, Derby, Derbyshire

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional3
Excellent27
Good18
Acceptable7
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 2QE.

At one time a Shipstone's House (and later a Batemans one for a short while) and is famed for being the birthplace of the Derby CAMRA Branch in 1974. Big detached Castle Rock pub, near the river, not far from the railway station. Large central bar serves 2 rooms with Castle Rock beers, guests, ciders and some continental beers. Real ale discount for card carrying CAMRA members. Walls adorned with lots of railwayana especially locomotive nameplates and numberplates. There is a Class 37 locomotive cab in the car park! 9 handpumps on the public bar counter.

We have visited this pub 42 times, seen 145 different beers and tried 53 of them.

Map location

Postcode: DE1 2QE