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The Rook & Gaskill (Castle Rock)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Salamander - FrenzeyExcellent1
Salamander - Mildly OffensiveExcellent1
Abbeydale - Beer Works Dr Morton's WaitlifterExcellent1
Oakham - AmarilloExcellent1
Castle Rock - Black GoldExcellent1
Castle Rock - BoatmanExcellent1
BrewDog - 77 Lager (keg)Excellent1
XT Brewing - Lest We ForgetExcellent2
Castle Rock - Harvest PaleExcellent1
Dark Star - Hylder BlondeExcellent1
Salamander - Twinkle ToesGood1
Castle Rock - Midnight OwlGood1
Brown Cow - Smithson's AleGood1
Mauldons - Black AdderGood1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurAcceptable1
BrewDog - Trashy BlondeAcceptable1
Castle Rock - Urban FoxAcceptable1
Leeds - Ale MaryPoor1
Castle Rock - Elsie MoNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Red FoxNot Tried0
Burton Bridge - Burton PorterNot Tried0
Oldershaw - AlchemyNot Tried0
Boggart - Rum PorterNot Tried0
Hop Back - TaiphoonNot Tried0
Elgood's - Indian SummerNot Tried0
Toad - Mature ToadNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Modern Art ThinkingNot Tried0
Elgood's - North Brink PorterNot Tried0
Jarrow - Old CorneliusNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Screech OwlNot Tried0
Rooster's - YankeeNot Tried0
Great Heck - DAVENot Tried0
Brightside - Manchester SkylineNot Tried0
Acorn - QuercusNot Tried0
WharfeBank - The GhoulNot Tried0
AllGates - SamhainNot Tried0

Visits Details

13 Nov 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Pub quiz in full swing. Perhaps I expressed answers to my colleagues a little too loudly!
BeerABVScoreNotes
XT Brewing - Lest We Forget4.20Excellent
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Rooster's - Yankee4.30Not Tried
Great Heck - DAVE3.80Not Tried
Brightside - Manchester Skyline4.60Not Tried
Acorn - Quercus4.50Not Tried
WharfeBank - The Ghoul4.50Not Tried
AllGates - Samhain4.50Not Tried
13 Nov 2014 (HSB)
21:30 Very busy indeed. Great Heck brewer came in so it was my turn to quiz him.
BeerABVScoreNotes
XT Brewing - Lest We Forget4.20Excellent
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Rooster's - Yankee4.30Not Tried
Great Heck - DAVE3.80Not Tried
Brightside - Manchester Skyline4.60Not Tried
Acorn - Quercus4.50Not Tried
WharfeBank - The Ghoul4.50Not TriedPumpkin beer
AllGates - Samhain4.50Not Tried
14 Jan 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Quiet on a Saturday afternoon, indeed I was the only punter for a while.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brown Cow - Smithson's Ale4.20GoodA well balanced pale bitter with good citrus hop character and malt balance. My score 15/20.
Castle Rock - Urban Fox4.50AcceptableAmber bitter with some malt flavour but little hoppiness. My score 14/20.
03 Sep 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Just a handful of customers in on a Saturday afternoon.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - Midnight Owl5.50GoodRuby red strong bitter with a full bodied flavour. Bitter hop and some malt followed by a dryish bitter finish. My score 15/20.
26 Aug 2011 (Flying.geordie)
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hylder Blonde4.20Excellent
Salamander - Frenzey5.00Excellent
17 Jun 2011 (Flying.geordie)
BeerABVScoreNotes
Salamander - Mildly Offensive3.90Excellent
Abbeydale - Beer Works Dr Morton's Waitlifter3.90Excellent
Castle Rock - Boatman5.00Excellent
30 Dec 2010 (McGargle)
Very quiet. Big beer range for small audience. Other pumps in use but not noted.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mauldons - Black Adder5.30GoodTight creamy head on a full bodied, roasty stout. Smooth, dry finish.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90AcceptableDisappointing score. Some fruity hops on the nose but rich and cloying in the mouth. Could have been better served cooler. Maybe 2.1/2* really.
Elgood's - North Brink Porter5.00Not Tried
Castle Rock - Elsie Mo4.70Not Tried
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Jarrow - Old Cornelius4.80Not Tried
Castle Rock - Screech Owl5.50Not Tried
15 Oct 2010 (McGargle)
Lively. Great service from enthusiastic staff.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Oakham - Amarillo4.20ExcellentLight golden ale. with zesty flavours throughout. Hints of spice follow through to dry hoppy finish. Well crafted showcase for a single hop.
BrewDog - 77 Lager (keg)4.90ExcellentServed colder than its cask equivalent this had all the qualities of unpasteurised Czech beer. Plenty of body and lingering hops.
BrewDog - Trashy Blonde4.10AcceptableLacking in punch and flavour this may have been the end of the cask.
Castle Rock - Elsie Mo4.70Not Tried
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Red Fox4.30Not Tried
Burton Bridge - Burton Porter4.50Not Tried
Oldershaw - Alchemy5.30Not Tried
Boggart - Rum Porter4.60Not Tried
Hop Back - Taiphoon4.20Not Tried
Elgood's - Indian Summer4.80Not Tried
Toad - Mature Toad4.50Not Tried
Castle Rock - Modern Art Thinking4.20Not Tried
23 May 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
Very quiet on a Sunday lunchtime.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Salamander - Twinkle Toes3.80GoodPale bitter with sweetish fruity hop flavour and some citrus notes. My score 15/20.
24 Dec 2009 (McGargle)
Just ticking over before Christmas.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - Black Gold3.50ExcellentFull bodied dark mild with a touch of bitterness. Complex for its strength which is now 3.8%.
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80ExcellentVery hoppy blonde beer with a crisp finish. Excellent balance from lightly roasted malt. Ideal session ale.
Leeds - Ale Mary4.50PoorDecember special pours a deep red. Dominated by chocolate there's not much balance any other flavours being unrecognisable.

About The Rook & Gaskill

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent11
Good4
Acceptable3
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in York, North Yorkshire, YO10 3WP.

Formerly the Queens Head, now a split level, single-roomed pub just outside the City walls. Owned by Castle Rock brewery and operates as a joint venture with WharfeBank Brewery, it stocks beers from both breweries plus a number of guests from (mostly) local micros. Knowledgable and enthusiastic staff, lowish prices and friendly customers make this a fine stop. After re-opening in December 2012 the pub is run in conjunction with WharfeBank Brewery. Discount for CAMRA members withdrawn in Summer 2013. 11 handpumps in banks of 4, 4 and 3. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2016.

We have visited this pub 10 times, seen 36 different beers and tried 18 of them.

Map location

Postcode: YO10 3WP