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Planet Thanet Easter Beer Festival 2006 (CAMRA Beer Festival)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Millstone - Grain StormExcellent1
Oakham - Bishops FarewellExcellent1
Crouch Vale - Brewers GoldExcellent1
Phoenix - Monkeytown MildGood1
Goacher's - 1066 Old AleGood1
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale (or EIPA)Good1
Dark Star - Critical MassGood1
JW Lees (see also Lees) - Moonraker (superseded by 6.5% version)Acceptable1
Milton - NeptuneAcceptable1
Blindmans - Eclipse PorterAcceptable1
Hopdaemon - Green DaemonAcceptable1
Litton - Dark StarAcceptable1
Dent - AviatorPoor1
Picture 1. Planet Thanet Easter Beer Festival 2006, Ramsgate, Kent

Visits Details

14 Apr 2006 (Ian)
Held on Good Friday, I came here with Martin for his birthday. Weather started off drizzly but soon the sun came out and it was baking. Good location for a beer festival and we both enjoyed ourselves. The first advertised 40 beers had all but gone by 6pm (it had opened at noon) and there were 14 beers that the organisers had held back for Saturday that had to be tapped and spiled by Eddie Gadd in double quick time to avoid disappointment. Needless to say these extra beers had almost all gone too by the time we left at 8pm. Will be back next year for this one.
Oakham - Bishops Farewell4.60ExcellentThis is where the new beers came on. Some very good blond ones, including Bitter and Twisted, this, Grain Storm, Crouch Vale Brewers Gold. This is blond and hoppy, creamy too. Good astringent hop
Crouch Vale - Brewers Gold4.00ExcellentDeep fulfilling flavours and just a lovely hop profile on this. Quality beer.
Millstone - Grain Storm4.20ExcellentGolden, creamy head. Hops and some cereal on aroma, bit of wheat maybe. Some good citrus on end and hoppy finish. Good beer.
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70GoodRich, dark syrupy oily beer.
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale (or EIPA)4.10GoodGrassy, typical flavours but needed more oomph from the malt, lacked that sherberty raspberry/strawberry intensity
Phoenix - Monkeytown Mild3.90GoodBlack beer with ruby edges and bubbly beige head. Coffee choc aroma, good in mouth, then has sourness towards the end, with drying hop finish. Tasty mild with roasted malt flavours and touch of powdery charcoal. Would have this again.
Dark Star - Critical Mass7.80GoodVery dark brown colour with lasting dark beige head. Hoppy coffee aroma. Some liquorice. Intense aromas. Syrupy in mouth with dark treacle flavours. Unctious oily feel in mouth, thick but with only some alcohol burn. This really woke me up. Finish has dryness and more dark treacle. I liked it.
Milton - Neptune3.80AcceptableAmber colour with bubbly beige head. Some malt, some hop on aroma. Fruits are along the red berry lines. Bit of coffee too. Dryish finish, bit earthy/muddy on the end.
Blindmans - Eclipse Porter4.20AcceptableVery dark brown with ruby edges. Thin beige head. Bit of liquorice/coffee and some choc on the aroma. Quite carbonated in mouth. Some sourness and more coffee in mouth, syrupy liquorice on the finish. Some sour damson fruit. Not a bad porter but a bit too syrupy and sour for me.
Hopdaemon - Green Daemon5.00AcceptableGolden colour with bubbly beige head. Grassy gooseberry grapefruit aroma, a bit like a good austere sauvignon blanc. Quite acidic in mouth, with more astringent citrus fruit. Hoppy astringent finish. Quite harsh. OK, but could be more rounded
Litton - Dark Star4.00AcceptableRuby colour with bubbly beige head. Toffee/treacle aroma, sour and sharp in mouth and then good attack of dryness towards the end. Certainly has a style all of its own. A cross between a mild and a porter for me.
JW Lees (see also Lees) - Moonraker (superseded by 6.5% version)7.50AcceptableRuby colour with thin beige head. Vinous on aroma and in mouth. Good fruit. Very syrupy in mouth with a bit of alcohol heat. Very malty, thick and syrupy. Not sure that I could drink a lot of this. Fruity on end of the dark syrupy type, some jamminess.
Dent - Aviator4.00PoorAmber colour with bubbly beige head. Touch of diacetyl I think on the aroma, buttery and toffee. OK in mouth with more toffee and then earthy citrus hop finish. Too much butter/toffee for me though.

About the Planet Thanet Easter Beer Festival 2006

The pub sign. Planet Thanet Easter Beer Festival 2006, Ramsgate, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 0YE.

Held at Gallery IOTA at the Monkey House on the Royal Esplanade on the seafront in Ramsgate. Cuved white building in a neo classical style with a 50-60 barrel stillage in the middle against one wall. Standing room only in the bar area but seating provided on one side by a grassy area and on the other side next to the boating lake with a marquee and outside seating. Excellent first festival, except that they had under estimated Kent's beer drinkers' thirsts and ran out of beer on the first evening. Will return next year.

We have visited this pub once, seen 13 different beers and tried them all.

Map location

Postcode: CT11 0YE