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The Dove Street Inn (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Greene King - Abbot ReserveExcellent1
Shortts Farm - StrummerExcellent1
Dove Street - O.I.L. (Old Ipswich Liquor)Excellent1
Mauldons - Black AdderGood1
Dove Street - D.S.B. (Dove Street Bitter)Good1
3 Piers - MildAcceptable1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideNot Tried0
Cottage - Polar ExpressNot Tried0
Greene King - Abbot AleNot Tried0
Elgood's - Pug-of-WarNot Tried0
Woodforde's - WherryNot Tried0
Dunscar (formerly Dunscar Bridge) - BrewdolphNot Tried0
Crouch Vale - Brewers GoldNot Tried0
Lacons - EncoreNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Pied Bull - MatadorNot Tried0
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Umbel Ale (aka Special Coriander Ale)Not Tried0
Mauldons - Peggotty's PorterNot Tried0
Adnams - Southwold BitterNot Tried0
Adnams - MildNot Tried0
Dove Street - Underwood MildNot Tried0
Robinsons - build a rocket boys!Not Tried0
Greene King - IPA Reserve Not Tried0
Colchester - Anne DownesNot Tried0
St Peter's - Honey PorterNot Tried0
Sticklegs - Malt Shovel MildNot Tried0
Hop Back - Summer LightningNot Tried0
Grain - RedwoodNot Tried0
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Grain - Winter SpiceNot Tried0

Visits Details

18 Feb 2019 (Jack William)
Monday evening. I went to the Fat Cat by choice (as I thought it sounded the best Ipswich pub) and this by chance as I was walking past - I preferred this, seemed a more natural boozer with a very good choice of ales. Beware though - some pumps have two badges - the top one is in the tap room on gravity - the bottom one is the ale on the pump.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mauldons - Black Adder5.30Good
3 Piers - Mild3.60AcceptablePoured by mistake! This was on the pump when I asked go Black Adder - it was ok though, for a mild.
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Lacons - Encore3.80Not Tried
Pied Bull - Matador5.00Not Tried
Mauldons - Peggotty's Porter4.10Not Tried
14 Jan 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Icy underfoot from earlier snow and on way back there were several flakes on the end of my nose.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - Abbot Reserve6.50Excellent
Shortts Farm - Strummer3.80ExcellentExcellent bitter
Dove Street - O.I.L. (Old Ipswich Liquor)5.50ExcellentDeep hop oil essence on the lips
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Mauldons - Black Adder5.30Not Tried
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80Not Tried
Crouch Vale - Brewers Gold4.00Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Sticklegs - Malt Shovel Mild3.40Not Tried
Dove Street - Underwood Mild3.20Not Tried
Grain - Redwood4.80Not Tried
Grain - Winter Spice5.00Not Tried
Cottage - Polar Express4.30Not TriedWhy does Cottage do so many beers - no one knows what they will get when ordering?
Elgood's - Pug-of-War3.70Not Tried
Dunscar (formerly Dunscar Bridge) - Brewdolph4.40Not Tried
20 May 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Front bar crowded and all seats taken.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dove Street - D.S.B. (Dove Street Bitter)3.70GoodA ruby red beer with malty overtones and a hoppy aftertaste
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80Not Tried
Crouch Vale - Brewers Gold4.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Umbel Ale (aka Special Coriander Ale)3.80Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Adnams - Mild3.20Not Tried
Dove Street - Underwood Mild3.20Not Tried
Robinsons - build a rocket boys!4.00Not Tried
Greene King - IPA Reserve 5.40Not Tried
Colchester - Anne Downes4.40Not Tried
St Peter's - Honey Porter4.50Not Tried

About The Dove Street Inn

Summary of Beer Scores

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Exceptional-
Excellent3
Good2
Acceptable1
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 2LA.

On the edge of the town in St Helens Street - the Dove Street Brew Shop is on the opposite street corner selling all aids for the beer brewer and wine maker. Sports 12 handpumps in the bar plus sells numerous beers on gravity from the stillage in the back so always a considerable range on at any one time. A street corner pub but with a large extension at the back which is often used for extensive beer festivals. Real Ale is drawn from handpumps and from gravity dispense in back room stillage. Real Ales are all sold in oversize measure glasses which is always a commendable attribute. Was CAMRA Suffolk County pub of the year for 2008 and regularly wins awards from the local CAMRA branch. Many may regard this as the most popular real ale venue in Ipswich.

We have visited this pub 3 times, seen 29 different beers and tried 6 of them.

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Postcode: IP4 2LA