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The Cock Tavern (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - YükiExceptional1
Cloudwater - Bellini SlushieExceptional1
Short Stack - Mojito Pale AleExcellent1
Elusive - AkumaExcellent1
Cloudwater - Yellow Self Optimisation in the Digital AgeExcellent1
Hobsons - Simcoe Chinook Black IPA (collaboration with Brew By Numbers)Excellent1
Cloudwater - Green Self Optimisation in the Digital AgeExcellent1
Five Points - Green Hop ErnestExcellent1
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - ThreefoldExcellent1
Cloudwater - Bourbon BA Kentucky CommonExcellent1
Almasty - Oat PaleGood1
Wylam - GalatiaGood1
Deya - Put the Kettle OnGood1
Almasty - New Zealand IPAGood1
Beatnikz Republic - I SMaSH SimcoeGood1
Almasty - Vanilla & Coconut IPAPoor1
Hobsons - Old PricklyNot Tried0
Wiper and True - Milk Stout (Milk Shake)Not Tried0
Wiper and True - Kaleidoscope Not Tried0
Cromarty - PribrochNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - House IPANot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XXNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical DeluxeNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pudding AleNot Tried0
Track - SonomaNot Tried0
Holt's (see also Joseph Holt) - MildNot Tried0
Redemption - Big ChiefNot Tried0
Bristol Beer Factory - FortitudeNot Tried0
Almasty - Dark Fruit PaleNot Tried0
Holt's (see also Joseph Holt) - BitterNot Tried0
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Peach MelbearNot Tried0
Tring - Pale FourNot Tried0
Beerblefish - 1892 IPA Not Tried0
Pomona Island - Session IPANot Tried0
Hobsons - Champion MildNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Riding AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Cock Tavern, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 2. The Cock Tavern, Hackney, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

24 Oct 2019 (Stephen Harris)
I've been doing stuff in Hackney Library all day, but break out for a quick one here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Five Points - Green Hop Ernest3.70ExcellentNot quite as alarmingly fresh as it was a couple of weeks ago. Still excellent though.
Tring - Pale Four4.60Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10Not Tried
Beerblefish - 1892 IPA 6.90Not Tried
Pomona Island - Session IPA4.50Not Tried
14 Oct 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-afternoon. So relaxed it's almost horizontal. Two more cask beers available but I forgot to note their names.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hobsons - Simcoe Chinook Black IPA (collaboration with Brew By Numbers)4.80ExcellentBIPA revival.
Redemption - Big Chief5.50Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical Deluxe3.80Not Tried
10 Sep 2019 (Stephen Harris)
An afternoon visit when quiet here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wylam - Galatia3.90GoodA golden, hoppy beer with a malty finish.
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Peach Melbear4.40Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - House IPA6.90Not Tried
15 Aug 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Some leftover Howling Hops Brewery kegs from the recent London Craft Beer Festival are being drained here tonight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Yüki9.20ExceptionalFrom key-keg. A very serious, barrel-aged Imperial Stout.
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - Threefold10.50ExcellentFrom key-keg. Brewed on the small kit here at the Cock Tavern. A massive dose of Citra and Simcoe hops in a proper headbanger of a beer.
Almasty - New Zealand IPA6.00GoodTasty.
Almasty - Vanilla & Coconut IPA6.00PoorI did not like this at all. On reflection, there may have been an issue with the cask.
Holt's (see also Joseph Holt) - Bitter4.00Not Tried
Track - Sonoma3.80Not Tried
Deya - Put the Kettle On5.00Not Tried
30 Jul 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Late-afternoon lull.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Almasty - Oat Pale4.20GoodHop soup.
Track - Sonoma3.80Not Tried
Holt's (see also Joseph Holt) - Mild3.20Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pudding Ale4.80Not Tried
19 Jul 2019 (Stephen Harris)
A brief call.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Deya - Put the Kettle On5.00GoodA brewery that rarely dabbles with cask beer. This is typical soft fruity murk.
Redemption - Big Chief5.50Not Tried
Bristol Beer Factory - Fortitude4.00Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical Deluxe3.80Not Tried
Almasty - Dark Fruit Pale4.50Not Tried
20 Jun 2019 (Stephen Harris)
It's another Cloudwater Brewery night here, to coincide with the pub's monthly cheese night. In contrast to a couple of weeks ago, Cloudwater have this time sent only keykeg beers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cloudwater - Bellini Slushie8.00ExceptionalAn extraordinary beer (at an extraordinary price). Strong, dry from champagne yeast, and oozing with peaches.
Cloudwater - Bourbon BA Kentucky Common8.20ExcellentAn incredibly complex beer. Pale and murky, woody and dry.
Wiper and True - Kaleidoscope 4.00Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical Deluxe3.80Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pudding Ale4.80Not Tried
10 Jun 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Quiet in the late afternoon. Five subtly different cask Bitters from Cloudwater Brewery are available.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cloudwater - Yellow Self Optimisation in the Digital Age5.00ExcellentHigh quality Best Bitter with the mellowness of Fuggles hops.
Cloudwater - Green Self Optimisation in the Digital Age5.00ExcellentBest Bitter brewed with Endeavour hops. The slightly sharper taste makes this one my preference of the two I tried.
03 Jun 2019 (Stephen Harris)
A relaxed late-afternoon pint.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Elusive - Akuma5.20ExcellentStrong, hoppy Brown Ale.
Hobsons - Old Prickly4.20Not Tried
Wiper and True - Milk Stout (Milk Shake)5.10Not Tried
Wiper and True - Kaleidoscope 4.00Not Tried
Cromarty - Pribroch7.00Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - House IPA6.90Not Tried
20 May 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Monday evening but nevertheless quite a crowd in.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Short Stack - Mojito Pale Ale6.30ExcellentFrom key-keg. Brewed downstairs and gorgeous, although in a blind tasting I might not have identified this as beer. Lime and mint.
Beatnikz Republic - I SMaSH Simcoe5.00GoodA hazy-gold, single-hop beer.
Hobsons - Champion Mild3.20Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Riding Ale3.00Not Tried
Track - Sonoma3.80Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical Deluxe3.80Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - House IPA6.90Not Tried

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About The Cock Tavern

The pub sign. The Cock Tavern, Hackney, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional15
Excellent177
Good86
Acceptable25
Poor1

The pub is found in Hackney, Greater London, E8 1EJ.

There was a pub called the Cock in Hackney village as early as the 1650s, and in 1661 it was the venue for ‘Popish Conspirators’, plotting an unsuccessful assassination attempt on King Charles II. Nobody is quite sure if this was the predecessor of today’s pub – but the present pub was certainly around by the 1830s and was rebuilt in its present form by Truman’s Brewery in around 1930. Very much a down-market, high street, strictly ‘no real ale’ sort of place, it closed in early 2012 for refurbishment, and re-opened on 18 July 2012 as a real ale champion, complete with in-house ‘Howling Hops’ micro-brewery (subsequently relocated to larger premises). This pub is sister pub to the Southampton Arms in Kentish Town.

We have visited this pub 113 times, seen 396 different beers and tried 253 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E8 1EJ