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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
Hammerton - Pentonville Oyster StoutExcellent1
Hobsons - Simcoe Chinook Black IPA (collaboration with Brew By Numbers)Excellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - New Old LondonExcellent1
Five Points - Green Hop ErnestExcellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XXExcellent1
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - ThreefoldExcellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Stop the TrainExcellent1
Mallinsons - New World PaleGood1
Wylam - GalatiaGood1
Almasty - Oat PaleGood1
Almasty - New Zealand IPAGood1
Cromarty - Rogue Wave Good1
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - Gotland DrickeAcceptable1
Saltaire - Cascade Pale AleAcceptable1
Almasty - Vanilla & Coconut IPAPoor1
Track - SonomaNot Tried0
Holt's (see also Joseph Holt) - MildNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pudding AleNot Tried0
Holt's (see also Joseph Holt) - BitterNot Tried0
Deya - Put the Kettle OnNot Tried0
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Peach MelbearNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - House IPANot Tried0
Redemption - Big ChiefNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical DeluxeNot Tried0
Tring - Pale FourNot Tried0
Beerblefish - 1892 IPA Not Tried0
Pomona Island - Session IPANot Tried0
Tring - Death or GloryNot Tried0
Redemption - Fellowship PorterNot Tried0
Cromarty - Red RockerNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - RIP - Russian Imperial PorterNot Tried0
Northern Monk - Eternal Session IPANot Tried0
Track - Made in the ShadeNot Tried0
Northern Monk - Striding EdgeNot Tried0
Five Points - Railway PorterNot Tried0
Five Points - Best Goldings HopsNot Tried0
Three Sods - Mon Chéri IPANot Tried0
Three Sods - Smoked Brown AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Cock Tavern, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 2. The Cock Tavern, Hackney, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

02 Feb 2020 (Stephen Harris)
A Sunday afternoon vibe.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mallinsons - New World Pale4.00GoodClear gold. Very dry. Bitter finish.
Saltaire - Cascade Pale Ale4.80AcceptableDrinkable but not great. I was not surprised to later realise that mine had been the last pint out.
Three Sods - Mon Chéri IPA4.50Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - New Old London4.80Not Tried
Three Sods - Smoked Brown Ale5.20Not Tried
06 Jan 2020 (Stephen Harris)
Late-afternoon. I think I left my scarf behind. Will have to return soon.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hammerton - Pentonville Oyster Stout5.30ExcellentRich and smooth.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - New Old London4.80ExcellentA very nice, roasty and hoppy Porter.
Northern Monk - Striding Edge3.00Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical Deluxe3.80Not Tried
Track - Made in the Shade5.60Not Tried
02 Jan 2020 (Stephen Harris)
Nice to find an open pub in deserted London.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10ExcellentVery fresh and fruity.
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80Not Tried
Hammerton - Pentonville Oyster Stout5.30Not Tried
Northern Monk - Striding Edge3.00Not Tried
Five Points - Best Goldings Hops4.10Not Tried
10 Dec 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Late afternoon and the pub is filling rapidly.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - Gotland Dricke3.40AcceptableThis beer has been 'maturing' somewhere for the last seven years! A smoked Saison. Thin, sour and smoky.
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - RIP - Russian Imperial Porter12.50Not TriedAn ancient cask, dusted down from somewhere.
Hammerton - Pentonville Oyster Stout5.30Not Tried
Northern Monk - Eternal Session IPA4.10Not Tried
Track - Made in the Shade5.60Not Tried
26 Nov 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Late afternoon quietness.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Stop the Train6.90ExcellentFrom key-keg. Another cracking NEIPA from Howling Hops. Amarillo and Mosaic hops for lots of orange and stone fruit flavours. Plus some bitterness on the finish.
Cromarty - Rogue Wave 5.70GoodUS hop flavours.
Tring - Death or Glory7.20Not Tried
Redemption - Fellowship Porter5.10Not Tried
Cromarty - Red Rocker5.00Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical Deluxe3.80Not Tried
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

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About The Cock Tavern

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

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional15
Excellent181
Good88
Acceptable27
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 118 times, seen 408 different beers and tried 261 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E8 1EJ