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The Hovelling Boat Inn (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Bedlam - PorterExceptional1
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Excellent1
No Frills Joe - Candy Soup Excellent1
Iron Pier - Bramling & Brewers Gold Joined at the HopExcellent1
XT Brewing - No. 8 Dark RoastExcellent1
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good LordExcellent1
Weltons - Headless HorsemanExcellent1
Mad Cat - Syndale Green Hop Pale AleGood1
Oakham - Darker DaysGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster StoutGood1
No Frills Joe - Sloppy JoeGood1
Potton - Occam’s RazorAcceptable1
Wild Weather - Full of Beans 1Acceptable1
XT Brewing - No. 8 PorterAcceptable1
Iron Pier - AmberNot Tried0
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing CrowNot Tried0
Cross Bay - Strawbs 'N' CreamNot Tried0
Weltons - Horsham OldNot Tried0
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing Hop KittyNot Tried0
Northdown - Papworth Victory Best BitterNot Tried0
Redemption - Big ChiefNot Tried0
Mad Cat - Red AleNot Tried0
Potton - Night SpearNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Hovelling Boat Inn, Ramsgate, Kent
Picture 2. The Hovelling Boat Inn, Ramsgate, Kent
Picture 3. The Hovelling Boat Inn, Ramsgate, Kent
Chris Excell

Visits Details

07 Dec 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit, all seats taken. Great hospitality with oodles of Doritos on each table and a mince pie that I took for the train.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Iron Pier - Bramling & Brewers Gold Joined at the Hop3.80ExcellentFirst rate, these Iron Pier dual hoppers are a great success
Weltons - Headless Horseman6.00Not Tried
Redemption - Big Chief5.50Not Tried
Mad Cat - Red Ale3.90Not Tried
Potton - Night Spear4.80Not Tried
18 Nov 2019 (Dosser)
4 beers on
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80ExcellentCouldnt believe how good this was. Back to its best.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster Stout6.20GoodNice but not as good as it can be
14 Nov 2019 (Dosser)
4 beers had gone during the day so only 3 available.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Lord5.00ExcellentIm not a fan of goodies beer, but this was very good
11 Nov 2019 (Dosser)
4 beers on. All tables taken.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Bedlam - Porter5.00ExceptionalDoesnt get better than this
05 Nov 2019 (Dosser)
4 beers on
BeerABVScoreNotes
Weltons - Headless Horseman6.00ExcellentTop quality with rich oatmeal stout flavours
26 Oct 2019 (Dosser)
4 beers on
BeerABVScoreNotes
XT Brewing - No. 8 Dark Roast4.50ExcellentMy pint unlike Mr Pirrips, had a great head and was delicious.
23 Oct 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit, in just before 9pm close. Bit like a library in atmosphere tonight but several "readers" were prepared to talk!
BeerABVScoreNotes
XT Brewing - No. 8 Porter4.50AcceptableNew cask on today - over-fobbing on pouring but lost all head almost immediately
Weltons - Horsham Old4.50Not Tried
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing Hop Kitty3.90Not Tried
20 Oct 2019 (Dosser)
4 ales on and a chance to meet the new guv.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Oakham - Darker Days4.80GoodDARKER DAYS is the name, dark hoppy beer that didnt work for me.
Wild Weather - Full of Beans 15.00AcceptableCouldnt drink this. Far too sickly.
10 Oct 2019 (Jack William)
Lunchtime visit - six of us adding to a good number of locals. Bit disappointed that 3 of the 4 ales on were unfined - call me old fashioned but I do like a clear pint.
BeerABVScoreNotes
No Frills Joe - Candy Soup 5.00Excellent5 hop pale ale, unfined. Only slightly hazy and a very palatable, well balanced pale ale.
No Frills Joe - Sloppy Joe5.20GoodUnfined, but not cloudy. Quite sweet.
Potton - Occam’s Razor3.90AcceptableMarked up as “single hop, hazy, sour” to which I would add “flat”. It did grow on me a bit towards the end of the pint.
Northdown - Papworth Victory Best Bitter4.20Not Tried
28 Sep 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Business brisk here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mad Cat - Syndale Green Hop Pale Ale4.30GoodPleasantly refreshing
Iron Pier - Amber3.90Not Tried
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing Crow4.60Not Tried
Cross Bay - Strawbs 'N' Cream4.30Not TriedShould have tried this after excellent vibes from past Cross Bay ales

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About The Hovelling Boat Inn

The pub sign. The Hovelling Boat Inn, Ramsgate, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional30
Excellent134
Good89
Acceptable12
Poor4

Website.

The pub is found in Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 9DS.

Micropub opened on Good Friday 2013 on the site of the Hovelling Boat pub which closed in 1909 (and re-opened 104 years later). No lager or keg beers are sold here. Other past lives of the building have been as a florist's shop and a fancy gift shop. A menu of the beer and cider on offer is shown on a wall blackboard then your drink is fetched (with table service) from a back room having been served on gravity dispense there. Under new ownership in spring 2018.

We have visited this pub 212 times, seen 297 different beers and tried 198 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT11 9DS