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The Holy Inadequate (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Blue Monkey - Fat ApeExceptional1
Buxton - Axe Edge Double IPAExceptional1
Bristol Beer Factory - NovaExcellent1
Buxton - Omnipollo Pomperipossa Excellent1
Hobsons - Old PricklyExcellent1
Wincle - Cosmic FlyerExcellent1
Salopian - PropagandaExcellent1
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - Knight OwlExcellent1
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Jack FlagExcellent1
Steel City (cuckoo at Toolmakers) - In The Nightside EclipseExcellent1
Abbeydale - BelfryExcellent1
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Napoleon ComplexExcellent1
Marble - Earl Grey IPAExcellent1
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - Penguin EmperorGood1
Burton Bridge - Staffordshire Knot Brown AleGood1
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - Boris CitrovGood1
Weal Ales - Potters WealGood1
Bristol Beer Factory - SunriseGood1
Magic Rock - RingmasterGood1
Burton Bridge - Helping HandsGood1
Mother Earth Brew Co. - Cali' Creamin'Good1
Abbeydale - Galaxy 55Good1
Celt Experience (now brands are owned by Evans Evans) - Cell Rebirth / Indymanbeercon Cell-04 ’Tintern Abbey’ Good1
Mallinsons - Saw Sharpener Good1
Falstaff - Phoenix (was 4.5%)Good1
Phoenix - West Coast I.P.A.Acceptable1
Oldershaw - Heavenly BlondeAcceptable1
Marble - Manchester BitterNot Tried0
Joule's - Pale AleNot Tried0
Cross Bay - Dusk Ruby BitterNot Tried0
Dukeries - BlondeNot Tried0
Woodlands - Midnight StoutNot Tried0
Burton Bridge - Top Dog StoutNot Tried0
Marble - PintNot Tried0
Hawkshead - Brodie's PrimeNot Tried0
Clark's (sometimes shown as Westgate Brewery) - HeroesNot Tried0
Beowulf - Finn's Hall PorterNot Tried0
Dark Star - RevelationNot Tried0
Little Ale Cart - SolarioNot Tried0
Oldershaw - Grantham StoutNot Tried0
Church End - Fallen AngelNot Tried0
Townhouse - Bramling CrossNot Tried0
Bristol Beer Factory - Seven Not Tried0
Townhouse - WakatuNot Tried0
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Polar EclipseNot Tried0
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The MooseNot Tried0
Three Tuns - Cleric's CureNot Tried0
Mallinsons - SPA Special Pale Ale 6Not Tried0
Phoenix - ArizonaNot Tried0
Marble - Lagonda IPANot Tried0
Beowulf - Dragonsmoke StoutNot Tried0
Magic Rock - High WireNot Tried0
Wincle - Sir PhilipNot Tried0
Bristol Beer Factory - IndependenceNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - CwtchNot Tried0
Leamside - AlexandrinaNot Tried0
Blue Monkey - BG SipsNot Tried0
Newby Wyke - Black Beerd'sNot Tried0
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Crema Extrema PorterNot Tried0
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Kodiak GoldNot Tried0
Blue Monkey - 99 Red BaboonsNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - Dirty Stop OutNot Tried0
Springhead - The LevellerNot Tried0
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Wojtek (superseded by 5.5% version)Not Tried0
Peakstones (formerly Peakstones Rock) - Black Hole BitterNot Tried0
Northern Monk - New World IPANot Tried0

Visits Details

28 Nov 2016 (Nick Willis)
Quiet in here. Long overdue visit for me. I did not note all of the beers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hobsons - Old Prickly4.20ExcellentIn excellent nick. Dry golden ale.
Salopian - Propaganda5.00ExcellentNice smooth buttery beer.
Mother Earth Brew Co. - Cali' Creamin'5.00GoodKeg. Far too sweet for me, a cream ale.
Peakstones (formerly Peakstones Rock) - Black Hole Bitter4.80Not Tried
Joule's - Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Northern Monk - New World IPA6.20Not TriedKeg.
25 Nov 2014 (Nick Willis)
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mallinsons - Saw Sharpener 3.90Good
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - Penguin Emperor4.80GoodCaramel start and a rather bizarre grapefruit finish.
Springhead - The Leveller4.80Not Tried
Burton Bridge - Top Dog Stout5.00Not Tried
Joule's - Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Wojtek (superseded by 5.5% version)5.80Not Tried
05 Nov 2014 (Nick Willis)
BeerABVScoreNotes
Magic Rock - Ringmaster3.90Good
Abbeydale - Galaxy 555.50Good
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Kodiak Gold4.00Not Tried
Joule's - Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Blue Monkey - 99 Red Baboons4.20Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - Dirty Stop Out5.00Not Tried
24 Oct 2014 (Nick Willis)
Beer festival on in the back bar. Some wonderful ales selected. No surprise this place won Potteries pub of the year for 3 years on the trot.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Buxton - Axe Edge Double IPA6.80ExceptionalI thought this was the best beer I'd had in ages until I had the Fat Ape! Excellent IPA.
Blue Monkey - Fat Ape7.00ExceptionalPossibly one of the best beers I've ever tried. Masses of hops with a stewed background from the malt. And so easy drinking.
Marble - Earl Grey IPA6.00ExcellentFantastic IPA with a well balanced tea background.
Wincle - Cosmic Flyer5.00ExcellentVery nice green hopped IPA. Stood up against some beasts today.
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Napoleon Complex3.90ExcellentA very well hopped golden ale.
Buxton - Omnipollo Pomperipossa 6.00ExcellentSour cherry stout. A wonderful example of a sour beer.
Burton Bridge - Staffordshire Knot Brown Ale4.80Good
Bristol Beer Factory - Sunrise4.40GoodAnother good dry pale ale.
Burton Bridge - Helping Hands4.50GoodNice dry pale ale. Hopped with Pilgrim and Herkules.
Celt Experience (now brands are owned by Evans Evans) - Cell Rebirth / Indymanbeercon Cell-04 ’Tintern Abbey’ 4.50GoodWonderful sour passion fruit beer in a Berliner Weisse style. Taste is ace, smell is abysmal, like vomit!
Weal Ales - Potters Weal5.50GoodA very good dark bitter. Smoky background.
Oldershaw - Heavenly Blonde3.80AcceptableOk, smelt like chicken casserole though.
Phoenix - Arizona4.10Not Tried
Marble - Lagonda IPA5.00Not Tried
Beowulf - Dragonsmoke Stout4.70Not Tried
Marble - Pint3.90Not Tried
Joule's - Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Magic Rock - High Wire5.50Not Tried
Wincle - Sir Philip4.20Not Tried
Bristol Beer Factory - Independence4.60Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - Cwtch4.60Not Tried
Leamside - Alexandrina4.00Not Tried
Blue Monkey - BG Sips4.00Not Tried
Newby Wyke - Black Beerd's4.30Not Tried
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Crema Extrema Porter5.00Not Tried
13 Oct 2014 (Nick Willis)
Quieter than usual on a miserable night.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Phoenix - West Coast I.P.A.4.60AcceptableAnother miss from Phoenix for me
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Polar Eclipse4.80Not Tried
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The Moose4.60Not Tried
Joule's - Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Three Tuns - Cleric's Cure5.00Not Tried
Mallinsons - SPA Special Pale Ale 63.90Not Tried
08 Oct 2014 (Nick Willis)
Busy for a Wednesday night
BeerABVScoreNotes
Abbeydale - Belfry5.00Excellent
Oldershaw - Grantham Stout4.30Not Tried
Church End - Fallen Angel5.00Not Tried
Townhouse - Bramling Cross4.50Not Triedreplaced Wakatu
Joule's - Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Bristol Beer Factory - Seven 4.20Not TriedJust ran out
Bristol Beer Factory - Nova3.80Not Tried
Townhouse - Wakatu4.00Not TriedJust ran out.
21 May 2014 (Nick Willis)
Quiet in the bar, plenty in the beer garden. Landlord getting rather flustered by a large vodka order and they ran out. Vodka is probably an unusual request here. 2 new beers were coming on but I did not stay to find out and there is a beer festival here this weekend.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Jack Flag3.80ExcellentExcellent pale ale.
Joule's - Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Woodlands - Midnight Stout4.40Not Tried
Little Ale Cart - Solario4.30Not Tried
07 May 2014 (Nick Willis)
Arrived about 2115, quite a few in. Started to empty out about 15 mins later. Was it something I said!?
BeerABVScoreNotes
Bristol Beer Factory - Nova3.80ExcellentExcellent well hopped ale.
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - Knight Owl4.50ExcellentA very nice amber ale. Very much in the style of a Black Country bitter IMO.
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - Boris Citrov4.70GoodPump clip called it an orange marmalade ale. A pale ale with a strange but not unpleasant start. Ok.
Beowulf - Finn's Hall Porter4.70Not Tried
Joule's - Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - Revelation5.70Not Tried
22 Apr 2014 (Nick Willis)
BeerABVScoreNotes
Falstaff - Phoenix (was 4.5%)4.70GoodLittle sweet and cloying
Burton Bridge - Top Dog Stout5.00Not Tried
Marble - Pint3.90Not Tried
Hawkshead - Brodie's Prime4.90Not Tried
Joule's - Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Clark's (sometimes shown as Westgate Brewery) - Heroes4.10Not Tried
19 Aug 2013 (Nick Willis)
BeerABVScoreNotes
Steel City (cuckoo at Toolmakers) - In The Nightside Eclipse5.50Excellent
Marble - Manchester Bitter4.20Not Tried
Joule's - Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Cross Bay - Dusk Ruby Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dukeries - Blonde3.80Not Tried
Woodlands - Midnight Stout4.40Not Tried

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About The Holy Inadequate

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional4
Excellent21
Good24
Acceptable7
Poor1

The pub is found in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 5PE.

Just off the junction of the A500 and A52 and close to Festival Park in Etruria. An excellent choice of ales and a relaxed atmosphere. Plenty of parking. CAMRA Potteries Branch Pub of the Year for 2012.

We have visited this pub 25 times, seen 111 different beers and tried 56 of them.

Map location

Postcode: ST1 5PE