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The Experiment

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Pressure Drop - Hazy CoalitionExceptional1
Verdant - Don’t Fear the Ferryman BA Exceptional1
Pressure Drop - Transparent ThingsExceptional1
Pressure Drop - LorikeetExcellent1
Pressure Drop - Pale Fire – Mosaic Citra Excellent1
Pressure Drop - ParachuteExcellent1
Verdant - Some FiftyExcellent1
Pressure Drop - Partial PressuresExcellent1
Verdant - Your Limitation. It's Only Your ImaginationExcellent1
Pressure Drop - Wu Gang Chops – The Tree Excellent1
Verdant - HowlExcellent1
Verdant - Roy, I Want a HiloxExcellent1
Verdant - People, Money, Space, Time Excellent1
Verdant - Safety FlaresExcellent1
Pressure Drop - Alive and WellExcellent1
Pressure Drop - DreamlifeExcellent1
Pressure Drop - Float OnExcellent1
Verdant - Photon Trails: Amarillo Ekuanot Azacca Excellent1
Pressure Drop - PromenadeExcellent1
Verdant - Majestic HighwayExcellent1
Verdant - The Most Effective WayExcellent1
Verdant - Even Sharks Need Water Excellent1
Verdant - Everyone Was SpinningExcellent1
Verdant - Neal Gets Things Done Excellent1
Pressure Drop - Stokey Brown Not Tried0
Picture 1. The Experiment, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 2. The Experiment, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 3. The Experiment, Hackney, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

18 Aug 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Sunday evening after the crowds.
Pressure Drop - Promenade4.80ExcellentKeg dispense. A Gose (the Gose style is often now a long way removed from what you might be served in Leipzig) flavoured with yuzu, apricot and vanilla. Also contains lactose. Very lovely. It is sweet rather than sour.
Verdant - Everyone Was Spinning6.60ExcellentKeg dispense. A full-blown Black IPA.
19 Jul 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Peak Friday evening.
Verdant - Some Fifty5.20ExcellentFrom key-keg. Cloudy, pale gold. Flavours of tangerine and grapefruit.
Verdant - Roy, I Want a Hilox5.50ExcellentA NEIPA from key-keg. Murky fruit mush. Peachy. Has a harder mouthfeel than some and even a hint of bitterness.
21 Feb 2019 (Stephen Harris)
I'm growing rather fond of this bar.
Verdant - Safety Flares5.20ExcellentKegged in some way. A fabulous Simcoe singl-hop Pale Ale. Citrus and pine. Quite apart from the taste, it smells fantastic.
Pressure Drop - Dreamlife4.60ExcellentKeg. Soft and fluffy and peachy.
31 Jan 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Unusually quiet in here on a cold and bleak Thursday evening.
Verdant - The Most Effective Way5.00ExcellentFrom key-keg. A spectacularly murky Pale Ale. A melon and citrus hop smoothie.
Pressure Drop - Lorikeet6.80ExcellentFrom key-keg. A golden, murky, bitter and fruity NEIPA.
Verdant - Your Limitation. It's Only Your Imagination8.00ExcellentFrom a key-keg. Golden murk. Massively hopped. Simcoe, Loral and Chinook. Very smooth.
25 Oct 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Every table taken on a Thursday evening, but people are here for the long haul and there is not the constant throughput of customers I have seen on weekend visits. Ten beers available; five from each brewery.
Pressure Drop - Alive and Well3.60ExcellentKey-keg. Murky gold. A session-strength hopfest.
Verdant - Photon Trails: Amarillo Ekuanot Azacca 5.20ExcellentKey-keg. Murky gold. Soft mouthfeel. Great hop blend.
12 Oct 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Although this bar is not crowded tonight, we have ourselves become quite a big group and fill a significant space.
Verdant - Don’t Fear the Ferryman BA 10.00ExceptionalFrom key-keg. A truly superb, bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Stout.
Pressure Drop - Partial Pressures7.40ExcellentServed from key-keg. Just as I think I have had enough of the NEIPAs I find a fantastic one; like this one. It would be five stars on another day I’m sure.
Verdant - People, Money, Space, Time 3.80ExcellentFrom key-keg. A murky, golden APA.
08 Sep 2018 (Stephen Harris)
A steady throughflow of customers during my own short time here – a pub/brewery crawl has already developed in this area.
Verdant - Neal Gets Things Done 6.50ExcellentFrom key-keg. As murky as a village duckpond, yet somehow wonderfully fresh and hoppy and lovely.
03 Aug 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Mid to late-evening visit. Busy; the secret is well and truly out about this place.
Pressure Drop - Hazy Coalition6.80ExceptionalFor the time being at least, I am still loving these hazy, hoppy beers that everyone seems to be brewing. This is a murky yellow/gold liquid. A massive mouthful of hops, with Azacca, El Dorado and Citra for a full-on experience. Starts pineapple then becomes bitter. Temperature, condition and carbonation all seem perfect from key-keg. By miles the best beer of the day so far and probably of the year so far in fact. (The 'coalition' is with Boxcar Brewery).
Pressure Drop - Float On6.50ExcellentCloudy gold from key-keg. Juicy, fruity excellence. In your face Centennial, Citra and AV635 hop mix.
Verdant - Majestic Highway8.00ExcellentA simply huge beer, from key-keg.
07 Jul 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Today is day two of the new life of this railway arch as a craft beer bar. There is a fifty-fifty split of keg, or more likely key-keg, beers from Pressure Drop and Verdant breweries, plus further offerings in can and bottle. No cash taken at the bar.
Pressure Drop - Transparent Things5.80ExceptionalGolden and murky with a soft mouthfeel and low carbonation. Juicy fruit, with a gentle bitterness. Mango and peach. Lovely.
Verdant - Even Sharks Need Water 6.50ExcellentMore golden murkiness. Juicy fruit – melon and citrus.
Pressure Drop - Parachute5.50ExcellentPale golden murk. Ekuanot and Citra hops and a harder mouthfeel than many in this style.
Verdant - Howl7.60ExcellentA Double IPA. Very smooth. Strong and fruity (stone fruits – plums and peaches).
18 Jul 2013 (Stephen Harris)
All in the group are impressed with their visit here: Very good beer, a sparkling new brewery kit, and nice people.
Pressure Drop - Pale Fire – Mosaic Citra 5.20ExcellentIn bottled form. The brewers are rightly proud of this hoppy brew.
Pressure Drop - Wu Gang Chops – The Tree 4.10ExcellentIn bottled form. This beer has an unusual, earthy smell. It is a wheat beer, flavoured with herbs. Weird, but very nice.
Pressure Drop - Stokey Brown 5.00Not TriedCask version available, I did not try it.

About The Experiment

The pub sign. The Experiment, Hackney, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores



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

Pressure Drop brewery was established in Stoke Newington in 2012, with the first beer sold in January 2013. The brewery moved to these larger premises in Hackney in March 2013. Here, it occupied a large railway arch behind Tesco’s, in the centre of Hackney. Whilst located here, the brewery had a production capacity of five barrels and produced cask, keg and bottled beers. In 2017, Pressure Drop upsized again to very much larger premises at Tottenham Hale and this railway arch stood unused for a while. In July 2018 it re-opened as The Experiment, a bar set up as a joint venture between Pressure Drop and Verdant Breweries.

We have visited this pub 10 times, seen 25 different beers and tried 24 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E8 1DU