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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Brew By Numbers - 42/04 DDH Pale Ale Number 4 Exceptional1
Brew By Numbers - 12 - Barrel-aged: Imperial Stout with Cacao, Coconut & VanillaExceptional1
Brew By Numbers - 03/03 – Porter: Traditional Excellent1
Brew By Numbers - 33 - TDH Session IPA: Mosaic Citra AmarilloExcellent1
Brew By Numbers - 16/07 Red Ale: Amarilla Citra Simcoe Excellent1
Hobsons - Chinook LoralExcellent1
Brew By Numbers - 01/34 - Saison: Passionfruit & Coconut Excellent1
Brew By Numbers - Pilot Series: Sour Ale with Raspberries Excellent1
Brew By Numbers - DDH 5th Anniversary Pale Ale Excellent1
Brew By Numbers - 65/02 – DDH India Pale Ale: Number Two Excellent1
Nevel Artisan Ales - PurperExcellent1
Brew By Numbers - 20/02 Belgian Pale: Ella & Saaz Excellent1
Brew By Numbers - 01 Saison - Sloe & JuniperExcellent1
Alefarm - CinderExcellent1
Brew By Numbers - 05/32 India Pale Ale: Loral Amarillo Ekuanot Excellent1
Brew By Numbers - Pi/13 Pilot Series: Peach Pale Ale Excellent1
Brew By Numbers - 27/01 DDH Table Pale: El Dorado & Citra Excellent1
Brew By Numbers - 03/07 Porter: Baltic Excellent1
Brew By Numbers - 42 - DDH Pale Ale: Number SixExcellent1
Brew By Numbers - 10/09 Coffee Porter: Beyene Excellent1
Nevel Artisan Ales - LoofExcellent1
Brew By Numbers - 07 - Witbier: Orange & ApricotExcellent1
Nevel Artisan Ales - AlmGood1
Nevel Artisan Ales - BriesGood1
Lost and Grounded - Autumn SaisonGood1
Alefarm - ForlornGood1
Brew By Numbers - 70/01 – Double Red: Citra, Centennial & Loral Good1
Ægir - Norwegian FarmhouseGood1
Brew By Numbers - 10 Coffee Porter - Imperial Climpson's & SonsGood1
Nevel Artisan Ales - PrilGood1
Nevel Artisan Ales - ErveGood1
Brew By Numbers - 05/26 IPA: Citra & Ekuanot Good1
Nevel Artisan Ales - NoestAcceptable1
La Nébuleuse - 42/1020 Acceptable1
Picture 1. Brew by Numbers, Bermondsey, Central London
Picture 2. Brew by Numbers, Bermondsey, Central London
Stephen Harris

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03 Jan 2020 (Stephen Harris)
Unusually quiet around here tonight - many folk have entered their winter hibernation period.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brew By Numbers - 01 Saison - Sloe & Juniper6.00ExcellentFrom key-keg and of a purplish hue. Very fruity.
Brew By Numbers - 10 Coffee Porter - Imperial Climpson's & Sons8.00GoodFrom key-keg. The dry, intense coffee flavours are almost too much for me.
27 Dec 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Early on a chilly evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brew By Numbers - 42 - DDH Pale Ale: Number Six5.80ExcellentFrom key-keg. Bitter fruit hop flavours.
Brew By Numbers - 33 - TDH Session IPA: Mosaic Citra Amarillo4.80ExcellentFrom key-keg. Hard to imagine a beer containing more hops than this one.
11 Oct 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Oh Lordy! There is now a handpump at Numbers. The burgeoning brewing scene in east London has kept me north of the dirty water - but I must venture down here more often.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brew By Numbers - 12 - Barrel-aged: Imperial Stout with Cacao, Coconut & Vanilla11.00ExceptionalFrom key-keg. A real showstopper of a beer. Has all of the flavours advertised in its name.
Brew By Numbers - 07 - Witbier: Orange & Apricot4.80ExcellentFrom key-keg. Masses of apricot in particular.
Hobsons - Chinook Loral4.50ExcellentA great find here in cask. And it's a hazy hopfest. Soft and fruity.
07 Dec 2018 (Stephen Harris)
It’s nice to be here this-evening after a few weeks absence. It turns out that there is a partial tap takeover tonight by Denmark’s Alefarm brewery.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brew By Numbers - Pilot Series: Sour Ale with Raspberries 6.40ExcellentBright red in colour. Tart. Lots of raspberries.
Alefarm - Cinder7.20ExcellentA murky gold IPA, sweetened with lactose. Amarillo, Mandarina Bavaria and Citra hops. Both milky sweet and bitter fruit hoppy.
Brew By Numbers - 27/01 DDH Table Pale: El Dorado & Citra 3.50ExcellentLow strength but exceptional hop levels. Pineapple.
Alefarm - Forlorn5.50GoodCloudy gold with a hard mouthfeel. Ekuanot and Amarillo hops. Bitter finish.
06 Sep 2018 (Stephen Harris)
I met Robert S here for the Nevel Tap Takeover – good practice for our forthcoming visit to the Netherlands. Nevel are a wild yeast brewer a bit like a Belgian Lambic brewer and blender – and some of the beer is a bit challenging. Third pint tasters all the way tonight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brew By Numbers - 42/04 DDH Pale Ale Number 4 5.80ExceptionalServed by ‘Nitro’ which used to be a dirty word amongst beer drinkers. Technically it is not available until tomorrow (and I might have to update the ABV then as I am guessing today). Incredibly fresh and hoppy and fragrant and lovely.
Nevel Artisan Ales - Loof5.60ExcellentA barrel-aged and blended version of Pril using old red wine barrels that impart only a little woodiness to the beer. Has a much more rounded and mellow flavour and mouthfeel.
Nevel Artisan Ales - Purper4.40ExcellentComplex. A Grisette, brewed with buckwheat and flavoured with lavender and sour aronia berries. After a lot of consideration I decided it was lovely.
Nevel Artisan Ales - Pril5.30GoodA very dry Pale Ale brewed with Brettanomyces. I thought it was a little sour, but brewer Vincent just about persuaded me that I was confusing dryness with sourness.
Nevel Artisan Ales - Alm5.50GoodStrictly-speaking this is Alm Batch 3, as Vincent told us every brew would be a little different due to the varying action of his wild yeast. Murky old gold in colour. This is a Saison brewed using Mugwort and Wormwood. Sharp, bitter and subtly herbal.
Nevel Artisan Ales - Bries6.20GoodA barrel-aged beer flavoured with Sea Buckthorn. Quite acidic.
Nevel Artisan Ales - Erve5.50GoodThe only beer of the evening with significant carbonation. This is a hazy golden Saison that contains hops (Goldings).
Nevel Artisan Ales - Noest4.90AcceptableA disappointing, slightly sour Porter that I thought was too thin.
10 Aug 2018 (Stephen Harris)
I’m not breaking much new ground along the Bermondsey Beer Mile as I find myself unable to walk past this tap for what I consider to be one of the very best breweries in London. It is jammed full tonight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brew By Numbers - 01/34 - Saison: Passionfruit & Coconut 4.00ExcellentYum. This is great. Lots of passionfruit with a bit of dry coconut in the background.
Brew By Numbers - 65/02 – DDH India Pale Ale: Number Two 6.80ExcellentFilthy yellow murk. All lipids and proteins and hops.
Ægir - Norwegian Farmhouse4.60GoodFrom keg. Unexpectedly brown in colour. A bit rough and rustic.
14 Jul 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Day two on the Bermondsey Beer Mile and it’s a rare Saturday afternoon venture for me. I’m surprised to discover that not only is the Beer by Numbers Tasting Room open, but so is the old bar in the brewery itself a couple of doors away. Pubs & Beer website is going to have to make do with the two venues being intertwined in the listing here. I drank beer in both parts.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brew By Numbers - 05/32 India Pale Ale: Loral Amarillo Ekuanot 6.20ExcellentGolden and murky. Fresh and fruity.
Brew By Numbers - 03/07 Porter: Baltic 9.00ExcellentIt’s probably too early in the day for such rich, strong loveliness.
La Nébuleuse - 42/1020 5.00AcceptableA Swiss brewery collaboration from keg. This is a kettle-soured NEIPA. Perhaps it is a style that will grow on me.
19 Jan 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening and it is very crowded in here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brew By Numbers - 03/03 – Porter: Traditional 6.60ExcellentBlack and creamy and roasty. Dry, coffee flavours.
Brew By Numbers - DDH 5th Anniversary Pale Ale 5.50ExcellentCrikey, 5th anniversary – doesn’t time fly. DDH stands for double dry-hopped and this beer has even more hop character than usual for BBN – Mosaic, Simcoe, Wai-iti, Galaxy and Citra forming the hop bill. Murky gold in colour.
Brew By Numbers - 70/01 – Double Red: Citra, Centennial & Loral 8.50GoodA collaboration brew with Cloudwater. Murky reddish amber. Alcohol strength dominates, malt and hops follow.
29 Sep 2017 (Stephen Harris)
I have been guilty of failing to add updates on all of my visits to this fine Taproom. This was how I found it last Friday evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brew By Numbers - 20/02 Belgian Pale: Ella & Saaz 4.50ExcellentYellow/gold in colour and hazy. Good hops. Spicy Belgian yeasty tastes.
Brew By Numbers - Pi/13 Pilot Series: Peach Pale Ale 5.80ExcellentA special beer produced for Manchester’s Indy Man Beer Con. It is a thick, golden beer. It certainly has peaches in it.
Lost and Grounded - Autumn Saison5.60GoodAmber-coloured (autumn leaf-coloured in fact). Unusually for a Saison, this has a predominately malt taste, with some spiciness from rye. A little bit tart.
Brew By Numbers - 05/26 IPA: Citra & Ekuanot 6.50GoodCloudy yellow/gold. Perhaps notthe best hop combo ever, the Ekuanot seemingly bluntingthe Citra. Still pretty lush though.
28 Jul 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Tonight was to be the night that Brew by Numbers opened its new, larger, purpose-built tap room, a few doors (arches) down from the present place. But it wasn’t quite ready and a hasty, make-shift bar opened at the usual site with just four tap beers, around 20 minutes after the usual opening time.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brew By Numbers - 10/09 Coffee Porter: Beyene 6.00ExcellentA black beer with a brown head. A full-flavoured, strong Porter.
Brew By Numbers - 16/07 Red Ale: Amarilla Citra Simcoe 5.40ExcellentTo my taste buds, this is the perfect Red Ale. Us-style. Almost no sweetness, lots of hops.

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About the Brew by Numbers

The pub sign. Brew by Numbers, Bermondsey, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional3
Excellent58
Good17
Acceptable2
Poor-

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The pub is found in Bermondsey, Central London, SE16 3RA.

A Bermondsey micro-brewery established in late-2012. The majority of production is bottled, with an increasing amount going in to key-keg and now also cans. The brewery is situated in two railway arches and has an expanded bar area which opens between 11am and 4pm on Saturdays, as well as on Friday evenings. All beers are numbered, the numbers representing the style followed by the recipe. So, 02/04 would be style number two (Golden Ale), recipe number 4. By 2019 a single handpump had been installed.

We have visited this pub 29 times, seen 76 different beers and tried them all.

Map location

Postcode: SE16 3RA