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Hopinn (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Kernel - Export Stout London 1864Exceptional1
RedWillow - Weightless MosaicExceptional1
Rat - Aristoc-ratExcellent1
Brew By Numbers - 21/04 Pale Ale - MotuekaExcellent1
Hawkshead - ITI (little NZPA) Excellent1
Brodie's - Mosaic for Breakfast Excellent1
Oakham - Bishops FarewellExcellent1
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Citra PlusExcellent1
Small World Beers - Thunderbridge StoutExcellent1
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Belma & BrewiseExcellent1
Abbeydale - Hop SmashExcellent1
Summer Wine (SWB) - Barista Espresso StoutExcellent1
Blackjack - Dead Man's HandExcellent1
Fyne - Green GoldExcellent1
Rat - Black Rat PorterExcellent1
Summer Wine (SWB) - Zenith Pale AleExcellent1
Kernel - Pale Ale - Mosaic Cluster HBC 366Excellent1
North Riding Brewery - US Session IPA (Cascade, Chinook, Galena)Excellent1
Oakham - 42Excellent1
Rat - Rat HoleExcellent1
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - No Love LostExcellent1
Bristol Beer Factory - IndependenceGood1
Kernel - Pale Ale - GalaxyGood1
Mallinsons - Antipodean Session IPAGood1
Oakham - Hawse BucklerGood1
Chorlton - Slow BeerGood1
Magic Rock - Magic SpannerGood1
Mallinsons - SPA Special Pale 15Good1
Mallinsons - Doukan DuckGood1
Siren Craft - Proteus 3:3Good1
Mallinsons - Topaz ExtremeGood1
Mallinsons - Danger: Hops!Good1
Shiny - ElevationAcceptable1
Partizan - IPA Sorachi Ace SimcoePoor1
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Courage Directors (use Banks's entry now please)Not Tried0
Marston's - BassNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - KiplingNot Tried0
Mallinsons - AramisNot Tried0
Mallinsons - AmarilloNot Tried0
Black Sheep - Best BitterNot Tried0
Oakham - CitraNot Tried0
Mallinsons - ColumbusNot Tried0
Marble - Lagonda IPANot Tried0
Burton Bridge - Top Dog StoutNot Tried0
Magic Rock - High WireNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - CwtchNot Tried0
Oakham - InfernoNot Tried0
Dark Star - RevelationNot Tried0
Salopian - OracleNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Sound WaveNot Tried0
Shiny - WrenchNot Tried0
Alphabet - Flat WhiteNot Tried0
Newby Wyke - Bear IslandNot Tried0
Fyne - JarlNot Tried0
Dark Star - Espresso StoutNot Tried0
Mallinsons - MotuekaNot Tried0
Alphabet - A to the KNot Tried0

Visits Details

01 Dec 2016 (Nick Willis)
Quite a few in, much drivel spoke and I missed my bus home...
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kernel - Export Stout London 18646.40ExceptionalKeg. Very good well balanced stout. My 2nd version of Kernel's export stout and both have been very good.
Rat - Rat Hole4.20ExcellentVery good golden session ale.
Bristol Beer Factory - Independence4.60GoodNice light session ale
Kernel - Pale Ale - Galaxy7.20GoodKeg. Decent.
Magic Rock - Magic Spanner3.90GoodKeg. Quite fruity, Ok.
Siren Craft - Proteus 3:34.00GoodQuite dry, pretty uninteresting.
Marston's - Bass4.40Not Tried
Dark Star - Espresso Stout4.20Not Tried
Oakham - Inferno4.00Not Tried
Black Sheep - Best Bitter3.80Not Tried
Mallinsons - Motueka3.90Not Tried
Alphabet - A to the K5.60Not TriedKeg.
22 Nov 2016 (Nick Willis)
Standing room only at first then quietened down.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brodie's - Mosaic for Breakfast 10.10ExcellentKeg. Well balanced strong stout with a nice hop finish.
Abbeydale - Hop Smash7.40ExcellentKeg. Well hopped collaboration with Kuhnhenn of Warren, Michigan.
Fyne - Green Gold4.50ExcellentNice sweet juicy well balanced beer.
Brew By Numbers - 21/04 Pale Ale - Motueka5.20ExcellentKeg. Murky pour. Excellent fruity hop.
Mallinsons - Doukan Duck4.20GoodA bit astringent.
Partizan - IPA Sorachi Ace Simcoe6.50PoorKeg. Car crash of hops. Very unpleasant, grassy? It beat me.
Marston's - Bass4.40Not Tried
Newby Wyke - Bear Island4.60Not Tried
Black Sheep - Best Bitter3.80Not Tried
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
Fyne - Jarl3.80Not Tried
Small World Beers - Thunderbridge Stout5.20Not Tried
Shiny - Elevation4.70Not TriedKeg.
07 Nov 2016 (Nick Willis)
Pretty quiet but Bass is selling very well.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Citra Plus5.40ExcellentKeg. Good well balanced hoppy pale
Blackjack - Dead Man's Hand4.10ExcellentReally smooth pale.
Kernel - Pale Ale - Mosaic Cluster HBC 3665.30ExcellentKeg.
Mallinsons - Danger: Hops!5.00GoodOverly hopped.
Chorlton - Slow Beer5.80GoodKeg. Tasted like a sour cordial.
Shiny - Elevation4.70AcceptableKeg. Described as a Tibetan lager with coriander and kaffir lime.....tasted like lager with Turkish delight.
Marston's - Bass4.40Not Tried
Oakham - Inferno4.00Not Tried
Salopian - Oracle4.00Not Tried
Black Sheep - Best Bitter3.80Not Tried
Siren Craft - Sound Wave5.60Not Tried
Shiny - Wrench4.40Not Tried
Alphabet - Flat White7.80Not TriedKeg. White stout. Had it in the past and has far too much coffee in it for me.
28 Oct 2016 (Nick Willis)
Very busy in here. Always a good range which attracts the punter. You rarely get a duff beer in here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
RedWillow - Weightless Mosaic4.20ExceptionalA very good single hop pale.
Small World Beers - Thunderbridge Stout5.20ExcellentReally solid stout. No fancy dan flavours.
North Riding Brewery - US Session IPA (Cascade, Chinook, Galena)3.80ExcellentThere are lots of version of this with different hop combinations. Good solid hoppy pale.
Mallinsons - SPA Special Pale 153.90GoodAfter the Redwillow Weightless this seemed quite bland. My palate got used to it. Pleasant.
Marston's - Bass4.40Not Tried
Oakham - Inferno4.00Not Tried
Black Sheep - Best Bitter3.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Revelation5.70Not Tried
27 Nov 2014 (Nick Willis)
Probably the best pub in the Potteries at the moment. Adding new keg lines for "craft" beer in the next fortnight too.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Rat - Black Rat Porter4.50ExcellentSmashing porter.
Rat - Aristoc-rat4.10ExcellentVery good pale.
Mallinsons - Topaz Extreme4.30GoodA bit too extreme, finish is very sharp.
Marston's - Bass4.40Not Tried
Black Sheep - Best Bitter3.80Not Tried
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
Magic Rock - High Wire5.50Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - Cwtch4.60Not Tried
17 Nov 2014 (Nick Willis)
The landlord certainly knows his stuff. Very rarely have dud beers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Oakham - 424.20Excellent
Hawkshead - ITI (little NZPA) 3.50Excellent
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Belma & Brewise4.70Excellent
Mallinsons - Antipodean Session IPA4.10Good
Marston's - Bass4.40Not Tried
Marble - Lagonda IPA5.00Not Tried
Burton Bridge - Top Dog Stout5.00Not Tried
Black Sheep - Best Bitter3.80Not Tried
13 Oct 2014 (Nick Willis)
Few in, the manager of the local Titanic pub was in here preaching about pubco's.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Summer Wine (SWB) - Zenith Pale Ale4.00Excellent
Oakham - Hawse Buckler5.60Good
Marston's - Bass4.40Not Tried
Black Sheep - Best Bitter3.80Not Tried
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
Mallinsons - Columbus3.80Not Tried
22 Apr 2014 (Mick)
Quiet early evening, only one other couple in. Was it you Nick that I chatted to about beer? Nice ales and at a good price.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Oakham - Bishops Farewell4.60ExcellentVery nice hoppy pale ale.
Summer Wine (SWB) - Barista Espresso Stout4.80ExcellentNice stout, black and rich with chocolate and coffee.
Marston's - Bass4.40Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Kipling5.20Not Tried
Mallinsons - Amarillo4.20Not Tried
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - No Love Lost4.30Not Tried
22 Apr 2014 (Nick Willis)
A new addition to the North Staffordshire real ale scene. Popped in tonight and pleased with what I saw
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - No Love Lost4.30ExcellentExcellent hoppy golden ale
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Courage Directors (use Banks's entry now please)4.80Not Tried
Marston's - Bass4.40Not Tried
Oakham - Bishops Farewell4.60Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Kipling5.20Not Tried
Mallinsons - Aramis3.90Not Tried
Summer Wine (SWB) - Barista Espresso Stout4.80Not Tried

About the Hopinn

The pub sign. Hopinn, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional2
Excellent19
Good11
Acceptable1
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 1JR.

Formerly New Albert and consisting of a bright bar at the front of the pub and a more cosy lounge to the rear, there is also a snug and a long corridor connecting all three. Bought from Punch Taverns in early 2014 and new a free house with a concentration on real ales.

We have visited this pub 9 times, seen 57 different beers and tried 34 of them.

Map location

Postcode: ST5 1JR