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Howling Hops Tank Bar (Brewery Tap)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - AUPAExcellent2
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Black Forest Gateau Excellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Black XX No. 1 Excellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Dinner AleExcellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - House IPAExcellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - IPA New England Special Excellent2
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale Ale Custom Deluxe No. 1 Excellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XXExcellent3
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX Custom Superior Excellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX No. 2Excellent2
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - PicoGood1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Single Batch Series No. 1 Excellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Single Batch Series: Berry Berliner WeissExcellent1
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - Pale Ale Custom De LuxeGood1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - East End HefeweizenNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Kölsch Not Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Passion Fruit Gose Not Tried0
Picture 1. Howling Hops Tank Bar, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 2. Howling Hops Tank Bar, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 3. Howling Hops Tank Bar, Hackney, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

08 Oct 2018 (Stephen Harris)
A brief visit in the early evening to try their new beer. All ten tanks are supplying different beers tonight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pico6.50GoodIn the NEIPA-style and it is a proper pea-souper of a London Murky. Brewed in collaboration with Basqueland and hopped with Nelson Sauvin, Motueka and Wai-iti. You won’t hear me say this often, but I thought it was over-hopped.
20 Sep 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening and rather quiet in here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10ExcellentHazy pale gold. Crisp, fruity and bitter.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Single Batch Series: Berry Berliner Weiss3.10ExcellentThis beer is an alarming purple-red sort of colour. Tart, fruit, dry and refreshing.
09 Sep 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening. I’m on my own and look at the menu. “Nachos, £7 or £12 for sharing”. I order the £7 plate which I assume is not for sharing. An embarrassingly huge platter arrives, enough for at least three people. I must read menus more carefully and pay more attention to punctuation.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10ExcellentHazy pale gold. Masses of hop flavours
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Single Batch Series No. 1 5.50ExcellentThe full murk. A golden NEIPA with Citra hops and some rye in the mix. Excellent.
29 Jul 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Today is the first wet day for so long; nobody can remember the last time it rained. It means that in mid-afternoon on a Sunday Matt B and myself have this place almost to ourselves when usually it would be busy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Dinner Ale5.20ExcellentA red / brown beer with lots of hops and underlying caramel.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - House IPA6.90ExcellentMurky yellow / gold and very hoppy.
18 Apr 2018 (Stephen Harris)
The weather has changed from winter to summer overnight and the entire evening clientele here are sitting outside.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Black XX No. 1 5.50ExcellentThis excellent Black IPA seems to have become a spring special.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10ExcellentA version of this beer with Citra, Columbus and Chinook hops.
02 Apr 2018 (Stephen Harris)
News reaches me just as I am passing here that today’s football at Brisbane Road has been postponed following heavy rain. So I pop in for lunch and have an enormous plate of nachos.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX No. 25.10ExcellentBadged today as being 5.8%. Lovely hop tastes.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale Ale Custom Deluxe No. 1 3.80ExcellentHoptastic.
13 Feb 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Quite a chilly evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - IPA New England Special 6.90ExcellentHazy pale gold and absolutely lovely.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - AUPA4.50ExcellentA hazy, golden colour. Not short of hops (Ella, Topaz, Vic Secret).
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX Custom Superior 5.10ExcellentPale gold and almost clear. No hop deficiency detected (Citra, Columbus, Chinook).
09 Jan 2018 (Stephen Harris)
My mate Robert doesn’t get let out of the house very often, but has an evening pass for today. He choses to meet here. It is unusually quiet tonight, with nine different beers available from the tanks.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX No. 25.10ExcellentI love this style of beer – the trouble is that it makes most things taste dull in comparison.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - IPA New England Special 6.90ExcellentAnother cracker.
08 Dec 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Early Friday evening. It’s a cold one and few have ventured out, although starting to fill by the time I left. Eight beers to choose from.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - AUPA4.50ExcellentA typically in-your-face Howling Hops Pale Ale, this one very well-hopped with Australian varieties Ella, Topaz and Vic Secret.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Black Forest Gateau 4.50ExcellentA black beer with a brown head. It tastes of cakes. And fruit.
21 Aug 2017 (Magnus Greel)
Impressive use of a cavernous warehouse building with a free brewery tour enroute to the gents! Fairly quiet on a Monday lunchtime with a handful of customers dotted about.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - Pale Ale Custom De Luxe3.80GoodHazy as advertised, served in a 2/3 pint glass resembled pineapple juice but tasted sour and smoky, not to my palate.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - East End Hefeweizen4.50Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Kölsch 4.60Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - IPA New England Special 6.90Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Passion Fruit Gose 4.50Not Tried

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About the Howling Hops Tank Bar

The pub sign. Howling Hops Tank Bar, Hackney, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional3
Excellent64
Good17
Acceptable1
Poor-

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The pub is found in Hackney, Greater London, E9 5EN.

The Howling Hops Brewery was established in July 2012 in the cellar of the Cock Tavern at Hackney Central. Very cramped conditions limited output and the varied range of beers could generally only be found in the pub. June 2015 saw the opening of a substantially larger brewery in Queens Yard, Hackney Wick and the associated, large Taproom. This occupies a former industrial premises, with the brewery itself at one end and a large space occupied by trestle tables at the other. Outside seating is also available and there is also a kitchen and a café-style counter. Uniquely in London at present, all the beers are poured directly from the conditioning tanks. Nearly as unusually, beers are only sold in two-third pint measures. The brewery stands almost next door to Crate Brewery.

We have visited this pub 37 times, seen 48 different beers and tried 46 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E9 5EN