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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) - YükiExceptional1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - FlashpointExcellent2
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - QuicksandExcellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Velvet DogExcellent3
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Stop the TrainExcellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Lost ClockExcellent2
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Winter HefeweizenExcellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Plum & Gooseberry GoseExcellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Passion Fruit Gose Excellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - House IPAExcellent2
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - New Old LondonExcellent3
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - IslandsExcellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Roll OnExcellent2
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - St ClementsExcellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Howling PilsAcceptable1
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

04 Feb 2020 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening. The usual staff are away for a staff party, whilst bar staff from the Cock Tavern have been drafted in for the night. This confuses me more than it should do.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - New Old London4.80ExcellentFresh from the tank. My current joint favourite London-brewed Porter.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Roll On7.00ExcellentFresh from the tank. Thick and fruity.
27 Jan 2020 (Stephen Harris)
Just a handful of late afternoon drinkers and it's a bit chilly in here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - House IPA6.90Excellent
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Roll On7.00ExcellentFresh from the tank. A thick, oaty, fruity NEIPA with Australian hops.
05 Jan 2020 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - House IPA6.90ExcellentFresh from the tank. I tend to overlook this beer when I am here. I shouldn't because it is great.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Flashpoint6.20ExcellentFresh from the tank. More bitter than is typical for a NEIPA.
22 Dec 2019 (Stephen Harris)
A quiet Sunday evening session.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - New Old London4.80ExcellentFresh from the tank and fast becoming a favourite.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Flashpoint6.20ExcellentFresh from the tank. Yet another new NEIPA. Cloudy gold. Hopped with Citra, Topaz and Enigma, and almost bitter.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Howling Pils4.60AcceptableFresh from the tank. Not so sweet as I remember it from the last brew. But still not my kind of beer.
01 Dec 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Sunday evening for a meal after a day out in Gillingham.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Stop the Train6.90ExcellentFresh from the tank. Top of the style.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Winter Hefeweizen4.50ExcellentFresh from the tank. A cloudy Wheat Beer. Thick and spicy.
27 Nov 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Here for the launch of new canned beers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Yüki9.20ExceptionalPoured from a can. A stunning whisky barrel-aged Imperial Stout. Even better (longer maturation?) than the keg version released a few months ago.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Plum & Gooseberry Gose4.50ExcellentFresh from the tank. Sharp gooseberry followed by more-subtle plum. Some salt on the lips.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - New Old London4.80ExcellentFresh from the tank. Roasty and toasty, chocolate and coffee.
28 Oct 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening for some of the excellent Colombian food served here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Velvet Dog7.10ExcellentFresh from the tank. A strong and slightly sweet Wheat Beer.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Quicksand6.70ExcellentFresh from the tank. This week's new NEIPA, brewed primarily with Simcoe and with Centennial and Columbus in support. Dominated by sharp grapefruit and lemony flavours.
16 Oct 2019 (Stephen Harris)
A big group of visiting beer spotters from somewhere are being quite noisy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Islands7.30ExcellentFresh from the tank. A murky yellow colour. Strong NEIPA with loads of Galaxy and Mosaic.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - St Clements7.20ExcellentFresh from the tank. Oranges and lemons in abundance.
02 Oct 2019 (Stephen Harris)
It's amazing how often I find myself unable to pass this place at the moment.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Passion Fruit Gose 4.50ExcellentFresh from the tank. Tart fruit beer that leaves salt on the lips.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Velvet Dog7.10ExcellentFresh from the tank. Velvety smooth, strong and hoppy.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Lost Clock6.50ExcellentFresh from the tank. A full-bodied, bitter, US-hopped IPA. Pronounced grapefruit flavours.
23 Sep 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Much more relaxed here tonight than on my previous visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Velvet Dog7.10ExcellentFresh from the tank.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Lost Clock6.50ExcellentFresh from the tank.

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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
Exceptional6
Excellent115
Good20
Acceptable2
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 67 times, seen 76 different beers and tried 74 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E9 5EN