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The Flippin' Frog (Freehouse)

We believe this pub is CLOSED

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Four Candles - Triple Hop Extra PaleExcellent1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Green & Black Green HopExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea ShellsExcellent1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Single Hop Kazbek Rye PorterGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Oatmeal StoutGood1
Boutilliers - Auto-Tech Pilot PorterGood1
Welbeck Abbey - Tink's Pixie Dust PaleGood1
Four Candles - Mosaic Extra PaleGood1
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Bombay SocialGood1
McCanns (see also Angels and Demons) - The TroubadourGood1
Iron Pier - Wealdway IPAGood1
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Black Taxi to the MoonGood1
Iron Pier - PorterAcceptable1
Kent - French KissAcceptable1
Tonbridge - Velvet RavenAcceptable1
Iron Pier - BitterAcceptable1
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - McCanns Green Hop HarryAcceptable1
Breakwater - Black EnsignPoor1
Pig & Porter - Red Spider Rye (superseded by 5.5% version)Poor1
Pig & Porter - Slave to the MoneyNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Single Hop MosaicNot Tried0
Kent - ProhibitionNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Red SimcoeNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Empower AleNot Tried0
Frome (formerly Milk Street) - Same AgainNot Tried0
Iron Pier - Cast Iron StoutNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Blackbird Dry StoutNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Pardoner's AleNot Tried0
Manning Brewers (Born of Man) - Sha ManNot Tried0
Mad Cat - Emotional BlackmailNot Tried0
Tonbridge - RusticNot Tried0
Milestone - AzaccaNot Tried0
Tonbridge - American PaleNot Tried0
Billericay (large volume beers brewed at Brentwood) - Woody's WagNot Tried0

Visits Details

21 Feb 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Guv Melanie was in top socialising, larfing and giggling form.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Iron Pier - Bitter4.00AcceptableOK
Iron Pier - Porter5.30Acceptable
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Pardoner's Ale3.80Not Tried
Manning Brewers (Born of Man) - Sha Man4.50Not Tried
18 Jan 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Now opens on Thursdays. Thriving with customers and noted 2 KeyKeg beer lines have been added and a local Chatham Dockyard distilled gin is sold as is a single malt whisky. The owners have not yet successfully sold the business on. Payment by card now introduced.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Welbeck Abbey - Tink's Pixie Dust Pale3.80Good
McCanns (see also Angels and Demons) - The Troubadour4.50GoodBest of the 3 I tried
Tonbridge - Velvet Raven5.20AcceptablePoured flat
14 Sep 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit rather ruined by the arrival of a particularly shouty group.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - French Kiss4.90AcceptableNeeded to be cooler to be palatable, a sweet brew
Pig & Porter - Red Spider Rye (superseded by 5.5% version)4.80PoorMaybe an old clip but blackboarded as 4.8% too. Dire being poured flat and with no condition. No off flavours but a total chore to finish
Pig & Porter - Blackbird Dry Stout4.00Not Tried
17 Aug 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit attempt, thwarted by a sign in the window "Closed for holidays and wedding 12/8-6/9". Apparently it is the licensees tying a French knot, good stuff.
BeerABVScoreNotes
14 Jun 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Good banter over some unsolved crossword clues. Neither owner was present tonight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Bombay Social3.80GoodIntense bitterness
Iron Pier - Wealdway IPA4.50Good
Frome (formerly Milk Street) - Same Again3.90Not Tried
Iron Pier - Cast Iron Stout4.70Not Tried
22 Mar 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Now open Fridays to Sundays only. For sale but not yet sold on. Welcome and conversation to usual high standard.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Oatmeal Stout4.60Good
Four Candles - Mosaic Extra Pale4.10GoodTongue tingling
Kent - Prohibition4.80Not Tried
Tonbridge - American Pale5.00Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Empower Ale4.00Not Tried
26 Oct 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit. Guvs were away for a Robert Plant / Van Morrison concert in London. Nice quiet friendly haven.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Black Taxi to the Moon5.40Good
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - McCanns Green Hop Harry3.60AcceptableQuickly went flat in the glass
Kent - Prohibition4.80Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Red Simcoe4.80Not Tried
22 Sep 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. The atmosphere was, as always, so friendly here. The Guv intimated a desire to sell up for various life reasons.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Four Candles - Triple Hop Extra Pale4.60Excellent
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Green & Black Green Hop4.00ExcellentFirst rate, well balanced professional green hop brew
Billericay (large volume beers brewed at Brentwood) - Woody's Wag4.20Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Slave to the Money4.10Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Single Hop Mosaic4.30Not Tried
05 Jul 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Early evening visit in a vain search for a party of obviously early to bed drinkers who had long left for home.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Boutilliers - Auto-Tech Pilot Porter5.00GoodNourishing dark beer, a style of which Boutilliers are past masters
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00Not Tried
Milestone - Azacca4.20Not Tried
Tonbridge - American Pale5.00Not Tried
27 Apr 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. The Guvs were off for this time of night.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea Shells4.70Excellent
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Single Hop Kazbek Rye Porter4.20Good
Breakwater - Black Ensign3.20PoorOn each occasion this was poured from the cask it had a lively head that disappeared within 30 seconds to a totally flat pint. The barmaid noticed the murk in this mild before I did and suggested I had something else
Mad Cat - Emotional Blackmail4.50Not Tried

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About The Flippin' Frog

The pub sign. The Flippin' Frog, Rochester, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent10
Good14
Acceptable13
Poor2

Website.

The pub is found in Rochester, Kent, ME1 1BT.

Cask ale and cider bar / café which opened on 19th December 2015 in the former Pizza Romana premises on a high pavement at the eastern end of the Rochester High Street, really nearer Chatham. Could be a Micropub but for its significantly enhanced hot food offerings. Cunningly named after the flipping of crêpes (pancakes) and the French couple who run it. The lady partner is an experienced chef. Open view kitchen to the left and a small bar counter in the middle with jacket cooled gravity dispense cask ales on a 2 tier (holding 6 casks) wooden stillage behind the bar. Boxes of cider are kept in a fridge at the rear. 2 KeyKeg beer lines added in 2019. To the right is a wooden slatted walled seating area and there are high tables and seats at the front window. Small rear paved courtyard garden and smoking area. Sells predominantly Kentish cask ales and ciders / perries. Very friendly family welcome at all times. An interesting selection of card, board and tactile poser games is provided. Was closed for much of August and early September 2019 for the licensees' wedding. Currently only open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Mobile phone calls must be made and taken outside. Card payments now accepted. Currently up for sale. Reported summer 2020 that pub has been bought by the operators of The Dead Pigeon further along Rochester High Street, with some changes planned before re-opening.

We have visited this pub 22 times, seen 68 different beers and tried 36 of them.

Map location

Postcode: ME1 1BT