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White Cliffs Beer Festival 2016 (CAMRA Beer Festival)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Goacher's - 1066 Old AleExceptional2
Sarah Hughes - Dark RubyExceptional1
Fyne - Ragnarök Excellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - ÜberHopExcellent1
Kissingate - Powder BlueExcellent2
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - West Coast IPA (superseded by 5.6% version)Excellent1
Kent - Beyond the PaleExcellent1
Sarah Hughes - Surprise Bitter (aka Sedgley Surprise)Good1
Oakham - TranquilityGood1
Beowulf - IPAGood1
Burton Bridge - Thomas Sykes Old AleGood2
Oakham - The NaviGood1
Dark Star - OriginalGood1
Mordue - IPANot Tried0
Westerham - Audit AleNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - Dirty Stop OutNot Tried0
Coastal - HoptimumNot Tried0
Blue Anchor - Spingo MiddleNot Tried0
Potbelly - Captain PigwashNot Tried0
Plain Ales - InndulgenceNot Tried0
Elgood's - TalonNot Tried0
Burton Bridge - Top Dog StoutNot Tried0
Cairngorm - Santa's SledgehammerNot Tried0
Sunny Republic - St Wite's AleNot Tried0
Hop Studio - MocayaNot Tried0
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - IPANot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster StoutNot Tried0
Bespoke - Over a BarrelNot Tried0
Kelham Island - Festival ReserveNot Tried0
Derby - Old IntentionalNot Tried0
Lymestone - Stone the CrowsNot Tried0
Langham - Black SwallowNot Tried0
Kelham Island - Mr RedNot Tried0
Grainstore - Ten Fifty (1050)Not Tried0
Ashover - Butts Pale AleNot Tried0
Black Hole - CyborgNot Tried0
Kissingate - Extreme Jamaica StoutNot Tried0
Triple fff - I Can't Remember !Not Tried0
Windsor & Eton - ConquerorNot Tried0
Mordue - PandazillaNot Tried0
Nene Valley - Jim Irving PaleNot Tried0
RCH - FireboxNot Tried0
Amber Ales - Imperial IPANot Tried0
Portobello - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - The First NoëlNot Tried0
Rother Valley - BluesNot Tried0
Wantsum - Ravening WolfNot Tried0
Lymestone - Cherry StoneNot Tried0
Hop Back - Summer LightningNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Green DaemonNot Tried0
Country Life - Country BumpkinNot Tried0
Flipside - Clippings IPANot Tried0
Goacher's - Gold StarNot Tried0
Loddon - Forbury Lion Strong I.P.A.Not Tried0
Battledown - Four Kings AleNot Tried0
Celt Experience (now brands are owned by Evans Evans) - Bleddyn 1075Not Tried0
Orkney (Sinclair) - Skull SplitterNot Tried0
Abbeydale - AbsolutionNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Midnight OwlNot Tried0
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - CavedwellerNot Tried0
Dark Star - Dark Star The OriginalNot Tried0
Downton - Dark DelightNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Snow TopNot Tried0
Goddards - Solent NightNot Tried0
Otter - HeadNot Tried0
Burton Bridge - Bramble StoutNot Tried0
Cheddar - Goat's LeapNot Tried0
Rockin Robin - Portly RobinNot Tried0
RCH - Double HeaderNot Tried0
Whitstable - Kentish ReserveNot Tried0
Downton - Chimera IPANot Tried0
Wantsum - Portly PigNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - DominatorNot Tried0
Grainstore - Rutland BeastNot Tried0
Rudgate - IPANot Tried0
Ballards (now a sub brand of Greyhound) - Pagoda PowerNot Tried0

Visits Details

05 Feb 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Very quickly on to the bar to act as one of the servers. The more I think about it I reckon most people would seriously underestimate the work that the local CAMRA branch must put in to organise, set up, administrate, staff and take down a festival such as this. Dosser, esteemed correspondent on this website, seemed most bemused to see me working, believing me to be a man of eternal leisure instead.
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70ExceptionalOne word - superb
Sarah Hughes - Surprise Bitter (aka Sedgley Surprise)5.00Good
Kissingate - Powder Blue5.50Good
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Orkney (Sinclair) - Skull Splitter8.50Not Tried
Sarah Hughes - Dark Ruby6.00Not TriedQuickly ran out
Dark Star - Dark Star The Original5.00Not Tried
Otter - Head5.80Not Tried
RCH - Double Header5.30Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Dominator5.10Not Tried
Mordue - IPA5.10Not Tried
Blue Anchor - Spingo Middle5.10Not Tried
Burton Bridge - Thomas Sykes Old Ale10.00Not Tried
Burton Bridge - Top Dog Stout5.00Not Tried
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - IPA5.50Not Tried
Derby - Old Intentional5.00Not Tried
Grainstore - Ten Fifty (1050)5.00Not Tried
Triple fff - I Can't Remember !6.00Not Tried
RCH - Firebox6.00Not Tried
Rother Valley - Blues5.00Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Green Daemon5.00Not TriedRan out
Loddon - Forbury Lion Strong I.P.A.5.50Not Tried
Abbeydale - Absolution5.30Not Tried
Downton - Dark Delight5.50Not Tried
Burton Bridge - Bramble Stout5.00Not Tried
Whitstable - Kentish Reserve5.00Not Tried
Grainstore - Rutland Beast5.30Not Tried
Westerham - Audit Ale6.20Not Tried
Potbelly - Captain Pigwash5.00Not Tried
Cairngorm - Santa's Sledgehammer5.60Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster Stout6.20Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - ÜberHop5.20Not TriedCertainly the one I sold most of tonight
Oakham - Tranquility6.50Not Tried
Lymestone - Stone the Crows5.40Not Tried
Ashover - Butts Pale Ale5.50Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Conqueror5.00Not Tried
Amber Ales - Imperial IPA6.50Not Tried
Wantsum - Ravening Wolf5.90Not Tried
Beowulf - IPA7.20Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - West Coast IPA (superseded by 5.6% version)6.50Not Tried
Country Life - Country Bumpkin6.00Not Tried
Battledown - Four Kings Ale7.20Not Tried
Castle Rock - Midnight Owl5.50Not Tried
Old Dairy - Snow Top6.00Not Tried
Kent - Beyond the Pale5.40Not Tried
Cheddar - Goat's Leap5.50Not Tried
Downton - Chimera IPA6.80Not Tried
Rudgate - IPA5.20Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - Dirty Stop Out5.00Not Tried
Plain Ales - Inndulgence5.20Not Tried
Sunny Republic - St Wite's Ale5.00Not Tried
Bespoke - Over a Barrel5.00Not Tried
Langham - Black Swallow6.00Not Tried
Black Hole - Cyborg5.50Not Tried
Mordue - Pandazilla7.00Not Tried
Portobello - American Pale Ale5.00Not Tried
Lymestone - Cherry Stone5.20Not Tried
Flipside - Clippings IPA6.50Not Tried
Celt Experience (now brands are owned by Evans Evans) - Bleddyn 10755.60Not Tried
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Cavedweller5.80Not Tried
Goddards - Solent Night5.20Not Tried
Fyne - Ragnarök 7.40Not Tried
Rockin Robin - Portly Robin5.00Not Tried
Oakham - The Navi5.50Not Tried
Wantsum - Portly Pig5.50Not Tried
Ballards (now a sub brand of Greyhound) - Pagoda Power8.50Not Tried
Coastal - Hoptimum7.00Not Tried
Elgood's - Talon6.60Not Tried
Hop Studio - Mocaya5.90Not Tried
Kelham Island - Festival Reserve6.00Not Tried
Kelham Island - Mr Red6.00Not Tried
Kissingate - Extreme Jamaica Stout6.00Not Tried
Nene Valley - Jim Irving Pale5.60Not Tried
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - The First Noël5.80Not Tried
05 Feb 2016 (Dosser)
Great festival. So good I cant remember a lot of it! Good to see Phil Pirrip doing some work.
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70Exceptionalsuperb
Sarah Hughes - Dark Ruby6.00ExceptionalQuality
Oakham - The Navi5.50Good
Burton Bridge - Thomas Sykes Old Ale10.00AcceptableSickly
05 Feb 2016 (Mick)
Always amazes me how quick this fills up, barely a seat left at 2pm. Met some old acquaintances and had a chat with Tony from Hopdaemon.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - ÜberHop5.20ExcellentNot on the Beer list but was on the stillage.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - West Coast IPA (superseded by 5.6% version)6.50ExcellentLove this beer
Kent - Beyond the Pale5.40ExcellentVery nice, good hops but so smooth.
Fyne - Ragnarök 7.40ExcellentVery, very nice.
Kissingate - Powder Blue5.50ExcellentLast beer of the afternoon, super one to finish on, everything a stout should be.
Burton Bridge - Thomas Sykes Old Ale10.00GoodNice but too much for me.
Dark Star - Original5.00GoodGood pint of this old standard.
Oakham - Tranquility6.50GoodA bit different this one.
Beowulf - IPA7.20GoodNice IPA

About the White Cliffs Beer Festival 2016

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Dover, Kent, CT16 1DL.

White Cliffs Festival of Winter Ales. 23rd anniversary of this winter festival held in the atmospheric Maison Dieu Town Hall. A 2 day (Friday and Saturday) festival with 75 beers which are all winter and strong ales on gravity, all 5.0% abv or higher, at a flat rate £1.50 per half and £3 per pint. A Dover tradition.

We have visited this pub 3 times, seen 73 different beers and tried 13 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT16 1DL