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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
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - West Coast IPA (superseded by 5.6% version)Excellent1
Kent - Beyond the PaleExcellent1
Fyne - Ragnarök Excellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - ÜberHopExcellent1
Kissingate - Powder BlueExcellent2
Beowulf - IPAGood1
Burton Bridge - Thomas Sykes Old AleGood2
Oakham - The NaviGood1
Dark Star - OriginalGood1
Sarah Hughes - Surprise Bitter (aka Sedgley Surprise)Good1
Oakham - TranquilityGood1
Hop Back - Summer LightningNot Tried0
Goacher's - Gold StarNot Tried0
Orkney (Sinclair) - Skull SplitterNot Tried0
Dark Star - Dark Star The OriginalNot Tried0
Otter - HeadNot Tried0
RCH - Double HeaderNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - DominatorNot Tried0
Mordue - IPANot Tried0
Blue Anchor - Spingo MiddleNot Tried0
Burton Bridge - Top Dog StoutNot Tried0
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - IPANot Tried0
Derby - Old IntentionalNot Tried0
Grainstore - Ten Fifty (1050)Not Tried0
Triple fff - I Can't Remember !Not Tried0
RCH - FireboxNot Tried0
Rother Valley - BluesNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Green DaemonNot Tried0
Loddon - Forbury Lion Strong I.P.A.Not Tried0
Abbeydale - AbsolutionNot Tried0
Downton - Dark DelightNot Tried0
Burton Bridge - Bramble StoutNot Tried0
Whitstable - Kentish ReserveNot Tried0
Grainstore - Rutland BeastNot Tried0
Westerham - Audit AleNot Tried0
Potbelly - Captain PigwashNot Tried0
Cairngorm - Santa's SledgehammerNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster StoutNot Tried0
Lymestone - Stone the CrowsNot Tried0
Ashover - Butts Pale AleNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - ConquerorNot Tried0
Amber Ales - Imperial IPANot Tried0
Wantsum - Ravening WolfNot Tried0
Country Life - Country BumpkinNot Tried0
Battledown - Four Kings AleNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Midnight OwlNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Snow TopNot Tried0
Cheddar - Goat's LeapNot Tried0
Downton - Chimera IPANot Tried0
Rudgate - IPANot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - Dirty Stop OutNot Tried0
Plain Ales - InndulgenceNot Tried0
Sunny Republic - St Wite's AleNot Tried0
Bespoke - Over a BarrelNot Tried0
Langham - Black SwallowNot Tried0
Black Hole - CyborgNot Tried0
Mordue - PandazillaNot Tried0
Portobello - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Lymestone - Cherry StoneNot Tried0
Flipside - Clippings IPANot Tried0
Celt Experience (now brands are owned by Evans Evans) - Bleddyn 1075Not Tried0
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - CavedwellerNot Tried0
Goddards - Solent NightNot Tried0
Rockin Robin - Portly RobinNot Tried0
Wantsum - Portly PigNot Tried0
Ballards (now a sub brand of Greyhound) - Pagoda PowerNot Tried0
Coastal - HoptimumNot Tried0
Elgood's - TalonNot Tried0
Hop Studio - MocayaNot Tried0
Kelham Island - Festival ReserveNot Tried0
Kelham Island - Mr RedNot Tried0
Kissingate - Extreme Jamaica StoutNot Tried0
Nene Valley - Jim Irving PaleNot Tried0
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - The First NoëlNot 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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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

 Total
Exceptional3
Excellent5
Good7
Acceptable1
Poor-

Website.

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