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The Hop Beer Shop (Free House)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Rooster's - MaypoleExceptional1
Titanic - Chocolate & Vanilla StoutExceptional2
Billericay (large volume beers brewed at Brentwood) - Workhouse IPA (collaboration with Brentwood)Excellent1
Bishop Nick - RespectExcellent1
Colchester - Jack Spitty's Smuggler's AleExcellent1
Binghams - Outer Space Hoppy IPAExcellent1
Mighty Oak - The Old Man and The SeaExcellent1
Maldon - Christmas TrifleExcellent1
Bishop Nick - Witch HuntExcellent1
Big Penny (formerly Truman's) as of late 2022 contract brewed - RunnerGood2
Binghams - Twyford TippleGood1
St Peter's - Golden AleGood1
Ramsbury - RPA Ramsbury Pale AleGood1
Colchester - Jack o' the GreenAcceptable1
St Peter's - Merry ElfNot Tried0
Colchester - Brazilian Coffee & Vanilla PorterNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - Geeorge GershwinNot Tried0
Grain - OakNot Tried0
Grain - ThreeOneSixNot Tried0
Rooster's - FranklinNot Tried0
Colchester - Double Drop Mild AleNot Tried0
Green Jack - TrawlerboysNot Tried0
North Yorkshire - Flying HerbertNot Tried0
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing Lion London PorterNot Tried0
St Peter's - Organic Best BitterNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde MildNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Hop Beer Shop, Chelmsford, Essex
Picture 2. The Hop Beer Shop, Chelmsford, Essex
Jason Jones

Visits Details

15 Feb 2022 (Magnus Greel)
Early evening and busy, I found a corner seat at an occupied table and enjoyed my beers.
Colchester - Jack Spitty's Smuggler's Ale4.00ExcellentCrisp golden peppery nectar.
Mighty Oak - The Old Man and The Sea4.10ExcellentChocolate and coffee with a serious bitter kick
Grain - Oak3.80Not Tried
Grain - ThreeOneSix3.90Not Tried
29 Sep 2020 (ChrisE)
There is not a great deal of room in here and there were six of us so we made a point of being outside before opening time to ensure that there was room for us. It only took a few minutes for the pub to become full but there was space for all. There was a good selection of Belgian bottled beers in addition to the cask ones listed here.
Bishop Nick - Witch Hunt4.20Excellent
Bishop Nick - Respect4.00ExcellentThis ran out soon after I had this. Good to the end.
Colchester - Brazilian Coffee & Vanilla Porter4.60Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Geeorge Gershwin4.30Not Tried
02 Jan 2020 (Magnus Greel)
Early evening fairly quiet just a half a dozen or so in, we sat at one of the tables and enjoyed the perfect drinking atmosphere as always here..
Binghams - Outer Space Hoppy IPA5.00ExcellentFull bodied fruity with a spicy kick
Maldon - Christmas Trifle5.00ExcellentComplex beer does what it says on the tin yet had a hint of coffee aftertaste
Binghams - Twyford Tipple3.70GoodLight malty yeasty fare
St Peter's - Merry Elf4.00Not Tried
15 May 2019 (Stephen Harris)
An early evening visit after a day at the cricket.
Billericay (large volume beers brewed at Brentwood) - Workhouse IPA (collaboration with Brentwood)5.00ExcellentHazy gold. A very fruity, soft NEIPA.
Colchester - Jack o' the Green4.00AcceptableA golden beer in flat condition. Malty and rather sweet.
St Peter's - Organic Best Bitter4.10Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde Mild3.70Not Tried
29 Sep 2018 (Magnus Greel)
We arrived just as the guv was opening up for the lunchtime trade, our group soon filled the place and many other customers squeezed in during our very enjoyable welcoming and extended stay.
Titanic - Chocolate & Vanilla Stout4.50ExceptionalThis had just come on so tried some and very impressed, instant smooth velvety chocolate flavour followed by vanilla, orange and finally cloves. Faultless in all categories.
St Peter's - Golden Ale4.70GoodLacking the fruity punchiness expected
Big Penny (formerly Truman's) as of late 2022 contract brewed - Runner4.00GoodFound this malty sweet brown ale rather cloying
Ramsbury - RPA Ramsbury Pale Ale4.00GoodBland without much flavour of anything..
North Yorkshire - Flying Herbert4.70Not Tried
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing Lion London Porter4.60Not Tried
29 Sep 2018 (ChrisE)
We stayed here for a good number of pints as our group got larger in number. A friendly landlord did not charge us for crisps. Beer list as already supplied by Magnus.
Titanic - Chocolate & Vanilla Stout4.50ExceptionalSuperb and proving very popular with our crowd.
Big Penny (formerly Truman's) as of late 2022 contract brewed - Runner4.00GoodI had several of these and would have stuck with it but then the Titanic Vanilla Stout came on.
07 Jun 2016 (Magnus Greel)
Mid afternoon visit to this busy micropub with friendly curious locals
Rooster's - Maypole3.70ExceptionalSuperb and not over powering
Rooster's - Franklin4.30Not Tried
Colchester - Double Drop Mild Ale4.50Not Tried
Green Jack - Trawlerboys4.60Not Tried

About The Hop Beer Shop

The pub sign. The Hop Beer Shop, Chelmsford, Essex

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0LD.

In Moulsham Street, Micropub style with bottleshop. Four or five beers are served by gravity, and always include local breweries. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2016.

We have visited this pub 7 times, seen 26 different beers and tried 14 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CM2 0LD