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The Rusty Bucket (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Cloudwater - A-W18 Brown Ale Excellent2
Arbor Ales - MosaicExcellent1
Wylam - MacchiatoExcellent1
Kent - CobnutExcellent2
New Bristol - The Joy of Sesh IPAGood1
Kent - Christmas PuddingGood1
Cloudwater - A-W18 India Porter Good3
Kent - Green GiantGood1
Cloudwater - A-W18 BitterAcceptable1
Kent - KGBNot Tried0
Wylam - GalatiaNot Tried0
New Bristol - Maple Syrup StoutNot Tried0
Cloudwater - A-W18 Pale Not Tried0
Cloudwater - A-W18 One-Off DDH Pale v.1 Not Tried0
Magic Rock - RingmasterNot Tried0
BritHop (cuckoo or contract brewed at Franklins) - ShakermakerNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - HopfestNot Tried0
Burning Sky - PlateauNot Tried0
Wander Beyond - Great RiftNot Tried0
Almasty - DDH Ekuanot PaleNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Mister SquirrelNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - Shangri-la Not Tried0

Visits Details

15 Jan 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit scotched by new earlier early in the week closing times.
BeerABVScoreNotes
04 Jan 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Also had a pint of The Kernel keg but as usual was too carbonated and chilled to really enjoy
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cloudwater - A-W18 Bitter4.20AcceptableFruity rather than the promised bitterness
Arbor Ales - Shangri-la 4.20Not Tried
21 Dec 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
New Bristol - The Joy of Sesh IPA4.20GoodUnmemorable but in good condition
Kent - Christmas Pudding5.80Not Tried
Wander Beyond - Great Rift6.00Not Tried
17 Dec 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close. A customer had brought back from Amsterdam, and shared out, a bottle of sour sour sour beer.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Christmas Pudding5.80GoodWholesome spiced beer
Wander Beyond - Great Rift6.00Not Tried
Almasty - DDH Ekuanot Pale4.00Not Tried
07 Dec 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Arbor Ales - Mosaic4.00Excellent
Wylam - Macchiato6.50ExcellentAwash with full flavours
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Mister Squirrel4.00Not Tried
04 Dec 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Cobnut4.10GoodTeeny loss of edge since Friday's pint
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Hopfest3.80Not Tried
Kent - Green Giant6.00Not Tried
30 Nov 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. All well behaved customers left shortly after the bewitching hour.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Cobnut4.10Excellent4th and final excellent ale of tonight's taste journey
Kent - Green Giant6.00Not Tried
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50Not Tried
24 Nov 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. One of the owners' Mums was keeping an eye on proceedings from the customer side. More keg all taps added to make up to 18 now, from 11 before.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Green Giant6.00GoodProbably the very last one of this season's batch for sale anywhere
Cloudwater - A-W18 India Porter 5.30PoorInitial taste seemed OK but pretty sure I was getting sediment taste as the glass went down, cask was heavily tilted
Kent - KGB4.10Not Tried
BritHop (cuckoo or contract brewed at Franklins) - Shakermaker4.40Not TriedCuckooed at Franklin's Brewery. I have heard this brewery described as being from Erith, Bexley and now Eltham. Pity the clip does not show any honest provenance
19 Nov 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close. Quiet, demure and relaxed here on a Monday. Guv wearing a multi-twist long scarf to keep warm!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cloudwater - A-W18 India Porter 5.30ExcellentLovely nick
Cloudwater - A-W18 Brown Ale 4.60GoodClips says 4.6%, Guv read 5.2% on cask end label, 5.2% reported by another correspondent on here. Cloudwater asked to adjudicate. Cloudwater has subsequently confirmed the clip is correct at 4.6%, apparently cask end labels were wrongly printed off
Magic Rock - Ringmaster3.90Not Tried
New Bristol - Maple Syrup Stout7.00Not TriedStill going strong!
16 Nov 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. There had been a cask tap takeover by Cloudwater yesterday, signalling its return to being a cask brewer.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cloudwater - A-W18 Brown Ale 4.60Excellent
Cloudwater - A-W18 India Porter 5.30Excellent
Kent - KGB4.10Not Tried
Wylam - Galatia3.90Not Tried
New Bristol - Maple Syrup Stout7.00Not Tried
Cloudwater - A-W18 Pale 4.00Not TriedRan out
Cloudwater - A-W18 One-Off DDH Pale v.1 5.50Not Tried

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About The Rusty Bucket

The pub sign. The Rusty Bucket, Eltham, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent21
Good38
Acceptable8
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in Eltham, Greater London, SE9 5PR.

In Court Yard just off the High Street the former Crown pub has been part transformed following a wider development of the entire premises. A small bar, along the lines of the Micropub style, which opened in April 2018 selling cask ales and ciders / perries served on gravity dispense from a cooled small walk-in cellar room behind the bar counter and with 11 keg beer taps on the back wall too. Seating is at trestle style tables and low chairs. The original ground floor pub frontage has been retained.

We have visited this pub 52 times, seen 85 different beers and tried 50 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE9 5PR