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Hoopers (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Downton - Honey PorterExcellent1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Gale's Festival MildExcellent1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - HockExcellent1
Harvey's - Knots of May Light MildExcellent1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Royal Wedding AleGood1
Hook Norton - Hooky DarkGood1
Hop Back - Elf & HoppinessGood1
Surrey Hills - Gilt ComplexGood1
Surrey Hills - Hammer MildGood1
Wychwood - Winter's TrollAcceptable1
Brentwood - Chestnut StoutPoor1
Tirril - Old FaithfulPoor1
Picture 1. Hoopers, East Dulwich, Greater London

Visits Details

26 May 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Numbers swelled by the Thursday night mild drinkers, to be followed by quizgoers.
Harvey's - Knots of May Light Mild3.00ExcellentSweet and malty with delicate hop and yeasty flavours. Red/copper in colour, an excellent light mild. My score 16/20.
Surrey Hills - Gilt Complex4.60GoodStrong golden bitter with quite strong bitterness and a good hoppy character. My score 15/20.
Surrey Hills - Hammer Mild3.80GoodDark brown mild with some roast malt to give a little bitterness. Some hop in the finish to give a flavoursome but slightly bitterer than usual mild. My score 15/20.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Royal Wedding Ale4.80GoodStrong traditional premium bitter with good hoppy bitterness and a dryish finish. My score 15/20.
27 May 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Hock3.50ExcellentGood sweetish and toffee malt character. Some hoppiness in the finish. My score 16/20.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Gale's Festival Mild4.80ExcellentSweetish and full bodied strong mild with toffee and liqourice malt notes. My score 16/20.
21 Dec 2008 (Dubbel)
Caught the tail end of the Winter Beer Festival and grabbed a bite to eat on Sunday lunch. Arrived shortly after opening, was quiet at first but gradually filled up as the afternoon wore on. Selection of six cask ales (usually 2 or 3 on in the week, maybe 4 at weekends). Relaxed, comfy interior. Owner Jamie is an excellent host, making a point of chatting to each customer and very interested in his beer.
Downton - Honey Porter4.40ExcellentFantastic. Easily the pick of the bunch, black with a fluffy white head, dark roasted porter malts with just the right amount of honey sweetness, served in perfect nick.
Hook Norton - Hooky Dark3.20GoodBrown mild, malty and easy-going.
Hop Back - Elf & Hoppiness3.90GoodMassively hoppy with some harsh bitterness offset by late detectable festive spices. An extreme beer but I liked it.
Wychwood - Winter's Troll4.80AcceptableNothing wrong with the conditioning here, this is just another dull, nondescript Marstons Pedigree-like beer.
Tirril - Old Faithful4.00PoorMuch lighter coloured than I remembered it, think I may have been served another beer by mistake. This was also a bit mature and would have benefited from a faster turnover.
Brentwood - Chestnut Stout3.90PoorLabelled as 3.999%, brewed with addition of chestnuts. This one seemed very tired with a hint of sulphur. Mine was the last half served before it was taken off.

About the Hoopers

The pub sign. Hoopers, East Dulwich, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in East Dulwich, Greater London, SE5 8DH.

Attractive wedge-shaped Victorian pub situated off the beaten track in trendy East Dulwich. Very friendly and personable staff. Focus is on good beer (both cask ale and an impressive array of foreign bottled beer) and quality, well presented food. Frequent live music and pub quiz on Thursdays. Well worth locating if in the area.

We have visited this pub 3 times, seen 12 different beers and tried them all.

Map location

Postcode: SE5 8DH