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The Hoptimist Taproom & Bar (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Three Legs - Mosaic PaleExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea ShellsExcellent1
Kent - Tropic AleExcellent1
Tonbridge - CountrymanExcellent1
Hop Fuzz - AmericanExcellent1
Kent - Green GiantExcellent1
Kent - Black GoldExcellent1
Black Country - Citra Sublime Excellent2
Kent - Session PaleExcellent2
Kent - The Quiet AmericanExcellent1
Dorking - Platinum ESBExcellent1
Musket - GraciousExcellent1
Milestone - Lion's PrideGood1
Kent - Winter Ale Good1
Tonbridge - Das KölnerGood1
Triple fff - Comfortably Numb (was 5%)Good1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - AM:PMGood1
Titsey - Gresham Hopper (was 3.7%)Good1
Three Legs - New ZealandGood1
Milestone - Honey PorterGood1
Musket - TriggerGood1
Romney Marsh - Amber AleGood1
Tiny Rebel - CwtchAcceptable1
Goacher's - Fine Light AleNot Tried0
Goacher's - Crown Imperial StoutNot Tried0
Tonbridge - RusticNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Golden RuleNot Tried0
Musket - Powder BurnNot Tried0
Musket - Ball PullerNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - SkylarkingNot Tried0
Brew York - TonkokoNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Cosmic Jive (now use 3.4% entry)Not Tried0
Black Country - Plum PigNot Tried0
Black Country - Chain AleNot Tried0
Titsey - Gower WolfNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark PorterNot Tried0
Three Legs - HarlequinNot Tried0

Visits Details

21 Feb 2024 (Jack William)
Mid afternoon visit, a few familiar faces. Beers turning over while I was here. Very pleasant.
Kent - Session Pale3.70ExcellentFresh on
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - AM:PM4.50Good
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not TriedReplaced by the Kent
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Not TriedGoing well.
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00Not Tried
08 Feb 2024 (Jack William)
Late afternoon- finally got out of Deal. Usual good ambience in here.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea Shells4.70ExcellentSpot on.
Tiny Rebel - Cwtch4.60AcceptableNot really to my taste.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark Porter5.60Not TriedWent down very well with my companion.
Three Legs - Harlequin4.20Not Tried
15 Dec 2023 (Jack William)
One for the road after my liar dice session. Late afternoon, nicely busy. Two ales fresh on since yesterday.
Black Country - Citra Sublime 4.50Excellent
Black Country - Chain Ale4.20Not Tried
Black Country - Plum Pig4.30Not Tried
Titsey - Gower Wolf4.00Not Tried
14 Dec 2023 (Jack William)
Bus pass outing to Dover. Just the five of us but a very enjoyable session in this super pub. All ales served in oversize glasses - a full pint and a good head.
Black Country - Citra Sublime 4.50Excellent
Dorking - Platinum ESB5.20ExcellentA good strong bitter, not sure why they name it thus.
Titsey - Gresham Hopper (was 3.7%)3.40Good
Black Country - Plum Pig4.30Not Tried
22 Nov 2023 (Jack William)
Mid afternoon- just stopped in for a swift one after a pensions meeting. Too many familiar faces and good beer made it difficult to leave.
Kent - Session Pale3.70Excellent
Kent - Tropic Ale4.90Excellent
Romney Marsh - Amber Ale4.20Good
Kent - Winter Ale 5.50Good
31 Aug 2023 (Jack William)
Afternoon visit. Lots of familiar faces. Chatted to BR Martin who recalled a visit to the Crown Posada in Newcastle with Chris Excell a good few years back - thanks to this site I was able to tell him that it was probably 7 January 2015 and that Elvis Presley was playing on the vintage record player.
Tonbridge - Countryman4.00ExcellentA wry good traditional style bitter.
Tonbridge - Das Kölner4.30Good
Three Legs - New Zealand4.80GoodA fruity, unfined pale ale.
Brew York - Tonkoko4.30Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Cosmic Jive (now use 3.4% entry)3.60Not Tried
11 May 2023 (Jack William)
Second-Thursday bus-pass outing. They opened early at noon for the six of us. A very enjoyable session and the place was very busy by mid afternoon. Danny continues to be a very good host.
Kent - Black Gold4.00Excellent
Musket - Gracious5.30Excellent
Triple fff - Comfortably Numb (was 5%)5.40GoodChalked up at 5.4%
Musket - Trigger3.60GoodA bit hazy, drank well though.
23 Feb 2023 (Jack William)
Afternoon visit, a raft of familiar faces, lively conversation. Excellent way to while away an hour or so before my train home. Excellent best bitter from Parkway - Grand Slam - at 4.2% And a “peanut butter stout” from 4 T’s at 4.8% called Squirrel’s Heaven. I wasn’t tempted.
Hop Fuzz - American4.20Excellent
Pig & Porter - Skylarking4.00Not TriedAppropriate beer for the time of year. A group of skylarks is an exultation!
06 Jan 2023 (Jack William)
Late afternoon- pleased to get this excellent pub on my 2023 list already. I knew 3 people and recognised a few more - Network Rail Martin, Polish Tony and oop north Saul. I really must learn people’s surnames sometime! Talked about the revamped Thirtsy Scarecrow- now Staggered Inn and thought I ought to give it a try.
Three Legs - Mosaic Pale4.50ExcellentSuperb unfined pale ale.
Tonbridge - Golden Rule3.50Not Tried
Musket - Powder Burn5.00Not Tried
Musket - Ball Puller4.00Not Tried
13 Oct 2022 (Jack William)
Bus pass Thursday group. Five of us just about doubled the customer numbers for about three hours. The locals were very friendly, Danny the landlord welcoming and still very engaging and enthusiastic about his beers.
Kent - Green Giant6.00Excellent
Kent - The Quiet American4.20Excellent
Milestone - Lion's Pride3.80Good
Milestone - Honey Porter4.90Good

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About The Hoptimist Taproom & Bar

The pub sign. The Hoptimist Taproom & Bar, Dover, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



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

In Bench Street in premises previously occupied by Pier Three and The Mash Tun micropubs. Re-opened on Thursday 19th December 2019 and said, in advance, to be run much more like a bar or taproom than a micropub. The proprietor is a former manager of the Breakwater Brewery taproom. Usually 4 cask ales which are dispensed on gravity from a rear chilled room.

We have visited this pub 22 times, seen 70 different beers and tried 39 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT16 1JH

This pub was formally know as the The Mash Tun.