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The Hoptimist Taproom & Bar (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea ShellsExcellent1
Tonbridge - New Zealand PaleExcellent1
Kent - Tropic AleExcellent1
Three Legs - HarlequinExcellent1
Tonbridge - CountrymanExcellent1
Black Country - Citra Sublime Excellent2
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dr Sunshine's Special Friendly English Wheat AleExcellent1
Kent - Session PaleExcellent2
Kent - ProhibitionExcellent1
Dorking - Platinum ESBExcellent1
Hop Fuzz - EnglishExcellent1
Kent - Winter Ale Good1
Broadtown - Spring BackGood1
Tonbridge - Das KölnerGood1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - AM:PMGood1
Titsey - Gresham Hopper (was 3.7%)Good1
Broadtown - BestGood1
Three Legs - New ZealandGood1
Time and Tide - Spratwaffler Pale AleGood1
Romney Marsh - Amber AleGood1
Titanic - Chocolate & Vanilla StoutGood1
Tiny Rebel - CwtchAcceptable1
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
Goacher's - Fine Light AleNot Tried0
Goacher's - Crown Imperial StoutNot Tried0
Tonbridge - RusticNot Tried0
Buxton - Right to RoamNot Tried0
Leatherbritches - Bohemian DarkNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Got The Face OnNot Tried0
Hop Fuzz - Black UdderNot Tried0
Titsey - EstateNot Tried0

Visits Details

06 Jun 2024 (Jack William)
Late afternoon visit. A good sprinkling of regulars. Warm welcome from guv Danny as always. Parkway “One for the road” also on, 3.9
Tonbridge - New Zealand Pale4.50ExcellentAbsolutely delicious. £4.20 a pint.
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00Not Tried
Titsey - Estate4.80Not Tried
03 May 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dr Sunshine's Special Friendly English Wheat Ale4.20ExcellentShows exactly how good gravity dispensed cask ale can be served. Soooo very bitter I forgot it was a wheat beer
Hop Fuzz - English4.00ExcellentThe last pint of some top notch Kent brewed bitters tonight, this one included
Pig & Porter - Got The Face On4.50Not Tried
Hop Fuzz - Black Udder4.50Not Tried
14 Mar 2024 (Jack William)
Opened at 1220 for our bus pass group of 6. Locals had got wind of it and some were also in before the normal 1 pm opening. Danny very welcoming and enthusiastic about his ales. A real gem.
Three Legs - Harlequin4.20ExcellentI really liked this fruity, unfiltered ale despite its opaque style.
Titanic - Chocolate & Vanilla Stout4.50GoodOnly a sip of this - too sweet and chocolatey for me - but it clearly does what is says in the name. Went down very well with some of our group.
Broadtown - Spring Back3.80GoodGolden ale - nothing special but good condition.
Broadtown - Best4.00GoodFull bodied traditional best bitter.
05 Mar 2024 (Magnus Greel)
Late afternoon and buzzing with activity yet friendly and welcoming, we purloined a recently vacated table and enjoyed our beer. I think this place has changed names a few times since I was last here!
Kent - Prohibition4.80ExcellentAll my APA expectations satisfied.
Time and Tide - Spratwaffler Pale Ale3.70GoodWheaty with a sweet tang.
Buxton - Right to Roam3.80Not Tried
Leatherbritches - Bohemian Dark5.90Not Tried
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

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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 26 times, seen 79 different beers and tried 47 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT16 1JH

This pub was formally know as the The Mash Tun.