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Hops Grill and Brewery - Newington, CT
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Hops Grill and Brewery
Overall: Great    Score: 72.5 / 100
3260 Berlin Turnpike
Newington, CT 06111
United States
(860) 594-8808
Listed Since: September 1999
Last Updated: May 2010
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Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review Pittsburgh, PA

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So So So So Good Good Good
I went in yesterday and found that it has gone down hill. For some reason their Red tasted like an ashtray. Ive been in here a few times and all the beers are always the same, there has not been a rotation in quite some time. Even what they brew, they dont do it well.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review Somewhere, CT

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Awesome! Good Good Great Good
Wow! Let me just say the oatmeal stout is out of this world. Nice and full.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Dave T. Dave T., newington, CT

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Awesome! Great Awesome! Great Awesome!
This place doesnt deserve bad reviews even though it is a chain establishment. The beer is really good, especially the Skeeter Pale Ale, and the food is very good quality. Seems like people are afraid to admit when a corporate chain can actually produce a good micro beer. I even talked to the brewer for a while and he was nice enough to write down the recipe for skeeter in a homebrew partial mash version.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from J Babek J Babek, Ivoryton, CT

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Good Great Good Great Good
I havent been to this place in over a year and was quite pleased. I dont know what the last reviewer was smoking, but the beers were all flavorful and had no off flaovrs, this comming from an avid home brewer. After talking to the bar tender, I learned that the brewer now has more freedom then he did before. I cant wait for that they have on next. The ESB was great!

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review Kyle, Hartford, CT

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So So Lousy Good Good So So
I was excited for about 2 minutes when I heard that a brewpub would be opening up down the street from me. Then as I found out more and more about "HOPS," my elation quickly waned. Still I gave it a chance, several in fact. For those of you that have never been to one of these places, think, average chain restaurant with beer making capabilities. There is no need to seek one of these out for a good drinking experience. If you want to go out with the family, or you happen to drive by one, sure, stop in. It's like a "TGIF" or "Ruby Tuesday" sort of experience, nothing wrong with that, just not a place to seek out good beer. From what I understand, and I could be wrong, the brewers in each one of these can only brew what the company tells him/her to brew. I don't think there can be any experimentation or personal interpretations. I'm sure this works on a franchise level to brand the products with the chain, but for the beer snob (I say that proudly), it's a disaster.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Beertraveler Beertraveler, Meriden, CT

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So So So So Good Good N/A
This is an okay restaurant. Similar to a TGI Fridays or Chilis. This is not a brewpub. The food is decent with a decent menu. The beer is mainstream... A step above St.Louis finest. It's not fair to beat up Hops for their food or service but if you're a real beer drinker; try City Steam or Troutbrook in Hartford, Willimantic Brewing in Willimantic or Union in Glastonbury

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Joseph Baran Joseph Baran, Windham, CT

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Great Good Awesome! Awesome! Great
We have been here twice but just havn't got around to writing a review.The beer was great.The food was great and reasonably priced.the service was good with a friendly wait staff.We are looking forward to the opening of the Hops in Warwick RI.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from FRANK & GWEN ZDANCEWICZ FRANK & GWEN ZDANCEWICZ, PRESTON, CT

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Awesome! Good Awesome! Great Awesome!
It's obvious that the review by Angela Bassett was viscious to say the least!I have been to this establishment many times and have nothing but the word "awesome" to describe it. Hops- keep up the good work. Don't change a thing!

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review South Windsor, CT

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So So Lousy N/A Lousy Lousy
To make a long story short, this place is one of a monster brew pub chain out of Florida if I am not mistaken. The building went up pratically overnite as most chain places do. I generally dont like chain brew pubs but I had a coupon for a free pint. The woman bartending was very rude when I asked what they had on tap, thru a menu at me and pointed saying nothing, nice. The beer selection is the smallest of any place I have ever been at with only three on tap. What the beer actually was as a style goes was very unclear. A light for the bud drinkers a red and a very weak sort of half-porter. Trying the half porter was a great dissapointment, very, very cold out of the tap, thin bodied and very flavorless, the roasted grains added almost as an afterthought, for added color only. This is the only pub I have ever almost walked out of after three sips, without finishing my free beer. An employee told me with a smile, that they were not actually part of a chain per-se addmitting nothing else on the matter. She also told me to my dissapointment that they were opening two more locations in CT. Its pretty obvious that the oweners of this place are in buisiness strictly for profit and have no real passion for the products they produce. Its sad when places like this pop up. Dont waste your time.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Angela Bassett Angela Bassett, Broad Brook, CT

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