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Garrison Harvey’s Bitter

Garrison Harvey’s Bitter
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Brewed by Garrison Brewing Company
Style: Bitter
Halifax, Canada
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 2.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.79   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
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"Harvey’s Bitter" is a premium small-batch brew in the "standard/ordinary bitter" style and winner of the 1st annual "Garrison Ultimate Brew-Off"! Homebrewers Brian Harvey, Justin Lockhart and Steve Trickett worked with brewmaster Daniel Girard to procue & package the winning recipe. Mild in maltiness & hop aroma, this highly "sessionable" brew delivers on taste and character.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (8530) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2011
Amber pour with a tight white head. The nose is still quite nice. Softly herbal and orangey. There’s a little bit of soft spice. The malts show a touch of oxidation as well as some light fruitiness on the back. It’s decent but not great - I should have drunk this fresher.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beth101 (531) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2010
golden in colour with a large airy off white head. Aroma of citrus hops. tastes hoppy with some citrus has a metallic aftertaste. Very lively.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2010
[3133K-20100717] 341mL bottle. Grainy orange tank and nice yeasty bread dough background aroma. Clear, amber orange body with a quick foamy white head. Great bread dough and English profile hops with grainy crust throughout the flavour. Medium body. Not particularly bitter but muted and good.
(w/ jerc)

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (2943) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2010
Bottle, thank you East Coast beer hunters Colin and Kendra! Pours a nice golden yellow with a thick small foamy head. Mild grainy aroma with some light fruity hops. Taste - light on the tongue, a few more hops than I was expecting, very dry, nice toast-like linger. There is a hint of age / "off-ness" on the aroma and taste which scared me a bit, but that quickly goes away, mostly due to the pleasant light hopping. A nice session brew that exceeded my lower expectations.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (8006) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2010
2010-07-17. Crisp golden amber body, nice foamy off-white head fades away. Aroma is quite grainy, with some toasty and biscuity malt accents. 5+ Flavour is similarly grainy, some straw accents, sweet grainy malt. Very light hints at oxidation, and very mild bitterness. Average palate. Starting to show some age maybe but not much going on here. Bottle courtesy of OKBeer

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Spab (2510) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2010
341 ml bottle from Premier Wine & Spirits (Halifax). Pours a clear orange gold medium-sized white head. Aroma of caramel and grass. Flavour is caramel, grains and grass. Moderate bitterness in a fairly dry finish. Nothing special, but not bad - stands up pretty well for a 3.8% beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boutip (4818) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2010
Bottle: Poured a clear light copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt with unrefined grain. Taste is dryer then expected with some caramel malt and a somewhat unpleasant unrefined grain malt. Body is about average with good carbonation. Easily drinkable though somewhat too dry for my taste.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gethinbeer (2189) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 5, 2010
Very light amber colour. Maybe a bit to light for a classic bitter, almost a pale ale. Nice frothy white head with a high carbonation, again could be a little to gassy for a bitter. Slight tinny aroma with caramel malts. Nice crisp refreshing brew whatever it is. Light in body, light overall really but has a good easy drink-ability to it. Very good session beer. Hop bitterness, hints of caramel. Not great tasting in any way but very drinkable.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Atheist_Peace (972) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 1, 2010
341ml Bottle. Pours a nice golden copper colour with medium off-white head but almost no retention at all. Fades to a floss-strand of lace in no time. On the nose it’s all corn meal with a faint hint of charcoal. There’s not discernable hops at all. It’s thin in the mouth with very little character, but what there is strikes as cheap malt. There is a brief hint of hop bitterness in the finish that disappears as quick as it shows itself. All and all a lackluster brew. The only thing agreeable about this is that it’s certainly got drinkability on its side. A sad showing for the winner of any contest, unless said contest was for "sessionability".


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