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Harveys Armada Ale (Cask)

Brewed by Harveys
Style: Bitter
Lewes, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Cask; Regular. Also available in pasteurised bottle.
A dry, heavily hopped strong pale ale with an extremely light colour. Originally commissioned by the National Maritime Museum for the quarter centenary celebrations of the defeat of the Spanish Armada by Sir Francis Drake. We were requested to continue production by numerous devotees.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Erzengel (4454) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - AUG 14, 2014
Cask @ GBBF 2014. Smooth fresh beginning. The mainpart has caramel, smooth malt, nice fresh hops but sadly not such a nice ale character. The aftertaste is smooth, fresh. Malt, slightly bitter, caramel with hints of earthy bitterness. Fresh, hoppy bitter and caramelly malty aftertaste that stays relatively long on the tongue!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
GuideDogSaint (603) - Xiamen, CHINA - AUG 1, 2014
Cask at the John Harvey Tavern, Lewes 31/7/14. Pours dark golden, thin white head. Sweetish finish. Like the Best but with more body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6372) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 6, 2014
Small offwhite creamy head. Slightly hazy paleish amber body. Faint floral barnyard aroma with resiny notes. Sweet-acidic funky earthy taste with apple notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, flat mouthfeel. Dryish caramelized sugar and apples aftertaste with floral mineraly notes. Totally unusual, but nice. Highly drinkable. (0.237l cask at Charlie’s Bar, Copenhagen.)

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Inbreak (2490) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2014
04.08.2014, cask @ The Wharf, Aalborg:
Small bubbly mediumlasting head. Aroma is strange, sour socks, grass, wet grain, sulfur, weeds. Taste is harsh, weeds, grass, flowers, wet grain, bark, hay, light malts, paper. Medium bitterness, dry harsh and watery mouthfeel. Drainpour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EdKing (2025) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2013
Cask in Royal Oak. Clear copper colour, light bubbly small head. Nose is Burton Snatch, sulphur, eggy, musty, then that classic Harveys spicy malt and hop character, with some bready malt notes. Taste is all up front, being spicy, slight menthol, and flavours of that eggy, sulphur Burton snatch. Body is quite watery and there’s a bit of breadiness and English hop character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lowenbrau (2387) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 28, 2014
Cask @Great British Beer Festival 2014, London Olympia. 16-08-2014.
Pours bright pale gold. Herbal, malty, citrusy nose. Moderate bitterness, dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
BlackHaddock (4370) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2014
Hand-pulled pint in the brewery owned Royal Oak, Borough, London. The Sussex Best Bitter was very poor on my visit on 11th Sep 2014 so I got my little party this next: it was in worse condition if anything. Really disappointed with the cask quality and i should have taken every beer I bought back to the bar, but others around us seemed to be drinking their pints. This rate will be altered (hopefully) on my next trip to London although I doubt my wife, son and his father-in-law will ever venture into a Harvey’s pub ever again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyrmir (3673) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2014
Cask at Royal Oak. Golden with small white head. Aroma is malty with earth notes. Taste is similar. Well balanced with a nice long bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdiBeer (1674) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2014
Aroma: fruity hops and some light malts. Appearance: amber to orange, small white head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: flat carbonation, medium long bitter finish. Overall: decent bitter, but not at the top of its league. Pint at the GBBF13, London.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (12336) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2013
Cask @ the Wharf, Aalborg. Clear golden with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty and moderate hoppy - fruity. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. Very drinkable. 231213

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