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Harveys Armada Ale (Cask)

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


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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask: Regular (subject to availability). Also available in 275ml and 500ml bottles.

A premium bitter ale with vibrant hop tones. A brewer’s choice. In 1988, the Maritime Museum in Greenwich commissioned Harveys to brew a 400th anniversary beer in celebration of the defeat of the Spanish Armada; many of the ships were sunk off the Sussex coast.

Contains: Barley

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Towey1989 (1820) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2016
Cask at The GBBF, London. A clear pale amber colour with a frothy off white head. Aroma of orange, fruit, some red berries, subtle toasted malts, a little caramel and slight spicy, earthy hops. Taste of orange, fruit, subtle grapefruit, slight red berries, a hint of yeast esters, a little toasted malts and some spicy, earthy hops. Light bodied and soft carbonation. A bittersweet, fruity and spicy hop bitterness in the finish. For a bitter this is very fruity with quite a lot of citrus and only subtle malt. Is standard yeah but well made. Enjoyed this more than i thought.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThirstyBird (2602) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2016
On cask @ Mitre Tavern, Brighton. Pours an orange color with a light tan head. The smell is toasted malt, fruit, grain. The taste is wet grain, toasted malt, light caramel and fruit while ending dry. Light in body with light carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TBone (16159) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 4, 2016
Cask at The Lord Nelson, Brighton. Dark amber color, small white head. Sweetish berries, malts in the aroma. Light-bodied. Caramel, toasted sugar and light earthy hops in the flavor. Watery finish. Odd combination.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (4754) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - MAY 22, 2016
Cask, 1/2 pint, hand-pulled, Bon Accord, Glasgow (9 May 2016), floral, resiny aroma, amber with a thin off-white head and very good fine lacing, resin, toffee, grain flavour, oily, soft carbonation, sweet malty aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (9252) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2015
Cask at gbbf 2015 day 4. Light hazed amber orange coloured pour with a halo of off white head. Aroma is red berry, slight tart, earthy, twig. Flavour is composed of nutty grains, light berry, English yeast ester, red berry.light mineral. Palate is light, slightly watery, low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (8689) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2015
Cask at the GBBF 2015. Medium high fluffy white lasting head. Clear and good looking brown body. Mild and sweet barley malt straw bisquit aroma. Mildly hopped dusty straw bisquit flavor. Low carbonation. Short finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brnandersen (3272) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2015
Cask at Charlie’s Bar, Copenhagen. Clear, amber colour with a creamy, lasting off-white head. Fruity aroma with grass, caramel, nuts, lightly toasted malts, some brown sugars. Taste is light sweet. Medium body with a creamy texture and a soft carbonation. Finishes slightly dry and fruity. Fine Bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holmen1 (4813) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUL 11, 2015
På Charlie’s bar i København, servert i perfekt temperatur fra cask: fruktig og rund med behagelig avstemt bitterhet. Slank og lett, passet utmerket i sommervaren på CPH Jazzfestival. Klar kobberfarge mwd fint skum helt til bunns i min half pint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lowenbrau (3208) - 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 (6344) - 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.

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