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Harveys Armada Ale (Cask)

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


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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (6536) - 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 (8073) - 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 (2708) - 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 (3926) - 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 (2762) - 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 (5194) - 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 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Inbreak (3351) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Erzengel (6242) - 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 (869) - 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 (6930) - 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.)

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