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Harveys Sussex Best Bitter

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

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RATINGS: 244   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Regular.
Ingredients: Spring water from Harvey’s artesian well; Maris Otter malted barley; Fuggles, Goldings, Progress and Bramling Cross hops; Harvey’s yeast - repitched for over 50 years.
First brewed in 1955.
A superbly balanced session bitter with a prominent hop character. Our most famous and popular brand - it makes up over 90% of our total brewing capacity. Winner of the Champion Best Bitter of Britain title at CAMRA’s Great British Beers Festival in 2005 and 2006. Winner of the First Prize Gold Medal at the International Brewers’ Exhibition in 1980. Brewed to an original gravity of 1036° -1040°. Fermented between five and nine days. Longer fermentations will have Bret character from the resident Bret in the brewery.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niller (454) - Hammel, DENMARK - APR 21, 2014
Cask@Charlie’s Bar, CPH. Amber color with a white head. Caramel malts, dried fruits, bread. Medium carbonation. Good light bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (5557) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2014
Cask at the George, Croydon. It pouts hazy deep amber with a small white head. The nose is wood, earth, toast, caramel, brown bread, and dirt. The taste is toasty, earth, leather, orange peel, caramel, pine, varnish, brown bread and dried fruits with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Good depth for the style.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beese (1139) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2014
Cask at the Hare & Hounds, St Albans on 1 March 2014. Poured a clear copper colour with a dense, white head and good lacing. Sweet malty aroma with toffee and dried fruit notes. Initial flavours of butter biscuity malt, straw and some grassy hop. Finish was pretty balanced, caramel malty sweet backbone with some light hop resin and cereal. Good bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (2249) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2014
Handpumped @ White Horse (London). Clear golden/amber with a small white head and good lacing. Aroma is of freshly cut grass, mineral/earthy notes, light toffee and greenish presence (light skunk). Taste is also of freshly cut grass, mineral/earthy notes, breadied malt and light skunk, Light long lasting bitterness. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Drinkable, tasty and thirst quenching. Without the light off notes (skunk), it would be very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (2793) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2014
Cask at the Royal Oak. Golden amber with white head. Aroma has mild smoke, malt, dough, grain and leather. Taste is well balanced and rich with pleasant bitterness.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AdiBeer (614) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2014
Aroma: light caramel malts. Appearance: light brown, small white head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: malts opening up, mild sweetness continues. Overall: nice Bitter, lovely palate. Pint at Pilot’s Inn, Dungeness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kufdam (159) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
Cask at The Waggon and Horses in Twyford. Classic English bitter. Definitely not my favourite style of beer but this is well done and always consistent. Reassuring like the cliffs of Dover.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Osprey87 (1182) - London via, WALES - FEB 14, 2014
Cask at the Market Porter. Dark amber orange/brown, still, bubbly white head leaves some lacing. Smell - dank musty toffee, slight citrus hops. Body is light, carbonation is medium. Taste is dirty, earthy with some toffee, ashtray, mustard? A bit of a fruity tang in the finish. OK, not sessionable. The more I drank it the less I liked it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (380) - CROATIA - JAN 21, 2014
Cask at Market Porter, Borough, London. Amber colored with small head, fruity and slightly hoppy. Good bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MissPxx (182) - - JAN 17, 2014
Very light and smokey aroma. Medium brown colour. Tastes like bacon with a very subtle aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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