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Harveys Sussex Best Bitter

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 255   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (8111) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2014
Cask @ Savannah Cafe Bar, Haywards Heath. Clear orange to lightly amber color, small off-white head. Smell and taste malts, lightly caramalts, decently bitter. Average body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Erzengel (2536) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2014
Cask @ GBBF 2014. Smooth malty beginning. Easy to drink, but still deeper. Nice malt character with smooth ale aroma. The aftertaste is smooth, not too bitter, nice malty ale-aroma. Nice beer!

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Inbreak (2014) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2014
04.08.2014, cask @ The Wharf, Aalborg:
No head, just some bubbles. Aroma is strange, sulfur, weeds, wet grain, grass, sour socks, popcorn, minerals, hay. Taste is slightly grassy, weeds, hay, wet grass, paper, light malts, minerals. Medium to longlasting bitterness, dry harsh and watery mouthfeel. Meh!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (3817) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
Cask - Light toffee and nutty notes, with some toast. Clear copper with no head. Light malts and caramel. Boring, but very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (2782) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2014
Clear amber colour, white head. Earthy aroma, light hops, light butter. Quite sweet malty flavour, light bitter. Finish caramel, malts. Rather nice.
(from draught -cask- @ The Harp, London)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
symmetry (7) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2014 does not count
Cask at the cambridge beer festival. Combination of sweet crystal and bitter english hops on the nose. Apetizing golden brown colour, light head clining to the edges of the glass. Nice bitter hops- sweet crystal malt taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MichaelAwesome (3890) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 5, 2014
On tap at the Arlington Arms, Eastbourne. Classic one with a start filled with fresh hops and some nuts. Easily drinkable with mild carbo, some caramel and bit of roasted chicken. Very balanced piwo with a decent bitter end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
McTapps (3890) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 5, 2014
Draught at Arlington Arms in Eastbourne. Pours out in a deep brown colour with low head and medium-flat body. Aroma of mild hops and barley. Taste of barley, wheat, hops, nuts and leaves. Very bitter finish. Nice but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuideDogSaint (233) - Epsom, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2014
Cask at the Snowdrop, Lewes. Pours mid brown with a thin white head. Aroma of malt and caramel. Bitter dry edge. Typical Harvey’s taste. Great pint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (1502) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2014
Cask @ White Horse, Parsons Green. Pours amber with malty aroma. Decent session bitter with caramel, malt, brown bread and classic English hops.

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