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


on tap

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RATINGS: 246   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (13478) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2006 Cask. Dark copper colour. Rocky white head. Nice refreshing, sourish aroma, fruity and grainy hoppiness. The bitterness has a certain sourness and fruitiness to it which is quite nice. Long, rough, fruity aftertaste. This beer is strangely appealing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2005
I wrote this down on a business card so can’t remember where I had it. Suffice to say it must be one of those forgettable beers. I do recall having it in a very smoky pub that obviously affects the rating. It looked fine as most of its ilk do, but the rest is ust another of those bitters that gives our British colleagues a lot of rates but not much to go on about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2005
Cask at Charlies, Copenhagen. Amber / reddish colour with a foamy off white head. Fruity aroma with a hoppy touch. Flavor starts malty and fruity, then the hops kicks inn and it finishes with a fresh bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2005
Cask at Charlie’s Bar, Copenhagen.
Copper colored with no head. Mild fruity and hoppy aroma. Sweet fruity and candied flavor with bitter hoppy notes. Medium bodied. Fresh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2004 Not much on the nose, just light malts, bit of citrus. Great dark amber body with lasting tan head. Nice lace too. Sweet malts with mild citrusy bitter finish. Smooth. Not bad. Re-rate: Slight woody notes in the aroma along with citrus. Copper in colour, good head. Caramel, citrus finish. Slight woody aftertaste. +2AR, +1FL

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Cask @ Market Porter Has some hoppy bitterness. Again an average english bitter. Not as crisp hoppy clean as I like

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2004
Deep amber beer with a slight malt and citrus nose. Thick flabby toffee malt flavour with a dry bitterness and strange "oak ageing" flavour. Fairly bitter and hoppy finish with a delicate fruitiness and lasting bitter finish. One of the better regional beers. (Cask @ White Hart, Crawley)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
groog (1) - ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2004 does not count
superb bitter from sussex england. lovely fresh hoppy aroma with the perfect balance of malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - OCT 16, 2004
Cask: Reddish appearance. Deep malty aroma. Malty biscuit palate, well balanced hops, light citiric grapefruit in the finish. Decent bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
thedm (4920) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 4, 2004
The DM & Hotstuff’s European Honeymoon trip beer number 7. This draft brew from the Market Porter in London poured a small head of mostly diminishing finely sized off white colored bubbles. The body was uncarbonated transparent and brown in color. It had a smooth flat malt flavor with no bite at all. The flavor was also flat and almost non-existent with only a mildly bitter maltiness. The aroma was also very mild and almost non-existent. There was very little to this beer.

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