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


on tap

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RATINGS: 265   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Cask, White Horse, London. Clear dark amber with a little head. Musty caramel and yeast aroma. Caramel and apple ester flavor. Bitter finish. A little watery but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2006
On cask. Reddish brown colour with a nice creamy head. Light hoppy nose. Nice smooth flavour with notes of malt and caramel very smooth and nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pfr (121) - København, DENMARK - APR 28, 2006
Tap Color - Dark/Brown Head - Withe Aroma - Friut, malt Flavor - Hops, malt

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (8163) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2006
Cask at ’The Harp’ Covent Garden, London 16-03-06. An excellent red/brown session bitter, with great hoppy and nice balanced bitterness. Would happily neck this all day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2006
A very tastey bitter. Smooth, yet had a nice hop kick to it. Didn’t stand up well to warm temps, but’s thats my fault for taking so damn look. Good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
peter48er (180) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2006
Cask conditioned @ ’The Freshie’ Formby. What a lovely session beer. Mid brown with some malt but hops and bitter dominate.Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DJMonarch (9162) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 1. Cask Stillage at the Metropolitan Centre, Bury 24/11/2001 Mid brown colour with some yeast flavour. Bitter with a malty hop finish. 2. Cask Handpump at the Old Kings Head, London 15/10/2008 Some fruit aroma. Amber golden coloured smooth on the palate and fruity with some dryness and bitterness in a crisp malt finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2006
CASK at Charlies. Orange colour with a small white head. Moldy, Light fruity, pinetree hoppy aroma and a dry light fruity, hoppy taste. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
joergen (22872) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2006
Cask. Clear orange coloured with a small off white head. Aroma of fruits, malts and hops with notes of sulphur. Flavour of fruits, sulphur and hops. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (16144) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
UPDATED: APR 5, 2009 2008-11-07, Cask Conditioned at Coal Hole, London, 7-5-7-4-15=38
Amber color; small compact head; beautiful lace. Light apples aroma, malt, grassy; later, freshly cut grass and Alpine flowers (they have a milder smell). The body is medium to thin, this Ale doesn’t surprise in the front, but later a good caramel flavor, with some sweetness and a fruity note comes out, and the body as well gets rounder. Very good.

2008-09-22, cask conditioned at Cockney Pub, Århus, 8-5-7-3-16=39
Bright amber color; thick head, sticky lace. It has a beautiful aroma, with malt, hops, sweet, earthy, grassy, light fruitness and light manure. Good body, strong caramel flavor, quite strong bitterness, good English hops. Dry and quite powerful final. Wow, I didn’t remember it so good!

2005-10-30, Cask at the Market Porter, London, 6-4-7-4-14=35
Beautiful hazy amber color; thin creamy head. Light grassy aroma. Good malty taste, correctly bitter, but the malts are too much mellow, not enough biting. Good.

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