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


on tap

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RATINGS: 285   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (6061) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2006
Cask at The Jolly Anglers, Reading. a dull chestnut clour with an off-white head and a fruity aroma; a complex dry taste with hints of cinnamon and other spices, leaving a well-balanced bitter and slightly nutty aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2014 Cask at the Market Porter, Borough Market. Amber with a small white head. Malt aroma. Quite a thin fruit taste with some bitterness. Not outstanding. 5.7.08 Cask at the Star, Old Heathfield Sussex. Amber, small creamy head. Old fashioned malt aroma. Spicy taste with some sweetness and some rather stale cardboard. Slight bitterness. Not in the best nick. Rated: 5,4,4,3,9: 2.5. 19.8.08 Cask at The Cooden Beach Hotel, Bexhill, Sussex. Rather oily maltiness evident in the taste. Quite bitter. Warmish. 5,4,5,3,10:2.7 9.7.14 Cask at the Gun Inn, Chiddingly, Sussex. Haven’t had a beer for months. This was bloody marvellous. Rated 5,5,7,4,15:3.6

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2006
Sampled at the Medway Beer Festival 2006 on 18/11/06 - Sussex is by and large pretty much a nothing county that is famous for, well, not a lot really. However, this bitter is good. Paler in colour than one may expect for a bitter and fruitily refreshing in a hoppy kind of way. Thanks Sussex!l

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lordhumungus (14) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2006
Floral and complex with well balanced malt. Slightly lacking in body and perhaps a little tarte but easy drinking nonetheless. Each one as good as the first.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shakespiers (12) - Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2006
Sampled on 17/11/06 at Market Porter London SE1. Always a good standby at this tickers pub. The handpumps were full of rebadged bland beers. So if you like beer, go for this instead.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 11, 2006
[Cask at Troon beer festival] Aroma of caramel, floral, earthy. medium body, dry finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
NosirIwont (2364) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2006
Cask @ The Wharf, Aalborg, DK. Pours a dark golden amber with a white head. Sourish cereal aroma with hoppy notes. Not that good, Sweetis hhoppy flavour with slight notes of yeast. Has a somewhat ‘icky’ feel to it, Dryish hoppy finish with some apple notes. 14-10-06.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Finn (6291) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 9, 2006
Cask at The Royal Oak London SE1 15 Sep 06. Golden brown colour. Small white head. Rich fruity flavour. Peaches? Dry bitter finish. Well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2006
Aroma gives toffee rich fruits with citruis hops balancing it all out. Taste has a similar kind of balancing going on which gives a great very drinkable bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2006
Cask at Speldhurst pub, Pours amber with a white head. Aroma of bready, toffee malt and citrus and earthy hops, perhaps some light smoke too. The flavour is slightly thin, but has good earthy, citrus hops and a very solid bitterness, combining will with toffee malts. A good bitter.

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