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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6177) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 12, 2005
Thin, coarse, white head; clear red-brown body. No discernible aroma. Mild, malty taste, very clean; bitter, but not too much so. Aftertaste rather dry, with citrusy/piney notes of hop (EKG?). Some sweetness. Light, drinkable, and not too boring. (On tap at White Horse.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2006 I had this on tap in my wife’s hometown in the UK (definately not available in the Poconos!), and it is a nice bitter. It has a bit of an apple-like caramel undercurrent going on which is perfect for autumn. It has that malty overtone that I associate with Harvey’s. It does seem a bit mellow as far as the pallatte is concerned and that is the only strike I see against it. Rerate 11-1-06: The palate seems dryer now and this cask conditioned version has some nice citurs noted hidden under an initial bitter hoppy spike.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sobchak (131) - Skagen, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2005
(Cask, The Wharf, Aalborg) - Dark copper colour. Floral, fruity and slightly malty nose. Smooth mouthfeel, with a remarkably wellbalanced palate.- Dry maltyness, appetizing fresh hoppy flavours and easy drinkable. I have died and gone to Lewes........

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 18, 2005
Pint pulled at The Cock Inn in Surrey, orange with a medium head. A very strong fruity aroma. Flavour fruity again, plums maybe. Nice mix of hop bitterness in the mouth. (Also tasted on the same day at The Holly Bush in Hampstead Heath, disappointingly not kept as well)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Deep copper brown with a nice, thick, tan head. Aroma is lighlty grainy with some dry caramel and mild earthy hoppiness. Body has some light malty sweetness and a thinner bittersweet finish. Smooth and drinkable, a decent bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11442) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2005
(Cask at Market Porter, London) Off-white head atop a crystal clear amber body. Aroma is mild, medium sweet, floral, lemon. Taste is medium sweet, floral, caramel, some lemon, light grassy, apple. Light body, quite drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
dirtyc (173) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Had this one In Lewes, the town where it is brewed, not a bad bitter at all, I enjoyed a half pint of this, thought I would try it out, dark appearance, smooth head

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
harrisoni (13564) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2005
UPDATED: APR 28, 2013 Cask at The Pilot, Maidstone, Kent. This is such a distinctive beer. A flowery hop and yeast nose leads to quite a sour hoppy flavour and a good bitter hop aftertaste. At times I would go miles to have a pint of this, other times the sourness sometimes puts me off. Very good though 3.5/5 Re-rate, The Bowl Inn, Hastingleigh 14/04/07 Almost the perfect bitter, lovely aroma, character and malt in the mouth and good biting hop finish. Great condition, great flavour. The Harp, Chandos Place 2011, it’s like the beer on turbo, fantastic delineation of flavour.s The Royal Oak 2013, THE perfect Best Bitter in my opinion.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2005
On tap at the King and Queen in Brighton, England. The best of the bitters I had that night. Dark gold and reddish color. Not much nose, but fruity with a hoppy back. Smooth but lasting flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (13573) - 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.

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