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

bottling
unknown

on tap
common

Regional Distribution

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RATINGS: 278   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Finn (5580) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DonMagi (5595) - 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.

3
   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.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (10011) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2006
Half pint. Amber body with a white layer. Spicy aroma with notes of hops. Fruity flavour with roundness of malt. Medium mouthfeel. Quite well balanced bitterness (Cask at The Royal Oak, Borough 15.09.2006).

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2006
Cask at Market Porter. Clear copper, medium white head with great lacing. Strong tobacco leaves and birch aroma. Nice bready malt (brown bread), toffee and creamy caramel. This beer is anything but crisp. Very round, rich and creamy. Soft carbonation (even for a cask). I liked it. I wanted to ask the cute waitress at what time we could make out, being french speaking I asked “suce, sex, bite, heure?” and that’s what I got.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7510) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2006
(Cask at Royal Oak, Borough, London, 1 Aug) Colour is dark amber with tawny hints, small head. Nose is fruity with dried fruit and earthy, dusty hops and that lovely yeasty Harveys character. Taste is malty/fruity with dried fruit, raisins, earth/dusty hops, nuts (chestnut?). Hoppy but rather short finish, fairly dry. And that lovely Harveys character making this one of my favourite standard bitters. Lovely!

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
scania (188) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2006
Cask at The Harp London. Dark amber. Rather thin on palate. Good balance between bitter and aroma hops. Long dry finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
omhper (22327) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2006
[Cask at White Horse, London] Nut brown. Resiny nose. Sweetish up front. Medium bodied with some caramelly malt and strawberries. Resiny finish with lingering bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2006
A Mes rate: Tap at the White Horse. Crisp floral hoppy nose. Lovely golden amber colour. Hops, malt biscuit and a little brown sugar in the flavour. Malted biscuit finish. A reasonably balanced and tasty drop.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (14909) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 29, 2006
Cask@Market Porter, London. Amber color, decent off-white head. Nutty, malty nose. Medium-bodied, flowery hoppy with nutty notes. Some toasted malts too.


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