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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rane (868) - Nibe, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2013
Cask. Golden brown with small palebrown head. Fruity, flowery and grass aroma. Taste some bitterness, some malt. Nice bitter

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
madsneergaard (75) - Aalborg, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2013
Cask. Mahogany, orange with off-white head. Aroma is dough, yeast, bread, toasted malt, toffee. Not a lot going on. Taste is the same as the nose, though with an extra touch of bitter, more malt and citrus hops in the background. Palate is as you would expect from a cask ale. Rather disappointing for what I had heard and therefore expected. Very doughy. The citrus touch grows on you though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stoggler (1) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2013 does not count
A beer that seems to vary in quality in different pubs, but when it’s served well, it is a lovely bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mR_fr0g (2387) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2013
Cask at the royal oak in borough. Copper colour with a dense cream head that fades to a persistent whisp. Aroma is caramel and toffee malt. Some flowery hop in the nose as well. Flavour is nutty cara malt solid English yeast esters. Firm grassy bitterness. Little bit of sweet and sour going on with the sweet cara malt and sour yeast? Flavour. I was told that this beer has Brett character but I can’t detect it too overtly.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kriegbaum (845) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2013
Cask amber colored. Beige head. Flowery aroma. Malts. Hops, flowers and mild sweetness in the flavor. Has a nice pleasant bitterness in the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This earthy, farmy Bitter stands on its three-dimensional cereals before sharing a long-lasting leafy hop bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A milky froth of foam tops the clear dark amber.
-The mouthfeel is silky, svelte and supremely drinkable.
-The wild yeast character is as earthy as the hops, with a little horse saddle-like zing.
-A suggestion of fruity tartness, almost cidery, increases drinkability.
-Earthy flavours get bolder and bolder as you down the first pint.
-This is a salt-of-the-earth Bitter. Just lovely.

On cask at The Royal Oak (Borough), The Market Porter (Borough), The King and Queen (Brighton) and by gravity cask at Middle Farm (East Sussex).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Niall73 (1328) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2013
Cask @ a pub. Pours dark amber with small white head. Main aroma malts. Tastes biscuity, bready. It's fine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (2724) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 4, 2013
Cask at lord Nelson
Pale copper blonde with slight frothy white head. Eggy (burtonised?) Nose. Fairly dry and malt forward with a bitterness that builds but more sulphur and some shortbread too. Just don’t see the attraction of this. Perfect condition though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rasmus40 (10577) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
Cask @ The Harp, London. Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and light hoppy. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter. Sweet finish. 250413

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Itzjerm (1124) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2013
Nice mild ale no head at all however. Enjoyable with slight bitterness good mouthfeel. Great ill brew. Just not attractive. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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