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

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RATINGS: 262   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. Longer fermentations will have Bret character from the resident Bret in the brewery.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SilkTork (5249) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2013
June, 2003:The Anchor, Sevenoaks. A firm fruity best beer but with a full taste of oak. Yeast, sulphur and fruit on the nose. Glowing golden amber colour. After big fruit rush the finish initially goes empty, then a mild dry bitterness starts to come through along the roof of the mouth, fruit joins in briefly before the mild, dry bitterness is left alone again to end on a salty note. Pulls well above its strength, and reminded me of Abbot Ale. [3.5]
Dec, 2004: Royal Oak, London. Sweet. Oak notes. Smooth and delicious. [3.4]
Aug, 2006 Little Gem, Aylesford. Fucking glorious! This is what beer is all about - fantastically drinkable and thirst-quenching, yet packed with flavour. So tasty you want more and more and more, and to keep on drinking for ever, yet interesting and varied enough to invite investigation and contemplation. Sweet malt and a stunning burst of hops. Fragrant, flowery, infused and floating, earthy and gently spicy, warm hop oil burning on the tip of the tongue. O yes. O yes, yes, yes. [4.7]
March, 2007Kings Head, Battle Awesome. Fresh and unbelievably flavoursome. I could drink this all day. I WANT to drink this all day. In here, in this pub. Die happy. [5]
Feb 2009 Who’d Ha Thought It, Rochester. Each time I have this beer I love it. I love it. I love it. It’s a perfect drinking beer. [5]
June 2009 Cask at Lewes Arms, Lewes, and seven other locations, including the brewery, on the RateBeer Harveys Brewery Tour Fucking glorious! Best goddamn beer in the world. [5]
March, 2011 Plough, Eynsford. Oh! There is so much character and flavour in this beer. The hop blend, the yeast, the open fermentation, the wild bret, all contribute to making one of the world’s most consistently fascinating, satisfying and enjoyable beers. This is my desert island beer. Caramel, toffee, wood, wet leather, spice, hops, lovely. [5]
Oct, 2011 Victoria, Eastbourne My reward for completing the Beachy Head Marathon is a pint of the best beer in the world, served in one of the best pubs in the world. Absolutely spanking gorgeous. Sweet, characterful malt - best quality brewing malt in the world. And that scintillating blend of English hops. No Bret in this batch, which means the malt and the hops play main stage, and what a show they put on. Unbelievably great beer. [5]
Sept, 2013 Royal Oak, London. Unfrickingbelievable how beautiful this beer is. [5.0]

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (9550) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2013
Cask at the Barley Mow, Englefield Green, 06/11/13. Clear copper amber with a thin off white covering that leaves the building. Nose is dark fruit, toffee, wild yeast notes, biscuit crumble. Taste comprises tangy fruit, yeast, light brett, straw, earhty. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry bitterness in the finale. Decent and pretty unique bitter.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
elbernays (587) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 6, 2013
Toffee caramel. Mild bitterness. Light body. Low carbonation. Dark fruit. Oak Woodchip. Oily mouthfeel.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DeanF (1716) - Nunavut, CANADA - SEP 15, 2013
Served in a tall pint glass, has barely any head and a middling brown body. Flavour is all malt, rather drinkable and simple, with a wet finish. I couldn’t pick this one out of a crowd if you paid me.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjsint (865) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2013
Cask @ Old Sun, Harlington. A shade lighter than chestnut brown. Slightly sour aroma, raw wood, a tad astringent. Very bitter/sour taste. Complex at first but uncompromising bitterness takes over.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MannyGoldberg (164) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2013
Cask at The Royal Oak in Borough, London- 30th August 2013. Looks like a pint of bitter. Nose is caramel with some sourness (the Brett down in their Lewes brewery?). Taste is grassy with some hoppy tones and zing. Medium mouthfeel. Great stuff and nice to have a decent pint of it after so many badly kept efforts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rane (913) - Nibe, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2013
Cask. Golden brown with small palebrown head. Fruity, flowery and grass aroma. Taste some bitterness, some malt. Nice bitter

2.7
   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.

4.1
   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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mR_fr0g (3618) - 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.


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