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


on tap

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RATINGS: 259   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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjsint (772) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MannyGoldberg (160) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rane (878) - 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 (3146) - 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 (7811) - 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 (1783) - 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

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