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


on tap

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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2014
Cask at the Hare & Hounds, St Albans on 1 March 2014. Poured a clear copper colour with a dense, white head and good lacing. Sweet malty aroma with toffee and dried fruit notes. Initial flavours of butter biscuity malt, straw and some grassy hop. Finish was pretty balanced, caramel malty sweet backbone with some light hop resin and cereal. Good bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (4096) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2014
Handpumped @ White Horse (London). Clear golden/amber with a small white head and good lacing. Aroma is of freshly cut grass, mineral/earthy notes, light toffee and greenish presence (light skunk). Taste is also of freshly cut grass, mineral/earthy notes, breadied malt and light skunk, Light long lasting bitterness. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Drinkable, tasty and thirst quenching. Without the light off notes (skunk), it would be very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (4353) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2014
Cask at the Royal Oak. Golden amber with white head. Aroma has mild smoke, malt, dough, grain and leather. Taste is well balanced and rich with pleasant bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AdiBeer (2283) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2014
Aroma: light caramel malts. Appearance: light brown, small white head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: malts opening up, mild sweetness continues. Overall: nice Bitter, lovely palate. Pint at Pilot’s Inn, Dungeness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kufdam (159) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
Cask at The Waggon and Horses in Twyford. Classic English bitter. Definitely not my favourite style of beer but this is well done and always consistent. Reassuring like the cliffs of Dover.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (3839) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2015

Feb 2014 - Cask at The Market Porter. Dark amber orange/brown, still, bubbly white head leaves some lacing. Smell - dank musty toffee, slight citrus hops. Body is light, carbonation is medium. Taste is dirty, earthy with some toffee, ashtray, mustard? A bit of a fruity tang in the finish. OK. (3.0)

July 2015 - Cask at The White Horse, Parson’s Green. This time the taste is rubbery, toffee with a hint of yoghurt, light bitterness. Much better this time. (3.5)

July 2015 - Cask at The Culpeper, Whitechapel. The barman says this is the best beer he’s ever tried. It certainly attracts a lot of fans, and I find myself coming back to it to see whether I’ve missed something. The taste is sweet toffee-ish malts, light astringency with a fruity tartness. It’s definitely a unique and interesting bitter. An enjoyable, quaffable pint. After 2.5 pints I think I’ve made my mind up on this one. (3.5)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (1549) - CROATIA - JAN 21, 2014
Cask at Market Porter, Borough, London. Amber colored with small head, fruity and slightly hoppy. Good bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MissPxx (868) - - JAN 17, 2014
Very light and smokey aroma. Medium brown colour. Tastes like bacon with a very subtle aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
teorn88 (3922) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2013
Cask at the Market Porter. It pours a ruby colour with a small tanned head. Aroma is faint yeast and toffee sweetness. Taste is toffee, yeast, dust. Quite tasty but not in a way I appreciate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SilkTork (5431) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, 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]

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