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

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unknown

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 282   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   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.


Orgeogre's rating

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Orgeogre (10) - Lyon, - NOV 6, 2011
I grew up on this one (late 70’s yes I’m an old taster) as I lived not far from the brewery. The quality of this is (or at lest used to be) quite variable from one pub to another. When it at it’s best it is the epitomy of Southern English ale. Perfect balance between fruit and hop biterness. If I had to chose a last pint before dyeing it would be this.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ulrikolsen (175) - DENMARK - JUL 14, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2016 Cask@Charlies. Pours clear amber with offwhite lasting head. Aroma is malty with bread, biscuit and a grassy hoppiness. Taste is malty with bread, biscuit, notes of caramel and a grassy hoppiness. End is pleasantly malty and semi-dry hoppy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cimbasso (692) - - JUN 12, 2016
This is one of the great British beers! Sampled on draught - a clear copper colour with a foaming white head. Wonderful aroma of hops and that dry-hopped flavour giving this beer a superlative fruity and earthy flavour. Refreshingly bitter, which makes it very more-ish. Hints of citrus in the flavour and an excellent mouthfeel. Long hoopy finish. First class.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThirstyBird (2566) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2016
On gravity cask at The John Harvey Tavern in Lewes. Pours amber with white head. It is nicely balanced a bit fruity and some nice bitterness to counter. I had two pints and could have keep going for a few more. Great flavor for 4%.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Podiathingg (8) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2016 does not count
Beautiful very distinctive hoppy bitter, unmistakeable individual aroma and flavor from the Harvey’s yeast strain.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jbruner (3851) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2016
Pours a slightly hazy golden orange from the cask with fluffy off-white head that leaves light lace. Aroma is faint, biscuit grain and fruit yeast. Taste is more prominent but still lacking a bit, hops come out a little bit more and the mineral properties of the water help this. Not bad, but kind of just average, like most British beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
solidfunk (7219) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2016
Light citrus and some malt. Decent drinkability. Amber pour. Light tangy finish. Cask at churchkey.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (4112) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2016
From a cask at the 2016 Atlanta Cask Ale Festival. Orange Amber body that’s slightly hazy and topped with a bubbly white head. Mild but earthy aroma. Much better and much stronger flavor although it takes a moment for the flavor to build up. Mild+ bitterness. Good and lasting aftertaste.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cybercat (4984) - Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Taps clear ambr with a thin ivory head. Aroma is not strong, but fruity and malty notes are OK. Flavor adds some bitter hops to the mix. Body and fizz are average. Worth trying.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ktwse (3828) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2016
Pours clear amber with low white head. Aroma of bread, caramel, light citrus. Taste is mellow sweet with a light bitter finish. Light to medium creamy body with soft carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lukehh (11) - - DEC 30, 2015
This is my favourite cask bitter in the entire world. Standard dark-gold clear appearance with light frothy lacing. The aroma is pleasantly hoppy and cheesy. It’s instantly noticeable that this beer is much more heavily dry-hopped than most cask ales. The malt character is deep and pleasing and well-rounded. The hop character is quite bitter and refreshing - not bitingly bitter, just slakes the thirst. Well worth trying.


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