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.

Orgeogre's rating

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mecafilo (84) - Perugia, ITALY - SEP 15, 2014
On tap @ Harp, London, UK. Pours with a red colour, small frothy head. Aroma is medium to heavy malty, with notes of bread and caramel. Taste is medium sweet, slighly bitter. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
BlackHaddock (3779) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2014
Hand-pulled pint at the brewery owned ’Royal Oak’ Borough, London on 11th Sep 2014. Really disappointed to be honest, I have had this beer at two other London pubs (White Horse, Parsons Green and The Harp, Chandos Place) and thought it a great pint: today however it was not right in any way. Almost flat and stale, should have taken it back to the bar I suppose. Wish I could have rated the previous pints, but history is history and the beer I am rating was poor. Hope to rectify this score next time I visit the South.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (1746) - BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2014
Cask in a traditional English pub near Waterloo Station in London. Creamy, stable head, thin and dense as can be expected from the style, warm and pretty, hazy copper colour. Malty character, caramel, walnuts, some restrained fruitiness (peach, figs), creamy mouthfeel, soft carbo, long peppery hop bitter finish. Totally mainstream but very enjoyable especially in its ’natural environment’.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (4690) - Utah, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Cask at The Harp, RBESG
Clear dark golden with a small white head, some lacing. Aroma of toasted malts, caramel and bitters. Flavors of caramel, bitters and sweet malts

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (8234) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2014
Cask @ Savannah Cafe Bar, Haywards Heath. Clear orange to lightly amber color, small off-white head. Smell and taste malts, lightly caramalts, decently bitter. Average body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Erzengel (2609) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2014
Cask @ GBBF 2014. Smooth malty beginning. Easy to drink, but still deeper. Nice malt character with smooth ale aroma. The aftertaste is smooth, not too bitter, nice malty ale-aroma. Nice beer!

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Inbreak (2131) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2014
04.08.2014, cask @ The Wharf, Aalborg:
No head, just some bubbles. Aroma is strange, sulfur, weeds, wet grain, grass, sour socks, popcorn, minerals, hay. Taste is slightly grassy, weeds, hay, wet grass, paper, light malts, minerals. Medium to longlasting bitterness, dry harsh and watery mouthfeel. Meh!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (4254) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
Cask - Light toffee and nutty notes, with some toast. Clear copper with no head. Light malts and caramel. Boring, but very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (2818) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2014
Clear amber colour, white head. Earthy aroma, light hops, light butter. Quite sweet malty flavour, light bitter. Finish caramel, malts. Rather nice.
(from draught -cask- @ The Harp, London)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
symmetry (7) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2014 does not count
Cask at the cambridge beer festival. Combination of sweet crystal and bitter english hops on the nose. Apetizing golden brown colour, light head clining to the edges of the glass. Nice bitter hops- sweet crystal malt taste.

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