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


on tap

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RATINGS: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2007
Cask (handpump) @ Royal Oak, SE1 Borough, London. Clear medium amber color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted to burnt, nutty. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is creamy, carbonation is flat.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
yespr (29683) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2007
From cask at Charlies, thanks to Hildigöltur. Pours clear and deep orange with a little lacing head. Vague hoppy aroma. Flavour is somewhat mouldy with a slight earthy tone. Finish is bitter and slight herbal. Decent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2003
[Cask at Cockney Pub] An amber beer with no head. The aroma is slightly fruity and the flavor is very soft, fruity and slightly acidic. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 19, 2007
Cask@Market Porter. Coppery amber colour with small white head. Aroma is hops, slight earthy skunkyness. Flavour is very much the same, but has a huge wooden finish and aftertaste to it. Also some herbs noteable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
joergen (19644) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2006
Cask. Clear orange coloured with a small off white head. Aroma of fruits, malts and hops with notes of sulphur. Flavour of fruits, sulphur and hops. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
omhper (18944) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2006
[Cask at White Horse, London] Nut brown. Resiny nose. Sweetish up front. Medium bodied with some caramelly malt and strawberries. Resiny finish with lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (15493) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2006
Cask @ Charlie’s Bar, Copenhagen. Dark amber colour with a small off-white head. Fruity slightly hoppy aroma. Fruity malty flavor with some hints of caramel and hops. Fruity bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
UPDATED: APR 5, 2009 2008-11-07, Cask Conditioned at Coal Hole, London, 7-5-7-4-15=38
Amber color; small compact head; beautiful lace. Light apples aroma, malt, grassy; later, freshly cut grass and Alpine flowers (they have a milder smell). The body is medium to thin, this Ale doesn’t surprise in the front, but later a good caramel flavor, with some sweetness and a fruity note comes out, and the body as well gets rounder. Very good.

2008-09-22, cask conditioned at Cockney Pub, Århus, 8-5-7-3-16=39
Bright amber color; thick head, sticky lace. It has a beautiful aroma, with malt, hops, sweet, earthy, grassy, light fruitness and light manure. Good body, strong caramel flavor, quite strong bitterness, good English hops. Dry and quite powerful final. Wow, I didn’t remember it so good!

2005-10-30, Cask at the Market Porter, London, 6-4-7-4-14=35
Beautiful hazy amber color; thin creamy head. Light grassy aroma. Good malty taste, correctly bitter, but the malts are too much mellow, not enough biting. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (13455) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2012 Cask @ The Market Porter. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are rich fruits, caramel, malt and hops. Nice bitter finish. Great balance. Old rating: 5/3/5/3/10: Sample at CPH beerfestival. Cask. Medium head with medium duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are caramel, hops, malt and bread.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (13390) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2007
Cask at C4, Odense: Fine copper/golden with a creamy head. Floral hoppy & light malty notes in the aroma. Smooth & soft body. Mainly hops in the taste.. finish is lasting bitter. In between there is some Rye & bread! Great cask!

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