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

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RATINGS: 255   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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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. Longer fermentations will have Bret character from the resident Bret in the brewery.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (34595) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
yespr (30902) - 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.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29217) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
joergen (20649) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (20294) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
omhper (19309) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (16539) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (14711) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2013 24th September 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Dark bitter. Creamy and smooth with a mild tobacco taste. Not too bitter. Drinkable.

2011 note - wish I could remember where I had this because every one of these I have had since has been sulphury!

29th July 2013
Cask at the Royal Oak. Almost clear amber beer. Light pale head. Light dry palate with mild fine carbonation. Light and unwelcome eggy note on the nose. Tangy malts, flirting with sour. Smooth but dry, Light bitterness. Whisper of dried fruits. It’s drinkable all right but barely passes muster. Kings new clothes and all that.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14380) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (14175) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 7, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2007 amber , with lots of fruit maly in the nose,, full balanced fruitmalt with a little bitter linger, good in its class GBBF tasting session amber ... peppery hop ... citrusy fruit ... quite hoppy very fruity ... 3.3 (again good to see consistant scoring)


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