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


on tap

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RATINGS: 280   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   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.

tdtm82's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tdtm82 (1699) - Essex, - DEC 19, 2009
A nice English bitter. Fruity; hoppy and easy on the pallet. A very sessionable drop. A good pint and great for any session. A classic style too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThirstyBird (2516) - 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%.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jbruner (3780) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
solidfunk (6843) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2016
Light citrus and some malt. Decent drinkability. Amber pour. Light tangy finish. Cask at churchkey.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (3888) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cybercat (4740) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ktwse (3640) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kajser27 (1124) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 20, 2015
Copper colored, clear, small off white soapy head. Aroma is carabiscuit, fruity and some floral. Taste is caramel malt, biscuit, fruits, floral low to medium bitterness, biscuit doughy finish. Dryish. Light to medium bodied, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (19903) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 13, 2015
Cask. Golden amber color, white head. Aroma of toast, caramel. Taste has lightly bitter caramel. Decent.

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