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


on tap

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RATINGS: 285   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tdtm82 (1700) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Towey1989 (1895) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2016
Gravity at The Nottingham Beer Festival. A clear amber colour with a frothy white head. Aroma of caramel, biscuity malts, some orange, subtle roasted nuts and slight spicy, earthy hops. Taste of caramel, biscuity malts, slight boiled sweets, a little nuttiness, a hint of orange and spicy, earthy hops. Light bodied and soft carbonation. A dryish, spicy, earthy hop bitterness in the finish. Predominately malty but then the hops kick in late on. A nice bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ippopotamo36 (1770) - Rome, ITALY - OCT 1, 2016
Handpump at White Horse on Parson's Green in London. Amber clear pour, ivory foam with drafts. Nose: some metal (?!), yeast and burnt bread. Mouth: watery, mild nutty, little bitter finish. Solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ndburns (176) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2016
Pint on cask at Charlton Kings Club. Pours a brown-amber with a small off-white head. Malty aroma, biscuit, toffee, bread, a little fruitiness. Sweet up front, with a nice balancing bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ulrikolsen (373) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cimbasso (772) - - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThirstyBird (2617) - 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 (4108) - 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 (7697) - 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 (4327) - 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.

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