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

bottled
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RATINGS: 266   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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.


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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tdtm82 (1200) - 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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (5978) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2015
Cask at Market Porter, Southwark, London. Clear amber, medium white head. Nutty, caramelly, floral and herbal hops. Dry, medium bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkam (322) - POLAND - MAR 9, 2015
From pump. Pours amber with a small head. Lots of fruits on the nose with the malt base. Taste is malty with fruits and hops. Light bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
triskaideka (235) - Killarney, IRELAND - FEB 23, 2015
draught pint at Dolphin, Eastbourne. Pours dark amber with small white head that doesn’t last long. Aroma - malt and floral hoppy note. Taste is malt with strong floral and bitterness from hops - decent bitter.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jfb (4559) - Freising, GERMANY - JAN 12, 2015
(cask) clear amber colour with a frothy light-beige head. aroma of heavy yeast and some light chlorine, slightly grassy, with a touch of yoghurt and treebark. flavour is mostly grainy pale malts, floral hops and yeast, slightly buttery, with a hint of gooseberries and a semi-dry finish. medium-bodied with soft carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Seffle (313) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2014
On tap at Bristol pub. Pours a dark amber with a lasting off-white head. Aroma like an old brewery but a very nice bitter palate. A very good Bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DwarfeD (1608) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2014
Draught at The Harp, London. Clear amber with almost no head. Low to medium body with low carbonation. Sweet and bitter tones. Caramel, brown sugar, malts and herbs. A somewhat flat brew.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (4829) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2014
How: Cask.
Where: The Plume of Feathers Greenwich, London.
Appearance: Amber colour with almost no head.
Aroma: Mild malt, hops.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, some fruit, hops.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mecafilo (137) - 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.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
BlackHaddock (4924) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (3223) - 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’.


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