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


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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Bottle: Pasteurised.
Tom Paine is a premium dry hopped bitter named after the celebrated radical who lived in Lewes in the eighteenth century. America celebrates ’Independence Day’ on the 4th of July and in Britain CAMRA has designated July ’Independents Month’ in celebration of Britains independent brewers. This strong pale ale was awarded silver medal at the BBI Awards in 1993.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, - SEP 2, 2011
Rating from an old notebook. 275ml bottle. Delightful deep chestnut colour, no head, very low carbonation. Unmistakeable Harveys aroma, berry fruit, caramel. A distinctive sweet bitter, little in the way of hopping. Bitters don’t usually work in bottles, especially when they are pasteurised but as with the Armada these are among the very best examples. I really enjoyed this and look forward to drinking this on cask.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stuu666 (4842) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle at Ash’s. Pours clear amber, nose is quite sweet toffee, taste is floral, bitter, toffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
McNeillR (1504) - SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Pale amber, light ringed head. Soft apple, sweetness in the nose and initial taste. Neat carbonation throughout. Fleshy apple vibe throughout, finishes brassy.

Bottle, Ash’s Office Tasting, Harveys Online

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BenH (2763) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle. Amber with white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, tangy apple. Taste of caramel, apple, some biscuit. Little sweet and bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (3290) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle from Harvey’s Online. Appearance - Nose - toffee and green apple. Then more and more green apple. Taste - more toffee and apple. Palate - close to medium bodied with a tangy texture and a fairly good finish. Overall - maybe the green apple note is a flaw in the beer but it’s actually quite pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (4886) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle at Ashton McCobb’s. Pours amber with a thin white head. Aromas of apples and toffee. Taste is light sweet, more apples light herbal bitter. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (6003) - ITALY - JAN 15, 2015
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (7884) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle at home. Picked up at Harvey’s. It pours clear amber with a tiny white head. The nose is malt-driven, toasty, brown bread, biscuit, earth, damp basement and leaf. The taste is smooth, toasty grain, bitter, biscuit, brown bread, cereal, earthy, leaf and light spice with a pretty bitter finish. Medium body and light carbonation. Earthy bitter. Pretty decent considering its pasteurised. Interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (10875) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2013
Bottled, 275ml with thanks from Bill, cheers. Gold to amber with slight head. Slightly thinnish beer with a tinny, metallic edge on a grainy malt. There is a softening caramel note, a little boiled then a leafy dry hop element. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joe19612 (1985) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2012
Pours a amber brown colour with a thin white head, plenty of fruit and malt in the aroma, the taste is bitter at first then has a long dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (10644) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2012
Bottle at home (Harveys online) - 22/09/12. Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a very thin off-white head that moves quickly towards the edge of the glass and soon vanishes without trace. Nose comprises caramel malt, biscuit, orange, citrus fruit. Tastes follow, a little hops and grain. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation with a bitter finish. Drinkable and average.

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