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

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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThirstyBird (2516) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2015
Thanks to Erzengel! Bottle dates Oct 15, pours a clear bright honey color with a hint of a light tan head. The smell is sherry, apples, butterscotch. The taste is caramel, rich fruit, dry and vinous at the end. Light+ in body with faint carbonation. An interesting beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Erzengel (7298) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2015
Bottle bought at the Royal Oak. Smooth fruity beginning. Nice and fresh with ale characteristics. Fruity and fresh with earthy hints. Not much bitterness in the aftertaste but rich and full-bodied. Nice!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
worldbeertaste (1789) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2015
A glorious esb tasting, smelling and feeling exactly like an esb should. Sweet at first with caramel and toasted malt, then movies to a bitter full lasting finish with a hint of roast without a lingering hop. Fantastic.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sebletitje (8841) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2015
Bouteille 50cl, BB 06/2016. Merci Pierre T. Léger orangé, col épais crémeux blanc. Arôme au bouquet malté léger très anglais, houblonné en rétro apportant une pointe épicée. Palais est léger au niveau des malts, pâle et Marris. Pointe de caramel. Addition houblonnée reste modérée tirant sur un houblon vert et frais noble. Ce dernier est légèrement, fleuri et fruité pour une amertume minimale. Epicé avec un léger côté coriandre. Ok, léger très anglais.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (17475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2015
Bottle at home in London - picked up at the Royal Oak. This bottle is at least a year+ old. Pours clear copper with a small, foamy off-white head. A bit of oxidation is present in the nose, with other notes of ripe berries and caramel. Light-medium sweet flavor with jammy berries, grainy bread, nips of metal, bitter leaves and grass, dried caramel. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Finishes sweet and bready, with more ripe berries, oxidation, caramel. So so.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stuu666 (9558) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle at Ash’s. Pours clear amber, nose is quite sweet toffee, taste is floral, bitter, toffee.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
McNeillR (2143) - Edinburgh, 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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BenH (3438) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (4919) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (8828) - 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.


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