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Harveys Tom Paine Ale (Cask)

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


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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Cask: Seasonal - July.
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2016
My Bottom Line:
Slender caramel and earthy, bitter leaves move about while orangey accents slowly build with time.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the misty amber.
-The Harvey’s character is certainly in here throughout.
-The very low carbonation still manages a good mouthfeel, even though a little comfort is lacking.
-Hop personality is quite strong in this one as well.

On cask at The Ypres Castle Inn, Rye.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ulrikolsen (338) - DENMARK - JUL 14, 2016
Cask@Charlies. Pours clear amber with white lasting head. Aroma is malty with light bread, biscuit and fruity yet hoppy with grass and straw. Taste is malty with light bread, some caramel and fruity yet hoppy with grassy and light citrus notes. Finish is balanced dry and semi-sweet with slightly alcoholic warmth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (6362) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2015
Cask at The Royal Oak, Borough. 5.5% as ’Harvey’s Headstrong Club Tom Paine Export Ale’. Dark orange / brown, still, clear, small white head. Aroma is soft malts, apple sauce and varnish. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is tangy malts, resin, varnish, yeasty with a dry finish. Lots of hop and yeast character. Tastes like sucking an old dusty rug. It certainly has character. Old school stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (12532) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2015
Cask at The Lord Nelson, Brighton. It pours clear deep brown with a thick off-white head. The nose is earthy, woody, mild caramel, nut and leather. The taste is bitter, earthy, wood, light barnyard, leather, nutty, spice, brown bread and varnish with a rather dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Rather quaffable ESB.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Inbreak (4582) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2014
04.08.2014, cask @ The Wharf, Aalborg:
Tiny bubbly shortlasting head. Aroma is slightly sour-ish floral, wet grass, weeds, bark, sour socks, paper, wet grain, almond essence. Taste is slightly dry, hay, light malts, weeds, heather, flowers, paper, grass. Medium bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Fair enough, just boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (13246) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
Cask conditioned at The John Harvey Tavern, Lewes, E.Sussex. Amber with white head. There is a rich maltiness to this, fruity, some caramelisation with a sweetish fruitiness. Full palate with a late hit of alcohol notes. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
rane (1010) - Nibe, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2013
Cask amber with little head. Aroma malts. Taste mat and a little bittrness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (8353) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2013
Cask@Charlies Bar, Copenhagen - Amber/brown pour with a medium off white hand. Dark dried fruits, toffee, syrup brown sugar, and caramel malt, woody, nutty, some hoppy notes. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (9282) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2013
Cask at the royal oak. Light amber colour with a thin fleeting white head. Aroma is neutral sweet malt. Flavour is nutty malt. English yeast esters some sour. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdKing (2391) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2013
Cask in Harvey’s Royal Oak. Condition is superb as one would expect. Clear rusty chestnut light brown, medium white foam head which dissipates to thin quickly. Nose is ale fruity, caramel, apple chutney spice, raisin, touch of orange liqueur, old antique wood. Taste is ale fruity, caramel, raisin, slight English acidic hop prickle and dash of alcoholic bite.

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