Harveys Reviews




Desverger
3.6
Harveys Sussex Champion
Cask@Charlies Bar, Copenhagen - Amber pour with white head. Toasted malty aroma and taste with notes of caramel, slight nutty, some dried fruit, nice twiggy hoppy backing going on, bitter finish. Enjoying this cask reunion! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Friday, July 22, 2016

Desverger
3.4
Harveys Olympia Golden Ale (Cask)
Cask@Charlies Bar, Copenhagen - golden pour with small white head. Aroma and taste is fruity and malty, sweet bready malts, light citrus fruits, flora hoppy nuances into the close. Great condition. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Friday, July 22, 2016

MartinT
3.5
Harveys Tom Paine Ale (Cask)
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.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

MartinT
3.5
Harveys Sussex XX Mild [aka Sussex Dark Mild] (Cask)
My Bottom Line:
This silky Dark Mild suggests fruity caramel, mineral notes and light acidity leading to a subtle earthy hop aftertaste.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the dark brown, almost black gown.
-Carbonation is very low, which enhances the silky roundness of the mouthfeel.
-This is by no means an exaggerating lean brew for 3.0% abv pint.
-This is easy drinking, obviously.

On cask at The Lord Nelson, Brighton.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ungstrup
3.3
Harveys Sussex Champion
Cask. An amber beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of caramel, malt, and fruits the flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, flowers, and fruits, leading to a dry finish.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

ThirstyBird
3.5
Harveys Sussex XX Mild [aka Sussex Dark Mild] (Cask)
On cask, pours a super dark clear cola color with a tan head. The smell is dark roasted malt, licorice. The taste is black malt, licorice, dark fruit with a very dry end. Light in body with mild carbonation.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

ThirstyBird
3.2
Harveys Armada Ale (Cask)
On cask @ Mitre Tavern, Brighton. Pours an orange color with a light tan head. The smell is toasted malt, fruit, grain. The taste is wet grain, toasted malt, light caramel and fruit while ending dry. Light in body with light carbonation.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

ThirstyBird
3
Harveys Olympia Golden Ale (Cask)
On cask @ Mitre Tavern, Brighton. Pours a clear gold with an off-white head. The smell is dull toasted malt and a touch of fruit. The taste is toasted grain, fruit, bread yeast ending dry. The body is light with mild carbonation. Unremarkable but perfectly drinkable.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

ThirstyBird
3.2
Harveys Knots of May (Cask)
On cask @ Mitre Tavern, Brighton. Pours a clear ruby color with light tan head. The smell is toasted malt, hints of caramel and fruit. The taste is toasted malt, fruit, some herbs while ending dry with some roast. Light in body, oily with mild carbonation.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

ulrikolsen
3.6
Harveys Tom Paine Ale (Cask)
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.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

ulrikolsen
3.6
Harveys Sussex Best Bitter
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.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

imdense
3.2
Harveys 1859 Porter (Bottle)
Dark with thin head, light in taste, sinks easily, would like this with a meaty pasta.
Sunday, July 10, 2016

imdense
2.9
Harveys India Pale Ale (IPA) (Bottle)
This indian pale ale sinks pretty quickly but lack punch, suggest drinking with a light meal
Sunday, July 10, 2016

BeerViking
3.4
Harveys India Pale Ale (IPA) (Cask)
Cask gravity at the Ealing beer festival 2016, rich brown with a lasting coarse head, malty and lightly herbal nose, caramel and an earthy bitterness, very good.
Saturday, July 09, 2016

evergreen0199
3
Harveys India Pale Ale (IPA) (Cask)
Cask at Ealing beer festival 2016, Ealing, London. An amber coloured pour with a thin white head on top. Hoppy, fruity aroma. Tastes similar, hoppy, citrus fruit, slightly bitter. Not what I would call an IPA.
Friday, July 08, 2016

EdKing
3.3
Harveys India Pale Ale (IPA) (Cask)
Not a modern IPA, but a fairly mild English style. Copper coloured beer with a thin off white head. Nose is classic harveys yeast. For me that’s rhubarb, woodiness, fruitiness, earthy, then some light citrus, nuttiness and caramel. taste is fruity Harvey’s yeast, caramel, citrus, nutty, and bit of earthy prickly hop acidic, dryish on the palate. Fairly middle of the road.
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

tombyars
4
Harveys Imperial Extra Double Stout
Tasted this at the Glasgow Real Ale Festival on the 24th June 2016. Cask, handpump dispense. Dull black in colour with a dark tan head which faded fast. Strong, vinous malty aroma with sweet sherry notes long on the nose. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and very poor lacing. Strong whack of complex dark malts deliver a smooth fruitloaf base. Expecting the traditional notes of coffee, treacle, liquorice and dark chocolate in this Imperial Stout but was completely thrown by this. Instead you have an intense, strong and sweet flavour of fruit with dates, raisins and sultanas very much in evidence. Struggling to find any evidence of hop resin in the aftertaste as malt completely dominates through to the finish. Strong imposing notes of Port come through in the mouth, giving warming booze notes laced with fermenting fruit. Thought this tasted far more like an Old Ale in style than an Imperial Stout. This was beer of the festival for me and was highly popular as it quickly ran out that night. Highly recommended.
Monday, July 04, 2016

TBone
2.5
Harveys Armada Ale (Cask)
Cask at The Lord Nelson, Brighton. Dark amber color, small white head. Sweetish berries, malts in the aroma. Light-bodied. Caramel, toasted sugar and light earthy hops in the flavor. Watery finish. Odd combination.
Monday, July 04, 2016

TBone
2.6
Harveys Sussex XX Mild [aka Sussex Dark Mild] (Cask)
Cask at The Lord Nelson, Brighton. Dark brown color, small brownish head. Earthy raisins aroma. Light-bodied. Light raisins and chocolate in the flavor. Hints of hops in the finish. A bit like drinking watery kvass.
Monday, July 04, 2016

Scopey
3.5
Harveys Sussex Champion
Cask at the Royal Oak, Borough. It pours clear rich amber with a medium white head. The aroma is classique Harvey’s.... rich, brown bread, earth, fruitiness, slight floral edge and a hint of sulphur. The taste is bitter, brown bread, wood, cereal, dried fruits, earth, light floral notes and spice with a drying finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Well-rounded and quaffable.
Friday, July 01, 2016

EdKing
3.5
Harveys Sussex Champion
Cask in Royal Oak, Borough. Clear copper to amber with a soft white head. Nose is fruity, lovely fruity Harvey’s yeast character, big whiff of rhubarb, berry fruit, Taste is dryish, grassy, fruity rhubarb, menthol and pine from the hop. Nose has everything that’s great about Harvey’s. Hop is quite dry but there’s enough fruit from the yeast to add dimensions.
Thursday, June 30, 2016

The_Osprey
3.4
Harveys India Pale Ale (IPA) (Cask)
Cask HP at The Cheshire Cheese, Temple, London. As Harvey’s IPA. Dirty orange, translucent, still, small thin beige head, light lacing. Aroma is bready, some twiglet. Body is smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is twiggy, musty, wet flannel, touches of apple and tangy Harvey’s yeast, pretty dry and a little floral in the finish. A drinkable and enjoyable, traditional offering in an old fashioned drinking establishment. Good.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

ianwelby
3.5
Harveys Imperial Extra Double Stout
Black beer, odd smell that I can’t place. Flavour is basically if you took a rich, malty stout and threw some tangy fruit in there. A bit sour, but nice. Very nice
Friday, June 24, 2016

Stuartyboy
3.4
Harveys Imperial Extra Double Stout
On cask @ GRAF 2016 a deep brown almost black beer with treacle and coffee aroma flavour is dark chocolate roasted malt coffee liquorice and treacle rich dark with treacle predominant flavour
Friday, June 24, 2016

ForlornHope
3.2
Harveys Sussex Wild Hop
Bottle at home. Pours pale gold in colour, quite lively to start but slows down. White head that disappears quickly. Interesting aroma, slight hints of nettle, funky hop and orange flowers. Sweet to start with a slight bitterness to follow. Tangerine fruit, wine gums and a buttery, mellow malt taste. Short finish. Some Interesting flavours going on, but somehow less than the sum of it’s parts.
Sunday, June 19, 2016

TheKernOwl
4
Harveys Christmas Ale (Bottle)
Lovely (supercharged version of their brown ale?). Like a caramel/sugar dessert brittle, or v sweet balsamic reduction; cinnamon in nose too, as well as a cheeky sour touch. Thick, oily texture. Just lacking spice to get it into truly excellent bracket of winter ales.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Sigmund
3.6
Harveys Copperwheat Brew (Cask)
Cask halfpint at The White Hart, Crawley. 4.8%. Moderate aroma, some toffee and fruit. Tingling hops in the fairly fruity flavour, also decent malts. Very pleasant to drink.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Sigmund
3.7
Harveys Olympia Golden Ale (Cask)
Cask halfpint at The White Hart, Crawley. 4.3%. Golden color, white head. Moderate aroma. Smooth and fruity flavour with a spicy hint, very nice.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Sigmund
2.9
Harveys India Pale Ale (IPA) (Cask)
Cask halfpint at The White Hart (a Harvey’s pub), Crawley. ABV 3.5%. Deep golden color, no head. Minimal aroma. Fairly dry flavour, some tingling fruity and herbal English hops make the beer quite drinkable, but this is not an IPA (neither historical nor modern) by any stretch of the mind.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Cimbasso
4.2
Harveys Sussex Best Bitter
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.
Sunday, June 12, 2016

downender
3.2
Harveys India Pale Ale (IPA) (Cask)
Cask, on gravity at the Avon Valley Beer festival, 4/6/2015. Chestnut in colour, with a slight, off-white, head. Sweetish malts, some house yeast character, leafy hops and a decently bitter finish. Fine.
Saturday, June 04, 2016

sir__v
3
Harveys Sussex XX Mild [aka Sussex Dark Mild] (Cask)
On cask @ Royal Oak, London - UK. Color: deep dark brown beer with no carbonation and creamy brown head. Smell: caramel malt. Caramel domination. Sweet. Taste: light body with caramel malt. Caramel and sweet domination. High attenuation, very drinkable. Watery sensation. Aftertaste: caramel and watery sensation.
Wednesday, June 01, 2016

danlo
3.5
Harveys Imperial Extra Double Stout
275ml bottle from Tuckers Maltings. Black colour, beige foam head leaving lacing and aroma of dark fruits, sourish, with liquorice, roast, spice. Taste is roasted malt, nutty, dark fruits & liquorice, leather, tangy with some earthy bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry roast bitter finish. Quite drinkable.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Mr_Pink_152
3.1
Harveys Sussex Wild Hop
Tried at the Victoria, Lincoln. Golden colour with a big white head. Malty fruit aroma light enjoyable sweet to light bitter taste.
Monday, May 30, 2016

Euroscooper
2.7
Harveys Knots of May (Cask)
On cask at the Maltings, York. Served ruby and clear, with a moderate head. Has a malty taste, but a subtle fruity sweetness come through. Has notes of plums and blackberries. Hardly any bitterness at all. A proper mild
Sunday, May 29, 2016

pushkinwow
3.5
Harveys Imperial Extra Double Stout
Bottle from my sister. Black pour with a dark brown head that mostly disappears. A fairly fruity and molasses malt aroma, an odd tang or sourness that I guess is supposed to be there, some pomegranate, soy, ash and leather. Mild carbonation and full body, prune, tobacco. Very unique.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Scopey
3.5
Harveys Knots of May (Cask)
Cask at the Lord Nelson, Brighton. It pours clear deep amber with a small, bubbly white head. The aroma is earthy, wood, brown bread, toasted nuts and a distinct hint of egg sandwich. The taste is smooth, bitter, earthy, wood, leather, spicy action and brown bread with a short finish. Light body and soft carbonation. Pretty good going for a 3% mild.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

mr_h
3.4
Harveys Armada Ale (Cask)
Cask, 1/2 pint, hand-pulled, Bon Accord, Glasgow (9 May 2016), floral, resiny aroma, amber with a thin off-white head and very good fine lacing, resin, toffee, grain flavour, oily, soft carbonation, sweet malty aftertaste.
Sunday, May 22, 2016

Erzengel
3.8
Harveys Southdown Harvest Ale (Bottle)
Bottle from the brewery shop in Lewes. Smooth mild beginning. Nice fresh and malty ale body. Round and intense, fresh and smooth. The malts are dry, intense roasted with a nice smooth ale bitter aftertaste.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Erzengel
3.3
Harveys Kiss (Bottle)
Bottle from the brewery shop in Lewes. Smooth and round malty beginning. Fresh smooth, nice with hints of grain. Not too sweetish, round with a nice and intense bitterness. The Golden Ale aromatic is smooth, mild grainy sweetish in the aftertaste. Nice.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Erzengel
3.7
Harveys Copperwheat Beer (Bottle)
Bottle from the brewery shop in Lewes. Smooth grainy beginning. Nice malty ale aromatic, smooth grainy, crisp with an easy drinking body. Not too long in the aftertaste, round and fresh. Malt, round and nice ale characteristic. Long mild malty aftertaste, grain, smooth, nice!
Friday, May 20, 2016

Erzengel
3.3
Harveys Albion Ale
Bottle from the brewery shop in Lewes. Smooth and fresh. Grainy malty with a nice smooth and easy drinking body. Grainy with ale aroma. Not too deep but great round and fresh. Nice session-beer!
Friday, May 20, 2016

ThirstyBird
3.9
Harveys Sussex Best Bitter
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%.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

TheKernOwl
3.2
Harveys Sussex Wild Hop
Some pineapple/apple nose with a lick of caramel. Banana bread-y (and little caramel) in the taste. Overall clean, and I get taste and feel of oysters - this may be because bottle about 6 months out of date.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Erzengel
3.6
Harveys India Pale Ale (IPA) (Cask)
On cask @ the brewery tap. Smooth mild beginning. Nice fresh malty ale body, fresh with mild earthy hops. Smooth mild slightly bitter floral aftertaste with a very nice smooth ale malty aroma.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Erzengel
3.5
Harveys Olympia Golden Ale (Cask)
On cask @ Mitre Tavern, Brighton. Smooth mild beginning. Smooth fresh grainy dry body. Smooth mild body, hints of grain with not too much bitterness. Nice and easy to drink with depth.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Erzengel
3.5
Harveys Knots of May (Cask)
On cask @ Mitre Tavern, Brighton. Very smooth and mild beginning. Round with bread you hints. Smooth with a dry malty ale body. Smooth mild aftertaste. Great!
Saturday, May 14, 2016

BeerViking
3.4
Harveys Georgian Dragon (Cask)
Cask/gravity at Kingston BF, dark red-tinged brown with little head, aromas of hop leaf, a little wet wood and a touch of red fruit. Notably hoppy without being more than lightly bitter, earthy and leafy, hints of nuttiness and burnt treacle.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Travlr
3.4
Harveys Sussex XXXX Old Ale
Cask at Churchkey. Clear maroon color, thin tan head. Aroma of toasted brownies. Taste has light riast, subtle herbs. Nice.
Tuesday, May 03, 2016

mbgrayson
3.2
Harveys Imperial Extra Double Stout
Bottle cap is stamped ’2013’. Pours very dark brown with tan head. Aroma of leather and malt. Taste is the same, of roasted malts. Packed with rich notes of aged barley. Palate is long lasting and dense. Not my favorite of the style, but still a thumbs up.
Sunday, May 01, 2016