Harveys Tom Paine Ale (Bottle)

Brewed by Harveys
Style: Extra Special Bitter (ESB)
Lewes, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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Wirtzstef (5) - - AUG 18, 2018 does not count
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2018 Helle Bernsteinfarbe. Schöne, anhaltende Schaumkrone. Hopfengeruch mit fruchtiger Birnennote. Geschmacklich leicht fruchtig mit bitteren Nachgeschmack. Dennoch insgesamt lecker.

Grumbo (7837) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2018
4/4/2018. Bottle from Cobbetts, Dorking. Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma of sweet caramel, hop, fruit and malt. Medium plus sweetness, light bitterness. Medium body, oily texture, average carbonation.

Davros IX (885) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2017
Bottle at home from the brewery. A good pour with minimal head and it looked good in the tankard. A deep malt flavour with a balanced hop bitterness in taste and a good mouthfeel from the malt. There was also a caramel flavour that developed into a not unwelcome sweetness as I worked my way through the beer. This is more of an ESB than anything else and was enjoyable, if a little odd. I have two more bottles and I am intrigued to see how my opinion changes.

thepatrickman (1503) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2017
Bottle from the bottle shop. This has a nice, if uninspiring, taste profile, like a traditional dark bitter, with some roasted malt and toast flavor. I give it a small bonus point for being named after one of the 18th Century's [email protected] (and one from Lewes, too).

thejackpacker (1328) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2017 Bottle from brewery in Lewes. Just a fantastic cuddle in a beer form. No one makes bitters like Harvey’s. Bottle from brewery in Lewes. Ok, last rating (4.5) was from NYE in jolly environment and old rating system (it got 5/5). It is really an ale made for those cosy winter afternoons, evenings or good sessions down the pub. Now it’s spring and this bottle has been in my custody for a long time. The alcohol has battered through a lot more over time it seems and created a much harsher palate. It is however still an exceptional bitter. It is so cuddly, tasty. Just palate is a bit off this time.

Zlotta (5811) - Hagen, GERMANY - FEB 2, 2017
0.5 l bottle from ’Marktkauf Nowak’ (Iserlohn), best before November 2017. Clear, reddish amber with a thin, frothy, slowly diminishing, off-white head. Sweetish, floral, fruity-spicy aroma of orange jam, honey and hints of tea leaves. Sweetish, fruity-spicy, a bit floral taste of orange jam, apricot, tea leaves, toffee and some honey, followed by a medium long, moderately bitter, rather dry and a bit herbal-spicy finish. Medium body, smooth and slightly effervescent mouthfeel, very soft carbonation. Decent Ale, well-balanced, easily drinkable, nice!

john44 (3888) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2017
Bottle. Reddish Copper in colour. Malty; sweet bready malts, caramel and toffee. Syrupy. Fruity; oranges. Hoppy; lightly earthy hops. Sweet malty fruity throughout with some hoppy bitterness in the rather dry finish. Decent. Very drinkable. (2010-07)

pivnizub (11590) - Bochum, GERMANY - DEC 8, 2016
Bottle (many thanks to Oespel!): Deep golden, almost clear, small and lacy white foamy layer; moderate nose of raisiny fruits and juicy malt with distinctive herbal-hoppy backbone; moderate bitter-sweet flavour, medium bodied and smooth;lingering - slightly drier - herbal-hoppy and malty-raisiny finish. An archetypal english goody...

ThirstyBird (3097) - 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.

Erzengel (11153) - Saarland, 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!

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