Harveys Lewes Castle (Bottle)

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Brewed by Harveys
Style: Brown Ale
Lewes, England

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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: 500ml only. Also available on draught throughout August.

Best Standard Dark Ale in the 2008 Lewes Castle is a traditional brown ale. The label depicts the brewery and Cliffe Bridge, lying beneath the castle, in the Ouse Valley.

Full malty ’Brown Ale’ with a creamy head. Mild hop notes with a lingering biscuity sweet palate give coffee and liquorice notes. A bittersweet finish.

Contains: Barley

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3.7
Davros IX (534) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2017
Bottle at home from the brewery. A lovely dark pour and a minimal head. The flavour was all about that malt and that imparted a lovely richness to the mouthfeel. It wasn't sweet, which was a bit surprising, but very welcome. A very tasty brown ale for grown ups.

3.8
thejackpacker (680) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2017
Bottle from brewery in Lewes. Really nice brown ale, soft and not too bitter with slight notes of chocolate, red wine and boiled vegetables.

3.5
Scopey (15879) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2015
Bottle at Royal Oak, Borough. It pours darkest brown with a decent beige head. The nose is rich malts, malt loaf, soreen, plum, prune, blackcurrant, fruit jam and port wine. The taste is bitter-sweet, rich malty action, dark fruits, plum, prune, jammy berry, earthy roast, red grape, Vimto and port wine. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not quite as good as the cask, but one of Harvey’s best bottled beers for sure.

2.9
nihtila (3954) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle thanks to Ashton. Pours very dark ruby. Aroma is stuffy malts, berries, Taste is dark malts, berries, light caramel.

3.5
AshtonMcCobb (6953) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle from Harvey’s online.
Appearance - deep brown with a lovely red chink at the bottom. A shame the head is thin otherwise it would’ve been a 5 for appearance.
Nose - dark sugar and subtle red fruit.
Taste - loads of red fruits. Redcurrants and cherry with dark sugars.
Palate - close to medium bodied with a creamy yet tangy texture and a long d
Overall - it’s not a typical brown ale. But it’s interesting.

3.2
allmyvinyl (11073) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle shared with Ashton McCobb and nihtila. Pours clear red brown thin ring of white head. Aromas of brown malt, dark sugar. Taste is dark, almost burnt sugar. Sweet finish.

4
Vladivostok (491) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2015 Cask at GBBF. Dark brown with a lasting off-white head. Gentle malt aroma and hints of chocolate and caramel. By design presumably, very little hop flavour. Not much conditioning which I put down to the less than ideal conditions but a good ale nonetheless.

4
MissPxx (991) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2014
Very fruity aroma. Dark dark brown colour. Nearly black. Nice very slight creamy head. Fruity when it hits the nose. Quite malty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
MrTipple (6570) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2014
Aroma: light roasted caramel malts, some dark fruits. Appearance: clear medium brown, small white head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: soft carbonation, roasted malts again, some spices. Overall: nice Brown Ale. Pint at the GBBF13, London.

3.2
kdoc (14) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours dark caramel, zero head, looks like a flat coke. No aroma. Light caramel flavours, slight roast. Sweet side of balanced bitterness. Fizzy. Pretty refreshing.


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