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


on tap

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RATINGS: 285   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask: Regular.

Ingredients: Spring water from Harvey’s artesian well; Maris Otter malted barley; Fuggles, Goldings, Progress and Bramling Cross hops; Harvey’s yeast - repitched for over 50 years. First brewed in 1955.

A superbly balanced session bitter with a prominent hop character. Our most famous and popular brand - it makes up over 90% of our total brewing capacity. Winner of the Champion Best Bitter of Britain title at CAMRA’s Great British Beers Festival in 2005 and 2006.

Winner of the First Prize Gold Medal at the International Brewers’ Exhibition in 1980. Brewed to an original gravity of 1036° -1040°. Fermented between five and nine days.

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Orgeogre's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Orgeogre (10) - Lyon, - NOV 6, 2011
I grew up on this one (late 70’s yes I’m an old taster) as I lived not far from the brewery. The quality of this is (or at lest used to be) quite variable from one pub to another. When it at it’s best it is the epitomy of Southern English ale. Perfect balance between fruit and hop biterness. If I had to chose a last pint before dyeing it would be this.

nybol (2442) - DENMARK - DEC 5, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2017 Let sødlig og ikke så meget humle. En lækker blød eftersmag. Fin som nydeøl om sommeren.

SarkyNorthener (5012) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2017
Gravity [email protected] Beer Festival, Port Sunlight 2017. Amber beer. Aroma is light yeast and malts. Taste is a little sulphur, malts, brown bread and a little fruit. Solid. Now I know what Harrisoni is talking about.

LazyPyro (1809) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2017
Cask at Cheltenham Real Ale Festival 2017. Clear dark amber colour, off-white head. Aroma and taste are very malt-forward, biscuity, quite fruity, light sweet, gentle bitter finish.

77ships (11482) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 11, 2017
(2017 London) 1/2 Pint Cask @ Harp. Sampled cask @ Waterloo Tap. Amber clear, off-white head. Nose is buttery, grainy, milky. Taste is far too buttery grainy, spoiled milky, bitter grain, soggy cereal, spoiled caramel. Body is spoiled milk, grainy,… I heard great things about this beer, should it be like this? Am I not getting something here?

Erasmus_ro (3244) - Alabama, USA - JUL 31, 2017
Cask @ Queen Adelaide, Shepherd’s Bush, London, 20/07/17. Pours golden with a good, white head. Aroma is fruity, flowery. Taste is dry, flowery, nutty, fresh. Good, strong and dry, flowery finish.

R4N5H (1375) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2017
On tap (cask) at The Three Johns, Angel Islington on 21-Jul-2017. Amber colour with a small white head. Earthy aroma of malt and caramel. Light body and soft carbonation. Taste of sweet malt, caramel, stewed fruit and spices. Lightly hopped. Easy to drink but lacks complexity.

Rubin77 (2748) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 3, 2017
F: small, light off-white, not long lasting. C: coppery, light hazy. A: malty, caramel, grassy, fruity, toasty. T: malty, caramel, grassy, toasted tones, fruity, medium body, low carbonation, very good, enjoyed, half pint @ The Wheatsheaf pub near Horsham.

thepatrickman (1503) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2017
On cask. This is a really classic bitter. There’s a biscuit and caramel malt profile that never gets overpowering and cloying, and some earthy and floral hops at the end. Great, traditional English bitter taste. Excellent.

nuplastikk (6514) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2017
Tap at Harveys. Unfiltered caramel orange-brown body. Foamy steady head. More butter than bitter. Stale caramel. OK perhaps, but not as nice as I remembered or hoped for.

Davros IX (579) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2017
A perfectly kept and served pint of best bitter. Lots of sweet malt, some bitter hops and minimal carbonation resulted in a lovely mouth feel and very pleasant drinking experience.

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