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


on tap

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RATINGS: 292   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, - DEC 19, 2009
A nice English bitter. Fruity; hoppy and easy on the pallet. A very sessionable drop. A good pint and great for any session. A classic style too.

Rubin77 (2113) - 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 (1336) - Jevington, 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 (6252) - 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 (353) - 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.

nickd717 (4679) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 31, 2017
Ah, I feel like a real old school ticker here. In England ticking real English bitters on cask. Just like Mick the Tick. Why do people rate bitters so low? It’s actually a nice style. This is one of the best I’ve had. Brilliant reddish amber with a small white head. Aroma is nice and bready, toasty, biscuity, earth, caramel, nuts. Flavor is nutty, toasty, earthy, lightly bitter and somewhat dry. The feel is nice, light, drinkable. Really solid.

Cokemonkey11 (879) - - MAR 26, 2017
Cask. Bog standard English bitter. Scent is off. Like garlic and dust. Taste is standard. Finish is a bit sticky. Fine.

john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2017
Cask. Amber in colour. Full-bodied bitter. Toasty malts. Fruity. Good malt/fruit/hop balance. Sweetish with slight bitter edge. Liked it. Decent. (2008)

thejackpacker (446) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2017
UPDATED: APR 20, 2017 A classic Sussex beer. Could drink this for hours, the taste of home. Wholesome tasting yet remaining light. (5-4-7-5-17 on 8th March 17) Definitely still a taste of home for me and supremely drinkable. It definitely flitters however for me between being one of the best bitters ever made to an above average ale. Anyway, it is always smooth, slightly sweet. Not overwhelmed this time sadly (6-4-7-3-15 on 20th April 17 on cask at the Lamb Inn)

stevoj (5031) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 3, 2016
Draft at the Cheshire Cheese. Medium amber pour, small,soft creamy head. Gentle aroma and taste, pure malts, soft and smooth. Nice textures. Nice atmosphere.

Towey1989 (2810) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2016
Gravity at The Nottingham Beer Festival. A clear amber colour with a frothy white head. Aroma of caramel, biscuity malts, some orange, subtle roasted nuts and slight spicy, earthy hops. Taste of caramel, biscuity malts, slight boiled sweets, a little nuttiness, a hint of orange and spicy, earthy hops. Light bodied and soft carbonation. A dryish, spicy, earthy hop bitterness in the finish. Predominately malty but then the hops kick in late on. A nice bitter.

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