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


on tap


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RATINGS: 120   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, - SEP 2, 2011
Rating from an old notebook. 275ml bottle. Delightful deep chestnut colour, no head, very low carbonation. Unmistakeable Harveys aroma, berry fruit, caramel. A distinctive sweet bitter, little in the way of hopping. Bitters don’t usually work in bottles, especially when they are pasteurised but as with the Armada these are among the very best examples. I really enjoyed this and look forward to drinking this on cask.

thejackpacker (453) - 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 (3290) - Hagen / Düsseldorf, 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 (3101) - 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 (10621) - Bochum, Porúří, 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 (2925) - 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 (8768) - Wuppertal, 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!

worldbeertaste (1805) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2015
A glorious esb tasting, smelling and feeling exactly like an esb should. Sweet at first with caramel and toasted malt, then movies to a bitter full lasting finish with a hint of roast without a lingering hop. Fantastic.

sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2015
Bouteille 50cl, BB 06/2016. Merci Pierre T. Léger orangé, col épais crémeux blanc. Arôme au bouquet malté léger très anglais, houblonné en rétro apportant une pointe épicée. Palais est léger au niveau des malts, pâle et Marris. Pointe de caramel. Addition houblonnée reste modérée tirant sur un houblon vert et frais noble. Ce dernier est légèrement, fleuri et fruité pour une amertume minimale. Epicé avec un léger côté coriandre. Ok, léger très anglais.

Leighton (21296) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2015
Bottle at home in London - picked up at the Royal Oak. This bottle is at least a year+ old. Pours clear copper with a small, foamy off-white head. A bit of oxidation is present in the nose, with other notes of ripe berries and caramel. Light-medium sweet flavor with jammy berries, grainy bread, nips of metal, bitter leaves and grass, dried caramel. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Finishes sweet and bready, with more ripe berries, oxidation, caramel. So so.

Stuu666 (13433) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle at Ash’s. Pours clear amber, nose is quite sweet toffee, taste is floral, bitter, toffee.

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