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 dont 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
thejackpacker (334) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2017
Bottle from brewery in Lewes. Just a fantastic cuddle in a beer form. No one makes bitters like Harveys.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zlotta (2881) - Hagen / Bonn, 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (3000) - 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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (10456) - Bochum, Porř, 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThirstyBird (2858) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Erzengel (8447) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
worldbeertaste (1800) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sebletitje (9910) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2015
Bouteille 50cl, BB 06/2016. Merci Pierre T. Lger orang, col pais crmeux blanc. Arme au bouquet malt lger trs anglais, houblonn en rtro apportant une pointe pice. Palais est lger au niveau des malts, ple et Marris. Pointe de caramel. Addition houblonne reste modre tirant sur un houblon vert et frais noble. Ce dernier est lgrement, fleuri et fruit pour une amertume minimale. Epic avec un lger ct coriandre. Ok, lger trs anglais.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (20594) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stuu666 (12506) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle at Ashs. Pours clear amber, nose is quite sweet toffee, taste is floral, bitter, toffee.

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