Harveys Sussex Best Bitter

Harveys Sussex Best Bitter

Rated 3.350 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Harvey and Sons (Lewes) Limited / Harvey's Brewery

Lewes, East Sussex, United Kingdom

Style:  Bitter

4% Alcohol by Volume

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Winner of the First Prize Gold Medal at the International Brewers’ Exhibition in 1980, this beer is brewed to an original gravity of 1036° -1040° from a recipe which has evolved over many years. It is a full, well-hopped bitter with a reputation that exceeds the borders of its native and adjoining counties.

ID: 4000 Last updated 13 years ago Added to database 20 years ago

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Overall Rank7513
Overall Percentile84
Style Rank22 of 838
Style Percentile97.4
Lowest Score2.6
Highest Score4.4
Average Score3.500
Weighted Score3.350
Standard Deviation0.766

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  • CYBERCAT 9910 reviews
    rated 2.9 4 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Taps clear amber with a thin ivory head. Aroma is not strong, but fruity and malty notes are OK. Flavor adds some bitter hops to the mix. Body and fizz are average. Worth trying.

  • MITCHFORGIE 683 reviews
    rated 2.7 10 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    These was a decent beer. Largely this brewery seems to be boring, but a cask of this stuff was a decent beach beer in the south downs a few times. Great in grey weather.. bit of date and plum, balanced by some fun grapefruit. Bit of spice, thin biscuit malts, run of the mill average cask bitter.

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 4.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    I love bitters - they are certainly one of my favorite styles. For me, this was a great bitter enjoyed at the brewery in Lewes. The beer came out of a forced draft and was full bodied and easy to drink. The quintessential British Bitter. Well done.

  • ANTE 2674 reviews
    rated 3.6 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Cask at Market Porter, London. Amber colour, low white foam. Distinct hop aroma of hay, sweat and grapefruit with undertones of toasted grains and grass. Light-bodied with dryish flavour of hay, earth and lemon. Bitter finish of hay-like and mild lemony hops. Good!

  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 2.6 13 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Coppery amber colour with small white head. Aroma is hops, slight earthy skunkyness. Flavour is very much the same, but has a huge wooden finish and aftertaste to it. Also some herbs noteable.

  • BEERHAWK 351 reviews
    rated 4.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Had this at 1066 Pub in Battle. Very decent brew but an aquired taste. Nice amber colour with a tiny bit of head. Very aromatic , no carbination. Some sweet fruit flavours. Decent brew

  • SIGMUND 4249 reviews
    rated 4.4 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Cask conditioned at the White Horse, Parsons Green, London. Copper colour, moderate to low head. Very aromatic, dark fruits and barnyard. Dry hopped in the cask at the pub? Interesting hoppy and spicy bite from start to finish. An excellent bitter! (A pint I had later at The Tottenham was not nearly that good. A well kept cask is a must!)

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