Sussex Best Bitter | Harvey & Son Ltd.

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BEER STATS
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
31
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
12.28%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Harvey & Son Ltd.
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by deBeers on 01-10-2006

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 31
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a half pint on cask at The Harp near Trafalgar Square. This was one of my favorite real ales while in London for a week. It was a mixture of floral hops and oak with a fruit punch aroma at first. Then I started to pull cherry juice flavor with dry wheat cracker in the background and a note of blueberry in the aroma. Delicious.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.86/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Cask pour at the Madison Pourhouse in Albany, NY.

This one pours a cloudy-ish amber color, with no head, or lacing.

Smells like not much at all- I'm not sure of the age of this cask, unfortunately. I pull a little bit of floral hops but not much else.

I think this cask may have beyond it's lifetime, unfortunately. This is super watery and incredibly bland. There's just a little bit floral hops, and *maybe* just a smidge of biscuity malt, but there's just basically nothing here. Completely forgettable. I really enjoy a good bitter but I couldn't recommend this one, at least at Madison Pourhouse.

This has a very light and thin body, with a very low level of carbonation, even for a cask pour.

Not good at all.

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Photo of Antilochus
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hand pumped at the Royal Oak, Harveys' tied house in Southwark. Imperial pint.

Copper body, white head. Decent-poor retention.

Bit of funkiness in the nose like the Knots of May pale mild, substantial farmy grassy hop notes, a bit of maltiness.

Citrus comes out in the palate, which is interesting for the style, grassy, light flavour, low carbonation to be expected but reasonably full feel.

Good stuff.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of DirkNachbar
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drinkable. Could be stronger taste

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Newsman
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the White Horse Pub, Parsons Green, London. Wanted something the locals would try, and a couple people ahead of me ordered it.

Glad I took a chance. Poured a great pint with a decent head, good lacing. Nice malty smell with some floral hops lingering in there, too.

And the taste was excellent. I don't think I've had any beer that so perfectly matched the hops-to-malt ratio one would expect for the style. Yeah, it's a bitter, so the hops aren't overpowering in the least, but they're noticeable and they mesh very well.

Mouthfeel was good, not as flat as I was expecting. And drinkability? With a relatively low ABV and a quenching taste, I could go all night with this one.

Just a very well put-together brew. My hat is off to the brewmaster.

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Photo of Caput_H_lupulorum
4.97/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At it's best a fabulous easy drinking session beer. Head sometimes thin, but usually leaves good lacing on the glass. The aroma is complex, nutty and floral and the taste well balanced with a decent finish.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of corby112
3.16/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark amber/ orange color with a foamy white head. The aroma consists of a floral hop and malty balance, nothing special. This is a very quaffable and smooth, yet not watered down, ale. The malt presence balances out the delicate floral hoppiness quite nicely.

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Photo of Calzyne
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Trizzle
4.77/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow.

I'm obsessed with finding good bitters lately and this is great.

Body is an orange cedar. Small head retains well and loads of lace.

Grass, hay, oily hops and wheat in the nose. Huge aroma for a bitter.

Full creamy mouthfull of cereal malt with very restrained sweetness turns grass, hay and wheat. Finish is dry and very more-ish..

A real mouth-filler. Big bodied for the style and so round and smooth.

Obviously painfully drinkable. So glad I found this beer (and this great little pub) 5 mins walk from my place.

Went perfectly with the pork and pistachio terrine with relish and brown sour dough. (Anglesea Arms- Hammersmith/Chiswick London)

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of bosox941827
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served hand-pulled at The Harp in London in an imperial pint glass.
A - Classic bitter; slighty cloudy amber, filled to the rim with just the thinnest of lacing on the top.
S - Again classic bitter balance of malt and hops off the nose.
T - A bit thinner than I was expecting, to be honest. The malt is up front with nice caramel flavor and a bit of diacetyl, however there was a bit less hop character then I'm used to, and I say that with the English bitter category in mind (i.e., NOT the IPA category). The balance between malt and hops is "delicate", with maltiness coming out a bit on top; had that balance been tilted just a bit the other way this beer would be nearly perfect.
M - Nice body, and obviously being hand-pulled, it's nearly all from the beer and not the carbonation.
I love this style of beer, and this is a very good example but this came up just a BIT short for me overall. Just a bit more English bitter-style hoppiness (see: DarkStar HopHead for example) would have put this over the top. That being said, I would and could drink this all night and not have a problem - still a great beer.

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Sussex Best Bitter from Harvey & Son Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.