Star of Eastbourne
Harvey & Son Ltd.

Star of EastbourneStar of Eastbourne
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Style:
English India Pale Ale (IPA)
ABV:
6.5%
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Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 10.9%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
6
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Photo of vinicole
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Burnished copper/old gold in colour. Thin wispy head.
English hop and mild toffee aroma that persists into the flavour.
Light dry completion.
Mid range body and carbonation.
Classic EIPA.

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Photo of Spike
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 500ml bottle. ABV is 6.5%.
L: Clear, ruby/amber, like a high quality Ceylon tea. Just a smear of white head. Colour is fabulous.
S: Fruity but really understated as is fairly normal for this brewery.
T: Dark honey, treacle, raisins and sweet tea. Leafy/earthy. Just a hint of alcohol. Low bitterness.
F: Rich, chewy & smooth. Absolutely no carbonation at all.
O: Good example of a traditional English IPA. Malt to the fore with earthy English hops (probably Golding and Fuggles) in the background. Very rich so probably a sipper for me.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of May 2015, so it's a little out of date. ABV is stated as 6.5%. Purchased a while back from the Harvey's shop in Lewes. The label calls it a well-hopped East India ale.

A: Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep, clear amber hue with some slight sediment and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of sweet, fruity yeast esters with hints of raisins, apples, dried fruit, grass/hay, subtle stewed leaves, oxidation, a twinge of sherry, mild earthiness and an odd whisper of aniseed in the background. Bizarre and not particularly hoppy.

T: Tastes of fruity yeast esters with a harsh, dry finish. Notes of stewed leaves, apples, raisins, vague dried fruit, earthy yeast, grass/hay, mild oxidation and a touch of sherry. Faintly sweet, followed by an acrid, leafy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and decent body. Could be thicker for the strength. Quite astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of harsh stewed leaves, earthy/fruity yeast and hints of cardboard and sherry.

O: Meh - not really enjoying this. I can't tell if it's a bit old or just a character I don't like. Looks nice, while the aroma and flavour are rather fruity and yeasty with harsh leafy hints and a lack of hop presence. Body is OK but could be thicker. Not exactly a scintillating experience, and doesn't taste like an IPA (even an English one). I might have to re-review a fresher version when I get the chance.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottled version of Star of Eastbourne straight from the Harveys Brewery Shop a week ago. The alc. strength is different: 6.5%abv., but alas it is not bottle-conditioned~~ BB 03/2008, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: bright, light copper colour, poured with a semi-creamy off-white froth with pretty good retention; carbonation is constantly mild.
S: the aroma upfront is full of English Goldings (and, I suspect, Styrian Goldings) hops, with a juicy citrus/orangey note with a slightly pungent edge of dry-hops; the cream, biscuity pale malts, slightly sticky caramel and caster-sugary note help strike a balance with the hops. Overall, this IPA is pretty mild in hoppyness, but shows a good balance. Very solid.
T: upfront comes the creamy and smooth palate of juicy malts, with hints of Harvey's Best Bitter and Tom Paine both on the palate~~ piney hops and a tea-ish aftertaste quickly overwhelms the back of the palate, leaving but a lightly bitter aftertaste and an intriguing edge of prunes and tea-stem like bitter-sour-sweetness of hops and dried-fruits. Moderate aftertaste with lingering tangy dryness and medium bitterness. Soothing and not demanding.
M&D: creamy-smooth on the palate with very soft carbonation, while the body is just medium for its alc. strength, and on the palate the alc. is nowhere to be found. I've quite forgotten the draught version of this beer, but this bottled version is not bad at all, really not bad... Like all other Harvey's ales, this is an understated English type of drink~~

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Star of Eastbourne from Harvey & Son Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 6 ratings