Sussex Best Bitter
Harvey's Brewery

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From:
Harvey's Brewery
 
England, United Kingdom
Style:
Bitter - English
Ranked #7
ABV:
4%
Score:
88
Ranked #15,549
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 12.79%
Ratings:
65
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 04, 2021
Added:
Nov 04, 2003
Wants:
  7
Gots:
  5
SCORE
88
Very Good
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4 by paulish from New York on Oct 04, 2021
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4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Sigmund from Norway

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? 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!)

Dec 05, 2020
 
3.68 by misteil from Ireland on Mar 08, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by KooVee from Finland

33cl can, 6m to bb.

Orange-amber. Nice sticky lace, large bubble.

Nose somehow brings autumn rain and apples fallen from trees to the wet ground to mind. Herbal notes mixed with a whiff of toffee.

Taste has a frontal subdued assault of caramel, transforming quickly to dry bitterness around the edges with toasted malt in the middle. Pleasant, long aridity.

Very good in a non-recognizable way.

Jan 25, 2019
 
5 by ric123123 from Kansas on Oct 23, 2018
 
4.75 by TeeCee from Texas on Sep 10, 2018
 
3.78 by GregSemenza from Connecticut on May 08, 2018
 
3.84 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas on Oct 27, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Spike from England

On draught at ‘The Crown’ pub in Little Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England.
L: Clear, rich copper colour. No carbonation at all. One finger of cream head leaves rings of lacing. Fantastic lustre. Looks great.
S: Malty & light. Not much there.
T: Biscuit, soft caramel, orchard fruit plus lots of stewed, black tea. Astringent with a hint of sweetness.
F: Medium body, very smooth, long & dry finish.
O: Traditional, southern counties, English bitter. Soft mouthfeel, very hoppy, bone dry.

Sep 24, 2017
 
3.88 by Justhead from Papua New Guinea on Sep 21, 2017
 
4.19 by MGtom from Ohio on Dec 03, 2016
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3.04/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by spacebear09 from Colorado

Is it just me, or is most British beer completely devoid of flavo(u)r...

Aug 16, 2016
 
3 by mothman from Minnesota on Mar 28, 2016
 
3.17 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Mar 28, 2016
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2.86/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by GreesyFizeek from New York

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.

Feb 29, 2016
 
3.39 by Calzyne from England on Jan 29, 2016
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3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by chinchill from South Carolina

From a cask at the 2016 Atlanta Cask Ale Festival.

Orange Amber body that's slightly hazy and topped with a bubbly white head.
Mild but earthy aroma.
Much better and much stronger flavor although it takes a moment for the flavor to build up.
Mild+ bitterness. Good and lasting aftertaste.

Jan 23, 2016
 
4.25 by chickenm from Canada (BC) on Nov 08, 2015
 
4.79 by philmid from England on Aug 05, 2015
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4.97/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Caput_H_lupulorum from Maine

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.

Jun 28, 2015
 
4 by Georgiabeer from Georgia on Jun 21, 2015
 
3.96 by CwrwAmByth from England on May 26, 2015
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by DirkNachbar from England

Drinkable. Could be stronger taste

Jan 25, 2015
 
3.5 by beer_bottle from Colorado on Oct 29, 2014
 
3.5 by -ronin- from Florida on Oct 20, 2014
 
5 by steverx8 from England on Oct 19, 2014
 
3.6 by jkhara12 from England on Oct 01, 2014
 
4 by Bobhoya from Arizona on Aug 14, 2014
 
4 by spointon from Illinois on Jul 31, 2014
 
4 by TrojanRB from Texas on Jul 13, 2014
 
3 by endless1408 from England on May 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by vinicole from England

Cask. Sparkling clear amber. Thin head. Good lacing.
Aroma of English hops and malt. Butter.
Tastes as it smells.
Smooth with a gentle carbonation.
Excellent example of a true English bitter.

May 10, 2014
 
4.25 by wl0307 from England on Apr 28, 2014
 
3.5 by tom10101 from Canada (QC) on Apr 09, 2014
 
4 by basili1250 from Florida on Mar 24, 2014
 
3.75 by ILiveOffHops from New Hampshire on Aug 24, 2013
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3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by sleazo from New York

On Cask Market Porter

A_Pours a chestnut copper hue. Minimal head but the cap lasts to the bottom.

S_Not much aroma to speak of. Slight bit of bready malt and no hops.

T_Dry biscuit like malt up front followed by a pleasing herbal bitterness. This lingers on the tongue for some time. Rather dry.

M_Medium bodied with perhaps a bit to much carbonation for cask but still rather nice.

O_A true session beer if there is one. I prefer dryer beers so this is one I could see having more than a few of.

Jul 31, 2013
 
3 by pin from Australia on May 28, 2013
 
3.75 by jmccraney from Washington on Mar 01, 2013
 
3.25 by Pelicanrocks from England on Feb 05, 2013
Sussex Best Bitter from Harvey's Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 65 ratings