Sussex Best Bitter | Harvey & Son Ltd.

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BA SCORE
3.85/5
Very Good
36 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Harvey & Son Ltd.
England, United Kingdom
harveys.org.uk

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,507
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
36
pDev:
12.99%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by TeeCee:
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of beer_bottle
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TrojanRB
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.86/5  rDev -25.7%
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 MI_beerdrinker
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Antilochus
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of vinicole
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of DirkNachbar
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drinkable. Could be stronger taste

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Photo of basili1250
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Newsman
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +29.1%
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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Photo of Bobhoya
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of endless1408
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of -ronin-
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of GregSemenza
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petluo
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spointon
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of corby112
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
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 -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Sussex Best Bitter from Harvey & Son Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 36 ratings