Sussex Best Bitter | Harvey & Son Ltd.

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86
very good
32 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:
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Added by deBeers on 01-10-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
32
Reviews:
11
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
12.79%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
1
For Trade:
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Reviews by deBeers:
Photo of deBeers
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a beautifully clear chestnut with a 1& 1/2 to two finger virgin bubbly white head that recedes quickly and evenly leaving no trace of lacing to be found.

Medium-thin mouthfeel yet hearty for a cask-conditioned ale. A great session brew. This ale is the oppitomy of smooth and the bitterness is nicely showing yet perfectly blended.

Sitting for a few minutes, it starts to become a little tangy/citrusy?. Grapefruit begins to show itself as it warms. Very enjoyable.

This was drank at My Place as of 1/8/06 out of a pint glass. The line was poured out as no one else was drinking this while I was there.

"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."

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More User Reviews:
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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Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of robotiks
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of TrojanRB
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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Photo of vinicole
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of pin
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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Photo of basili1250
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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Photo of Bobhoya
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of endless1408
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of -ronin-
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of petluo
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Photo of spointon
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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Photo of Kornoms
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Sussex Best Bitter from Harvey & Son Ltd.
3.91 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
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