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Sussex Best Bitter | Harvey & Son Ltd.

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3.83/5
Very Good
34 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
Ranking:
#19,239
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
34
pDev:
12.53%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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2.86/5  rDev -25.3%
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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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of spacebear09
3.04/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of corby112
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
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 fullsweep
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a pint on cask at the Red Lyon in Slinfold, West Sussex. Not to be confused with the King & Barnes Sussex Best Bitter (K&B now owned by Hall & Woodhouse).

Appearance is relatively typical for a cask English bitter. Deep reddish-brown in color with very little head. Since it's cask, there's no nitro, and it's pulled from traditional hand-drawn pumps, so only a 1/2-finger head emerges. The color though is quite lovely.

Although this is a traditional bitter, the taste was much sweeter in my opinion. Can't quite place the exact flavors, but there was a floral/fruity sweetness on the finish with very faint flavors and nut and cinnamon as well--but these are very subtle.

Mouthfeel was very smooth with an almost faint oily feel to it.

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Photo of Calzyne
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Spike
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 500ml bottle.
L: Dark amber colour. Clear. No carbonation at all. One finger of cream head drops away quickly leaving rings of lacing. Fantastic lustre. Looks great.
S: Malty & light. Not much there.
T: Caramel plus stewed tea. Gentle bitterness. Semi-sweet.
F: Light body, almost watery. Dry finish and a hint of chew saves it.
O: Traditional, southern counties, English bitter. Malt-forward with hops in the background. Balanced but a bit boring.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Antilochus
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
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 MI_beerdrinker
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Newsman
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bosox941827
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 34 ratings
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