Sussex Best Bitter | Harvey & Son Ltd.

Sussex Best BitterSussex Best Bitter
BA SCORE
3.83/5
33 Ratings
Sussex Best BitterSussex Best Bitter
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by deBeers on 01-10-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,822
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
33
pDev:
12.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
1
Trade:
0
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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 little boring.

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

Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Caput_H_lupulorum
4.97/5  rDev +29.8%
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 Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DirkNachbar
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drinkable. Could be stronger taste

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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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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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of vinicole
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ILiveOffHops
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Reagan1984
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of petluo
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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 33 ratings
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