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Harvey's South Down Harvest AleHarvey's South Down Harvest Ale

Brewed by:
Harvey & Son Ltd.
United Kingdom (England)

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by wl0307 on 09-20-2006

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 500ml bottle brought back from Lewis by a friend last year. Best before Sep 16. Bottle has the following description-
South Down Harvest is brewed each September in celebration of the age-old interaction between brewing and agriculture. A quantity of freshly harvested ’green’ hops are included in this recipe which combines three different malts and three different hop varieties to produce a dry biscuit like palate with a fresh tangy bitterness.
It pours a clear brown toffee colour with a thin white head that doesn't last long. The aroma is toasty, bitter-sweet with flora, light vanilla, toffee, fruit loaf, dried fruits & brown sugar. The taste is bitter-sweet, brown bread, earth, toasty, dried fruits, grainy & earth. Medium body and moderate carbonation. The finish is dry and malty with hints of caramel in a mild bitter finish.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2015. Picked up a little while back from the Harvey's shop in Lewes. The label states that this is brewed every September to celebrate the harvest and includes a portion of fresh hops in the process.

A: Poured into a tulip pint glass. A rich, clear orange-amber hue with good carbonation. Yields a smallish head of white foam that disappears rapidly without trace.

S: Aroma of grainy malt with hints of husks, grass/hay, mild caramel, stewed hops, subtle overcooked veg and cardboard. An unappealing metallic twang lurks in the background. Subpar.

T: Tastes of grainy malt with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of husky grain, stewed leaves, grass/hay, mild caramel, overdone veggies and cardboard. Well-attenuated, followed by a crisp bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and decent body. Could be a shade thicker. Quite astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of harsh stewed leaves/cardboard, bitterness and grainy malt.

O: Meh. A rather uninspired brew; minor flaws don't help. Lacklustre looks followed by an aroma and flavour of grainy malt and stewed leaves. Body is OK. It's just a bit nondescript and nothing captures your attention. Can't help thinking that this is probably much better on cask (or else bottled live). Forgettable - no need to hunt it down.

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Photo of wl0307
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Harveys Brewery Shop, coming in a 500ml brown bottle; BB Sept. 09, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a clear dark amber hue with moderate streams of large-sized fizziness and a fluffy white head settling fast to a thin blanket.
S: quite sweet, like melted barley candy poured over boiled vegetables, while Harveys' typical yeasty-hoppy mixture stays loyally at the back, laced with hints of leafy herbs and jammy, salty-sweet prunes. "Very Harveys" to me, as a Harveys drinker for years.
T: an interesting swallow of boiled root-vegetable (like lotus roots), lubricating pale malts, honey, citric sweetness and brown-sugar+date+prune infused tea/water is gradually taken over by spicy bitterness of Southdown hops, leaving a rather clean finish that is simultaneously malty, spicy & herbal bitter. Really chewy bitter in the end, as a lively witness to the amount of hops used.
M&D: pretty refreshing, with the hidden depth of tiny fizziness making a bite on the palate from behind. The flavour is somewhat close to Harveys Best Bitter, with maybe a more pronounced input of malts, but the depth of bitterness serves as a decent balancer at all times. Not bad.

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