Harveys Best | Harvey & Son Ltd.

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

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-04-2003

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Photo of robotiks
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Justhead
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MGtom
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Calzyne
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a cask at the 2016 Atlanta Cask Ale Festival.

Orange Amber body that's slightly hazy and topped with a bubbly white head.
Mild but earthy aroma.
Much better and much stronger flavor although it takes a moment for the flavor to build up.
Mild+ bitterness. Good and lasting aftertaste.

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Photo of philmid
4.79/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of steverx8
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jkhara12
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of wl0307
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of sleazo
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Cask Market Porter

A_Pours a chestnut copper hue. Minimal head but the cap lasts to the bottom.

S_Not much aroma to speak of. Slight bit of bready malt and no hops.

T_Dry biscuit like malt up front followed by a pleasing herbal bitterness. This lingers on the tongue for some time. Rather dry.

M_Medium bodied with perhaps a bit to much carbonation for cask but still rather nice.

O_A true session beer if there is one. I prefer dryer beers so this is one I could see having more than a few of.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of KStark
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of jonb5
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint from the Market Porter. Ruby colour, slight tanned head which was poorly retained, looked a bit hazy. Slight yeasty aroma, reminded me of a Belgian Pale Ale. Tasted berries, it got more bitter as it warmed, corky finish. Mouthfull not overly smooth, had a bit of gas. Overall a tasty session beer, more pale ale than bitter.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Upon visiting friends in Lewes, had to make a stop by Harvey's brewery/shop. Got a 2.4 liter (4-pint) jug of Harvey's Best Bitter. I had had this once on cask at a local pub so was expecting this one to be more or less the same. I'm not sure if it's my memory that's off or what, but this tasted substantially different than the previous pint I had.

A: mahogany with hints of ruby red, no head whatsoever, no fizz; mostl tranparent although slightly cloudy

S: malty with mild hops, not a distinctive scent, to be honest

T: bittersweet upfront with some very mild spice on the finish leaving a pleasantly bitter aftertaste

M: smooth--again no fizz whatsoever, a slight oily texture, but pretty flat mouthfeel overall

O: a very pleasant drink that is solid throughout; distinct from other bitters from the SE region, but doesn't stand out so much as to merit a stellar rating

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Photo of paxton1978
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just one of my all-time favourites, since it can be found all over my locality on cask and is usually well-kept. A wonderful warming chestnut-coloured beer, on this occasion with a head that dissipated quickly but left a little lacing. Slight hop bitterness to slightly offset the slight spiciness. A great session beer in every sense.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the Market Porter, Borough Market, London.

Pours russet with tan lace. Smoke and bitter orange nose. Toasty grains backed with bark hops. End is astringent and dry on the tongue. Medium body. A roast orange glaze taste overtakes the toast as it warms.

Toast and tight hops make for a spartan pint of bitter, but still drinkable at only 4%.

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Photo of redzone3120
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

A - Has a very dark clear amber color with a good thick head. As the head settles down, it leaves a nice white lace on the edges of the pint glass.

S - Has a bitter hoppy smell with a nice aroma. Smells like its going to be a good beer.

T - Has a slightly bitter taste with lots of nutty flavors. The hops, and possibly malts, are evident.

M - The first thing noticed is in the carbonation, or rather lack of it. This is probably one of the flattest beers I have ever had. Definitely distracts from the flavor but that is probably more a personal thing than anything else.

D - Very drinkable though might take a little bit to get accustomed to if you are not familiar with this style out of the cask. Highly recommended and enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerDetective
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask in several lovely pubs in London, a wonderful example of the style, nice and big caramel taste to me up front, then a wonderful ride through the hops to the wonderful finish. All around one of my favorite beers I have discovered from the U.K.

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Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at The Coal Hole, London:

Pours deep ruby with a creamy head. Sheets of lacing cover the glass.

The smell is floral/leafy/herbal with slight caramel.

The taste is herbal/leafy with caramel and a lemon tartness and an aspirin-ish bitterness in the finish.

It has a velvety, medium-body.

Nicely bitter (slightly tart) with a refreshingly dry finish. A solid example of the style!

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bitter poured a slightly hazy, amber reddish color with slightly off-white foam that persisted. The smell was minimal: malt with a hint of sulfur. The taste was malty with a good, balanced hop bitterness throughout, and a touch of fruitiness. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry with medium body and low carbonation. The hops lingered on the tongue. This was a good, drinkable bitter.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours mahogany and gold with a tan head with big bubbles. Moderately thck hed that leaves chunks of lace.
Aroma is toffee, hay, bread and butter and a fruity bittering.
Flavors of toffee and grain with a floral and touch of citrus hop profile.
Mouthfeel is semi-sweet to stat with a little bit of roastiness in the middle. Slowly building residual bittereness throughout.
Drinkability is very high. Great session beer, gets better after two.

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Photo of Crosling
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Sampled at the White Horse in London, England.


The aroma was nice. English hops; flowers, light lemon and herbs along with a slightly toasted maltiness.

I really enjoyed this. This is a beer you can drink constantly thoughout the night but not only that, it is great as a palate cleanser when you are trying a lot of big beers as well. Very good example of the style. Flavors much like the aroma.

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Harveys Best from Harvey & Son Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 27 ratings
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