Harvey's Bitter | Garrison Brewing Company

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Harvey's BitterHarvey's Bitter

Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Harvey’s Bitter" is a premium small-batch brew in the "standard/ordinary bitter" style and winner of the 1st annual "Garrison Ultimate Brew-Off"! Homebrewers Brian Harvey, Justin Lockhart and Steve Trickett worked with brewmaster Daniel Girard to procue & package the winning recipe. Mild in maltiness & hop aroma, this highly "sessionable" brew delivers on taste and character.

25 IBU

Added by bobsy on 04-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 7
Reviews by PEIBeerGuy:
Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is another Garrison Brewery offering I picked up in Halifax this summer. I picked it up partly because I generally like Garrison's stuff and I hadn't seen this before, as well as partly because my wife's uncle's name is Harvey (who isn't bitter... he's a Blackhawks fan, not a Leafs fan).

This is the winning beer from Garrison's 2009 Ultimate Brew-off competition.

The beer pours a nice amber colour, with some copper / red. It doesn't have much head, but leaves tons of lacing on the way down. It's clear, and pretty bubbly.

In the smell is a bit of hops as well as a bit of toffee.

The taste is nice, and kind of hard to peg, exactly. It has some woody / earthy notes, with some toffee or caramel, and maybe hint of orange from the hops. It reminds me a bit of beers like Innis & Gunn, Doom Bar, and Greene King IPA.

The mouthfeel is nice and changes as you drink. At first, I found the carbonation a little strong, but by the end of the glass, it had pretty much fizzled out to that of a flat draught. It's a little watery, but smooth. The bitterness is definitely there, but it's not too strong.

Overall, especially for a beer with only 3.8% alcohol, it's a nice little quirky beer. Fresh and yet complex enough to keep it interesting.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear light copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt with unrefined grain. Taste is dryer then expected with some caramel malt and a somewhat unpleasant unrefined grain malt. Body is about average with good carbonation. Easily drinkable though somewhat too dry for my taste.

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Photo of ludachris
3.51/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a sparkling copper hue that is as clear as day with a finger and a half of fluffy white head displaying decent retention and leaving a good amount of patchy lace.

The nose is quite sublte, but that is to be expected for the style. Diacetyl with an English mineral backing is all that I can pick up.

Notes of toffee and bread are the first things to be detected, which both move towards a subtley bitter floral hop/mineral finish.

Mouthfeel is light but hefty when considering the ABV. Very clean with a good balance.

This definitely isn't my favourite style, but Harvey's/Garrison's offering is a good interpretation of it. I really like the concept of the Homebrew Challenge, and look forward to the Belgian Wit that is going to come next year.

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Photo of Long813
2.41/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From: Premier Wine & Spirits, 341 ml

A: Clear golden body with one finger of bubbly head. Poor head retention and no lacing.

S: Slight hint of caramel, straw aroma's dominate the nose. Smells like a sweet glass of Canadian.

T: Again, nothing worth to note here, there is a good amount of bitterness, but it has a strong straw like taste notable in adjunct brews.

M: Light bodied and medium high carbonation. Very watery texture and a not so pleasant dry after taste.

D: There is no way that this is the best homebrew that Halifax could come up with. It wasn't a bad beer to wash down pizza with, but I wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of bcrocker
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of wordemupg
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass june3 2010

A clear golden color with loads of tiny bubbles giving a thumbs width of head a long life with a few patches of lace

S some toffee with a little bit of hops

T again there's some hops and toffee but with a slightly metallic flavor but nothing offensive, perhaps a little bread dough to go along with everything else

M light in the mouth with a little bitter bite

D a good session beer that you could drink all day without issues

I'm a little surprised this beer hasn't got any love from my fellow BA's I would drink this again. thanks Long813 for sending this my way

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color that reminds me of butterscotch, with just under a finger of thick white head. Head has staying power and created lots of lacing.

Nose also reminds me of butterscotch.

Diacetyl is definitely preset, lending buttery character to the flavor. Some roasty flavor is also present. Finishes up with a bit of bitterness. Some lingering butterscotch flavor.

Overall, a fairly average example of the style. Might be better with a meal, but by itself one is enough for me.

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Harvey's Bitter from Garrison Brewing Company
3.29 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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