Harvey’s: Sussex Best Low Alcohol (England: Low Alcohol Bitter: 0.5% ABV)

Visual: Slight darkened gold. Thin white rim of bubbles.

Nose: Honey. Thick. Nutty – cashew nuts amongst others.

Body: Thin. Nutty. Slight chalk. Watery. Slight treacle and charring.

Finish: Syrup touch. Watery. Slightly nutty. Some bitterness. Charring.

Conclusion: Whelp, this was the wrong one to do notes on. You see, I also grabbed the low alcohol old ale, mainly out of perverse fascination of how you can do a low alcohol old ale. Anyway, that was ok. This is shit.

Before anyone jumps to the wrong conclusion, I’m not shitting on it because it is a low alcohol take on the much maligned best bitter style. I was actually interested in what they would do with that, I’m shitting on it because it is shit.

It actually opened up ok, which is what made everything else such a shock. The aroma is a mix of honey and nuts. No news yet on if cornflakes were ever present.

Yeah, that’s a shit joke, I’m working with what I have got ok. So the aroma was gentle, but pleasant.

The body is fucking water that someone has dropped a nut into. By which I mean an actually nut, I am not insinuating that they jerked off into it. Though they may have done that as well for all I know. Though that would add flavour, so I’m guessing not.

There is nothing in this recognisable as elements that make a bitter good, shoot there is nothing that makes a beer good. There are just ill defined wet nuts, some charred bitterness and chalk.

Utter shite.

That was “How to be more optimistic in these negative days” Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.

Background: More low alcohol beers. As mentioned in the notes I grabbed this and also a low alcohol old ale from the same brewery. Looks like rather than brewing a low alcohol beer, they brew the standard beer then filter out the alcohol – interesting – guess time will show if it produces a better or worse beer than brewing specifically a low alcohol beer. I guess technically it can feel like cheating compared to the challenge of doing a good low abv brew, but if a good beer comes out of it there is no way I will complain. Not much to add, this was grabbed at BeerCraft and drunk while listening to the best of Ramones for some simple punk fun.