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Michael Jackson ***/**** World Classic, Pocket Guide to Beer p.107
M. Jackson put it "reminiscent of a Belgian Triple"
(The New World Guide to Beer, p. 174).
Created at Harveys traditional country brewery in Lewes, East-Sussex, its perennial Elizabethan Ale was first brewed in 1953 to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Maris Otter, Pipkin Ale, and crystal malts are selected to give the Elizabethan Ale its intense color and fullness of palate. For balance, Fuggle, Golding and Progress hops are used in the brewkettle. Primary fermentation takes place in Harveys traditional open fermenting vessels using yeast strain, which has remained unchanged for decades.
In condition tanks under the influence of Sussex's Fuggle hops the Elizabethan Ale undergoes a secondary fermentation, in which the hop oils become part of the complex flavor of this brew, donating a most splendid aroma to the Elizabethan Ale.
After a further period of cold storage Harveys Elizabethan Ale is reminiscent of those strong very fruity 'stock' ales drunk during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Nice, deep, dark brown with a nearly clouded over appearance. Nice little tan head.
Aroma of mixed bag of malts, hint of light hop presence.
Flavor is rich with touches of nuts, caramel, cinnamon, and spices.
Hint of bittering hops as it warms and a long, slow finish.
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Picture: Elizabethan Ale label