In a nutshell: A hoppy Ruby Ale from Harvey's Brewery of Lewes East Sussex.
The lowdown: One of Harvey's seasonal beers brewed around St George's day each year. The label commemorates Dr Gideon Mantell from the town of Lewes who, in 1821, discovered prehistoric reptile fossils in nearby quarry. It's ruby in colour with a fruity aroma and a sustained, lingering bitterness with a subtle hit of lip-smacking fruitcake.
Style - Bitter, Pale Ale & IPA ABV 4.7% - Moderate Strength
First established in Lewes, East Sussex over two hundred years ago and still a privately owned business Harvey's are one of the few remaining thriving regional brewers that have not been swallowed up by the big drinks conglomerates.
In the traditional manner they own 49 pubs in London and the South East and their beers are rarely seen beyond that area. Their riverside brewery in Lewes, the centre of production since the 1800s, is a town landmark and is the image of what most people would imagine as a traditional brewery.
Whilst steeped in history they've also kept fully abreast of modern tastes and demands and their range of beers fully reflects this.