In a nutshell: A vibrantly hoppy Golden Ale from Harvey's Brewery of Lewes East Sussex.
The lowdown: One of the first of the new wave of 'Golden Ales' that emerged in the 1980s. Armada Ale has a pronounced yet balanced hop character, derived from Fuggles and Golding hops and a superbly dry, refreshing finish.
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.