A smooth, balanced English bitter

Experience Gales Force of Nature

A silky-smooth premium ale, Horndean Special Bitter was originally the flagship beer of Gales Brewery in Hampshire. First launched in 1959, it’s still brewed with the same passion and pride today – and the age-old recipe continues to go down a storm.

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HSB can be discovered throughout our estate of unique and contemporary pubs - find your new local.

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We export our beers to more than 60 countries worldwide, meaning your favourite bottle, cask or keg is never far away.

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From your local supermarket to your favourite off-licence, you can find our canned and bottled beers to enjoy at home.

Blissfully unchanged

There aren’t many things in the world that have managed to stay blissfully unchanged since 1959, but from the russet colour and the fruity taste, right down to the logo on the hand-pump, Gales HSB is one of them.
You can’t improve on perfection, and that’s why HSB is still brewed with the same Gales yeast that gave it its famous flavour.

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Brewer's Notes

Brewed with the finest malt and hops, HSB imparts the rich, soft-fruit flavours of traditional Dundee cake. It’s a tawny, russet coloured beer, with malt and raisin on the nose – and a gentle sweetness that lingers long into the silky smooth finish.

  • International Beer Challenge Silver, 2009

  • World Beer Awards Europe's Best Best Bitter (Pale Ale), 2011

Taste profile

Sweet, fruity, bitter

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Famous old recipes require a trusty pair of hands. So not only do we use Gales yeast in the Fuller’s brew house, we use one of their most talented brewers too.

Food Pairing

Let HSB put the boot in on beef

A deep amber beer with earthy and sweet aromas. Rich and full bodied with the flavours of caramel, raisins - but balances with a slight spiciness that complements the strong flavours of the beef.


  • Water
  • Ale Yeast
  • Malts: Chocolate, Crystal, Pale
  • Hops: Challenger, Fuggles, Goldings


Per 100ml
Energy (Kcal) 44.1
Energy (KJ) 184.5
Protein (g) 0.41
Carbohydrates (g) 3.41
Bitterness (IBU) 32
This product contains Malted Barley

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