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John Harvards Bitter Ale
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   ABV: -
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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Sampled at Nerax: Poured from the cask with a strong nose of flowers upfront. Sweet fruit candy comes to mind, and butterscotch followed. The taste starts with a zip of bitter hop grapefruit, following by a caramel blast of sweetness, balanced with a sweet tart tangy hop presence.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3226) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Tap at Manchester, CT pub. Known as "The Bitter Challenge". 6.0% ABV with a description as "This ESB is a golden/copper colored ale with a medium body with a smooth, spicy hop flavor balanced by a bit of malt sweetness"
*****Crystal malts in the nose with a bit of caramel aroma and some toffee. A bit of grainy hoppiness is present. Transparent amber color with a yellowish head. Start is quite carbonated and rather bitter with grapefruit tones. Mild caramel notes in the middle before finishing with more harsh grapefruit bitterness. Not so smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
billk (352) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - MAY 15, 2005
Cask @ Springfield. Called Best Bitter on the chalk board. Quite cloudy amber/orange w huge white head. Aroma is Belgian yeast, very yeasty, and a sour citrus note in with some dry light malt. Flavor is Belgian yeast, sour, slightly clovey, moderate hops, light dry malt, rather bitter w a nice bitter finish. This was very much like a somewhat funky saison. According to the board it was tapped 2 months ago. Did I get the right beer? Had this not been my last for the session, I would have had more.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2004
Cask version, Deep golden in color with a large white head.Slightly hazey with a fruit and hop aroma,very traditional.hoppy from start to finish, a fantastic session beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaBeer1972 (1246) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2003
On-cask at Cambridge location. Served almost piss-warm. A Wonderful, frothy brew! Nice bittering tones, but not sticky on the finish. Too bad I had to rush out to catch the train, but I'll have to get there again soon.


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