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John Harvards Celtic Strong Ale
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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John Harvard's makes a hoppy version of this Irish ale in honor of St. Patrick's Day. We use pale and roasted malt for the deep color of this beer. Available in March


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11642) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 21, 2004
(DC, called Celtic Red) Clear copper body with creamy beige head. Aroma is mild, malty, medium sweet, nutty, caramel, some peat and some herbal. Taste is light-medium sweet, malty, nutty, caramel, some peat, some grassy bitter in finish. Light-medium body.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (9550) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2004
Murky, burnt orange ale. Beautiful lacing... lacework that actually looks like lace. Some vineous notes in the nose with hints of apple and sweat. Malty/fruity flavor as well with a little toffee thrown in for good measure. Medium-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Lengthy, bone-dry finish that leaves the mouth feeling parched. Pretty darned good Irish Ale!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Red copper color, small off white head, very little lacing. Mildly hoppy aroma, some malt. Caramel malt taste with a rather weak mouthfeel.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Sampled at the Monroeville PA location this beer poured a ruby chestnut color with a small tan head. The aroma was lightly sweet and roasty. The flavor was lightly sweet with a hint of smoke and moderate fruity hops. The finish is long, smooth and tangy.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 9, 2003
aka Celtic Red at Union Station Brewery/JH in Providence RI. Very pale, very malty, nice looking pour with good lacing, insignificant brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 18, 2007
Tap @ Lake Grove: This poured a mostly clear chestnut color. The aroma and flavor were pretty much the same. Decent toasty and caramel malt with some mild fruitiness to it. Mildly sweet on the flavor. Light peaty notes. Light to medium bodied.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 13, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 On tap Framingham loc. 5/13/2005. Near opaque brown-auburn color, with a light beige head, good retention. Light lacing. Smells of toffee, lots of crystal malt and tons of sugar. Flavor gives off notes of caramel and toffee, mainly, while there is a subtle hint of peat and chewy, moist brown bread. Dr Gonzo notes that it is too sweet, and I agree, it is a bit on the sweet side, without much in the way of bitterness (actually, no bitterness). Caramelized sugar, brown sugar, toffee. Good body, though (from all of the malt). Low to moderate carbonation, not watery. Finishes with a hint of grassiness, mostly sugary dough and caramel. More of a scotch ale, IMO, but I canít back that up.6/4/6/3/11
On cask. Good cask pour, except that itís ridiculously cloudy. Aroma of light fruit, lots of sweet butterscotch and cream. Flavor is VERY off. Another beer from Harvardís that I couldnt finish. Horrible alcohol sharpness, sour notes, sweet table sugar and almost something like spoiled milk. Yikes. Sticky, overly sugary body.5/3/3/2/7
Yet another sample on draught shows this one to be overly sweet, simple, and having problems with some sharpness/acidity and perhaps alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldGrowth (2757) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2006
@ Framingham location, late march í06. Ok nose, peaty, woody, earthy, nutty. Clean reddish brownish black color. Good head that faded quickly. Minor lacing. Bittersweet roasty chocolate caramel. Medium body, creamy oily mouthfeel, sweet kind of bitter dull finish. Not bad, I wish I wrote sown the abv beacuase i think it was more than 6% listed

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
obxdude10 (2077) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Nothing really all that special, reddish-amber color, very thin head, little retention & lacing, decent malty profile, a bit unbalanced, slighty sweet finish

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2004
Light amber in color with a small white head of foam. Malt aroma with a roasted note. A mellow roasted malt flavor,with a bitter/sweetness, that's dominated by malt and breadiness.


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