John Harvards Old Willy India Pale Ale
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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.01/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
John Harvard's Old Willy, named after the Bard of Avon, is a blend of pale and roasted malt for body. We use an aroma hop during the boil, then add more hops to the cellar tank for dry hopping, giving "Old William" a delicate floral aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 19, 2004
pretty bad, sticky ipa. the wrong sort of bitterness, composty and lemon detergenty. some pineapple in the aroma, not a whole heap of flavour

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
DYCSoccer17 (3629) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 14, 2004
Cask in Manchester, CT. Slight citrus notes in the nose. Sort of smells like gym clothes unfortunately. Moderately hazy amber color with an off-yellow head. Start is rather bland without too much going on. Finish is very bitter and hoppy. The rye really shines through in the finish as well. An odd combination that I don’t care for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [draft - John Harvard’s Pittsburgh - Monroeville, PA] Poured a dark copper color with a very, very thin head. Very strong hop aroma that matches the very strong and peppery hop taste. Very citrusy and spicy with a nice semi-sweet and bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 22, 2004
Red-orange, thin off-white head. Nose powdery and sugary, quite citric. Very hoppy, lots of citrus, has a bit of a Sweet Tart sugary character to it. Quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PorterPounder (7330) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2004
Had at their downtown D.C. location. Orangey-copper colored, thin, but sticky white head with good lacing. Very faint piney aroma. Not the hoppiest IPA out there. Has just the slightest bit of grapefruity citrus flavor, mare malty in nature though. Pleasant mouthfeel. Overall, average - good companion to lunch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nuffield (4065) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2003
The brewer at the Pittsburgh location told me that the recipe varies from location-to-location. I had the Pittsburgh version. Definitely a hop presence, if that's your thing, with some malt, combining to be very ordinary. Red, clear, with a good head, it was a bit fizzy for my palate. (on tap, Pennsylvania Microbrewers Fest 2003)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jelifish (10) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2002
Big hop aroma and very complex hop taste. If anything, not enough attention was spent on the malt. The ratio is a bit steep. Outstanding on cask. Good Job Andy!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2002
Way to hoppy. No wonder soliders drank this stuff, it makes you want to kill something.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ravidesai (978) - Bombay, INDIA - AUG 6, 2002
very hoppy, big floral aroma, dark nutty color, the taste is much milder than the nose, a bit off a letdown. an wel made ,if unexceptional IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2002
Too hoppy. WAY TOO HOPPY! Settles down slightly after several sips but not something I would ever order again. If you love hops this is your dream beer.

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