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John Harvards Old Willy India Pale Ale
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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.01/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 03/27/1998
Mode: Draft
Source: Roswell, GA

hazy brown, thin frothy tan head, thick lace, malt aroma with fresh light hops, medium body, good citrus hop flavor, lingering bitterness, not too agressive, but nice
-------- /> Date: 02/12/2007
Score: ii to ii+
Words: Draft
Words: Brewpub
Words: Harvard Square

hazy amber, fine off white head, lots of lace, light sweet citrus aroma, lots of citrus hop flavor well backed by the rich dry dark carmel malt, a touch of sweetness shows up to balance everything out

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+/4

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2006
Cask at the Lake Grove location. Very dark brown beer topped by a thick creamy tan head. Probably one of the darkest IPAs Iíve come across, darker than many brown ales... but I digress. Hoppy nose, woody and lightly spicy. A hint of resiny aroma as well. Falvour is surprisingly good. (Iím only surprised because I expected so little from this brewery). Woody flavour with a good amount of resinousness. Very leafy and bitter. Toasty with some sweet caramel maltiness as well, but this one is definitely leaning toward hoppiness Long lingering bitter finish. Solid brew.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
motelpogo (6130) - 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

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2005
Tap@John Harvards, Bsoton, Ma. Full on hopleaf flavour, quite earthy. Some sticky pine-sap characters, odd burnt character, quite leafy and floral though, pretty strange.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PorterPounder (5192) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Cask at the Lake Grove location - since this seems to be a name used at many JH locations, I wonít bother entering a new Old Willy that is Lake Grove specific (although Iím fairly certain the recipes are different) - anyway, this beer is cloudy copper out of the cask - itís got an almost metallic character in the nose that I got past surprisingly quickly - beyond that, some biscuity british malt - this is not nearly as hop-forward as the IPAs they usually make here - instead, the hops add an earthy character to the british maltiness, as well as a moderate fruity character (not citrus, but more of a cherry/ berry flavor) - gets a little coppery/metallic at times, which does diminish enjoyment, but itís a decent beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (3903) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Sweetish malty aroma, with citrus. A bit briney, not very sweet. Medium-heavy bittering, but this isnít going to stoke up the hopheads out there. Rusty orange-brown. Slowly building bitter finish and aftertaste. Medium body. Medium fruitiness, light caramel.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3856) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2006 On draught at the Harvard Square location, 5/30/2005. Hazy, chartreuse-orange, with some light ruby highlights and a small, but moderately well-retained light beige head, slight lacing left behind. Aroma of bitter and flavorful hops, caramel, light creamy sugar notes and hints of cherries and oranges. Bits of earthy yeast and leafy, floral hops linger. Flavor is citrusy, and creamy all at once, with a soft, silky palate, medium-full body and juicy hops flavored finish. Amarillo-like hops fruitiness, light acids that are held in check by the ample malt. Crisp finish, very quenching bitterness that is not over-the-top.
Rerate. Cambridge location again. Much more watery, less interesting hop complexity. Malt is caramelly-sweet, heavy and simple.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nuffield (3636) - 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)

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
DYCSoccer17 (3226) - 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 donít care for.


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