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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.


4.1
   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.

4
   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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8530) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - AUG 8, 2005
tap @ brewhouse: typical IPA body. Aroma isnít extremely hoppy, but thereís enough there. Also fruit, grapefruit and caramel in the aroma. Finishes with some hop bitterness but is also fruity, grapefruity, and of course some caramel there too. Not dominated by hops like most IPAs, but still enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1387) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Better than the ratings would say. A good amount of hops but they are kind of the "fart" ,"cheesy" hops. nothing spectacular.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3892) - 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.

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

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (3516) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [draft - John Harvardís 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4302) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PorterPounder (5645) - 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.


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