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.

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notalush (5910) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Cask at the Lake Grove location - since this seems to be a name used at many JH locations, I won’t bother entering a new Old Willy that is Lake Grove specific (although I’m fairly certain the recipes are different) - anyway, this beer is cloudy copper out of the cask - it’s 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 it’s a decent beer.

stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Sampled @ John Harvards Brewhouse with the Mad_Indian. Pours hazy copper with an off-white head. Aroma of citrus, hops, and floral. the flavor is mildly bitter, citrus, with some floral notes as well. Not bad a little thin.

MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Sampled with Stegosaurus during our second Boston Tour. Served at John Harvards brewing. Hazy coppery pour. Mild floral aroma. Taste was mild hop but reminded me more of a pale ale. Not bad.

kp (10881) - 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

Zeswaft (1776) - 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.

Aurelius (5489) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Sweetish malty aroma, with citrus. A bit briney, not very sweet. Medium-heavy bittering, but this isn’t going to stoke up the hopheads out there. Rusty orange-brown. Slowly building bitter finish and aftertaste. Medium body. Medium fruitiness, light caramel.

JoeMcPhee (9517) - 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 I’ve 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. (I’m 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.

duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2005
[email protected] Harvards, Bsoton, Ma. Full on hopleaf flavour, quite earthy. Some sticky pine-sap characters, odd burnt character, quite leafy and floral though, pretty strange.

ABUSEDGOAT (2822) - California, USA - AUG 8, 2005
tap @ brewhouse: typical IPA body. Aroma isn’t extremely hoppy, but there’s 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.

ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, 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.

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