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Belgian IPA - John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

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Reviews: 3
Hads: 3
rAvg: 4.01
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John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: weeare138 on 04-14-2006

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Reviews: 3 | Hads: 3
Photo of Ego
4.14/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

what a find while I was working out on the island today! can't wait to go back and try all the other nutty hybrids they have on tap.. (this is the location out on long island, I will have to add it on to beerfly and then transport this review)

eyes...
one full finger of soapy head (decent retention), dark amber hue, some carbonation in the body (not much), lacing is good, better than average but nothing pushes this far above that.

nose...
smells like a "dark" saison with hops, bready and doughy with some malty caramel tone, spicy like a saison (peppery). the odor is rather strong and in your face, like pam anderson's tatas.. there is even a subtle hint of smoke in there, this is really good.

taste etc...
the carbonation seems to low, on it's own in almost drinks like an ESB, the bitterness is nice here mixed in with the yeasty flavor, BOTH come through on the aftertaste, in the mouth it is medium, a good medium, for me the lack of carbonation is distracting but yet this is still very enjoyable. the spice quality of the yeast really plays well off the hops.. and there is plenty of good hop kick in this.


verdict?
aside from the carbonation this is damn fine... a strange brew but not a miss in my book. I would gladly have this again as the flavor and nose are great. a damn interesting take on the style! (1,339 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.93/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper hue wih a one finger foamy head. Decent retention and lacing.

The smell was very subtle with a light yeast and citrus aroma.

The taste is very complex. It explodes with a spicy citrus oily hop flavor with an excellent Abbey yeast backbone.

The mouthfeel was full and yeasty, with a dry finish.

This is a very unique beer - an IPA and Belgian Ale hybrid. Delicious and very drinkable. (416 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a glowing copper color with a creamy white head that quickly fades out. Some scattered spots of lacing are left on the glass.
Smell is of a Belgian yeast spiced IPA with subdued citrusy, and woody hops noted in the spiced base that contains a certain yeast strain that I know all too well thanks to John Rehm.
Taste - The Belgian yeast plays a nice complimentary partner to the hop bill in this brew paying homage to the likes of De Ranke XX.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, bitter, mildly sweet, and dry.
Drinkability is of a delicious hybrid treat combining winning traits of both styles. (605 characters)

Belgian IPA from John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
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