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India Pale Ale (IPA) - John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

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India Pale Ale (IPA)
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BA SCORE
85
very good

32 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-16-1998)
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Jdiddy

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

John Harvard never ceases to amaze me. Their IPA is one of the best I have had. Very chewy and hoppy. Great bite on this beer. Pretty complex but not over the top. Nice head that lasts throughout the beer. Color is a dark muddy orange. Amazing beer.
Sort of like a meal in a glass. Very filling drink.

05-11-2003 06:31:05 | More by Jdiddy
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +16%

This beer was served in a dark booth at John Harvard’s so I’m not exactly sure what color it is, but from our table light, it looked a bright copper with a frothy film of head.

Smelled of crisp nectarines and pine with a subtle blueberry hiding in the background.

The taste was appropriately dominated by a bid piney dryness that yielded to a smooth half and half creaminess and pasty bread dough with a slight suggestion of blueberries again. The finish lingered on long with a light cedar.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied, smooth and with a sparse carbonation.

Very nice beer! I particularly enjoyed the slight blueberry element to this one. It really made this beer stand out in a huge sea of IPAs.

05-29-2006 03:34:26 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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HoorayBeer

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

This was my second beer during this sitting, after the Red Ale that I did not finish. It was also a nice looking brew, had a nice thin head on top. Nice golden color to it, had a hint of red hue in it.
First taste was very tastey. It was a well made IPA, nothing that stands out, just a very Hoppy and bonified IPA. It was very enjoyable and with a clean finish like all IPA's should. Very well balanced, not overly hoppy.
Very pleased with this selection.

04-21-2007 15:01:47 | More by HoorayBeer
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%

Presentation: On cask.

Appearance: Cloudy amber with crisp bubbles, sticking to the glass which make an ample creamy froth of a head. Puffy rings of lace adhere to the glass also.

Smell: Lots of fresh hop oil and hints of hop leaf and a subtle sweet fruitiness.

Taste: Chewy malt up-front with a mix of hop bitterness and hop leaf. Fruity all the way and hints of caramel.

Notes: A great American cask ale aimed at the hop-heads.

05-16-1998 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Stingray5

New York

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%

Sampled at the LI location, they were calling it Pluto's Hop Magic Ale, definitely an IPA, so I'll review it as such. Poured amber with a remakably frothy head that lasted almost the duration of the pint. Near no carbonation, ultimate smoothness. Mellow taste, with nuttiness and a certain smoked quality, much like the aroma. Finishes with a mellow hop bitterness.

Cask Ale, I think I'm starting to get hooked.

03-10-2004 03:48:43 | More by Stingray5
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%

Very nice pour from the folks at the Cambridge JH. The head looked great and left nice little rings throughout the glass. The serving temp was spot on, not cold at all. Aroma is reminiscent of grapefruit. Taste has a low malt backbone followed by smooth, but not over-powering hops, again with pleasant notes of grapefruit. Would make a good session beer. pat

09-28-2003 19:20:09 | More by PatandDavid
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froggyfrog

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

It's been awhile since I've had a good, solid pine-tree-soaked IPA. This beer has remedied that shameful deficiency.

Poured from a brown glass John Harvard's screw-top growler retrieved from Pittsburgh by my brother, BigThuggin. Beer served in a Becher-style pub glass.

Swirls of color fill the glass: the brown, orange, red and yellow of a harvest cornucopia. A few large bubbles form the lackluster head and leave behind but no trace of lacing. The low carbonation and resulting lack of head in this particular serving are a consequence of the packaging and not of the craftsmanship.

This is a lively beer with a humongous evergreen bouquet accompanied by a surprisingly robust pale malt aroma.

Taste is resinous (in a good way) pine and grapefruit hops and again as in the smell, a rigid backbone of pale malt with a mildly toasted flavor. The malt might call to mind an English-style IPA, but the American-style hops still come out on top.

Mouthfeel is mildly watery which may also be a growler issue.

Easy drinking yet full of some simple but intense flavors, this is a damn good IPA. I look forward to trying this one fresh out of the tap.

07-18-2006 04:48:41 | More by froggyfrog
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canoehornpoint

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

Nice copper/amber with a creamy sticky head. Nice sitrus hop nose pronounced but not overpowering. SLightly malty finishing out with a crisp, citrusy hop bite (maybe Kent Golding). Doesn't leave a bitter aftertaste. Could be a bit more complex. Medium body finishing lighter. I liked this but preferred the Pale Ale.

05-02-2004 00:06:00 | More by canoehornpoint
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Wayne, PA location. A slightly hazy orange-tinted amber body is capped by a creamy off-white head that holds well before dropping to a creamy collar and whispy surface foam. Adequate lacing adds to its visual appeal. A bold citrusy, piney, floral and lightly earthy hop aroma rises from the glass; greeting the nose well before it reaches the lips. The hops appear to be more Centennial than Cascade; and there's probably a blend of several hops going on. The body is firmly medium with a fine carbonation that's crisp in the mouth. The flavor delivers everything that's expected of the style with a clean, caramel-tinged and lightly sweet malt that's saturated with hop flavor and backed by firm bitterness. It eases into a dry finish with both residual malt and hop flavors that eventually dissolve into a pleasant bitterness that lays more on the tongue than at the back of the throat. It's well-rounded and solid like the crack of a home-run ball off the sweet spot of a seasoned Louisville Slugger! Big but not too big; bold but not overstepping - this is a beer that the connoseur can ease back into like an over-sized soft leather chair. It's not overly done, and yet it delivers. A surefire beer to fall back on if the seasonal's gone awry.

03-03-2003 18:03:43 | More by NeroFiddled
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

The newest IPA offereing from John Rehm. An unamed IPA this time around.
Appears a transparent orange with a small white head that fades into a small collar. Lots of carbonation bubbles jumping and popping to the top, making this a beer that just seems attractive all around.
Smell is of citrusy hops with sugary grapefruit standing out.
Taste is of the same aromas of the citrus and grapefruit.
Mouthfeel is of bitter grapefruit blasted hops, sugary, and balanced.

03-17-2006 14:11:51 | More by weeare138
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-07-2011 10:54:35 | More by ROGUE16
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francisweizen

Alaska

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Muddy orange with a nice small head of white. The aroma is of sweet malts and very herbal/piney/citrusy hops. Centennials are in here, and the complexity that this brew gets out of them is nearly astounding. The aftertaste is grassy and medicinal with an interesting hoppy bite. Wow, a very strange, yet awesome IPA.

03-03-2005 19:39:34 | More by francisweizen
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-21-2011 19:20:19 | More by Rochefort10nh
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

I was happy to see something nicely hopped at my John Harvard's here is Southeast PA. I was in the mood for some hops after my delicious milk stout. This brew didn't have much of a head, but was amber in color with lots of bubbles. Could have been the pour, who knows.

Aroma was quite hoppy, with a somewhat malty sweetness as well. Tasted hoppy (duh) with some very strong pine and floral notes as well. All in all, a good IPA...the hops give a nice strong kick. Can I ask for some more alcohol though? :)

01-31-2003 17:59:30 | More by IrishRedRock
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WonderWoman

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

This beer had a copper hue to it with minor head the traces the rim of the glass.
The smell was of a berry fruit and hops.
The initial taste was fruity with minor hops which soon developed into quite a hoppy finish.
The mouth feel was thin with minor tickles of carbonation.
I’m not a fan of IPA’s but I could drink this one.

05-29-2006 02:23:43 | More by WonderWoman
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JamesS

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

This beer had a nice orange color with decent head and lacing. It had an excellent hoppy scent with citrus hints. Ver nice IPA flavor, a nice mix of hops with a slightly orange undertone. It goes with well and is worthy. While I prefer JH's pale ale, this DIPA is very good, too.

02-17-2008 15:19:50 | More by JamesS
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treehugger02010

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

I got this brew on-tap at John Harvard's brew pub in Wayne, Pa.
Appearance: This poured a tight amber color, with a light tan head. The head was two fingers with good retention.
Smell: There was a mild hop aroma.
Taste: The taste was a magnified verison of the smell. It contained a high amount of hops.
Mouthfeel: Consistent with IPAs, very rigid.
Drinkability: I would say this has medium to high drinkability.
Don't drink and review.

02-25-2007 20:55:48 | More by treehugger02010
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mophie

Delaware

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

On tap at the Wilmington, DE restaurant. I was actually quite impressed with this one, though I'd categorize it as more of an American than an English IPA given the use of Cascade hops. Amber in color, with a nice, full, creamy head (it looked off-white in the rather dim lights of the restaurant). Strong grapefruit and pine aromas, which carried through to the taste as well. Not much of a malt presence here, but I didn't really expect one. Surprisingly refreshing, overall this was a nice surprise.

09-02-2002 12:13:43 | More by mophie
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Illinick

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

A: Copper, amber in color with a nice, foaming head that sticks around. Spider-web like lacing.
S: Citrus hops that are highlighted by grapefruit pulp, some herbal notes and pine with a slight malt smell in the back. Of course hops throughout, although more of a hop oil scent than fresh hops.
T: Parallels the smell with the grapefruit pulp being at the forefront. Herbals notes with some pine, but the grapefruit seems to be the driving flavor. Some malt at the end with the bitterness starting in the middle and ending the taste profile.
MF: Light-medium with a bite.
Overall: A nice IPA that didn't blow me away. I found the bitterness nice, but a little over the top. A nice brew nonetheless.

02-26-2006 18:28:39 | More by Illinick
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

11-15-2011 01:53:40 | More by bpfrush
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

05-25-2012 14:40:39 | More by PatGreer
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the Harvard location.

Color is a pretty nice orange color with an off white head and a bit of lacing. The nose is pretty plain with some light citrus hops and a bit of pine. The taste is similar with some light citrus and pine and doesn't really bring much; a slight bready taste as well. Feel has some very slight bitterness. Drinks fairly well, but not all that much involved.

11-12-2010 03:57:34 | More by Thorpe429
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

Opaque with a light brown color. Nice sticky lace.

Unfortunately, the glass was probably not rinsed thoroughly since the smell was predominantly soap. I could barely detect hop.

The taste starts with dark crystal malts followed by bitter hop flavor. There's a powerful dry hop aftertaste. The beer is thinner than expected but still within the style expectations. It's disappointing that soapy aromas really detracted from an otherwise overall good brew.

04-03-2004 21:45:53 | More by smcolw
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%

Sample at the Pittsburgh location. This beer is a dark gold/copper color with a minimal off-white head. Very little lacing. Citrusy hops aroma with a touch of spice. Medium-bodied with a good amount of hops flavor, along with citrus and spices. The finish is where the beer comes up a little short. It is on the watery side and not as hoppy as the taste and smell. There is a light hops and spice aftertaste. This is fairly good aside from the weak finish.

08-31-2006 21:35:10 | More by Dogbrick
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

08-01-2014 00:12:24 | More by Doomcifer
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India Pale Ale (IPA) from John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
85 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.