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Homerun APA - The Tap Brewing Company

Homerun APAHomerun APA

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 17.98%

Brewed by:
The Tap Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Reagan1984 on 06-27-2008)
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Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at The Tap, the beer was served in a nonic pint. The beer is a light, caramel coloring with a filmy, clingy surface coat of head. Nose of subtle caramel notes and floral hops, with very light, toasty notes. Flavors are roast and caramel sweet forward, with a slight bitter and cedar undertone. This beer has a malt lean to it, with a rich, slightly bitter aftertaste. Clean, smooth finish, with hints of dryness creeping in. Very drinkable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2013 03:35:24 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of jaasen64


3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle thanks to Chazari99 for giving me this. Poured into Founders snifter. No bottle date.

A- Pours a slightly yellowish golden brown with a thin layer of white head that quickly recedes. Below average carbonation.

S- Honey, caramel malts, a tiny bit of pale malts, some citrus hops, but not much.

T- Mostly caramel malts, some very light citrus hops, finishes with a very caramel malt finish that lingers as an aftertaste. Nothing special going on here unless you love caramel malts.

M- Medium bodied, average carbonation, fairly easy to drink.

O- Nothing too impressive with this APA, if that's what it's considered. Not much going on except lots of caramel malts, which doesn't provide for a bad taste just not the taste I'm looking for at all. I wouldn't recommend trying this unless you are a huge caramel malts fan and that is what you are expecting.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 01:45:10 | More by jaasen64
Photo of pburland23


2.98/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a six pack at Winchester Wine and Spirits a few weeks back and split with a friend.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Beer pours a hazy orange amber with some really thin head. Not much going on here.

Smell is similarly disappointing. Some moderate malt sweetness with a touch of some booze which is surprising at 6%. Not much in the nose to pull you in.

Taste is totally unbalanced. There is some piney hops and malt sweetness, but the taste is really all over the place. It's just not a good tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is also slightly off. There's not enough carbonation.

Overall, this is just an all over the place APA. Not balanced at all. It's hard to see what the brewers were trying to do with this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 00:20:16 | More by pburland23
Photo of EkimGram

New York

2.3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 12oz bottle poured into Sam Adams "Perfect Pint". Cloudy golden-wheat colour. Thin bubbly head. Visible moderate carbonation.

Smell: Very malty with a hint of hops. Pretty lacking.

Taste: Unbalanced flavours of malts and hops. Some piney-citrus in the aftertaste. Bitterness is rather harsh. The bottle advertises "...deliciously well-balanced and drinkable." I don't find this all that delicious.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, decent amount of carbonation, lots of bite - too much if you ask me.

Overall: A rather disappointing beer. Lacks big-time in smell and taste. There are definitely better APAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 02:44:35 | More by EkimGram
Photo of MoreThanWine


3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 1.5" head which settled down quickly. Nice clear amber color. Smells of rich malt and leather. Taste is much milder, with little or no malt or hops and next to no finish. This is indeed the type of safe beer not to offend anyone at a baseball game and in that respect I guess sure it's a homerun.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 07:41:30 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger white head fades slowly leaving some lace. Almost clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Nose is grapefruit hops and flavor is same - grapefruit hops - average APA. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 23:47:11 | More by jdhilt
Photo of DrinkingDrake


2.68/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Almost no head. Some lacing because of my 10ft pour.

Bread and some toasted caramel. I haven't used this description before but I get some Arizona/NesTea smell. A very sweetened black tea to be specific.

Sweet light malt with that same sweetened black tea taste. A hop bitterness but that is faint on flavor but large on the bitterness and lack of flavor. Finishes with the malty sweet black tea finish.

Light body, just about no carbonation, I knew I would have trouble putting this down after the second sip.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 23:28:50 | More by DrinkingDrake
Photo of Thorpe429


3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub the afternoon of Night of the Funk 2010.

Pours a nice brown-caramel color with a two-finger white head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose brings some mild malt as well as some very light floral hops.

The taste goes in the same direction with some floral hops and a tad bit of citrus. There is a bit of bread dough there as well. I expected more from the taste, as there is quite a bit of bitterness in the feel, the taste just doesn't quite match up. In the end, a pretty decent brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 06:01:51 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of mmmbeer


2.7/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, brewed to 38 IBUs with Glacier and Chinook. It pours a crystal-clear garnet, with medium carbonation and a thin tan head. It looks good, but it's no APA. Floral and citric in the nose, with dark crystal malts and a hint of roast. Again, good but not APA territory. Tastes similar, hoppy and caramelly, with a touch of dark malts. Crisp and dry, with a medium body and lingering bitterness. This is a great beer that is unfortunately mislabeled. This is definitely not a pale ale - too much crystal and darker malts - but it makes for a delicious red ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 15:12:40 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of DrJay


3.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light amber in colour with a bit of an orange tint. Modest cap of fine whitish bubbles with a soapy collar. Spotty lacing. Citrusy hop aroma, oranges and earthy peels, slight pine, sweet caramel maltiness. Nice aroma. The flavour was mediocre. Bitterness was well balanced up front and had a harsh edge in the finish. This paralleled the sweet, bready, caramel malts that were present up front that basically disappeared towards the end. Hop flavours were present, but of lower intensity than in the aroma, and were mostly of the orange/citrus variety. Light in body, slightly thinned out in the finish, with soft carbonation and a bit of dryness. There's a lot of potential here. Modifying the malt bill to keep it from losing its malt character in the finish would go a long way to making this an above average APA.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 00:27:05 | More by DrJay
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3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A smaller fluffy white 1/2 finger head fades semi slowly over mostly clear amber nectar orange color.

N: A mix of some light malts and hops. A light spicy and slight piny hops, with some bitterness. Some malty backbone in there, a nice toasty malt, little sweetness. Overall I think the malts overpower the hops, which is much different than I remember having it fresh on tap. Either the age or the bottle have dumbed it down a bit.

T: Starts with a slightly pale hop character. Some juicy hops, slight pine, little grassy, some light astringent hop character. A little gritty tasting too. ALso some malt, a light malty flavor with some sweetness, gritty tasting, but still dry somehow. It's also somewhat abrasive, that grittiness. It also has a slight creamy taste.

M: Medium to lighter body with lower carbonation.

F: Slightly bitter, some astringency again, with more light pale hops, light grassy and just about no pine any more. Little malty flavor, with more of the dry gritty flavors. The more I drink it the more that dry somewhat unpleasant bitterness and that gritty weird taste just don't go away and really hammer it at you.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 03:07:23 | More by jlindros
Photo of gfreed


2.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another serviceable beer from Haverhill, complete with their trademark slut on the label-- ditch it, guys! A decent caramelly color and a thin head. Short on aroma save for some bitter citrus; a bit of fizz in the mouth and some malt up front, slight notes of toffee and some moldy grass that has been sitting in the grasscatcher for a few days. The bitterness at the end would be better if it had something tastier to balance; alas, this is not so. Like other HB stuff, it's drinkable but I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 14:26:22 | More by gfreed
Photo of GregPearson33


2.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The appearance was a deep caramel-amber topped by an enticing beige head that dissipated after a few seconds. Aroma was pretty bready, with some caramel and toffee.

The flavor was definitely sweet and malty but with a bitter, somewhat off aftertaste. Worse, about halfway through the swig the sweetness faded and I felt a little like I was eating a pine cone. This particular piece of forest litter detracted a bit from my overall rating on its mouthfeel.

Overall, I think this a decent brew but not one I'd recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 04:15:46 | More by GregPearson33
Photo of tegelaar


3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a perfect pint glass.

After a good pour, the color is light orange with a white head. Clear with lots of lacing. Smell is sweet with a malty background. Taste is lacking any hops whatsoever. Tons of nut flavors and bark. Mouthfeel is nice and light, fits the style. Drinkable due to the light body and lack of any challenge. I usually love the Taps brews but this one is a boring malt bomb. I expect a good measure of hops in my Pale Ales.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 01:09:02 | More by tegelaar
Photo of jneiswender


2.8/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A-off white head and a very clear amber body.

S-floral smell, faint grapefruit.

T-floral and medicinal in the front, middle is more malty with toast and nut notes. Bitter finish.


D-Not bad but this just can't compare with what else is out there. Nothing spectacular. I would have this again but only if the alternative was something yellow and fizzy.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 16:59:04 | More by jneiswender
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a dark amber/gold with a finger of foamy brownish head with some nice lacing.

The smell is nice a malty flavor with some brown sugar flavor and some mild hop aroma.

The taste is caramel with some hoppy bitterness in the background. Some mellow malt flavor is just the right amount of smooth balance between the sweet and bitterness.

The feel is light with a nice drinkable finish. A great beer for a warm afternoon

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 05:25:23 | More by Duhast500
Photo of mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark brown, much darker than I expected. Not much head, but some good lacing.

S: A nice woody, malty, and citrus smell.

T: Very malty up front, and also pretty hoppy. Floral and citrus aftertaste.

M: Pretty heavy, and low carbonation. Smooth.

D: Good, solid beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 23:07:08 | More by mostpoetsdo
Photo of BeerutalTruth


1.83/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An American Pale Ale that is darker than any brown all I have ever seen. FAIL.

Pours DARK brown with a thin head and little carbonation. Smells of roasted malt and chocolate..definately not what I'm looking for in a pale. I don't pickup any hops notes because the malt is over powering everything.

Mouth feel is thick for a pale but even thicker because of the low carbonation.

Finishes sticky leaving me rubbing my tongue on the roof of my mouth.

Final note: the beer on the inside is almost as bad as the label on the outside.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 23:30:33 | More by BeerutalTruth
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then there's a decent hops bitterness that comes in. The malt character is heart but not too heavy. However there does not seem to be as much balance as you would like to see from this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, not one of the better APA's that I've had but it's not a bad beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 01:11:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of smcolw


3.88/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours well: good spotty lace. Nice initial head that settles to a single layer of bubbles. Clear. dark golden color.

I like this smell very much. Great balance of paler and dry malts and a flowery, but bitter hop nose.

This is highly hopped APA, far more than the aroma would indicate. Relatively thin with a high level of carbonation. Quite dry--the finish reflects this. So, this beer starts bitterly and ends with a malt-hop blend.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 21:28:00 | More by smcolw
Photo of albern


3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very dark, very uncarbonated, very malty APA if there ever was one. I'm not sure I would categorize this beer as such. The beer pours a dirty brown mahogany color with very little head, perhaps a bit dark tan right out of the bottle before it dissipates, and then no lacing. The nose is roasted almond, caramel malts, roasted notes, maybe a touch of grassy hop.

The taste is very malted up. There is a slight hop sharpness in the background but the defining feature of the beer is the nutty, roasted almond flavor, the caramel malts, the drying and slightly bittering hop presence, the roasted dark malts, perhaps some dark liquorice in the flavor as well. There is a drying bittering bite in the aftertaste. The consistency is a tad watery, not much carbonation, fairly light in the mouth, but with a drying and slightly charred aftertaste. Not bad, but this isn't your typical APA by a long mile.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 21:54:50 | More by albern
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub, this is also part of their bottle lineup. It is hoppy, its the IA for some. Craftful as only 30 IBU, Glacier and Cascade hops. Golden-orange colour with lacing. Above average carbonation and average mouthfeel. Good drinkability, but it is one dimensional hoppy, underperforming the very best APAs where citrus is tangible.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2009 00:04:18 | More by Sammy
Photo of Risser09


2.6/5  rDev -18%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours an irregular deep brown color with ruby highlights. The head is minuscule and barely noticeable. No retention or lace. I don't see any carbonation activity either.

Smell: Surprisingly malty. Nutty almond oil and pecan. Tere really aren't any hop aromas. Quite different from the normal APA.

Taste: An initial bitterness is met with caramel malts. Nutty almond and cereal grains. The bitterness is stringent.

Mouthfeel: Bitter throughout, malty throughout, and some alcohol in the finish. Barely any carbonation.

Drinkability: This isn't a good APA. I'd like to like it, but it is way off what the style should be. Even without style guidelines, it's still not a great brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 17:08:51 | More by Risser09
Photo of gcarl


3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ahhhh Haverhill Brewery/The Tap, I take you for granted! What a wonderful establishment. If you live in the area and haven't visted their patio on the Mighty Merrimack River shame on you!

On to the beer. Picked up a six of the Homerun APA, poured into a tumbla. Gosh darn it this is one dark APA. Smell is muted, maybe due to the inadequacy of a head? Taste is fresh, creamy hop, and strong malt background. Carbonation seems to be the main issue for me. As I watch this one in the glass I see just the occasional bubble rise to the surface!?!?. Drinkabilty is okay. I put back two easily and they complimented my bbq'd meal nicely.

Although I would not say that this is a homerun for The Tap it is a solid double!

Go Sox.


Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 19:54:06 | More by gcarl
Photo of Reagan1984


3.9/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I visited THe Tap last week the Pale Ale they were serving was called Homerun APA.

It appears to be a different version of any that I see reviewed here. Not exactly sure of the ABV%. I'll try to call and get that.

This was a very nice beer and well balanced.

IT was a bright/deep copper color and came with a nice creamy head that lingered for a short time. Decent lacing as it was consumed.

Nice caramel/malty/hop aroma that hinted to the balance to come.

A great balance of the fresh hop flavor aroma up front that then finished with a crisp bready finish..

Excellent drinkability. Excellent mouth feel.

I almost view this as a gateway beer to get folks to appreciate IPA's. I'm not saying it is an IPA, it's not. But you can have someone drink this for a while and them intro them to the IPA style.

I hope they keep this one around.

Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2008 10:59:03 | More by Reagan1984
Homerun APA from The Tap Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.