Homerun APA - The Tap Brewing Company
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3.68/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
07-17-2009 00:04:18 | More by Sammy
2.75/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
03-18-2010 04:15:46 | More by GregPearson33
2.8/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
01-18-2010 16:59:04 | More by jneiswender
3.4/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
10-08-2009 01:11:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.48/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
11-14-2010 06:01:51 | More by Thorpe429
2.68/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
01-19-2011 23:28:50 | More by DrinkingDrake
3.13/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
07-21-2010 03:07:23 | More by jlindros
3.25/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
03-09-2011 23:47:11 | More by jdhilt
3.88/5 rDev +22%
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.
08-30-2009 21:28:00 | More by smcolw
3.56/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
08-23-2013 03:35:24 | More by GarthDanielson
3.75/5 rDev +17.9%
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
01-15-2010 05:25:23 | More by Duhast500
3.58/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
07-21-2009 21:54:50 | More by albern
2.98/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
05-16-2011 00:20:16 | More by pburland23
2.73/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
05-31-2010 14:26:22 | More by gfreed
1.83/5 rDev -42.5%
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.
12-13-2009 23:30:33 | More by BeerutalTruth
3.33/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
09-01-2010 00:27:05 | More by DrJay
Homerun APA from The Tap Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.