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Haver Ale - The Tap Brewing Company

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83
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50 Reviews
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Reviews: 50
Hads: 59
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Tap Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-17-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 50 | Hads: 59
Photo of jdhilt
2.46/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer, leaving traces of lace. Crystal clear pale amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Nose is too vague to describe. Flavor is light hay with hops. Would make a good lawnmower beer. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. (312 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Dan for this one.

A: Pours slightly hazy golden color with orange highlights. Small off-white head that recedes quickly with extremely thin and sporadic lacing.

S: Sweet with a little bit of citrus, extremely light though.

T: Sort of reminds me of tea actually. Slightly spicy with light fruit and a bit of a chalky flavor at the end.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Not really a fan, didn't like the tea flavors or the chalky aftertaste. (470 characters)

Photo of DrJay
2.76/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold with some haze, topped by a rocky cap of white bubbles. A bit of spotty lace, sort of short-lived. Buttery aroma, burnt popcorn, grainy malt, slight fruitiness. Low bitterness, balanced towards malt sweetness. Light buttery flavour, a bit of fruity berry. Light bodied, moderate to low carbonation, decent texture. Alright, but the aroma really put me off. (361 characters)

Photo of Jayli
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear straw colored yellow - perhaps one of the most clear beers that I have come across. White half finger head with relatively no retention to it, wispy lacing left behind. Nose is very, very bready, touch of corn, slightly sweet - perhaps some caramel malts but couldn't quite put my finger on it. Taste is where you can pick up on the caramel malts, much heavier malt in taste than in the nose. Slight bite of sweetness, but also quite bready. It actually reminded me of an alcoholic cream soda. This is an extremely light bodied beer, that like the taste, reminded me of drinking a cream soda. Light to medium carbonation, crisp and clean finish.
This was fun to try - especially to support a local brewery, but I would pass on this one in the future. (776 characters)

Photo of gfreed
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up by accident: I thought I was buying a straight lager (having seen the word on the six-pack while scanning the coolers) but, upon reading the packaging carefully at home, realized I had dragged home a cream ale. Suddenly I felt hot and dizzy as 25-year-old memories came flooding back... sessions with too many Genesee cream ales... spinning room... ugh...

Anyhow, having spent the $8.00, I gave one a try. Lightly foggy in appearance, with a decent, super-white, half-thick head that lasts for a while. Fairly aromatic, but rather indistinct: some flowers, a bit of citrus, a tad malty. Clean and dry taste, with the malt ahead of everything else, followed by some oranges and honey. Nearly flat, however-- could use a bit of fizz. Still, not bad for the summer. I've since had two more and have grown to like it, within its limits.

Not great, but okay. Worth a try for local drinkers (eastern MA) but I wouldn't go nuts hunting it down. The whole beer,-broads-and-cars thing on the label has got to go, however. Cheapens the brew, I think. (1,057 characters)

Photo of EkimGram
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 12oz bottle poured into standard pint. Colour is a clear, yellowish-straw. Thin head. Visible carbonation. Barely any lacing.

Smell: Light, fruity, malty, and a tad yeasty. Weak.

Taste: Nice and balanced malt flavour with a little bit of hoppy bitterness. Faint sweetness to it as well. Finishes dry and with a little bite.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, moderate level of carbonation. Finishes ever so slightly sticky.

Overall: Light, crisp, clean, and refreshing. Nothing to write home about but its nice. (517 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to wolfsblood for this!

Pours hazed yellow with a thin white patch.

The smell is of grain and slight (citric?) fruitiness.

The taste is not much...Some grain with a mild herbal bitterness in the finish. Slightly chalky.

The body is thin - pretty crisp. Dry.

Didn't drink quite as easily as expected for a "refresher". (329 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/17/11:
Thanks to Mkabull for sending this one my way:

Apperance: golden orange with no head and little lacing

Smell: nothing substantial

Taste: slight fruity hoppy notes, dry

mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, smooth

Overall: This one is just average nothing to get excited about.

Cheers,
The CPJ (318 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a bone white 2" head which dissipated to nothing. Clear Sienna yellow/brown in color. Smells rich and butterscotchy. Taste doesn't quite match the smell, more of an ordinary lager with a little hint of caramel. Really a very easy drinking ordinary beer which I could have any time in any quantity, and the lady of the house agrees. (338 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 7 Mar 2009. Courtesy of jleblanc, thanks!

Poured in Brewbaker pint glass. Small very white head. Lightly carbonated. Clear bright golden color. Light aroma of malt, apples, earthy. Very light, sweet malt. Somewhat flat throughout, slightly water. Finish is dry and crisp, aftertaste is sweet with just a slight bitterness. Body pretty light, minimal alcohol.

Overall not much to this, would probably be a good summer beer. (444 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sample through Brewfan and Secret Santa BIF 2007.

Gold colored ale with a decent white head.

Smell is quite fruity and spicy to the nose almost like this had a trace of Brett in it. Mainly scents of vanilla and nutmeg. Fruit scent is mainly confined to apples.

The taste starts out slightly sweet with a little spicy taste but it is much subdued from the smell. Taste doesn't develop too much from the start.

Mouthfeel is good.

OK ale but I am sure at the brewery I would choose something else. (499 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

The color is a clear gold with a finger of white foamy head ans some slight lacing.

The smell is light with some sweet malts and some hints of citrus fruits. A little bit of hops is detachable.

The taste is a bit sweet, with a creamy, smooth malt flavor. The is a slight hop flavor in the background that does come out but only slightly to bitter the taste up just a bit.

The feel of this beer is light to medium with some nice light feel on the pallet. It goes down really easy and does not have much of an aftertaste. (568 characters)

Photo of albern
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had very many cream ales, and the only one that stands out in my mind is Genesee. If anything, it is a unique flavor and experience, well worth a try for that alone. It is a drinkable beer, I think I like it, but I'm not entirely sold on the style. It pours a clear pale amber with a slightly creamy, but smallish, white head. The aroma is vanilla malts, and some funky yeast smells. The aroma is not pungent, not bad, but not overly enticing either.

The taste is a tad bit vanilla cream, a bit of a creamy or buttery corn or other similar vegetable, some dryish malts, maybe a tad bit of caramel, if any. There isn't much alcohol or huge hop flavors popping through, and the beer is of medium carbonation. There is a bit of a cream soda like taste to this beer. There is a spiced up bite in the finish and perhaps that is where some herbal hops make themselves present. The beer isn't particularly sweet, but I wouldn't rule out some sweetness entirely in the mid section, although it does dry out a bit by the finish. Not a bad beer, pretty drinkable, but not a go back to type of beer either. (1,106 characters)

Photo of EPICAC
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Haver Ale pours a slightly-hazed copper color. It's topped by a sudsy, off-white head that fades to a thin film. The aroma is mild, but what's there is malty. There are notes of toffee and caramel. There's also a mild hop aroma.

This beer is pretty light on flavor when it first hits the palate, but a nice mix of toasty, bready, caramel and toffee malts come through in the center. There's a mild hop bitterness in the finish. This beer is smooth and medium-bodied.

Ah, Cream Ale, a style that doesn't excite, doesn't impress, but somehow still satisfies. That's how I felt about this beer, and generally it's how I feel about the style. (640 characters)

Photo of deepsouth
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this beer poured a clear golden with a nice tan head that dissipated quickly.

the smell is slightly spicy and maybe a bit of banana. very faint.

it is not full of flavors, but nothing is off in the brew either. it's real easy to drink. slightly spicy with a bit of hops is all i get, but it's pleasant enough.

the mouthfeel is pretty thin, but champagne like. haven't had too many creme ales, so i don't know what to expect really.

this beer is super easy to drink and i was glad i got to try it. nothing super, but nothing offensive either. (546 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, brwonish-gold, one inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, sugar

Taste: caramel, toasted malt, tea, and some hops

Mouthfeel: crisp, dry, high carbonation, hoppy/bitter aftertaste

Drinkability: I think this is a slightly above average cream ale. It is smooth and malty. However--the hops in the aftertaste are pronounced compared to other cream ales I have had. I could have two or three. (421 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pristine pumpkin peel with an attractive crown of elephant tusk ivory hued foam that filled the upper third of the glass on the pour. Finely dotted sheets of lace are appealing to the eye. This is pretty much what a cream ale ought to look like.

There isn't much going on with the nose, but then that's often the case with beer of this style. Lightly sweet pale malt and a wee whiff of hops is the extent of it. Warming really doesn't change things in either direction.

Haverhill Haver Ale is a slightly better than average version that doesn't do enough to get over the hump into 'good' territory. There's a flash of true cream ale character about mid-mouthful, but it never really develops like it should. If simple and low-ABV drinkable are what you're after, this little ale fills that bill with ease.

My guess on the grain bill is 90% pale/pils and 10% something slightly more toasted. The beer isn't sweet per se, but it isn't bitter, dry or crisp either. Let's go with... balanced. A passing glance of ale yeast fruitiness and herbal hoppiness add enough flavor interest to keep the taste score on the positive side of average.

The mouthfeel is what it should be for the style and the ABV. It's light without being too thin, and has an appropriate amount of lightly sparkly carbonation that keeps things moving smartly along.

Cream ales have a hard time impressing us beer geeks. Haver Ale is no exception. The bottom line is that this is a decently well-brewed ale that comes dangerously close to forgettable. The gorgeous woman on the label, however, is all kinds of memorable. (1,591 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours out a hazy, light yellow with a one finger head that has half-way decent retention. Some light, spotty lacing is left around the glass. A small cloud and good ring are left on top of the beer. Suds seem pretty sticky and stay on the glass for some time.

S- Smell has little to it. There are some light malts and light fruits (apple, pear) hop notes. The strength is pretty weak as well.

T- Taste is much of the same. Kind of tastes like white grape juice/pear/apple. The light malts are present in the background as well as a tiny bit of grassy hops. Not much going on here but a semi-fruit juice taste.

MF- Mouthfeel is pretty good. The body is a bit creamy with a moderate level of carbonation. The light fruit flavors stick to the palate for a bit.

DB- Drinkability is alright. The price of the beer is good but the taste and aroma are pretty bland. I could really bash this beer but what for a cream ale is supposed to be (and what people have told me about them), this really isn't too bad of an example. The smell needs some work but the taste isn't bad for the style. I could probably session this but probably won't have it again. (1,154 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by jophish17 - thanks!

Pours a clear gold/light copper color with a thin white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of light sweet malts with hints of bitter and slightly citrus hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front are joined by mild hop flavors midway through the sip. The ending has a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass without a problem, though I'm not sure about another.

Overall this wasn't anything special, however I've yet to have a cream ale that was. Worth a shot for the style. (682 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold with a decent white fizzy head and some light lacing. Some floaties in this one.

Really hunted for scent, and got some very light malt and maybe fruit.

Interesting brew here. Light malt, but not super fruity. Some dry/crisp elements to this, with a medicinal bitterness in the background that actually works. Finishes pretty clean. I really like the strength of flavor here. The flavors aren't bold, but are very well defined (nothing watery or thin about it).

Medium-light bodied with decent carbonation. Has that creamy edge to it -- not great in this dept., but it is there.

A very very easy drinking beer, and you still feel like you are drinking something substantial. An odd style for sure. This is no Anderson Valley, but this brew and brewery hold their own. If you are seeking to try this style, this isn't a bad start. (851 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a light gold with a very thin head and constant carbonastion rising from the bottom. Aroma was slighty sugary sweet with some buttery aroma. Taste was a plain sweet with small amounts of spiciness that hit towards the end. Felt good in the mouth, coated well and had a bit of carbonation. Very easy to drink, went down smooth. (372 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, some spice, some fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced but leans to the malty side with flavors of caramel, spice and some fruit. There's a good hops presence for the style and there's also a touch of smokiness. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, it's a decent beer that's worth drinking for a while, but typically I'd go for something a bit more flavor and a bit more strength. (778 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no obvious lot code or expiration date. Sampled on July 17, 2009. The Tap has a lot of excellent brews and I expect that the ones they sell in the bottle are the more popular ones at the brewpub. HaverAle Cream Ale is a great example of what they do. It pours a slightly cloudy amber with little to no head. The aroma is an enticing scent of sweet malts and fruit. A creamy mouthfeel. Roasted malts are the leading element in the taste followed by a little fruity trim and a dry finish. Very nice. Better on tap I expect. (559 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to UncleJimbo for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden pale yellow color, nice carbonatino, nice little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, sweet, slight hop note, spicy. The taste is sweet, malty, some hop notes, and some spice. Light/Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew, glad to have had a chance to try it. (375 characters)

Photo of trbergman
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Golden body with a thin and creamy white head that quickly fades.

S - Grainy, a bit nutty, no hops detected. Some fruity esters come out as the beer warms.

T - Grain, perhaps a hint of vanilla, a touch of hop bitterness to balance out the malt. Much better and more interesting than the nose would indicate.

M - Medium body, yet amazingly full for such a small beer. Something like a bready cream soda. Nice, rounded mouthfeel.

D - My first of the style, so I wasn't sure what to expect. This is a light, drinkable beer with no pretension of being more than it is. Goes down almost too easily. (641 characters)

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Haver Ale from The Tap Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.