Kirley Q's IPA | John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

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John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by UnionMade on 08-22-2003

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of beer2day
2.91/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark caramel brown pour, so dark I was sure they had brought me the wrong beer. 2 fingers of darker head, but no retention. Decent lace.

Nose is a strong biscuit malt, way too malty for my taste.

This tastes more like an ESB. Notes of iced tea, with light hop hits in the finish. Its not a bad beer, just not a great IPA.

Creamy body, very smooth.

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Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Like a typical beer poured in a public place, this one didn't have much of a head. But what was there, lasted a long time and left excellent coating lace. The color was quite dark, closer to a light brown ale than an IPA.

Very mild aroma of some bittering hop. Little else.

Considering the nose, this is more bitter than expected, fitting the profile nicely. The body is decent. It very much reminds me of a IPA homebrew where extra crystal malt was used. This was my favorite of the bunch today.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a growler, poured into shaped pint glass.

med-brown w amber tint. slight haze. head is decent, but soon fades to thin layer. lacing exists but is slightly sparse.

smells lightly pine and grassy. hints of peach.

flavor is again some resiny pine, faint caramel in the malt, plus a nutty and savory note. moderate bitterness is balanced and blends into the finish.

not too thin, definitely some texture on the tongue. prickly but not overdone carbonation.

almost leans towards english in style, but still ends up being a decent IPA. good drinking, and a decent value. perhaps sessionable (although not sure of ABV, but possibly above 5.5)

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 10/25/07 at the brewpub, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma is kind of faint with caramelized malts, citrus and floral hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced, both the sweetness of caramel & citrus and the floral hops bitterness hit together up front. As the sweetness fades it leaves a good hops bite. The malt character is hearty but on the light side for the style. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, excellent good representation of style, I could go with this beer for a long time and it would be one of my first choices at this brewpub.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

for starters, i got this brew new. it was put on tap for only 2 days when i got to it

A - a dark orange-y amber, very attractive, with a full finger of lovely tan foam

S - a quite regular odor, very fresh hoppy and delicious smelling

T - wow, this great, very fresh tasting with a powerful quenching ability, a light toastes coffee flavor skirts the hoppy goodness

M - dry and bitter, the way a great IPA should be

D - high, this really quenches and goes down easy

This is the BEST IPA i've ever had, so far.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub.

Shaker pint glass presentation. Slight 1/4" beige head over orangey amber brew, with acceptable lacing. Aroma is slight, but what presents itself is hoppy. Taste has nice malt body, which quickly is overcome by hops bitterness. Could have been a bit more artful in the hops, rather than just out and out bitterness, but hey, whatever works. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, and this was a good start to our John Harvard's visit.

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Photo of mschofield
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish golden amber, topped with a one finger off white head, leaves bits of webbed lacing.
Floral aroma, toasted malt, some citrus, caramel.
Strongly citrus flavored, a bit of caramel, and then it gets very floral and perfumy. Grapefruit, grape, and wood. Citrus comes out again as it warms.
Medium bodied, one of my party didn't believe in some of the flavors I was describing, then I told her this one tastes floral and gave it to her to try, one sip later she exclaimed "it tastes like roses"

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Photo of necoadam
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After having that terrific FireDrake Barleywine to start out with, we went for a pitcher of Kirley Q's IPA with our dinners. Color was a nice dark gold/orange/amber shades. Smell was hoppy with some hints of citrus for a nice balanced aroma. Taste was hops all the way to start out with but quickly die out to some grapefruit/apple/(orange?) and malts to give it a nice backbone. All around a well balanced IPA that goes down nicely.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Manchester, CT.
The beer arrives looking very very dark amber, with a tight creamy hand pulled head, interspersed with some larger bubbles. Just the way I like it.
Aroma is mild, with a pleasant understated hop aroma, solid pale malts, and a touch of floral fruitiness.
Flavor is big and hoppy, with a strong malty backbone to carry the bitterness. Hoppy, but well balanced with plenty of malt. Subtle grapefruity flavor, with a hint of apple and peach. Full bodied, with that cask temperature and smoothness I've come to know and love. I wish all beer was cask conditioned, because it would be so tasty that way.

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Kirley Q's IPA from John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
3.73 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
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