Demon DPA | John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

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Demon DPADemon DPA

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by scottum on 12-01-2003

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by John:
Photo of John
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap 9th Dec, 2003 at John Harvard’s - Harvard Square Cambridge. Easily the most impressive beer I’ve had at this establishment. Rich looking and ruby red in color, creamy tan head. The aroma is hops and more hops. “Double the hops and double the malt” the barkeep explained. I suppose that’s relative but indeed this brew is substantial. The malt backbone carries the weight of this hop monster with much resilience. A warming and somewhat spicy alcohol quality is apparent…and welcome on this cold and snowy evening. A swirl aerates and produces a lovely bouquet. Very nice. I had two pints and could easily have drunk more, but it was late. A pleasant surprise when I was least expecting it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Demon DPA pours from the bomber a deep, glowing amber, reddish orange with a nice frothy, bubbly off white head along with spotty lacing. Aromas of sweet, slightly caramelly malt are cloaked by a big blast of citric, piney hoppiness. Grapefruit, peach, orange and pine needles converge on each other in a lovely hoppy amalgamation. Lovely resinous goodness.

First sip brings a solid bready, carmalized maltiness upfront followed quickly by a rush of citrusy, piney hop flavors. Grapefruit essence comes to my mind first. There's a nice sweet malt background to balance out the hop bitterness in this brew, wonderful balance. Finishes clean with a nice lingering hoppiness and a latent biscuity aspect. A solid, tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth with just enough carbonation. Goes down easily, satisfying this beer lover without a doubt. This is my first exposure to John Harvard's brew and I'm impressed by this one. Quite drinkable, hopefully I'll be able to sample it again sometime. Thanks to warriorsoul for the bottle!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.47/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good beer, but I wanted more. It was an orange color with a small head that quickly dissipated. It had a nice floral aroma. Decent taste, sweet, with some hoppiness that increased. OK in the mouth, and drinkable. A little better than average.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the hop gods...this one is finally back on tap at JH in Harvard.
Pours a cloudy copper/orange color w/ a full finger of white head. Disappears rather rapidly w/ web-like lacing that clings to the side of the pint for the duration.
Aroma is a bit faint...a touch of buttery caramel, but not much else going on.
Taste is a masterful blend of fruity hops (oranges, grapefruit) and malt...very impressed w/ the balance.
Mouthfeel is thick, but not too syrupy...just enough to allow all of its flavor to linger. A bitter finish w/ the hops numbing the pallet, letting you know it is a double.
I had two of these in a half hour and could have had a few more if I didn't have to get home.
One of the finest offerings from John Harvards...I so look forward to each and every time JH brings this baby back. Thanks Geoff.

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Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to warriorsoul for this!
Appears a transparent, golden amber with a small, 1/2" creamy, off-white head that doesn't want to fade out. Lots of streaky, spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, pine, light caramel, toasted malts, and toffee.
Taste is of a bitter, balanced version of the mentioned aromas with a caramel, & toffee flavor highlighted in the mix.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, along with a slightly dulled grapefruit hoppiness and yeast resounding on the back of the tongue during the swallow.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got a bottle of this from Warriorsoul for no good reason. I think Warriorsaint is a far more appropriate handle. Thanks Tom! I owe you one.

This beer pours a bright golden brown with some subtle burgundy highlights and an inch of creamy oatmeal looking pale manila head that fell to a thin film leaving some nice lace.

Smells of buttery brown sugar, waffles and chocolate chip cookies with a mild citrus hop.

The buttery notes carry over into the flavor that helps tie an organic woody bread dough into a nice presence of bittering hops that give my tongue an electric sting. I’m getting some grapefruit and lemon zest in the finish here. This is really a delicate and immensely enjoyable flavor, but the bitter finish is a little distracting. I guess I’ll have to take another sip to compensate. Darn.

The mouth feel is decadently creamy with a light dissipating small bubble carbonation that makes this beer a silky smooth delight.

With the gentle flavors of this beer, I could easily drink the hell out of it all night long. Seriously, this is one of the most ultimately drinkable beers I have ever encountered. It’s delicious and magically smooth in the way that only hopped out beers can manage to be.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fluffy white head floats above amber with glints of gold at the bottom. The citrus scent entices you to enjoy the strong grapefruit hops with well-balanced toasty malt. Very clean tasting and refreshingly fizzy and crisp. The sweet malty finish speeds it down. I just had to have another.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This seemed like a winner from the moment that it was presented to me. It had a big, fluffy, bubbly, light-to-medium tan head, and a good, hoppy nose. The color was a murky orangish-amber. The mouthfeel was medium and although I experienced some hoppiness on the tongue, is was the finish that was utterly, explosively, overwhelming with hops. Phew! No wonder WarriorSoul recommended this one to a fellow hophead. Further, it produced some nice, sticky lacing.

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bar pour head that leaves solid ring lace after each sip. Very cloudy with a dark amber/light brown color.

Overall, a hoppy aroma that is part floral and part hop pellet. Slight toasting to the malt but it's in the background.

Starts with a "round", mildly toasted malt. Bittering hop quickly takes over--fairly non-descript, just bitter. There's a touch of alcohol in the swallow, but the aftertaste is lip smacking bitterness. Full body and low carbonation.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

warriorsoul seems to be pimping this shiz left and right. good for him! thanks, bud! 22oz bomber with no varietal identification on the label.

solid, foreboding dark amber pour.. deceptively hazy like five seconds before sundown. head lingers strong yet thin with crusty bubbles, reminds me of big alcohol and sticky-icky malt depth.

aroma is killer here. begins with a mild butterscotch, leading up to crystalline piney hop resin. and what a fresh blast it is.. i remember having this at the EBF, and my busted-ass palate was unable to comprehend the sublime balance at that time. further sniffs alternate melodiously between the buttery toffee seductiveness and raw, green power. loving it.

first thing i notice upon tasting is a mad thick mouthfeel. nice and solid, big and brutish. feels good but drinkability is in the shitter. sipability (if such a word exists) skyrockets. the beer finds a nice balance between rosemary-crusted bready maltiness and dank nugs. balanced, but at times the flavors clash. perhaps this is two strong elements in a DIPA battling for dominance. this is okay, though, as i enjoy both in their separate space. bitterness should be higher and thankfully isn't, bringing drinkability back up a sliverous notch. yum.

finishes with a lip-sticking malt richness.. i guess in the end, that side won out. a different take on a dipa, one which really showcases independent ipa thinking on the east coast. glad i had the opportunity to enjoy more than the EBF pour.. really something special that gave my beer brain a workout. cheers, tom!

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Photo of jushoppy2beer
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful beer in the glass, this one transmits light through a reddish-orange transparent liquid. A nice off-white head laces nicely down the glass, and helps to send a lovely floral nose up to the rim. Nice floral hops greet the palate and move directly to a strong bitter finish and aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit thicker than regular IPAs, and the beer is drinkable for wintertime.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of scottum
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served a redish amber with a short head in Cambridge, MA. Mmmm.... hops. This is a big bad potent hopster. Called a double pale ale for some reason even though it's red. I understand the double though. Despite the huge hop flavor, there is balance. Certainly worth a sample if on tap during your John Harvard visit.

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Photo of taez555
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the JHBH in Harvard Square.

It poured a dark but clear amber/mahogany body w a small bubbled off white head. The nose a pungent but subtle mix of malt, caramel and spicy/grapefruit type hops.

The taste was medium bodied, just hinting at full. Big malt flavors, caramel and eve some Munich are complimented by a perfectly balanced big cascade hop flavor and bitterness. Really it’s just so well balanced for such a big beer. The menu stated 7.8% for this batch and you could definitely tell it this big after a little while. Not at all distracting though.

I know this is a lame ass description of it, but this is one of those beers that just tastes SO good that even though the menu had beers I was dying to try (a Belgian triple!!!) I ordered this again for my second round. I’d say it’s a great session beer, but at nearly 8% it would be a short session. A must try, one of my new favorites from John Harvard.

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Photo of JustIPAs
4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an absolute treat. I had this beer at the original John Harvard's in Boston and got a pitcher of it based on the description. This beer did not disappoint. From the nose to the finish everything screamed IPA plus. Overall I was astounded by the fragrance of this brew. The overall mouthfeel was somewhat heavier than I had initially anticipated, but the finish was beautiful. As you can probably tell this is one of my favorite brews, I just wish it were easier to come by. Regardless, the alcohol is substantial which is why I did not rate the drinkability higher; otherwise I would have given it a five!

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Photo of slyke
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried this one on-tap at the Cambridge location of John Harvard's Brew House.

The beer was a nice orange-red with an off-white head that faded to a thin cap, but left nice lacing in the glass. Smell was, I felt it's weakest point. It was hoppy, but not strongly so - this surprised me for a DPA. Taste was solid - it started out a bit malty and had a nice hoppy finish. Mouthfeel was great, nice and full, but not to full. I could put a couple of these away so drinkability is good.


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Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Crosling
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught. Bronze color with a full, beautiful, lasting head of white foam. Vibrant, oregano-like aroma hops, piney and citrusy, richly fruity and quite deep. The hops are profound in the flavor. They are herbaceous, floral and weedy, citrusy and piney and well orchestrated and full, from the front till the finish. Well balanced malt backing. Rich, bitter mouth experience.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a creamy off-white head. Light lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet malts, fruity notes and strong hops.

Taste: Toasty malts, light fruitiness with a clean hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, pleasing bitterness.

Overall: Pretty good, not one of my favorites though.

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Photo of Truh
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Danced the dance of a thousand snakes with this one on 4/23/2004 at John Harvard’s, Cambridge location.

Fluffy, creamy, half-inch head to start. On the lighter side of mahogany with a bleariness present throughout the body. The hop aroma was immense, almost like a shot from a tranq, and was followed by coriander hints. A distinct crunchy hoppiness was present at first taste, followed by a candycorn sweetness. Definite alcohol kick to this one, I kid you not, but not quite as skull-splitting as, say, the Rogue I2PA, or the DFH 120. Some Japanese fellows to the right of Jim agreed that the DPA was “tsuyoi,” which means “strong.” I wasn’t sure if they were referring to the alcohol or the hop character, and at the same time I didn’t disavow Jim of the notion that they were talking smack about him. I tried this for the first time at the EBF a few months previously, but that wasn’t the venue to take notes, even for me.

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