India Pale Ale (IPA) | John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 22
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the Harvard location.

Color is a pretty nice orange color with an off white head and a bit of lacing. The nose is pretty plain with some light citrus hops and a bit of pine. The taste is similar with some light citrus and pine and doesn't really bring much; a slight bready taste as well. Feel has some very slight bitterness. Drinks fairly well, but not all that much involved.

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Photo of Durge
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This growler was supplied by a third-party so my friend and I did not have much information other than it was an IPA from the Manchester, CT pub. It poured a very cloudy maple color with a thin white head and minimal lacing. The aroma is grassy wheat with weak diluted hop hints. The flavor starts with a surprising kiss of grass hops, more than I noted in the aroma. Otherwise, it doesn't present a lot of complexity. Very little malt, sort of dry, medium feel, a little swampy. Not very drinkable to my taste buds but it's OK, a little different. Generally disappointing given my love of the style, but my friend seemed to like it alright. Won't hurt to try it but it sounds like there are plenty of better choices available at this brewpub.

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Photo of JamesS
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a nice orange color with decent head and lacing. It had an excellent hoppy scent with citrus hints. Ver nice IPA flavor, a nice mix of hops with a slightly orange undertone. It goes with well and is worthy. While I prefer JH's pale ale, this DIPA is very good, too.

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Photo of beerphan
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Growler-> pint

Pours a dark copper with a generous slightly oft white head that retains well and deposits some chalky sheets of lace.

Nose: Sweet, some hops, caramel

The mouth was medium full and seemed about right. No real hop presense at all. Dominated by thick malts with just a tad of bitterness. Had an extract like quality aftertaste that made me think that this batch was slightly off.

We finished the growler, but with little enthusiasm.

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Photo of HoorayBeer
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my second beer during this sitting, after the Red Ale that I did not finish. It was also a nice looking brew, had a nice thin head on top. Nice golden color to it, had a hint of red hue in it.
First taste was very tastey. It was a well made IPA, nothing that stands out, just a very Hoppy and bonified IPA. It was very enjoyable and with a clean finish like all IPA's should. Very well balanced, not overly hoppy.
Very pleased with this selection.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew on-tap at John Harvard's brew pub in Wayne, Pa.
Appearance: This poured a tight amber color, with a light tan head. The head was two fingers with good retention.
Smell: There was a mild hop aroma.
Taste: The taste was a magnified verison of the smell. It contained a high amount of hops.
Mouthfeel: Consistent with IPAs, very rigid.
Drinkability: I would say this has medium to high drinkability.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the Pittsburgh location. This beer is a dark gold/copper color with a minimal off-white head. Very little lacing. Citrusy hops aroma with a touch of spice. Medium-bodied with a good amount of hops flavor, along with citrus and spices. The finish is where the beer comes up a little short. It is on the watery side and not as hoppy as the taste and smell. There is a light hops and spice aftertaste. This is fairly good aside from the weak finish.

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's been awhile since I've had a good, solid pine-tree-soaked IPA. This beer has remedied that shameful deficiency.

Poured from a brown glass John Harvard's screw-top growler retrieved from Pittsburgh by my brother, BigThuggin. Beer served in a Becher-style pub glass.

Swirls of color fill the glass: the brown, orange, red and yellow of a harvest cornucopia. A few large bubbles form the lackluster head and leave behind but no trace of lacing. The low carbonation and resulting lack of head in this particular serving are a consequence of the packaging and not of the craftsmanship.

This is a lively beer with a humongous evergreen bouquet accompanied by a surprisingly robust pale malt aroma.

Taste is resinous (in a good way) pine and grapefruit hops and again as in the smell, a rigid backbone of pale malt with a mildly toasted flavor. The malt might call to mind an English-style IPA, but the American-style hops still come out on top.

Mouthfeel is mildly watery which may also be a growler issue.

Easy drinking yet full of some simple but intense flavors, this is a damn good IPA. I look forward to trying this one fresh out of the tap.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served in a dark booth at John Harvard’s so I’m not exactly sure what color it is, but from our table light, it looked a bright copper with a frothy film of head.

Smelled of crisp nectarines and pine with a subtle blueberry hiding in the background.

The taste was appropriately dominated by a bid piney dryness that yielded to a smooth half and half creaminess and pasty bread dough with a slight suggestion of blueberries again. The finish lingered on long with a light cedar.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied, smooth and with a sparse carbonation.

Very nice beer! I particularly enjoyed the slight blueberry element to this one. It really made this beer stand out in a huge sea of IPAs.

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Photo of WonderWoman
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a copper hue to it with minor head the traces the rim of the glass.
The smell was of a berry fruit and hops.
The initial taste was fruity with minor hops which soon developed into quite a hoppy finish.
The mouth feel was thin with minor tickles of carbonation.
I’m not a fan of IPA’s but I could drink this one.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The newest IPA offereing from John Rehm. An unamed IPA this time around.
Appears a transparent orange with a small white head that fades into a small collar. Lots of carbonation bubbles jumping and popping to the top, making this a beer that just seems attractive all around.
Smell is of citrusy hops with sugary grapefruit standing out.
Taste is of the same aromas of the citrus and grapefruit.
Mouthfeel is of bitter grapefruit blasted hops, sugary, and balanced.

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Photo of Illinick
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper, amber in color with a nice, foaming head that sticks around. Spider-web like lacing.
S: Citrus hops that are highlighted by grapefruit pulp, some herbal notes and pine with a slight malt smell in the back. Of course hops throughout, although more of a hop oil scent than fresh hops.
T: Parallels the smell with the grapefruit pulp being at the forefront. Herbals notes with some pine, but the grapefruit seems to be the driving flavor. Some malt at the end with the bitterness starting in the middle and ending the taste profile.
MF: Light-medium with a bite.
Overall: A nice IPA that didn't blow me away. I found the bitterness nice, but a little over the top. A nice brew nonetheless.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy orange with a nice small head of white. The aroma is of sweet malts and very herbal/piney/citrusy hops. Centennials are in here, and the complexity that this brew gets out of them is nearly astounding. The aftertaste is grassy and medicinal with an interesting hoppy bite. Wow, a very strange, yet awesome IPA.

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India Pale Ale (IPA) from John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
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