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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-16-1998

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wayne, PA location. A slightly hazy orange-tinted amber body is capped by a creamy off-white head that holds well before dropping to a creamy collar and whispy surface foam. Adequate lacing adds to its visual appeal. A bold citrusy, piney, floral and lightly earthy hop aroma rises from the glass; greeting the nose well before it reaches the lips. The hops appear to be more Centennial than Cascade; and there's probably a blend of several hops going on. The body is firmly medium with a fine carbonation that's crisp in the mouth. The flavor delivers everything that's expected of the style with a clean, caramel-tinged and lightly sweet malt that's saturated with hop flavor and backed by firm bitterness. It eases into a dry finish with both residual malt and hop flavors that eventually dissolve into a pleasant bitterness that lays more on the tongue than at the back of the throat. It's well-rounded and solid like the crack of a home-run ball off the sweet spot of a seasoned Louisville Slugger! Big but not too big; bold but not overstepping - this is a beer that the connoseur can ease back into like an over-sized soft leather chair. It's not overly done, and yet it delivers. A surefire beer to fall back on if the seasonal's gone awry.

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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 smcolw
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque with a light brown color. Nice sticky lace.

Unfortunately, the glass was probably not rinsed thoroughly since the smell was predominantly soap. I could barely detect hop.

The taste starts with dark crystal malts followed by bitter hop flavor. There's a powerful dry hop aftertaste. The beer is thinner than expected but still within the style expectations. It's disappointing that soapy aromas really detracted from an otherwise overall good brew.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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 bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of PatGreer
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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 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 ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: On cask.

Appearance: Cloudy amber with crisp bubbles, sticking to the glass which make an ample creamy froth of a head. Puffy rings of lace adhere to the glass also.

Smell: Lots of fresh hop oil and hints of hop leaf and a subtle sweet fruitiness.

Taste: Chewy malt up-front with a mix of hop bitterness and hop leaf. Fruity all the way and hints of caramel.

Notes: A great American cask ale aimed at the hop-heads.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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 Rekrule
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of scxcrunner
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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 zoso1967
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was happy to see something nicely hopped at my John Harvard's here is Southeast PA. I was in the mood for some hops after my delicious milk stout. This brew didn't have much of a head, but was amber in color with lots of bubbles. Could have been the pour, who knows.

Aroma was quite hoppy, with a somewhat malty sweetness as well. Tasted hoppy (duh) with some very strong pine and floral notes as well. All in all, a good IPA...the hops give a nice strong kick. Can I ask for some more alcohol though? :)

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice pour from the folks at the Cambridge JH. The head looked great and left nice little rings throughout the glass. The serving temp was spot on, not cold at all. Aroma is reminiscent of grapefruit. Taste has a low malt backbone followed by smooth, but not over-powering hops, again with pleasant notes of grapefruit. Would make a good session beer. pat

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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 PaleAleWalt
3/5  rDev -21.1%

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 mtnwesdew
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Sailracer
3/5  rDev -21.1%

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