Bushwacker 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): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jlindros on 05-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a muddled, amber-copper coloring with an unfiltered opacity and filmy, low profile, off-white head. Nose of subtle caramel sweetness and grapefruit tart and citrus. Flavors are hop-forward, both bitter and resiny, with a solid toffee backbone and peppery and citrus hops overlay. Light and smooth in mouth, with a citrus and resiny bitter aftertaste. Slick, slightly dry finish. Solid IPA, but more of an English style IPA, IMO. Tasty either way, and sessionable.

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Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed with 100% New Zealand Pacifica hops.

Pours a nice creamy thick almost 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with decent lacing, hazy murky mahogany dark wood reddish mess color. The almost ominous color makes me think either bottom of keg, or just pure ugly. Only the nice head saves it.

Nose has some light floral grassy hops, somewhat herbal and earthy, lighter overall. Light sweet caramel candy like malts, an interesting blend that doesn't seem to want to open up as much as I would like.

Taste starts with earthy herbal hops, little spicy, strange citrusy flavor that's kinda like a grassy hay orange zest blended, some sweet caramel malts that get a little heavy, almost candy like but not quite there. nice flowery grassy hop. Finish is still semi sweet and caramel candy like, nice spicy but floral earthy hops come through lingering for quite some time.

Mouth is med bodied but feels a little thicker than it should be, decent carb.

Overall not bad, nice interesting hop character, but the malts were a bit too heavy. Still tasty and interesting to try. I wish they had left the malt alone and on the lighter side, and more pale malt than caramel and amber malts, then let the hops shine through. The big malt sweetness again makes me think it may have been bottom of the keg, but interesting to try. Not quite the hope profile I was hoping they would have, being from New Zealand and all.

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Bushwacker IPA from John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
3.59 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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