Haver Ale | The Tap Brewing Company

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Haver AleHaver Ale

Brewed by:
The Tap Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 05-17-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 50
Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, brwonish-gold, one inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, sugar

Taste: caramel, toasted malt, tea, and some hops

Mouthfeel: crisp, dry, high carbonation, hoppy/bitter aftertaste

Drinkability: I think this is a slightly above average cream ale. It is smooth and malty. However--the hops in the aftertaste are pronounced compared to other cream ales I have had. I could have two or three.

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Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by jophish17 - thanks!

Pours a clear gold/light copper color with a thin white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of light sweet malts with hints of bitter and slightly citrus hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front are joined by mild hop flavors midway through the sip. The ending has a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass without a problem, though I'm not sure about another.

Overall this wasn't anything special, however I've yet to have a cream ale that was. Worth a shot for the style.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Dan for this one.

A: Pours slightly hazy golden color with orange highlights. Small off-white head that recedes quickly with extremely thin and sporadic lacing.

S: Sweet with a little bit of citrus, extremely light though.

T: Sort of reminds me of tea actually. Slightly spicy with light fruit and a bit of a chalky flavor at the end.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Not really a fan, didn't like the tea flavors or the chalky aftertaste.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade with twelvises...thanks Lincoln!

A-Poured into a pint glass. Nice golden yellow color with little head that went away real quick. No real lacing to speak of.

S-Real bready malty smell. Small hint of alcohol but really cover up with the malt smell.

T-Malty with almost no real defining taste. Nice lite malt charater though.

M- Very light and easy going over the tounge. Nice carbination that seemed to dance over the palate before swallowing.

D- Nice session beer to have on a summer day with friends. Or else would make a good go to beer before drinking higher ABV beers.

This is the second beer I have had from this brewery and I must say I enjoy their beers quite a lot. Nothing to over the top but then again they don't produce bad beers. Kind of wish I had them instead of Mishawaka Brew Co. here.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no obvious lot code or expiration date. Sampled on July 17, 2009. The Tap has a lot of excellent brews and I expect that the ones they sell in the bottle are the more popular ones at the brewpub. HaverAle Cream Ale is a great example of what they do. It pours a slightly cloudy amber with little to no head. The aroma is an enticing scent of sweet malts and fruit. A creamy mouthfeel. Roasted malts are the leading element in the taste followed by a little fruity trim and a dry finish. Very nice. Better on tap I expect.

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Photo of errantnight
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, AdamB84.

A delicious, simple, Cream Ale. What? Low alcohol, pale beer with flavor? I'm... shocked!

Seriously though, pours a brilliant gold with a finger or two ahead that doesn't stick around long.

Aroma is bready with mild hops around the edge.

Flavor is well balanced, medium to light body and crisp feel. Malt flavors are a little sweeter and less bready than the nose implied.

Would happily keep a sixer in the fridge throughout the summer months, or whenever someone visiting needs some convincing that light, easy to drink beers aren't deserving of flavor.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a light gold with a very thin head and constant carbonastion rising from the bottom. Aroma was slighty sugary sweet with some buttery aroma. Taste was a plain sweet with small amounts of spiciness that hit towards the end. Felt good in the mouth, coated well and had a bit of carbonation. Very easy to drink, went down smooth.

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Photo of Zorro
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sample through Brewfan and Secret Santa BIF 2007.

Gold colored ale with a decent white head.

Smell is quite fruity and spicy to the nose almost like this had a trace of Brett in it. Mainly scents of vanilla and nutmeg. Fruit scent is mainly confined to apples.

The taste starts out slightly sweet with a little spicy taste but it is much subdued from the smell. Taste doesn't develop too much from the start.

Mouthfeel is good.

OK ale but I am sure at the brewery I would choose something else.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"When I haver. Well I know I'm gonna be, I'm gonna be the man that's haver'n next to you." - The Proclaimers, 500 Miles

Clear gold with a hearty new pillow case white head. Several sheets of lace with pointilist dots in-between. On tap at the Tap. Ha!

Aroma is crisp, light cereal grains. Not malty or fruity but grainy and inviting. Taste has some fruit but primarily clean grain. It's smooth enough for a cream ale but lacks any real crispness.

Maybe it was the experience that made this beer so appealing but on one of the first hot, Summery, long weekends of the year drinking this with the Sox game on after a short hike was pure bliss. How's that for a run on sentence.

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Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours out a hazy, light yellow with a one finger head that has half-way decent retention. Some light, spotty lacing is left around the glass. A small cloud and good ring are left on top of the beer. Suds seem pretty sticky and stay on the glass for some time.

S- Smell has little to it. There are some light malts and light fruits (apple, pear) hop notes. The strength is pretty weak as well.

T- Taste is much of the same. Kind of tastes like white grape juice/pear/apple. The light malts are present in the background as well as a tiny bit of grassy hops. Not much going on here but a semi-fruit juice taste.

MF- Mouthfeel is pretty good. The body is a bit creamy with a moderate level of carbonation. The light fruit flavors stick to the palate for a bit.

DB- Drinkability is alright. The price of the beer is good but the taste and aroma are pretty bland. I could really bash this beer but what for a cream ale is supposed to be (and what people have told me about them), this really isn't too bad of an example. The smell needs some work but the taste isn't bad for the style. I could probably session this but probably won't have it again.

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Photo of cleeze
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Solid Session beer right here.

Poured a golden amber with barey any head or carbonation. Head was very white and disapeared in seconds.

Smelled kinda fruity, maybe apples. Taste was malty goodness.It's a great cream ale, i wish I saw more of this style. Great afternoon brew. Like I said great session beer. Wish it was availible here in ME.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, some spice, some fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced but leans to the malty side with flavors of caramel, spice and some fruit. There's a good hops presence for the style and there's also a touch of smokiness. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, it's a decent beer that's worth drinking for a while, but typically I'd go for something a bit more flavor and a bit more strength.

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Photo of jwc215
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to wolfsblood for this!

Pours hazed yellow with a thin white patch.

The smell is of grain and slight (citric?) fruitiness.

The taste is not much...Some grain with a mild herbal bitterness in the finish. Slightly chalky.

The body is thin - pretty crisp. Dry.

Didn't drink quite as easily as expected for a "refresher".

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Photo of codon2004
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of kmo1030
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear golden color. it's not easy to coax a head out of, as a result there is just a film for the most of the duration of the beer.
the aroma is a soft cake-y grainy malts. it's got touches of vanilla. it's somewhat gingerbread-y with emphasis on the bread.
the taste is fairly similar to the aroma (minus the slight gingerbread aspect) with a little bit more of a dry fruit component. it's got some breadiness up front and turns very clean a lager-like towards the back end with some herbal hops evening things out.
the mouthfeel is fairly light with a moderate carbonation. it's got very nice texture.
the drinkability is quite good, it's very refreshing and has some nice sweetness in parts, but crisp bitterness in others. for sure something i could hoist a few of in one sitting.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.46/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer, leaving traces of lace. Crystal clear pale amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Nose is too vague to describe. Flavor is light hay with hops. Would make a good lawnmower beer. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a four ounce glass. No head, no lace. Beautiful light golden color, clear.

Sweet aroma with a touch of mild hop; predominately malt (not grainy) smells.

Creamy body with very good carbonation; starts off malty and ends with a nice hop finish--dry in the swallow. The aftertaste dies quickly to a slight hop bite.

This is a beer that is easy to drink: pleasant with no discernible faults.

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Photo of currysage1
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pale orange, topped with a fizzy cream colored two finger head, doesn't go right away but doesn't exactly stick around. Better than some of the Cream Ales I've had (Genesee).

Smell is nutty with light malt but not any whiff of hop, slight lager yeast smell. Always seems to give me a slight headache with the smell.

Taste is also nutty, but hazelnut in particular, light fruityness- nothing distinguishable, more light malt and yeast. For a Cream ale - Pretty damn good, for a beer against all other beers - it's eh..

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Photo of RedHunter
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of Duhast500
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pored from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a clear gold with a finger of white foamy head ans some slight lacing.

The smell is light with some sweet malts and some hints of citrus fruits. A little bit of hops is detachable.

The taste is a bit sweet, with a creamy, smooth malt flavor. The is a slight hop flavor in the background that does come out but only slightly to bitter the taste up just a bit.

The feel of this beer is light to medium with some nice light feel on the pallet. It goes down really easy and does not have much of an aftertaste.

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Photo of albern
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had very many cream ales, and the only one that stands out in my mind is Genesee. If anything, it is a unique flavor and experience, well worth a try for that alone. It is a drinkable beer, I think I like it, but I'm not entirely sold on the style. It pours a clear pale amber with a slightly creamy, but smallish, white head. The aroma is vanilla malts, and some funky yeast smells. The aroma is not pungent, not bad, but not overly enticing either.

The taste is a tad bit vanilla cream, a bit of a creamy or buttery corn or other similar vegetable, some dryish malts, maybe a tad bit of caramel, if any. There isn't much alcohol or huge hop flavors popping through, and the beer is of medium carbonation. There is a bit of a cream soda like taste to this beer. There is a spiced up bite in the finish and perhaps that is where some herbal hops make themselves present. The beer isn't particularly sweet, but I wouldn't rule out some sweetness entirely in the mid section, although it does dry out a bit by the finish. Not a bad beer, pretty drinkable, but not a go back to type of beer either.

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Photo of nelnutter
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pored from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Poured 12 oz. bottle into Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Pours a clear gold with quickly-dissipating head that leaves almost no lacing.

S: Nothing overpowering with the smell; mostly sweet malts and a tinge of citrus.

T: Sweet malts primarily, but a nice late hint of hops finishes it off. Light and sweet.

M: Mouthfeel is on the lighter-side of medium. Very easy-drinking brew that doesn't leave any aftertaste.

D: At 4.5%ABV, and considering how thirst-quenching this one is, I could definitely session this on a hot summer's day. A good one to have around for when I don't feel like flexing the palate, so to speak.

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Photo of PrimScrewhead
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of deepsouth
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this beer poured a clear golden with a nice tan head that dissipated quickly.

the smell is slightly spicy and maybe a bit of banana. very faint.

it is not full of flavors, but nothing is off in the brew either. it's real easy to drink. slightly spicy with a bit of hops is all i get, but it's pleasant enough.

the mouthfeel is pretty thin, but champagne like. haven't had too many creme ales, so i don't know what to expect really.

this beer is super easy to drink and i was glad i got to try it. nothing super, but nothing offensive either.

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Haver Ale from The Tap Brewing Company
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