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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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the brewpub on tap.

Sometimes Golden or Cream Ales get knocked for being loo light, but this one was very nice, and I enjoyed it.

This Golden/Cream Ale poured a clear, golden color with creamy, very white foam that left lace on the glass. The aroma was mild and pleasant: nice malt and biscuit. The taste was malty and biscuity with hints of floral hops. The flavor was very enjoyable. The mouthfeel was very smooth with medium body and moderate carbonation feel. The mouthfeel was mellow. There was a lingering malt and slightly bitter hop aftertaste. This was a very nice ale and was very drinkable.

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Photo of littlebibs
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I checked this place out (live in the area) and was impressed, I chose between
their "California Steam" seasonal beer and their "Cream" style
beer and although I liked both I chose the Cream style and it
was excellent all around, love this taste and smell. Went very
well with their excellent Mahi Mahi fish dish, I went out of this
place very satisfied and I would recommend this Cream beer to
all beer lovers. Light and smooth for this warm, summer saturday
afternoon. Did I notice a group all around a table with Brew Advocates shirts eating and of course drinking samples??

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at the brewpub and decided to bring a growler back for Lobstah-fest!

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark straw hue with a generous two finger head that quickly fades to a thin layer. Lacing is here and there, more than I expected actually. Smell is a sweet caramel mixed with a nice buttery tingle. Taste is so smooth and creamy with a nice buttery tingle. Aftertaste is a sweet kettle corn flavor with a mix of floral hops. Mouthfeel is so creamy, just like it should be. Good amount of carbonation in the mouth as well. Probably the best cream ale I've had to date, wish more would represent this style.

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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 MrHurmateeowish
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle purchased at the Liquor Shop in Tyngsborro, Mass. Pours a crystal-clear light amber body with nearly an inch of off-white head that dissipates quickly. Caramel and biscuit with hints of citrussy hops characterize the aroma. Tastes biscuity and husky, with hints or caramel and just the slightest bite from citrussy hops on the finish. Light in body with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable. A solid cream ale, and something I could see drinking plenty of on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Truh
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stretched some shoes with this one on 10/24/2004. 16-oz. shaker pour right from the source itself, The Tap.

Little carbonation at start, really just a skein and halo diptych. Crystal clear light, tawny gold hue with some nice bubbling. Succinct light malt freshness and a sublime light clover bouquet gently pulsed over the senses. Wonderful, light fruit notes to taste followed by a definitive lager wash that finishes quickly and with few lingering traces. Although not as experimental as other Tap offerings, this one gets high scores for its overall balance and drinkability.

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Photo of riversidetravlr
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden colored body that pours with a white head that disappears nearly instantaneously leaving some very delicate lacing.

S: Some light malt smell but little else.

T: Sweet and malty with a hoppy finish. The hops are restrained in this beer.

M: Little carbonation in this beer leaves it with a very soft mouth feel.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. Low alcohol content, light and refreshing a great beer for a summer session.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikereaser for giving me the opportunity to sample this one.

A: Pours a light golden color with a creamy white head that falls quickly. Lace is minimal, but there's a nice disc of foam that sits on top for the duration.

S: Very nice aroma for a cream ale. Sweet grainy maltiness and a zippy citric hop aroma are both present and interact quite nicely. Very subtle and refined.

T&M: Very sweet, creamy, and smooth maltiness up front with just a twinge of hoppiness in the middle to keep it from being too cloying. Sweet maltiness on the finish. This beer is simple yet impressive. Body is light/medium with a zesty carbonation, on par for the style.

D: Rather drinkable, could be more so if the sweetness was dialed back a touch. Still, a great cream ale.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a hazy pale gold with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell has a strong corny smell along with some fruit and some spice.

The taste is bready with some fruit flavours of maybe mango and some orange. I also get a yeasty flavourness that I didn't expect from a Cream Ale. It's quite nice.

Great head retention on this medium bodied Ale and it finishes with a fruity tartness and hop bitterness that is both pleasing and long lasting.

This one really tastes different and I'd have to say, in a positive way. And man, at 4.5%abv, it yells out drinkability. Good stuff.

My apologies to the trader that sent this to me as I accidentally moved this bottle to the fridge without putting the info in to my memory bank.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this while up in New England, mainly because of the label.

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a small white head, ok retention and lacing. Smells of flowers, caramel, butter, and slightly grassy. Taste is fruity, but also sweet and buttery, almost like a liquid kettle corn but with a nice dry light grassy/spicy hop finish. Medium/lite in body and very creamy and smooth with just enough hop presence to give it more variety than just sweetness. Good carbonation and a dry finish. A really good cream ale with a nice balance of flavors and very easy to drink.

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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 tpd975
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerTruth for this, not usually a huge fan of the creams, but actually wish I had a few more of these.

A: Pours a medium yellow color with a white, fizzy, medium sized head with fair lacing.

S: Aroma is of light bread malts, corn, touches of spice, and tropical fruit. Quite a unique combination but in a good way.

T: Similar to the nose. The tropical fruits are there as is a tinge of buttery corn. There is a splash of hops added to the mix which plays nicely with the malt. Enjoyable and unique.

M: Light bodied, not over carbonated

D: Pretty drinkable, to be honest if I had another I would have consumed it.

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Photo of Risser09
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a transparent golden yellow and orange color with plenty of flowing carbonation. The head is 1/4" tall, a slight off-white color. Decent retention, but very little lace remaining.

Smell: Biscuit, butter, lager yeast, fresh bread and some light herbal aroma. Smells sweet.

Taste: Creamy, buttery, biscuity flavor with some light hop bitterness. A tiny bit of sharp nuttiness. A little booze at the end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth with a solid malt base that is balanced with some hop bitterness. Some chewiness and a tad of alcohol.

Drinkability: A great session beer with a nice balance of malt and hops. It won't blow your doors off, but it is a nice cream ale that is worth sessioning.

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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 mynie
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mad ups to Brewhampshire on the trade.

Me, I'm a sucker for cream ales. Or, I'm a sucker for the concept of cream ales--an ale made with lager yeast that somehow, through pixie magic, takes on a creamy consistency and is like if frosting was beer. The only beer I've ever had that comes close to replicating that fantastic vision is Sun King's Cream. All others--well, the others are usually skunked all-malts that taste like a thicker, smoother version of crappy beer.

This, thank god, comes close to the vision, but it still doesn't *quite* get there. Pours nice and dark, smells like buttered cereal, and tastes like... a good, very mildly hopped all malt. The adjunct is there, but only mildly, in the very far back, and that serves to balance the sweet cereal of the barley (to tell the truth, this just might be a nuance in the barley--I really can't tell whether or not there's any corn in there).

Anyhow, I like a nice ale-ager when I come across one, and this is one. Crisp, well balanced, and nicely brewed, with a wonderfully smooth body.

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

I was surprised by this one. It had a rich, dark yellow color, with a clean, refined smell. The flavor was a bit light, slightly flavorful. The mouthfeel was good, and the carbonation was as well, I enjoyed watching the very tiny bubbles race up the glass.

A very pleasant beer, no off-flavors, very mild. Would be a good introductory beer to a new micro drinker. pat

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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 ybnorml
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean straw/yellow colored beer. Has a small white head with very good lace. There is a light sweet malt aroma at first. With a hint of a grassy/grainy note in the background. Malt sweetness, with a hint of caraml. starts at the tip of your tongue. Followed by a smooth balanced finish with a light dry kick.

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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 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 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 Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Tap/Haverhill Brewery Inc. Brewpub -served chilled in a shaker pint

A - A brilliant tarnished golden w/ thick white cream, little lace and visible carbonation. An attractive looking ale in the glass

S - the smell is mild, yet malty nose w/ subtle sweetness and crisp hop odor accenting and possibly a bit of cereal(corn(?))

M - the feel is very refreshing, malty and sweet w/ dry finish and moderately carbonated. The body is pretty full for the style -it doesn't feel like a 4.5%, but has a light spice influence from the hops

T - A crisp flavor, mild toasted malt w/ slightly sweet edge and mellow hop taste yet it seems to give the malt balance w/ crisp finishing mild flavor-unassuming but balance of flavor is tasty

D - The beer is well brewed, much better than most cream ales available on the market-little in the way of adjunct flavor, a tasty draft. It compelled me to have a pint I would definitely try a bottle of this

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For whatever reason I expected this to be hoppier, but was pleasantly surprised with what was poured for me. Poured a slighter yellowish amber with a thick fuzzy head. But other than that there was not an incredible amount of visible carbonation. Nose is very mild and I could not quite place anything other than some yeast. Flavor is a some sweet malts with flavors that came across as butter, sugar and corn. Only a slight hop presence, but just enough to give this beer a nice bitterness. Medium body and very easy to drink on a hot September afternoon.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a 2 finger head that was lively and creamy. The head did quickly dissipate back into the clear golden ale. The beer was crystal clear with a touch of visible carbonation.

Aroma was very light and mostly of light grains with a touch of light fruit and yeast. Slightly sweet.

Flavor was very smooth and well balanced. Starts with a touch of sweetness, them moves to a nice cracker/grain flavor. (wheat thins) This then moves to a mix of some light yeast and subtle hob bitterness. All this plays very nicely and finishes fairly crisp.

Mouth feel is light and fairly refreshing. Very drinkable and a nice session beer.

Good gateway beer for some folks.

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