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 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 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 EkimGram
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 12oz bottle poured into standard pint. Colour is a clear, yellowish-straw. Thin head. Visible carbonation. Barely any lacing.

Smell: Light, fruity, malty, and a tad yeasty. Weak.

Taste: Nice and balanced malt flavour with a little bit of hoppy bitterness. Faint sweetness to it as well. Finishes dry and with a little bite.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, moderate level of carbonation. Finishes ever so slightly sticky.

Overall: Light, crisp, clean, and refreshing. Nothing to write home about but its nice.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/17/11:
Thanks to Mkabull for sending this one my way:

Apperance: golden orange with no head and little lacing

Smell: nothing substantial

Taste: slight fruity hoppy notes, dry

mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, smooth

Overall: This one is just average nothing to get excited about.


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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 MoreThanWine
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a bone white 2" head which dissipated to nothing. Clear Sienna yellow/brown in color. Smells rich and butterscotchy. Taste doesn't quite match the smell, more of an ordinary lager with a little hint of caramel. Really a very easy drinking ordinary beer which I could have any time in any quantity, and the lady of the house agrees.

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Photo of DrJay
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold with some haze, topped by a rocky cap of white bubbles. A bit of spotty lace, sort of short-lived. Buttery aroma, burnt popcorn, grainy malt, slight fruitiness. Low bitterness, balanced towards malt sweetness. Light buttery flavour, a bit of fruity berry. Light bodied, moderate to low carbonation, decent texture. Alright, but the aroma really put me off.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold with a decent white fizzy head and some light lacing. Some floaties in this one.

Really hunted for scent, and got some very light malt and maybe fruit.

Interesting brew here. Light malt, but not super fruity. Some dry/crisp elements to this, with a medicinal bitterness in the background that actually works. Finishes pretty clean. I really like the strength of flavor here. The flavors aren't bold, but are very well defined (nothing watery or thin about it).

Medium-light bodied with decent carbonation. Has that creamy edge to it -- not great in this dept., but it is there.

A very very easy drinking beer, and you still feel like you are drinking something substantial. An odd style for sure. This is no Anderson Valley, but this brew and brewery hold their own. If you are seeking to try this style, this isn't a bad start.

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

Thanks goes out to UncleJimbo for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden pale yellow color, nice carbonatino, nice little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, sweet, slight hop note, spicy. The taste is sweet, malty, some hop notes, and some spice. Light/Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

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

Haver Ale pours a slightly-hazed copper color. It's topped by a sudsy, off-white head that fades to a thin film. The aroma is mild, but what's there is malty. There are notes of toffee and caramel. There's also a mild hop aroma.

This beer is pretty light on flavor when it first hits the palate, but a nice mix of toasty, bready, caramel and toffee malts come through in the center. There's a mild hop bitterness in the finish. This beer is smooth and medium-bodied.

Ah, Cream Ale, a style that doesn't excite, doesn't impress, but somehow still satisfies. That's how I felt about this beer, and generally it's how I feel about the style.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pristine pumpkin peel with an attractive crown of elephant tusk ivory hued foam that filled the upper third of the glass on the pour. Finely dotted sheets of lace are appealing to the eye. This is pretty much what a cream ale ought to look like.

There isn't much going on with the nose, but then that's often the case with beer of this style. Lightly sweet pale malt and a wee whiff of hops is the extent of it. Warming really doesn't change things in either direction.

Haverhill Haver Ale is a slightly better than average version that doesn't do enough to get over the hump into 'good' territory. There's a flash of true cream ale character about mid-mouthful, but it never really develops like it should. If simple and low-ABV drinkable are what you're after, this little ale fills that bill with ease.

My guess on the grain bill is 90% pale/pils and 10% something slightly more toasted. The beer isn't sweet per se, but it isn't bitter, dry or crisp either. Let's go with... balanced. A passing glance of ale yeast fruitiness and herbal hoppiness add enough flavor interest to keep the taste score on the positive side of average.

The mouthfeel is what it should be for the style and the ABV. It's light without being too thin, and has an appropriate amount of lightly sparkly carbonation that keeps things moving smartly along.

Cream ales have a hard time impressing us beer geeks. Haver Ale is no exception. The bottom line is that this is a decently well-brewed ale that comes dangerously close to forgettable. The gorgeous woman on the label, however, is all kinds of memorable.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 gfreed
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up by accident: I thought I was buying a straight lager (having seen the word on the six-pack while scanning the coolers) but, upon reading the packaging carefully at home, realized I had dragged home a cream ale. Suddenly I felt hot and dizzy as 25-year-old memories came flooding back... sessions with too many Genesee cream ales... spinning room... ugh...

Anyhow, having spent the $8.00, I gave one a try. Lightly foggy in appearance, with a decent, super-white, half-thick head that lasts for a while. Fairly aromatic, but rather indistinct: some flowers, a bit of citrus, a tad malty. Clean and dry taste, with the malt ahead of everything else, followed by some oranges and honey. Nearly flat, however-- could use a bit of fizz. Still, not bad for the summer. I've since had two more and have grown to like it, within its limits.

Not great, but okay. Worth a try for local drinkers (eastern MA) but I wouldn't go nuts hunting it down. The whole beer,-broads-and-cars thing on the label has got to go, however. Cheapens the brew, I think.

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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 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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