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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 05-17-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 PEIhop
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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 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 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 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 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 Dope
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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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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 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 rorjets
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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 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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Haver Ale from The Tap Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 59 ratings
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