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
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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Photo of Jayli
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear straw colored yellow - perhaps one of the most clear beers that I have come across. White half finger head with relatively no retention to it, wispy lacing left behind. Nose is very, very bready, touch of corn, slightly sweet - perhaps some caramel malts but couldn't quite put my finger on it. Taste is where you can pick up on the caramel malts, much heavier malt in taste than in the nose. Slight bite of sweetness, but also quite bready. It actually reminded me of an alcoholic cream soda. This is an extremely light bodied beer, that like the taste, reminded me of drinking a cream soda. Light to medium carbonation, crisp and clean finish.
This was fun to try - especially to support a local brewery, but I would pass on this one in the future.

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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 htomsirveaux
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 7 Mar 2009. Courtesy of jleblanc, thanks!

Poured in Brewbaker pint glass. Small very white head. Lightly carbonated. Clear bright golden color. Light aroma of malt, apples, earthy. Very light, sweet malt. Somewhat flat throughout, slightly water. Finish is dry and crisp, aftertaste is sweet with just a slight bitterness. Body pretty light, minimal alcohol.

Overall not much to this, would probably be a good summer beer.

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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 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 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 trbergman
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Golden body with a thin and creamy white head that quickly fades.

S - Grainy, a bit nutty, no hops detected. Some fruity esters come out as the beer warms.

T - Grain, perhaps a hint of vanilla, a touch of hop bitterness to balance out the malt. Much better and more interesting than the nose would indicate.

M - Medium body, yet amazingly full for such a small beer. Something like a bready cream soda. Nice, rounded mouthfeel.

D - My first of the style, so I wasn't sure what to expect. This is a light, drinkable beer with no pretension of being more than it is. Goes down almost too easily.

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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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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Haver Ale from The Tap Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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