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The Tap Bitter Rival IPA
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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   IBU: 7   ABV: -
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Brewed like a west coast style IPA with a heinous amount of Columbus, Amarillo and Chinook. A heavy-handed focus on bitterness is what this one is all about. We named this brew in honor of our boundless disdain for a particular hockey club in Montreal. Hops and hockey are both better when they’re bitter. It’s science.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thornecb (4163) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Pours slightly hazed deep gold into a Sam glass. Bright white head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Sweet earthy caramel, bread and resin aromas. Medium bodied and sweet with toffee and caramel upfront turning to bitter resin in the lasting finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (11888) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2013
Draught@Lord Hobo. Clear deep amber color, decent off-white head. Hoppy fruity, piney aroma. Medium-bodied. Ctirus-resiny hoppy flavor. Very clean malt profile. Tasty, but perhaps a bit uninspiring. Ok. After 3 samples: Haverhill seems to be very solid brewery!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaBeer1972 (1246) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Bomber from Julio’s. Pours out a very murky light golden amber color. Frothy off-white head. Super cloudy with lots and lots of crap floating around (deduct for appearance). Bright, hoppy aromas. Flavor is slightly malty and super bitter as advertised. Some pine, some grapefruit, some spice notes, but mostly resinous and bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 12, 2013
22oz bottle. Large beige head atop amber body flecked with yeasties. Aroma is moderately sweet, pine/grapfruit. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, some pine, light bread. Soft medium body, some resin. Not well balanced, as the description suggests.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (4684) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber body with a nice tight bubbled creamy off-white head that slowly faded. The nose is showing very minimal hops, there’s more caramel and toasted malt in here than hops by far. The flavor indeed pretty bitter though. Not the brightest in the hops department, the hops are just very bitter and rather brash. Fairly heavy and slightly sweet malt backbone. Finishes with a lingering almost quinine like bitterness. Medium bodied, fairly heavy and clingy for my tastes in the style. This was just a showcase for brash bitterness, not the most easy drinking of IPAs.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroSpud (1596) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours a golden yellow with a white head. Plenty of hops, nice sweet maltiness with plenty of pine and citrus.Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (5953) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Growler during RBWG 2013. Golden pour with a small off-white head and plenty of lacing. Nice pine, citrus, grapefruit in the aroma and flavor. Not bad!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (4664) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Hazed yellow/gold pour. Resiny hops and toast aroma. Large malt, resiny, zesty bitter. Medium bodied with good carbonation. nice beer

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Growler RBWG. Gold with a white head. Malt aroma. The flavor is well balanced going slightly to the bitter side.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (4113) - Utah, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Growler at RBWG
Appearance: Cloudy amber with a big off-white head and good lacing
Aroma: Citrus and earthy malts
Taste: Citrus, dusty caramel and piney
Nice.


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