Review: John Harvard’s Astronomer Double IPA

Review of John Harvard’s Astronomer Double IPA from John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House in Framingham, MA

Beer Type: Double IPA  ABV: 7.8%  Tried on draught.

Their Description: “Our newest double IPA was crafted with the hop lover in mind. The amber hue is complimented by grass hop aromas with hints of peach followed by floral tones of citrus and spice.”

The Reality: This beer does have an amber hue and scent of fresh hops and peach. The initial taste has sweet peach and malt tones that quickly transform to a strong hoppy flavor with a medium level of bitterness. It is medium-bodied and has a strong hoppy aftertaste that lingers for a while. I really didn’t pick up any “floral tones of citrus and spice”.

Final Verdict: The best word used to describe this double IPA is medium. It is Medium-hued, medium-bodied, and has a medium hop level (as far as double IPAs go). It falls in the middle ABV range for a Double IPA and is balance between fruit notes and piney/resin notes. It seems that the brewers at John Harvard’s were trying to create a beer that could literally sit on the fence. The same can’t be said for astronomers like Galileo and Copernicus, for whom this beer is named. Many of their views were seen as extreme for their time. It’s a good thing they didn’t drink copious amounts of this beer while formulating their theories or we may have ended up with a Uranus-centric model of the solar system instead of the traditional heliocentric model we use today.