Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Session #48 - Beer Trip 2013 Polskie Mastne - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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4/5 rDev +10.5%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Amber with a thin off white head. A good amount of carbonation. No lacing on the glass.
Smell: Mild citrus and hops. Wheat/grassy notes. Maybe some floral too.
Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste sweet with citrus and mild bitter hops.
Overall: Great beer! Glad I tried this one out.
05-17-2014 18:07:42 | More by Cavanaghty
3.43/5 rDev -5.2%
"Every year Harpoon hosts a European "beer culture" trip for employees. This year's trip, a week of visiting breweries and making friends throughout Poland, inspired brewer Scott Shirley to brew this old style ale. Traditional Polish malts and hops create the full body and rich amber color of this beloved Polish style. Na zdrowie!" Brewed in the style of an Old Ale, this is entry #48 in Harpoon's 100 Barrel Series, released in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 59º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a frothy, crisp beige-white head over an amber orange body with a very high clarity. Carbonation is light and lively. Retention is average, lacing is light and spotty. 3.75
(Smell) Aromas of grainy toasted caramel semi-sweet biscuity malts and a soft bready malt backbone, very clean. Little to no hop aroma nor bitterness is evident. The yeast profile generates some yeasty fruitiness, predominantly a sugary grape, perhaps raisin. Very malt-forward, clean and approachable, very similar to German styles. 3.5
(Taste) Biscuity caramel malts with a mild diacetyl profile, very clean and mildly sweet. More fruit, dominant raisin and dates. Grainy bitterness, again very little hop profile. 3.25
(Mouthfeel) Texture is very clean, slick and mildly chewy. Carbonation generates a soft crispness for a livelier mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is sweet over earthy bitterness. Alcohol presence is mild and there are very few off-characters to mention aside from the diacetyl which may turn heads, especially if you don't enjoy a buttery or robust malt profile. 3.75
(Overall) I find that Poland's inspired beer lands stylistically similar to German's traditional styles, and this beer finds a comfortable spot around a märzen or perhaps a doppelbock, although it is more drinkable and lighter than the latter. While I don't doubt the ingredients in this beer are purely Polish, I don't find the flavors involved to be outrageously unique. It's a fairly enjoyable, simple beer, but I likely wouldn't classify it as an old ale. 3.5
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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #48: Beer Trip 2013- Polskie Mastne
05-16-2014 00:31:21 | More by Jadjunk
3.99/5 rDev +10.2%
Appearance: pours a dark orange color with some yellow highlights. A one inch head falls slowly to a thick surface covering.
Smell: bread and caramel are most notable.
Taste: caramel, bread, ripe fruit sweetness, a bit of earthiness, and a moderate bitterness are the main flavor components.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Short lasting aftertaste.
Overall: a very drinkable european styled ale that is hearty enough to satisfy. The more I had of this beer the more I liked it.
03-07-2014 21:51:55 | More by Gavage
3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
Appearance: amber in color, 3/4 inch head, clear, high carbonation
Smell: toasted malt
Taste: sweet caramel, fresh meadow, toasted malt
Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation, sweet start with a slightly bitter end
Overall: An above average, nice and malty Polish beer. I have had better in the style, but this is worth a try. Not sure if I will pick this up again however.
02-17-2014 18:28:09 | More by tigg924
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Session #48 - Beer Trip 2013 Polskie Mastne from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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