Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Session #48 - Beer Trip 2013 Polskie Mastne - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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2.99/5 rDev -17.4%
22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Enjoy By: 03/15/14. The print is a little squished, it may be 03/13/14. Either way, I think I'm okay.
Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, darkish, amber-golden body with a well-sized, off-white head.
Smell: Interestingly, a strong note of grape-flavored Bonkers straight oughta the 80's. Underneath, moderately toasted grains, faint caramelized sugars -- just a wee nutty. Light spicy, herb, but it's hard to shake those Bonkers.
Taste: Water-logged toast, breadcrusts and all. Thin caramel taste as well as a light caramel sweetness. Again, that grape Bonkers taste. Drying spicy herbal tone. Toasty, dry, Bonkers-edged finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, yet a bit tongue-coating. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Grape-flavored Bonkers.
11-28-2013 19:35:15 | More by ChainGangGuy
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
3.48/5 rDev -3.9%
On-tap 12/15/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep coppery red color, with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is faint but contains spices, fruit, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.
T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus, tea and spice. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in. The hops presence is decent and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Smooth but not very crisp and a bit watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, overall it’s just a mediocre beer.
12-16-2013 01:29:57 | More by TheManiacalOne
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
3.51/5 rDev -3%
A) Clean and clear body. Bronze colored body. Finger thick head on the pour, settles slightly with big bubble lacing at the edge of the glass.
S) Not very robust, quite mellow. Caramel tones. Grainy.
T) Mellow caramel notes. Sweet, pleasant malty flavors. Halfway through hops kick in with a subtle bitterness.
M) Light to medium body. Dry. Chalky in the finish.
O) A decent brew. Unfortunately, my expertise on Polish beers is limited, but the general nature and taste profile is European/Northern Atlantic.
12-25-2013 22:00:29 | More by u2carew
3.53/5 rDev -2.5%
From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on November 29, 2013.
It is an attractive medium amber pour with a short-lived white head. Excellent clarity.
The aroma has a caramel malt note at first and then it turns into a clean, crisp hop note. Toasted and basic.
Light to medium body.
The taste has a pretty good caramel malt character at first but then there is a moderate bitterness coming up from behind. Mild to moderate bitterness. A likable but not extraordinary beer.
11-29-2013 21:15:34 | More by puboflyons
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Session #48 - Beer Trip 2013 Polskie Mastne from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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