Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #49 - Brown IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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Reviews by Maxwell:
3.99/5 rDev +4.5%
The beer pours a deep, dark, candied brown, almost like maple sap. Its sits in the glass as nearly black, with a fat head of medium sized, pebble-like bubbles of an off-white, nearly khaki coloring. The head settles to about a half finger’s width above the glass and lasts for quite a while, leaving a fat sheet of lacing on the wall of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells of dank pine and soft citrus lemon-grapefruit. Close on the hop-scent’s heals is a smooth coffee roast, suggesting touches of baker’s chocolate alongside delightful medium roast coffee. Pine and roast are the two main players on the nose, and they are exactly what I want from a beer of this type. Great smell. On the tongue, the beer delivers much of what the nose promised. Prickly, citric and pine bitters smooth into soft roasted bitters with touches of malt sweetness that provide a great balance, though still allow the bitters to shine. Acidity is light in the beer, providing just a soft pop alongside the bitters and the malt. In flavor, the beer begins as bitter pine which opens into grapefruit dipped in medium roast coffee with just a touch of baker’s chocolate. As I sip more, I even pick up touches of mango and other tropical fruits. The finish is really short on this beer, which is my biggest complaint I would say, leaving me little time to contemplate the flavors before they’ve slipped off my palate. As I drink more, I think I pick up slight metallic flavors and a touch of smoke towards the end of the sip. The aftertaste, however, is bizarrely rich in classic IPA flavors of bitter grapefruit, a touch of medicinal aspirin, and beautiful fresh pine resin. In the mouth, the beer feels oddly light, perhaps on the light side of medium, but with very little weight on the tongue. Carbonation is moderate, and provides a nice prickly scrub to the tongue, but the mouthfeel is quite watery, which allows for great drinkability, but leaves me wanting more grip on my tongue. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left sticky with hop resin, and saliva. Overall, this beer has great flavor and balance, but it is just too light. I want the malt bill amped up and I want to feel a little bit of weight on my tongue. As I sip more and more of the beer, I lose the more delicate flavors that tasted brilliant when I began drinking. With the brown IPA ‘style’ I need some weight on the tongue and a little more of that malt character for flavor. As is, this beer is terrifically drinkable, if a touch watery. I like the flavors, but I want them amped up a little more. This is nice beer, but Harpoon has better IPA offerings at the current time. If brewed again, they should amp up the malt and the ABV a little.
02-10-2014 05:28:28 | More by Maxwell
More User Reviews:
3.79/5 rDev -0.8%
Pours a chesnut brown with a tinge of auburn,a half finger light tannish colored head atop.Aromas are a little muted with some earthiness,caramel,and light citric hops mainly.A well rounded palate with malty caramel and nuttiness to go along with earthy and citrusy hops in the finish.Not bad,I like the flavor profile but the aromas are pretty light,on par with other "brown" IPA styles I have had.
03-25-2014 22:18:08 | More by oberon
3.29/5 rDev -13.9%
Mahogany colored with ruby highlights and a beige foamy head that rises up thickly and slowly settles out, leaving a thick ring around the glass atop the liquid. Inviting aroma of kilned malt and floral and citrus hops.
Flavor is mostly hoppy, not very malty. It's citrusy upfront, some grapefruit and orange rind, morphing gradually to subtle piney notes. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, somewhat tannic. Not a very balanced beer. I expected more.
04-20-2014 14:09:43 | More by far333
3.71/5 rDev -2.9%
Bomber served in imperial pint glass. Beer is unsurprisingly brown in color with a nice tan head. Super fresh hop aroma, with Amarillo (and apparently Simcoe) right up front. Surprisingly bright smelling for an IPA this color. Flavor is similarly hop forward. Ample IBUs considering the gravity is so tame. I find the bitterness and carbonation so aggressive that I'm not getting roasty chocolate flavors at all. But, as an IPA with an optical gimmick, maybe that's ok.
02-24-2014 05:39:49 | More by hreb
3.63/5 rDev -5%
A) Pours with a finger thick head that settles to a sticky lacing at the edge of the glass. Mahogany, almost ruby in color. Semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Toasty, roasted notes with hints of chocolate.
T) Roasted, almost burnt, malt sweetness. The hops are a bit astringent against the malt tones.
M) Medium body. Dry in the finish.
O) This is definitely a mash-up between a brown ale and an IPA, prominent characteristics of each, but it's a bit too much.
07-24-2014 23:45:48 | More by u2carew
3.49/5 rDev -8.6%
On tap at MacGregor's Grill and Taproom on East Avenue in Rochester, NY.
Pours a walnut with a creamy looking half inch head, and encompassing sheets of lacing down the glass, a branded MacGregor's dimpled mug.
Aromas include pine, and caramel, and a little bit of smoke. Not a really strong aroma on this one.
The taste is stronger, but still a little bit muted. Not sure if this is an old keg, wouldn't be surprised since 1) this is MacGregor's 2)it's on special. It doesn't taste bad, per se, but it seems like it could be much more. Pine, some ashy smoke, caramel malt, a little bit sweet near the end.
Medium bodied, could be thicker. High carbonation, pretty drinkable.
Not bad, but not great, either.
04-11-2014 02:42:00 | More by GreesyFizeek
3.88/5 rDev +1.6%
a. Brown in color with a 3 finger cream colored head.
s. Hoppy and Malty on the nose.
t. Although I like this beer, it seemed that the balance was off. There was not enough hoppiness to call it a true IPA, but this was more hoppy than most browns. Malt on the front and brown
m. Mouthfeel was good, nothing special.
o. A very good beer that should have bent more hoppy. I would drink this beer again.
05-24-2014 20:07:33 | More by gonzo000
3.76/5 rDev -1.6%
On-tap 2/23/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains maple, caramelized malts and some hops.
T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of maple and caramel. Then a decent hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good variation of style, it’s a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for a hoppy brown ale.
02-24-2014 00:30:53 | More by TheManiacalOne
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #49 - Brown IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
86 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.