Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #49 - Brown IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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Reviews by Maxwell:
3.99/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2014 05:28:28 | More by Maxwell
More User Reviews:
3.63/5 rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 23:45:48 | More by u2carew
4.29/5 rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Had been flirting with buying this because I like Browns, and finally found it at an irresistable price ($5.50). I had seen it previously for up to $10.
Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Tree House tulip.
a: Almost black with clear ruby throughout when seen through light. Finger thick tan yead receded to thick even surface foam and dense lacing.
t: Caramel malt forward with strength, followed by a moderate hop bite. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue. Sweet to dry finish. Later some dark fruit notes
m; Medium with good body, lots of carbonation tingle.
o; Not a favorite version of IPA for many Americans, but this is a wonderful one for those of us who like English styles like Brown Ale jazzed up a bit. Somewhat similar to Shipyard's XXXX (D)IPA, also a favorite, although darker in color and with more fruit notes.
Serving type: growler
07-05-2014 21:46:53 | More by scotorum
3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-24-2014 20:07:33 | More by gonzo000
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #49 - Brown IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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