Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #49 - Brown IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #49 - Brown IPAHarpoon 100 Barrel Series #49 - Brown IPA

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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Maxwell on 02-10-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of oberon
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of far333
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of brother_rebus
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Aged it. Drank it today. Held up surprisingly well. Got boozier than the ~6% ABV i started out as.

Photo of hreb
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of u2carew
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of gonzo000
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger khaki head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Deep clear ruby color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pine hop nose and flavor is light pine hops and caramel mellow for an IPA, balanced not much bitterness. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH.

Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Borderline deep, dark amber or lighter brown. It appears clear and light does pass through even the center of the glass. Decent head but nearly no lace, only a couple of spots.

More hoppy than malty in the nose. There's a bit toast but it's mostly floral-white pepper bitterness.

The flavor has a more pronounced deeply browned toast. The bitterness creeps into the taste culminating in the swallow and then slowly dissipating in the aftertaste. Good body and a mildly elevated carbonation level. Very nice blend of brown and IPA tastes.

Photo of Gavage
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 2" head that slowly falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: earthy hop bitterness and a hint of chocolate comes through to the nose.

Taste: malt, milk chocolate, dark fruit sweetness, big earthy tones, and a moderate bitterenss.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish.

Overall: a very drinkable beer, that has a good earthy quality to it and it's not overly bitter.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into a bulbed out pint glass. Liquid portion comes out as amber red as you can possibly be before breaking the threshold of becoming brown. Well filtered beer that glows deep amber with excellent clarity. Off white to tan colored head, mostly small bubbles with awesome lacing.

Smell is absolutely outstanding. Pretty hop forward with Simcoe, Chinook, and Amarillo hops (according to the label). I've always thought Simcoe and Chinook meshed well together and this is another example; Amarillo is a welcomed companion. None of these hops are super agressive and it's not over hopped so it's got a light citrus, peel and slight pine aromas. Nice chocolate and honey pale malts accompany the hops and it all blends very nicely.

Taste is almost as good as the smell. Strong malt backbone present out of the gate. Freshly baked brown wheat bread drizzled with a coco/honey sauce. After that sprinkle in some orange peel zest to top it off. Has a nice naturally gooey aftertaste of pine needles. Really nice flavor, love it. Beers like this make me believe that "Brown IPA" should be it's own style.

Mouthfeel is good but not great. It's certainly full bodied with a nice lingering flavor. Slight sweetness in the beginning leading to an aggressive earthy bitterness and the transition is slightly harsh due to it being a little more carbonated than I'd prefer, but I know I'm being a little nit picky. A little gritty even though initially sweet, and a really really dry finish making this a very nice anytime/year round drinkable beer.

Never been a huge fan of Harpoon's IPAs, but Harpoon nailed it with session 49, I hope they beer this beer again as a seasonal, rotational, or even year round.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium brown color with an off white head that provides lots of lacing. Aroma of hops and sugary brown malt. The taste is hop forward, with pine and orange/grapefruit citrus notes. The malty body is always present as well, with notes of brown sugar, raw cocoa, caramel and toffee. Medium to full bodied with a hop bite, carbonation is strong. Overall, this is a solid brown ipa I'd have something like this again.

Photo of Maxwell
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 5/15/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange zest, caramel, toast, chocolate, floral, grass, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of citrus/tropical hops with moderate dark/roasted malt notes; with great strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, peach, lemon zest, orange zest, caramel, chocolate, toast, brown bread, light roast, floral, grass, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, peach, lemon zest, orange zest, caramel, toast, chocolate, brown bread, light roast, floral, grass, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of bright citrus/tropical hop and moderate dark/roast malt flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent IPA. All around great balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/roast maltiness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy By: 05/25/14

A: Pours a mahogany brown color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice thick cap that leaves some good lacing

S: Darker, lightly roasted malts, a hint of chocolate, and piney hops are the stand-outs. Some light citrus in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some lightly roasted malts that provide some light chocolate notes, light spiciness, and a light sweetness. Also some piney and light citrusy hops in there. Light bitterness come through mid-way. Finishes with a light roast, some nuttiness, and caramel

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. A little prickly

O: A nice hoppy brown with good drinkability. Might be better off with a little more body and less of the prickly carbonation. Solid one-off

Photo of scotorum
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

s: Citrus.

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.

Photo of argock
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 05/05/14 on the bottleneck. Purchased at Total Wine (Norwalk, CT).

A: Auburn with frothy 1-finger beige head with average retention but a nice cuff of lacing.

S: Aromas are lightly nutty and caramelly with a hint of citrus and honeysuckle

T: A very good example of a hoppy American brown as it brings more orange and grapefruit hopping than most American browns. The nutty and light caramel maltiness brings a little bit of fig and date and is met with a solid swath of citrus grapefruit and orange hoppiness. No yeast character or alcohol detected. Bitterness is firm medium. A good clean American ale.

M: Easy to drink, I like that the ABV is down a little, carbonation and body are middle of the road.

O: Nothing too fancy but a very enjoyable, solid brown ale with a nice citrus twist.

Photo of thecheapies
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours from the tap with a busty sepia head. Sits atop a dark cream soda color with okay clarity. Laces like a drip painting.

Nutty chocolate malt, semi-piney hops, dry roast grain, and Whoppers. Mellow presence of Amarillo and a little of the Simcoe. Enjoying this nose.

Mildly hoppy with dank Simcoe and spicy Amarillo. A touch of pith with a lot of milk chocolate flavors, cashew, malted grain, spicy alcohol, and restrained bitterness. Floral notes are small, but tasty contributions. Dry finish offers more roast and hoppy green. Quite a treat.

Fine-tuned carbonation. Body has some creaminess, but doesn't inflate with a big body. Everything about the mouthfeel is excellent, except the strange noticeability of booze. Last time I checked, this is sub-6%.

A delicious brown ale with a good hop presence, but not a hoppy brown. Doesn't need to be. It's good the way it is.

Photo of Flounder57
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger white brown head reducer to a thin layer. It is an amber brown color with vision of bubbles when held up to a light.

Smell: Citrus and pine followed by chocolate, toasted, caramel,

Taste: Pretty the same as above. Hops are very dominant over the malts. Lingering bitterness and more balance from the malts would be great.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, mild tingly bitterness, light bodied, medium carbonation, and enjoyable.

Overall: Pretty solid brown ale. As much as I would have liked more sweetness from the malt, this beer was delicious.

Photo of mpedara429
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured out like root beer with a finger or so of light brown head.

S: Grapefruit and Pine are the most prominent, with the underlying smell of a wood barrel. Catching hints of chocolate malt as it warms a bit.

T: Earthy hop in the foreground, followed by the fruitiness of the nose. Picking up some dark malt and nuttiness on the finish.

M: Medium, creamy body with medium carbonation.

O: Eh, I paid top dollar for something that was marketed as unique. There is nothing unique about it. It tastes like a plain IPA. I had been expecting a nice mix of IPA and brown ale. I don't care if it has currently only been brewed once, it failed to impress.

Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #49 - Brown IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
85 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.