Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #50 - Citra Victorious - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 2
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: braican on 04-15-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Enjoy By: 08/15/2014

Appearance: Pours an orange-gold body, a little hazy, with a smallish, frothy, near white head. Near nil lacing.

Smell: Modestly aromatic pale maltiness leaning towards a toasted biscuit scent. It's chiefly citrusy, spicy notes, with a clear delineation between the hops and addition of grapefruit rinds.

Taste: Pale malts, a little biscuity, with a glaze of golden syrup. Citrusy, minutely resiny hops given a juicy, fruity boost from the grapefruit peelings. Medium bitterness. A slight citric edge on the back half. Bittersweet, fruity finish with some final nibbles of day-old, toasted biscuits.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: This day just keeps getting better. A tasty, enjoyable brew, one of those were you go to pour some more from the bottle, but, that tears it, it's already all gone!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an imperial nonic a dull copper color with a thinner white head that is gone pretty quickly.A godd shot of grapefruit in the nose but after that fades only light biscuit malts show thru.Low carbonation makes a nice mellow feel.Caramel and sweetish bready malts with leafy/herbal hops throughout,a decent smack of citrusy hops in the finish.Some good hops but not earth shattering but you know it probably isn't meant to be.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden amber color with a thin off white head the lingered for a while. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus and hops with mild pine notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and pine with a mild hint of citrus notes.

Overall: Okay brew, glad I tried it out.

Photo of far333
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden straw colored with apricot hues. Beige-orange half inch high head settles out slowly. Aroma of fruity hops and chives. Rich flavors of bready malt and sharp zesty hops, mix of citrus and cinnamon spice. Well-balanced, not crazy hoppy, but medium bitterness offsets the malt. Even mouthfeel. Really good beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was purchased at the Smoker Friendly on Wheeling Island, you have to check for excessive dust and best by dates when shopping there. This good until August. Poured into my IPA glass a deep orange body with a slightly off white beige head. Aroma is full of a pleasant grapefruit peel/pith, and some extra dankness herbal/marijuana like nose. Pretty much a one dimensional aroma, but a really good smelling consistent one. Flavor super bright citrus, caramelized malts in the back end to provide enough sweetness to counter balance the bitter grapefruit pith/peel additions and supposedly loads of Citra hops. I'm not saying there aren't loads of Citra hops here, but they are hard to pick out amongst the big bitter grapefruit pith notes. Caramelized malts sugars creep in to balance things out, there's nothing wrong with this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied mild resinous oils from both the hop additions and grapefruit peels, even flowing carbonation nice dry finish. Overall, impressive offering especially from Harpoon's 100 Barrel Series #50, this has been a hit or miss big bottled series from Harpoon this one is way more hit than miss.

Photo of hreb
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a miniature tumbler. Beer is pale in color, not quite clear, with medium head. Big citrusy and tropical aroma. Flavor is extremely crisp, like biting into a fresh, juicy grapefruit, though neither sour nor sweet. I'd say this is a perfect IPA for showcasing Citra's versatility across styles and grain profiles -- but wait -- this is a pale ale, not an IPA! At 45 IBUs it's on the hoppy end of pale ale, but then again at 5.8% ABV it is (or once would have been) at the heavy end of "sessionable" ale. Ah, we live at a good time to be drinking beer. Probably the best of the 100 barrell series in recent times.

Photo of antott0523
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Enjoy by 8/15/14 date.

A: Translucent, deep amber color with an orange hue. Off white head with a nice amount of lace that. Appears slightly oily. Moderate amount of carbonation.

S: Definitely citra. Tropical fruits. Mango. Grapefruit and pine as well.

T: Does not follow the nose as much, as was hoping for a bit more of the tropical fruit notes from the citra hops.

M: Moderately carbonated, and medium bodied.

D: Very drinkable pale ale. One of the better pale ales I have had, and wish this was part of their regular release, as I would buy again. Citra is showcased well, but falls just a tad flat on flavor. That being said, very solid pale ale!

Photo of bszern
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color with a solid head. Hops smell extremely fresh and plentiful! Taste is good, but Citra is not my favorite hop on the planet. I wish the beer was a little thicker, it feels kind of light, but considering it is 80 degrees outside right now I find this pretty darn refreshing.

Overall, I really like this beer. It is a solid pale ale that is not trying to be a "light IPA".

Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle stamped Best By 08/15/14. Sampled on June 15, 2014. Happy Father's Day!

The color is orange-amber to bronze with good clarity and a robust cream colored head. Busy carbonation.

Since they are highlighting Citra hops in the labeling you can't help but to get that grapefruit sensation on the nose that usually accompanies this variety of hops. Pale malts are subdued.

Medium body.

Invariably, the grapefruit takes over the taste as well as well as the finish, which is moderately bitter and lingering. A nice offering from Harpoon.

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that rapidly dissipated, leaving only a small patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a couple of large bubbles around the collar.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose – oranges and grapefruit peel seem to stand out in particular. These become slightly stronger as the beer begins to warm up.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of grapefruit and orange citrus and these are accompanied by a very light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate and has just under a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable. It just seems to be missing a few elements such as a little more in the way of bitterness and added carbonation.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle pours a mostly clear, dark gold color with a fluffy white head. Decent retention and pretty good lace.

Nose is the typically amazing citra aroma - so juicy and herbally citric. The grapefruit peel is actually pretty noticeable if you know it is there and the malt is bready and slightly caramelized.

Malts are a little flabby on the flavor and leave the Citra hops to try and do everything. While they sure can provide a great flavoring, the bittering suffers I think when used by itself. The grapefruit peel kind of disappears in the flavor too. While still tasty (since I love Citra so much), this beer is just about average on the list of Citra beers I have had. A denser malt backbone and maybe some Amarillo bittering would go a long way here.

Photo of ppoitras
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits/Sturbridge.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" eggshell head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head lasts well, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is fruity juicy hops.

Taste is lemony upfront, balanced through the middle, and citrusy hops character through the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Summertime thirst-quencher type brew.

Photo of jlindros
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 8/15/14, so still a couple weeks before the end of the enjoy by date, still fairly fresh, and love that they actually dated it. Rare for a brewery of this size.

Pours a light fizzy small head covering, mostly just big bubbles, leaves mild lacing from some legs on the glass, semi clear slight chill hazed nectar honey orange color with a hint of amber hue.

Nose is pretty powerful, strong orange peel and grapefruit pith, candied orange peel mostly as a big sweet candy malt comes through with it, big citrus juice, tangerine like, a big rindy bitter citrus peel note, flashes of a stone fruit and touch of resin. fairly big sweet malt under all that which is strange for hte low abv, so I hope it's not too sweet.

Taste starts with a combination of the citra hops, grapefruit peel, and candy reddish malts. They all seem to battle back and forth, a bitter grapefruit rind hitting one peak, with a candy sweet malt bringing reddish toasty malts and some mild caramel candy flavors, then swings back to a juicy tangerine orange notes, mild pithy flavor, candied citrus peel. despite those candied flavors it's not too sweet, and not too bitter either, a mild bitterness mostly rind and pith, and flashes of grapefruit flesh. Finish is sticky and mildly sweet, with a bit more grapefruit rind lingering for a while, a little grapefruit juice and some juicy tangerine orange as well, mild candied flavors too.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb,

Overall nod bad, it has some nice characters that don't seem to combine as well as they could have, but decent flavors nonetheless. Enjoyable without going to that next level of awesomeness.

Photo of WunderLlama
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Neighbor was kind enough to bring over a bottle. Poured it into a pilsner glass

Appearance: deep orange, amber , translucent. Pours a two finger white head. Decent carbonation

Aroma of citrus, grapefruit and pine

Taste more of the pine than the grapefruit.

Medium to light medium, decent carbonation

Good beer that tasted better as it warmed to room temperature and released more flavor.

Photo of smcolw
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color and reasonably clear. Small starting head, but it leaves rings of lace after each sip.

Spicy (oregano?) hop start to the aroma. There's some crystal malt as well.

A rather earthy beer. The malt is like toasted biscuits. It's far thinner bodied than I expected with lots of bubbles. While there's ample bitterness, it isn't that distinct flavor wise. It's easy to drink, but certainly not complex.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from oh hell I forget.
Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a huge bubbly frothy white head that shows great retention. Earthy resinous citrusy aromas dominate the nose with a light bready maltiness deep underneath. The flavor follows the aroma but the bitter pithy grapefruit is much more evident. Light mineral water with a moderate amount of bitterness from the peel as well as the hops. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Smells wonderful, tastes pretty good but the raw grapefruit flavors got to me a bit over time.

Photo of beer272
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - weak lacing, Pale with hint of red color,
S - nicely balanced, rounded up front, earthy.
T - nice carbonation on tongue, clear, well rounded average american beer.
M - good
O - glad a barrel series, not sure I want another at $5/glass. Nothing ecouraging.

Photo of stakem
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Slatetank for the share. Bottle poured into a snifter, the bree appears a perfect polished clarity looking a golden orange with an off-white head slightly stained yellow. Really a beautiful looking beer with spots of lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma includes pine, herbs, grass and a mild sulfuric cheesiness as it breathes. Overall not bad smelling but not pungent by any means as well.

The taste is floral with an orange to grapefruit quality before a grassy to herbal bitterbess overtakes the finish. Little to no sense of malt backing which isnt a bad thing.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a soft to delicate amount of carbonation. This brew is peculiar in its simplicity but easy drinking and worth checking out. Thanks or the share Matt.

Photo of Brad007
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper with a one-finger head into my glass. I'm a sucker for citra hops, making this selection a no-brainer.

Light and citrusy upfront with a touch of grapefruit from grapefruit peels. Aromas aren't as robust as I was hoping.

Citra goodness awaits with the first sip, complimented by grapefruit toward the middle.

Bitterness coats the mouth, finishing hotter than expected. Not even 6% but it's a finish I'd expect from a much bigger beer.

Worth a try.

Photo of Kendo
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into a Sam Smith's nonic-style imperial pint glass. Body is clear coppery-orange; it's nearly glowing when backlit. There's a small (half-finger) off-white head on top.

S: Pleasant nose, with citrusy grapefruit and lemon over a caramel malt base.

T: Citra hops are in the house: lemony, grapefruity citrus is noted right away. There's a modest malt foundation - in fact, I think this could use a little bit more heft on the low end to provide some balance. After a few sips I get more lingering grapefruit on the palate - either pith or peel (or both), and there's that Citra lemony taste lingering too.

M: A little on the thin or watery side - like I said, I think this could use a bit more malt. Call it light-to-medium in heft, but more on the light side. Carbonation is modest and appropriate.

O: If you're looking for a lighter APA with Citra hop goodness, this fits the bill nicely. A good summer APA that I'd like to see Harpoon bottle in 6-packs and sold as a summer seasonal.

Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

I picked this up at Oliver's in Albany enjoyed from a pint.

The color is deep amber with a maple syrup shade with great clarity with visible carbonation and 2 fingers of light head with fine bead, lace sticks well -very attractive presentation. The smell is fragrant with a good citrus aroma with light sweet malt ester mixed with mild yeast fruitiness with a slight tropical quality and floral note from the hops. The feel is dank with resins that coat the mouth with medium carbonation supporting moderate bitterness with a mild sweetness as a foundation with nice balance into the semi-dry finish with almost no alcohol detectable.

The flavor has tangy citrus fruit and zest with mild orange tasting hop juiciness with light sweet malt element like toasted cereal with gentle lemony tang in the background. The hops also contribute a slight pine in the peripheral taste with gentle ruby red grapefruit tanginess when taken in larger gulps with hints of pineapple and mild herbal tea-like flavor almost an earthy green tea taste with subtle malt interwoven in the flavor with sweet yet tangy yeast in finish. Overall I consider this a very good Pale with nice flavor from the Citra, good balance of hop bitterness and malt in taste and feel. I would say it could use a bit more hop flavor to match the aroma perhaps.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy By 08/15/14

A: Pours a golden amber color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a nice cap after a minute or two

S: Lots of citrus and grapefruit peel up front, some crystal malt sweetness, and some earthiness to round it out

T: Starts off with a good mix of maltiness and citrusy hops with the grapefruit peel adding a touch of bitterness to counteract the sweetness. Finishes with some bitterness and a bit more of the malt character

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A refreshing APA with some nice citrus notes as well as the grapefruit peel. Easy to drink and quite quaffable

Photo of scotorum
4/5  rDev +7%

Enjoy by 8/15/14. Purchased 8/18. Watch those bottle dates people!

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Tree House tulip pint.

a: Hazy orange with a finger thick white head which receded to patchy surface foam and similar lacing.

s; Moderate pine and citrus.

t: Citrus and pine notes over a medium bready malt base. Bitterness lingers on the tongue.

m: Medium with fine body and considerable carbonation tingle.

o: Still very good, considerable hops flavor and bitterness. Sessionable, and refreshing. Reasonably priced in the $6 range I paid.

Photo of Beric
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: On-tap, sampler tray
Served: 1 June 2014

Appearance: Clear, somewhat deep amber-brown color with some strings of carbonation coming up from the bottom. Slight head, but this is probably due to the sampler size.

Smell: Dank grapefruit and citrus fruits. Slightly softened by some malt sweetness.

Taste: A powerful assertion of grapefruit and other bitter citrus fruits. The hop flavor is the predominant flavor in this beer. The citra and cascade hops in this beer make for a very fruity finish. There is a solid malt sweetness carrying the hop flavor, with a semi-sweet finish. Harpoon's website says this is also brewed with a substantial amount of grapefruit peel, but I didn't pick up anything especially fruity other than the hops themselves.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing, medium body.

Overall: An extremely underrated beer from Harpoon, in my opinion. This is a fantastic APA, coming in at only 5.8% and with a complex, deep flavor. Citra hops add a nice depth of flavor in relation to the Cascade, and any grapefruit peel used in brewing is not dominant, but may add a slight pleasant bitterness to the brew. Would highly recommend, especially fresh on tap.

Photo of SCbrewpubfan
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a Growler into a Highland snifter.
L - Beautiful light copper color that seems perfect for this style. Small dense head that dissipates quickly, but leaves behind sticky lacing.
S - Citrus and Tropical fruit aromas up front, but a biscuity malt undertone. Combined smells like bubblegum. The citra hops should really shine right here, and they don't.
T - Grapefruit, lemon, mango, and papaya burst forward followed by a slightly piney hop spiciness. Some slightly smokey malts add a nutty caramel contrast to the hops. A very well balanced and highly drinkable beer.
F - Carbonation a little low, but otherwise a pleasant light oiliness causes the beer to cling to the mouth.
O - Not the best use of Citra hops I've ever tasted, but a solid session ale. Very pleased with the growler purchase.

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