Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #07 - Union Street Revival Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 47
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-27-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This old brewery favorite is rich in malt flavor with a hoppy aroma. Union Street is unfiltered and has a deep chestnut color. The full body and crisp bitterness make a perfect beer for autumn.

36 IBU
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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 47
Photo of changeup45
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like a mini bottle of wine, with a relatively fancy label, and the aluminum foil top. Amber color and topped with a thick off-white head. Lots of lacing left on the glass. Somewhat hoppy, sweet smelling aroma. The beer is very smooth but didn't taste quite like I thought it would. Sweet and hoppy with slight bitterness. A touch too sweet and could have used more kick to it. 6.6% Abv actually seems high. Not bad though.

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Photo of Boto
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bottle: This has been hanging out in the back of the fridge for awhile, so i figured I should get to it now. Mine poured a slightly orangish-amber color with a lot of head. The head drops away very quickly. Somewhat floral and fuity aroma. Medium bodied, slightly bitter, with a hint of some fuits in the taste. Decent enough beer. It could be a good everyday beer in their line-up, if they so desired.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess I am the schumck that bought the last one. Next thing you know the damned beer is retired. Nonetheless, this offering seems to have stood the test of time. Not overly charismatic in any sense but it is a good beer.

Pale auburn with a really white, foamy head. Surprised considering its age. Being fall, it reminds me of an Oktoberfest.

Usually with a one becomes more bitter, having nothing to gauge it(self) against, the pronounced bitterness I was expecting is not there. Yes, it does have a tongue twist bite, but not too strong.

Slammed through the 22oz. Crisp, fresh light. I wonder how much different a freshy would be?!?!?!?

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know this is listed under the ESB category, but this tastes and smells like an old ale. Specifically, a lot like Fuller's Vintage ales. The smell, at first, is very much reminiscent, of a traditional ESB. Depending on the amount of hops and malt, these styles can bleed into each other, at least based on my tasting of Fuller's Special Edition ESB, which was a stronger ESB. Ok, enough ESB geeking...

Copper color with sizeable head, which didn't seem too dense. Goes down into a nice lace and eventually gone completely.

Smell and taste, as mentioned above, is a lot like an old ale.

Venom warned me that this might be past its prime. It still has some life in it, but get it while the gettin is good.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clean dark amber beer. Has a small creamy beige head and some lace. The aroma is a sweet nutlike maltiness. The mouth feel was a little watery. The flavor starts out with a sweet grainy malt character that slides into a nice smooth bitterness while never completely looseing an underlying sweet malt note.

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Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/1/04 poured a hazy copper with a nice creamy head that left some noticable lace behind,very chewey caramel malt aroma with a notable herbal presence beneath very nicely melded together.This is a souped up ESB here nice creamy mouthfeel with caramel and biscuit malt making a big presence from the offset with a nice English herbal hop presence in the finish with a hard water type iron notes in there as well.Wow I really like this ale a big ESB one of my favorite style when done well,this one is for sure.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and coppery in color, with incessant carbonation, and a full, creamy head.
Aroma, soft, and sweet, ... a touch of fruit, and caramel.
Smooth tastin', easy sliding off the palate, on and off, it's a breeze...rich and tasty, malt in command...traces of apple and cherry in the flavor...the character remains mostly malt-derived, and is quite a pleaser.
Medium-bodied, with a light, caramel-toned finish.
the label described it as "unfiltered, rich, hoppy", but I'm not feeling the hops, though I do dig the yeast.
A fine ESB.

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Photo of necoadam
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out hazy amber/copper color with a nice head. You can tell it's unfiltered alright. Smell consisted of a malt backbone with an underlying aroma of fruit. Some toasted aromas can also be detected. Taste was quite good. Malt backbone with a biscuity flavor. Some fruits start mixing in the middle, along with some sweetness, perhaps just a tad too sweet, but luckily the hops come along and balance it all out. Mouthfeel was medium with a good check on carbonation. Overall, a good beer that I enjoyed.

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Photo of meathookjones
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep bronze with a good-sized cream colored head. Frothy lacing. Sweet caramel with a nice spicy hoppiness. Some floral notes in the nose as well. Sweet caramel malt with a lightly bitter hoppiness. Well balanced flavor and aroma. Biscuity malt was also big in the flavor. Nice sweet malty finish to this. Mouthfeel was good with a smooth creamy quality. Easy drinking stuff that was a bit refreshing. Overall a good solid brew I would definitely have again.

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Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper-amber, with lots of floating particulates, topped with a one finger creamy light tan head, leaves webs of lacing.
Very yeasty aroma, fruit, bread, caramel in background and tea.
Fruity, toffee, yeast, bread, doughy, earthy, tea and herb taste.
Medium to full bodied, it's very thick and chewy.
I had this a few times in the bottle as well and it was good, but it was at it's best from the tap in Harpoon's South Boston taproom.

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Photo of Truh
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saw the light with this one on 12/22/2004. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bomber poured twice in a shaker glass.

Three Musketeers nougat fluff of initial wide-body bubbling in the middle with a mediocre, tapioca lace. Clear, deep orange hue with a fair amount of continued carbonation throughout, like a mad scientist’s laboratory. Husky hop nip bottle on nose with a rounding malt filler and a slightly metallic condensing agent. Cache of hop green in combination with orange zest tang, flaky corn husk, a hint of clover honey, and zinc on the mouth. Oddly vacuous mouth feel; not great, but also not offensive.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to PPitras for the bomber.
Pours orange and amber hued with a lot of small carbonation bubbles forming a pillowy bit of light tan head that leaves a farily thick sheen of lace on the glass.
Aroma has strong toffee notes with caramel and bready undertones. Some herbal and tea hop notes also present.
Flavor has lots of bread tones to start, smoewhat fruity and strong toffee in the middle and finishes with a sharp but short burst of resiny bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium-boided, sweet throught with grainy notes and tangy bitterness.
Drinkability is good. First on of the 100 Barrel Series I've really enjoyed. Nice transitions and good breadth of flavor.

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Photo of guinnessman
2.97/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew poured with a very thin lacey head and an amber color. The aroma was nice and fruity with a hint of apples. At first it tasted pretty good with a nice and smooth mouthfeel, but as soon as I gulped it down everything just went blah! The taste was gone, and all that remained was an aftertaste of alcohol on the palate. Probably not something I'd pick up again.

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twenty two ounce brown bottle. Dates of brewing & bottling printed on label.

Medium amber. Topped by a creamy off white head. Rings of lace are left behind with each sip.

Deeply fruity aromas, robust hoppiness (mostly orange).

Rich malt & plenty of caramel. Strong fruit flavours. Bold hopping leads to a dryish finish. Citrusy & grassy. Medium full bodied, moderate prickly carbonation.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a good but slightly disappointing jump into the 100 Barrel Series with the Scotch Ale, I was hoping the Union Street would dazzle me a bit more, and it did.

It pours a spot on amber colour that is very, very cirsp and starts out with a nice off-white head that dissolves into a mildly sticky lace,

The smell is basic, but alright: butter and caramel lead in over a nice slightly rubbery malt base. Some hop notes can be found throughout as well.

The flavour is a supercharged version of the smell: it starts out caramel sweet (and a bit juicy) then leads into a more butter based flavour before finishing off with a hoppy, semi-spicy alcohol finish, that finally turns earthy at the very end.

There is a definite oily, buttery feel here that fits right in with the style. This brew is slippery and smooth with a hint of creaminess. The juicy start with the earth finish makes for a nice progression of flavour throughout each sipI enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of horshack7
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a rich amber color with remarkable head rentention.

Smell: A great mix of floral hops with hints of cinnamon and allspice atributes of a pumpkin ale.

Taste: Wonderfully hoppy very well balanced hints of slightly burnt hops. Hints of dried fruits apricots and rasins.

Mouthfeel: Very bubbly which was pleasant to the palate.

Drinkabilty: I could definately handle pint after pint of this one.

Notes: This is an exceptional brew incredibly balanced well crafted. Harpoon has brewed a winner. Cheers!

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz Bomber poured into an imperial pint, courtesy of ppoitras...thanks Pete.
Pours a hazy orange with a nice cream-white head and pretty decent lacing.
English Toffee, hops, and fresh biscuits dominate the aroma with just a hint of buttery caramel.
Taste is very clean for an unfiltered beer. Slight caramel sweentess, toasty malt and just a little buttery. Hops are present but not by any means overpowering.
The carbonation is great and this is certainly a quenching ESB. A very good beer from Harpoon, I just wish they made more than 100bbl of this one.

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Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Large bottle with "batch date" and gold foil, nice touch. Pours a basic shade of amber/almond, slightly hazy. Fine bubble, almost white head. Nice lacing left behind. Nose is richly malty with some sticky hops in the background. This is a smooth, creamy flavorful brew. Nicely balanced with a solid layer of sweet malt, lots of caramel notes, in counter point to mellow hops coming in late. British style all the way. Classy quaffer, well done by Harpoon. Go find some of this stuff before its all gone.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bomber of this with old pal Artied2 last night.
Has a deep copper color, topped by a creamy, frothy light tan head, which fades rapidly to a thin layer. Within the brew is suspended some microscopic particulate. Nose was mild, with a caramel toastiness, with a light floral hoppiness lurking nearby. Body was a solid medium, and it was fairly smooth as well. Flavor is aroma-like in that it also has a solid toasty caramel maltiness. Supplementing this a light, flowery hoppiness which adds a smooth finish and nice balance. A decent bier, reminding of some good nut brown ales.

overall: 3.85
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of rousee
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfortunately, not nearly as good bottled as on-tap. Still a fine brew and far better than the regular Harpoon offerings.

It pours amber wine-like cider color. no head, no lace.
Smells like butter or butterscotch.
Taste is very close to the smell--butter, caramel, butterscotch, sugarry candy like barley candy. Those are the best lollipops around and this has some elements of the candy. It has a very nice dry finish.
The mouthfeel is fairly fuzzy but quite nice.
Drinkability is a bit of a dilemna. On smoothness, it is excellent. It is 6.6 % ABV--which makes it a tad too strong to be a session beer.

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Photo of carln26
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark, clear copper color with a nice cream colored head that settled to just a light lace. Balanced aroma with citrus/floral hop aroma backed by a caramel/toffee malt character. The nose reminds me of some good APAs I enjoy. The taste is what I expected. Nice malty backbone defined by the caramel flavor along with the bright hop components. The citrus and hop flower come through nicely. It has a good, rich mouth feel, slightly slick, and is very drinkable. I’d like to see Harpoon continue to offer selections such as this.

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Photo of vitesse
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 22 oz. brown bottle.

harpoon got around to putting out a true bottle-conditioned ESB that clocks in at a perfect 6.5% abv. pours a very nice dark amber color with some clarity and a nice thin tan head. smells of oranges and baked bread. very nice yeasty aroma to this one. i wish more brewers would bottle-condition their english-style ales. good job, harpoon.
the maltiness is impressively smooth. slight carmel sweetness and fruity tart flavor balance it out. they did a good job with the hopping, too -- it's plenty bitter without being harshly undrinkable.
a very well-done ESB. try this beer if you like english-style ales. i thought it was very impressive.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harpoon 100 Barrel Series
Session 07
Batch Date: 10/01/04

Comes in a 22 oz brown bottle with a nice gold foil top. I poured this beer into an imperial pint glass.

Hazy burnt orange in appearance with a great fluffy head. Lacings are clinging all over the glass.

Whiffs of citrus, caramel and hops.

Juicy and zesty mouthfeel. Orange crush with a bitter hop finish. Some caramel malt sweetness and zingy hops.

Similiar in many ways to the Harpoon IPA with a major hop upgrade. This was my first time trying the 100 Barrel Series....its good to know that Harpoon can craft beer on this level. This is a tasty brew.

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Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy these 100 Barrel Series beers and was quick to pick up a few bottles of this when it first hit the stands.

Nice amber brew with a frothy head. Hoppy nose with some sweet caramel and fruit undertones and taste as well. Bitter! This beer hit the spot like no other in recent weeks. The bitterness balances well with the fruitiness and sweet caramel.

A tasty treat indeed. Well worth a try. Bring on #8!!

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear amber beer with a very low head, this one bore some promise. I love bitter beers.

The aroma was of aromatic hops, with a slight pine character. Again, very promising.

The taste began with very bitter hops, but they faded quickly to a smooth light malt with a slight pine aftertaste. I don't know about most people, but I expect an ESB to be bitter throughout. This one just didn't deliver.

Not the best brew of their 100 barrel series.

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