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Harpoon Brown Session Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Brown Session AleHarpoon Brown Session Ale

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 03-03-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Harpoon Brown is brewed to accentuate the sweeter, rounder notes derived from six different malts, including a de-husked chocolate malt that adds a hint of chocolate. The blend of these malts produces a beer that is complex and delicious without being heavy. This drinkable beer is perfect as a session beer or paired with foods.
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

medium brown color, with a small tannish head that fades quickly and leaves a light, dark tea color in the glass.

aroma is as earthy as it can get. deep malty nose, hints of leather, oak, nice touches of roasty malts and earthy grains. really just wonderfully balanced and smooth, nothing heavy here at all and this carries over perfectly into the flavor which was nothing short of stellar. smooth, creamy and tea like flavors dominate with hints of oak, earthy and muted hops and a deep resonated earthy grain that really shows itself off.

overall a very nice example of the style

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours out as a clear brown color with a fizzy cream colored head on it. The aroma has some subtle chocolate notes with a handful of roasted nuts in there too. The taste is roasted and kind of dry. Overall the beer is a decent brew to drink with a few friends around a fire or something. I'd drink it again if it was offered to me.

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Reviewed from notes.

Served in a tulip glass. Pours a moderate brown color with an off-white head. Two fingers of lacing settle down with some nice carbonation bubbles floating on top. The nose is lightly-toasted malt with some chocolate, caramel, toffee, and a bit of yeast. The taste is pretty nice and mellow with toffee and very mild chocolate. Good body and carbonation; a nice, drinkable brew.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

We'll say it until we come up with something more clever: This year, brown is the new black. But what can brown do for you? It's another choice for a session beer! And a session beer is just what Harpoon has launched here.

A healthy-looking two fingers of head forms after a hard pour. Clarity is there with a stunning mahogany hue. Malty aroma is a little dusty, a little toasty. First and foremost, this beer has that Harpoon-esque flavor from their house yeast: clean with a faint fruitiness and some floral characteris- tics. Very smooth, with an ample crispness and moderate body. There are several layers of malt here--a touch of sweetness up front, with a bready flavor trailed by toasted and finally grainy notes. Clean throughout, with a modest bitterness. Finishes clean with a lingering grain in the back.

Being a Brown Ale (and a session beer at that), let this one warm up a bit. Say to around 50 ̊F--much colder and it won't do the beer justice. Pair this with some cider-marinated turkey tips with Asian slaw and beer-battered onion rings and you'll be good to go.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Harpoon winter multi-pack is a pretty good deal; the beers are all pretty good, though they are mostly similar brown styles.

G - Newcastle pint

A - It pours a slightly hazy mahogany hue, with a pillowy head, good retention, some clingy lace.

S - As with nearly all of Harpoon's winter offerings, this beer has obvious notes of cocoa, along with a rich toffee malt presence.

T - It tastes a bit wimpy; the flavors are there, chocolate, roast, and bitter hop, but they are muted or 'mild', and it doesn't serve this beer well. The Munich-Type Dark from the same sampler has all of the same elements, exploited with much greater success.

M - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, a tad slick. The feel and flavor does not mesh.

D - Brown, sessionable, thus it is aptly titled. A bit like a glorified Newcastle. Actually, it is a lot better than Newcastle.

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Harpoon Brown Session Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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