Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #38 - Dočesná Czech Hop Harvest Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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4.59/5 rDev +24.7%
Well, it looks like I'm in the minority on this brew, Because I Really dig It!!
Pours out a clear, bright, light shade of amber, 3" tower of foam, smooth, dense, slowww dissipation. Legs all over the place as it recedes.
A wonderful hoppy aroma, Saaz is and has been one of my very favorite hop varieties. classic in it;s spicy, earthy aroma and flavor. It's grounding yet complex. Used for many traditional and now, not so traditional brews. Wild fruity red berries, pine cone, dry forest floor in the middle of summer, You know the smell, hot pine and roasty leaves. Woody caramel and tropical fruits in subtle ways.
Wowie!! What a unique and bold hop flavor! amazing complexity from a traditional hop...Big earthiness, dry and hearty, wheat and rye, slight citric bite, slightly bitter. Major complexity from these hops and the malt is light and crisp, balanced out just right. The Sladek hop flavor is really a fine compliment, unique and very flavorful hop!! It's really my kind of hop flavor here, I'm surprised that the majority of folks on here don't feel the same way, but this is a very subjective art form, this beer reviewing thing...
The feeling, the mouth feel, for this brew impressed me just as much as the rest, Ultra crispy, Clean, smooth in the long run, Lush going down, this is my favorite from this series since the Kellerbier that was released way back when.
11-20-2013 03:50:31 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
3.85/5 rDev +4.6%
22 oz. (1 pint 6 fl oz.) bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. I know this beer is retired, but I found a few of these hanging out in the fridge at my local beer store. I haven't had any of the other beers in the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series, so this will be a first for me.
Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.
A - Pours a dark blood orange / ruby color ('chestnut' as the bottle describes) with two fingers of frothy, bubbly off-white head, with nice retention. Some nice rings of lacing on the way down.
S - Smell is of faint muted fruity pine hops, though still retaining a crispness to it, along with some roasted malty qualities. Not spectacular on the nose.
T - Taste is very sweet, honey & tea leaf like hop profile, balanced well with the malts. The hop bitterness has definitely faded some, but I love what it has become, when the leafy sweetness comes out. Still retains a resinous bitter aftertaste, though.
M - Smooth and creamy, yet the body of the beer is carbonated and bloating which doesn't fit in with the texture of the beer at all.
Overall, this beer definitely surprised me. A fine example of the style, and of the three beers I've had by Harpoon so far, this bottle has probably impressed me the most. A beer I would buy again, although I'd be interested in trying others in this series.
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #38 Dočesná Czech Hop Harvest Ale ---4/5.
04-03-2013 01:40:26 | More by mfnmbvp
3.48/5 rDev -5.4%
found this lingering around my cellar...
almost 2 fingers of micro bubble head rise on the casual pour, slow audible snap and crackle head, light brown with some orange tone, lots of bubbles looking to attend the top of the glass party, nice coverage of lacing as this goes down, a nice looking brew.
honey bready/malty with herb/hop notes, slight slight slight euro funk tone, some cinnamon lurking underneath, pretty nice.
medium mouthfeel, smooth delivery with the carbonation, perfect at cellar temp, malty tones softly start out and then fade into some mild bitterness, albeit more bitterness than a typical english bitter it is by no means anywhere near an american bitter/IPA/hop killer etc., this drinks like a nice english bitter with slightly more hops but not quite as smooth as the classics (Like say fullers ESB), something labeled "hop harvest" usually has a bit more punch but the Sladek hops don't punch, I am maybe wishing this to be done with a Czech pils to showcase the hops more.. but alas I can only rate what is on my plate.
I probably couldn't drink this all night but definitely could have a few... a non offensive beer, well crafted but nothing worth going gaga over, if you see it and the price is reasonable ? sure, grab it, it is a nice drinking brew, nothing special imo.
12-02-2012 06:15:15 | More by Ego
4.43/5 rDev +20.4%
Pours a rich amber - almost looks like bourbon, ironically - with a moderate off-white head. The nose is dominated by the bourbon, with a light crispness from the hops. The taste is somewhat thin, expected from a pale ale base, with the bourbon being out in front again. The tones from the barrel are not overwhelming however, as many barrel aged ales are. This is a much more subtle tone. There are also notes of grapes, light caramel and a nice crisp floral hop finish. The mouth feel is thin, but slightly oily. This is a very easy drinking, well-balanced brew. Very nice.
04-23-2012 20:25:43 | More by raszputini
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #38 - Dočesná Czech Hop Harvest Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
83 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.