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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #38 - Dočesná Czech Hop Harvest Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #38 - Dočesná Czech Hop Harvest AleHarpoon 100 Barrel Series #38 - Dočesná Czech Hop Harvest Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

118 Ratings
THE BROS
62
poor

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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Beer has inspired traditions and celebrations across the world. As brewers, there is one festival in particular that has intrigued us because it is devoted to a single beer ingredient: hops. The Dočesná hop festival celebrates the harvest of hops, grown in the area surrounding the Bohemian city of Zatec. The area has a long history as one of the world’s eminent hop growing regions. This is commemorated annually with music, dancing, hop-picking competitions, and beer drinking. An inspiration indeed for brewing a beer!

This deep chestnut colored ale uses Sládek hops imported from the Zatec region. The Sladek hops provide a clean, slightly bitter but smooth finish. With a medium body, it is well balanced beer. A great choice for celebrations.

35 IBU

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 09-07-2011)
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Reviews by Hojaminbag:
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For some reason when I saw Dočesná on the tap-list at one of my local bars, I thought I was ordering a Czech Pilsner. Needless to say, I was completely wrong, and I realized that when the beer appeared with a clear, brown body. It also had a foamy white head that showcased good retention and lacing.

The aroma is promising because it doesn't feature a lot of heavily sweet malts. Instead, it is very hop forward, with lemon, earthy aromas and a general fruitiness.

Bright hops dominate this one, with lemon, grass, earthy flavors and a general hop fruitiness. Moderate bitterness comes from the hops also. The malt backbone is fairly dry, mostly tasting of grain, with just a hint of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is right about where it should be for the style.

I was pretty surprised to see that this beer has a B average on here, as normally a B average is reserved for beer that isn't even worth trying. This one, however, is pretty good. Of course, I'm giving it a B, but I'm usually a little bit below the curve on this type of thing.

Hojaminbag, Dec 02, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a mug, this beer was a dark amber color with a medium-sized tan head.

Very floral/grassy aroma. A little bit of sweet malt.

The malt came through a little more in the taste, making it fairly sweet. However, taste was dominated by the floral/grassy hops.

Pretty hoppy beer.

Enjoyable, ould drink this again.

lordofthewiens, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of Todd
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Look: Rich dark amber, off-white thin lacing.

Smell: Malty, grape, esters, a bit gummy.

Taste: Malty backbone, nuts, grape/esters, hint of floral, gum, biscuit, tannic, earth, mineral, dry.

Unfortunately this beer doesn't finish clean enough for me and leaves an odd residual malt/mineral flavors on the palate. And for a "Czech Hop Harvest Ale" the hops seems to take a back seat. I'd prefer a lighter, cleaner, more European malt profile to allow the Sladek hops to shine through. Misses the mark for me; from both an expectation and potential point of view.

Todd, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark orange-amber color with a large white head. The aroma is full of grass from the hops, as well as a little bit of orange from the hops. There is also a little bit of pilsner and biscuit malt mixed in. The flavor has a lot of orange citrus notes, as well as some earth and grass from the hops. The biscuit malt keeps the bitterness fairly low, even though there is quite a bit of hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reasonably priced specialy ale from Harpoon, I've been a pretty big fan of the 100 barrel series. This one pours a deep ruby brown color shockingly dark I thought Czech hops this is going to be golden in color. Light beige khaki head forms thick and dwindles slow leaving behind a nice layer of speckled lacing. Aroma is pungent with fresh hops earthy citric herbal notes going on with some caramelized malts making their presence known. Only 35 IBUs in this one but still has a nice lingering herbal/citrus rind bitterness that carries on throughout the balanced malt profile. Semi sweet caramelized malts wrapped around each oily hop texture that comes across the palate, nice hop burps come about as you get half way through a bottle. Carbonation is solid, even a little light and airy at times medium bodied ale with some grit. Not perfect clean or the easiest beer to drink but definitely enjoyed my portion from this 22 ounce bottle.

WVbeergeek, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

ltdantheman, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.59/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice creation, a good bitterness and very drinkable. Pours copper with lightly hoppy aroma. About half an inch of retained head and lots of lace left in the glass. First glass-good cold, a little edgy hop finish. Third glass-more mellow, more enjoyable, much of the tasty hops becoming part of the sediment. Nice balance and drinking experience. Average mouthfeel. Not an American pale ale, that's a cop out.

Sammy, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of hreb
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A czech ale, you say? 22oz bomber, plastic cup, relatively dark amber with a medium tan head. Aroma is more malt sugar than hops. Which is to say it smells nothing like a Pilsener.

Taste is a little more like what's expected, but this is solidly a middle of the road European ale. Great balance between the malt and the hops, fresh flavors all around, but bland. A little edge of citrus or pine in the front. Carbonation is somewhat higher than necessary, and drinkability suffers for that reason only. There are some caramely barley flavors released once the carbonation disperses, akin to a German Dunkel.

hreb, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of poopsmitherson
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

poopsmitherson, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Gmann
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger, 9/15

Pours a solid brown color with golden highlights. Average off-white head that settles into a light cap.

The aroma is of a bready caramel malt. Sweet, perhaps a touch of brown sugar. The hop aroma seemed very subdued. Disappointing.

The taste is of a limey hop which is typical of the region where this hop came from. There is some light grass notes from the hops as well. The malt was bready with a steely caramel flavor. Hop flavor not as pronounced as expected but it did give me some good hop burps.

The brew has a moderate body with fizzy carbonation. Nice balance and drinks very easy.

A bit disappointing in the aroma and flavor but that could come from the hops used. The beer does drink very well and is a solid APA.

Gmann, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of kirkse
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

kirkse, Apr 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

trevorpost, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap @ Barley Oak

Pours a darker rustic color. Creamy light tan head.

Aroma is a bit bready with sweet malts and a floral hop nose.

Good bit of sweet malts on the taste, with a subtle bitterness and fruitiness, floral hoppiness, with a dry, bitter, almost leathery finish.

Lighter in body, but does have a bit of creaminess to it.

Wasn't bad, but nothing fancy. Might get another pint while its around.

EgadBananas, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

A sticky caramel brown and amber red body, crystal clear, sitting with a slight foamy retention head. Head is light tan sort of matching the caramel like body. Some sticky lacing is noticeable too.

Nose is very clean, wet, but mostly non existent. Light toffee malts and mild hop. But extremely faint bouquet on this beer.

Wet bodied altbier sense, even lighta doppelbock like toffee, with toasted bagel like bread. Hop profile is sort of around but accenting just slightly. Palate and texture is a bit too watery. After a few sips much of the palate is numbed to a sense of dull mild hopiness and not much else.

Overall this beer just feels low on malt to bring it all together. Drinkable and inoffensive but really nothing exciting here to get worked up about. I don't see myself drinking this again.

smakawhat, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of musicforairports
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Boston brewery.

This beer is deeply amber, very clear, with a modest head.

Smell is sweet, mildly malty with a strong herbal/floral hop character from the Czech hops.

Taste is similar to the nose--smooth, lightly sweet and driven by a very herbal, grassy hop character from the Sladek hops. Not your typical hoppy beer, as it's really lacking any citrus or pine quality. But, while there's a mild malt backbone, the hops dominate the flavor in a unique way.

Mouthfeel is medium.

I liked this beer. I had a tough time figuring out what style to place it in, because it's a hop-driven beer that doesn't taste very hoppy, if that make sense.

musicforairports, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 12/15/11
A: Pours a deep chesnut color as the bottle suggests. Substantial frothy off white head.
S: A sweet malty smell along with herbal and earthy hops.
T: Earthy hops and candied sugar with a slightly bitter herbal finish. Has a good balance.
M: Mouthfeel was a little thin but carbonation helped balance out this interesting beer.

IdrinkGas, Sep 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

jmilo64, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of st9647v3
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

st9647v3, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear and very dark amber in color. It poured with a three-quarter finger high off white head that died down and left some lacing running down the sides of the glass and a thick ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong sweet aromas of caramel in the nose.
T: The overall taste has lots of flavors of caramel and malty sweetness. Some hints of bitterness are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is definitely a lot more flavorful compared to other beers in this style; however the sweetness hinders its drinkability and starts to become cloying as the beer warms up.

metter98, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

mfnmbvp, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of andylipp
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

andylipp, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of KarateShow
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

KarateShow, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of raythealeman
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

raythealeman, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been drinking this a lot since they put it on tap at the amsterdam ale house on the upper west side of manhattan. It is a very refreshing pale ale made with czech hops.

Appearance is a light pale with a very light and frothy head. Good amount of carbonation and pretty clear.

Aroma is of bready malts and a slight and very pleasant hops.

Flavor is all the best in a pale ale. Not too much of anything. Very good balance with nothing overpowering anything else.

Very good. I would highly recommend this beer.

david18, Nov 07, 2011
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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #38 - Dočesná Czech Hop Harvest Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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