Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #45 - Directors' Cut - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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3.41/5 rDev -5%
"With a malty sweetness, subtle hops, and a hint of smoke, this beer blends two distinct styles, Pale Ale and Stout, to make one phenomenal beer." Brewed in the style of a Black & Tan Ale. This is entry #45 of Harpoon's 100 Barrel Series, released January 2013. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 52º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a frothy foamy light brown head over an opaque medium brown-red body with high clarity. Carbonation is plentiful, retention is good. Lacing is light and streaked. 4
(Smell) Notes of bready sweet caramel, pale malts with a subtle graininess, floral and mild spicy hop character. Clean, roasty smoke is faint but evident. 3.5
(Taste) Light caramel malt syrup sweetness with a creeping light roast malt over a light pale malt body. Hops provide a very mild hop flavor and a subtle earthy bitterness. A bit lighter in flavor than expected with a mild thinness, accented by the cleanliness of the drink. The flavor is enjoyable, even if too light. 3.25
(Mouthfeel) Texture is light, thin, dry. Carbonation generates a mellow carbonation for a very light and mild mouthfeel, near flat in presentation. Body is medium+ for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is nearly even, perhaps a touch sweet over bitter with a notable lightness promoting high drinkability. Alcohol presence is light. 3.5
(Overall) Although I'd prefer to keep away from these pre-packaged black & tans, this one is fairly enjoyable, albeit expectedly thin. Very clean, well balanced, very lightly-bodied. One could certainly enjoy the bottle by itself, although to others it may leave something to be desired. I find myself craving a nice, roasty, smoky stout following this bottle without the complications of a pale ale. 3.5
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100 Barrel Series: #45: Director's Cut
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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #45 - Directors' Cut from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.