Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #46 - Hoppy Belgian Style Blonde - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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3.8/5 rDev +4.4%
Best by:8/13/13.Poured into a large tulip glass a slightly hazed lemony yellow with a faint orange tinge,a large blooming head a good looking Brussels lace left behind as it settles ever so slowly.Yeasty penols stand out most but there is a nice little shot of juicy citrusy hops that sneak thru a little.Quite dry on the palate with mild toasted creal grain flavors up front,yeasty phenols play a role in the flavor but not to overbrearing,a citric leafy hopped up finish that lingers along with a noticable pepperiness.A refreshing beer and quite solid for the style in my opinion.
07-11-2013 20:25:38 | More by oberon
3.26/5 rDev -10.4%
This is a pale blonde for sure, a very light yellow color but with a certain brightness and depth, and very clear. There's consistent light bubbling activity, which stabilizes a white head that's very soapy. At it's peak it's perhaps a hair over one finger tall, and it falls down to a strong, heavy island of tight foam. The lacing's where it's beauty lies, as it demonstrates plenty of initiative and strength from the start as it deposits webbing at the top of the glass and continues the way down with excellent patching.
The smell contains something I can't very easily discern, possibly an effect of the Belgian yeast, but unusual regardless. The smell reminds me of a helles or a Euro pale, and something akin to having Saaz hops or pilsner malts. I doubt it does, but the overall effect seems to come together that way. Otherwise there is a strong citrus note (more orange than lemon but not sweet, per se) along with floral and herbal notes. There's something almost, but not exactly, meaty, for lack of a better descriptor. Harder spiciness and an oddly woody, not bitter enough to be pithy, note is found in the finish.
I'm not imagining. That almost-meaty note is in the flavor. There's also lots of spiciness and the herbal and floral notes are strong. I wouldn't exactly call it especially hoppy. It really is more like a helles than I would have thought, but with some odd notes.
The feel is light and crisp with a nice, firm and flowing creaminess. The spiciness is felt on the tongue in the finish.
06-20-2013 14:57:31 | More by Brenden
4.44/5 rDev +22%
This creation from members of the Harpoon fam is hittin the spot tonight!
Slight haze to the golden color, pillowing foam circus, clumpy residue stuck to the glass as the liquid recedes.
Aroma has the fruity, sweet, citrus American hop thing upfront, plenty of heat, a bit intense for 6.5 %. A wheat malt bachdrop and a light fruity funk ftom whatever belgiam yeast is in this biaaatch.
Flavor is damn complex, but still begs to be thrown back! The hops and yeast dance around the may pole with naughty delight. This brew is a lovechild. Hops are bold, hearty, crisp, and citric. Light with some heat, complex with flexibillity. Yeast complexity and flavor sort of gey lost in the mix with hops, but damn what a blend of flavors!.
Pale Belgian styles really hit the spot for me and this one has the perfect American hop profile to make it unique.
05-11-2013 00:45:20 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
3.78/5 rDev +3.8%
Pours a hazy golden color with some orange highlights. The pure white head is fluffy and big but quickly settles into a sparse cap. Left some lacing on the glass.
The aroma is sweet and spicy. The pale/pils malt doesn't provide much to the aroma since there is a strong clove and hay scent from the yeast. Some bubblegum as well. The hops appear to be both grassy and have orange/tropical fruit notes.
The clove and hay are present in the flavor as well just not as strong. The malt appears to be more bready than dry. The hops are floral and grassy not so much with the tropical notes. There does appear to be a lemony fruitiness which adds some brightness. Not as complex as a true Belgian IPA. The yeast flavors are a tad lacking and not sure if candi sugar was added.
The feel is moderate with sharp carbonation. Good range of sweet, dry, and bitter on the palate. The finish is a bit too dry and the overall feel seems too crisp for the style.
A good example of an American BIPA. Hops seem to be more European in nature or at least grassy. The beer is just lacking some depth.
05-17-2013 21:41:24 | More by Gmann
3.65/5 rDev +0.3%
From the 22. fl. oz bottle. Sampled on June 28, 2013.
It pours brilliant golden yellow with a murky unfiltered haze and a fizzy white head that settles down after a few minutes.
The aroma is citrus forward and more specifically grapefruit. Yes, I do get the Belgian pale malts, Belgian yeast, and Belgian sugars but the citrus overpowers it all.
The body is light to medium.
The taste, like the aroma, tends to emphasize the grapefruit zing while the malts and sugar are downplayed. Slightly hopped up as advertised with a lingering finish.
06-28-2013 19:59:52 | More by puboflyons
3.75/5 rDev +3%
Bottle: Poured a light hazy beige color ale with a large fluffy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of biscuit malt with light fruity ester and some floral malt. Taste is also a nice mix of biscuit malt with light fruity ester and some floral dry hops with light residuals sugar notes. Body is a touch fuller then average with good carbonation. Refreshing and somewhat complex beer.
07-18-2013 01:25:52 | More by Phyl21ca
4.16/5 rDev +14.3%
On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.
Poured a hazy brassy hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.
The smell featured earthy esters with an herbal hop.
The taste consisted of a vibrant herbal hop with a pleasant ester and grainy malt.
The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a dry finish.
Overall a tasty user friendly Belgian ale.
08-06-2013 23:07:14 | More by plaid75
3.7/5 rDev +1.6%
Found this for 4 bucks at the Beermuda. Seeing as this is almost a year old I don't expect much. Into a pint glass.
A - Surprised the first pour gave me no sediment I know there is a shit ton in there. Head is minimal from a light pour. Color is a bright hazy orange yellow color.
S - Mildly dry yet fruity Belgium yeasts. Some pilsner skunk smells of yeasts. Not picking up any hops.
T - Mildly hoppy, some pilsner flavors but mostly like a Belgium pale with dry and fruity yeasts. Quite smooth and somewhat easy to drink.
M - Light to medium on par with the ABV,
Overall this beer may have lost some carbonation and is a bit lackluster but its still worth picking up on discount. A decent beer.
05-29-2014 06:41:34 | More by DrDemento456
4.01/5 rDev +10.2%
On-tap 5/20/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains spice, citrus Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts and some hops.
T: The taste starts with a mild burst of hops bitterness. Then some flavors of citrus, spices and Belgian yeast come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.
M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.
O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid flavorful beer to drink for a long time.
05-24-2013 23:20:56 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.44/5 rDev -5.5%
5 words to describe it: Dry, Yeast, Floral, Pepper, Cookie
Paired it with: Roasted beet and goat cheese salad
Should have paired it with: It was great against the creamy, funkiness of goat cheese. It would also be great with sweet barbeque.
Drink it if you like: Lemonade & vodka, Pale Ales, IPAs, Tripels
A few other thoughts: This was interesting because it really was like two different beers— there was a quick taste of Belgian yeast and cloves at the start, and then a hop slam and super long aftertaste. But to be honest, I would rather have a great Belgian Golden or a great IPA individually.
06-05-2013 17:40:49 | More by tipfortap
3.63/5 rDev -0.3%
Served on-tap at Harpoon Brewery Beer Hall in Boston, MA
A: Pours a hazy bright golden yellow in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some deep golden + apricot highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thick film covering about 70% of the surface of the beer with a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of pale malts with candi sugar sweetness as well as some light fruits (apple and pear) and spiciness from the hops. That is combined with moderate aromas of tropical/mango/pineapple and citrus/grapefruit hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the front of the beer is dominated by the Belgian flavors from the moderate pale hops along with the candi sugar sweetness. Then you get the light fruits (pear and apple) along with the spicy notes from the yeast. That is finished by the moderate flavors of tropical/mango/pineapple and citrus/grapefruit hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which do not linger too long.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.
O: I thought this was quite an interesting combination of styles with the hoppiness that I would normally associate with an IPA and the traditional flavors of a belgian pale ale...yet somehow not coming out as a Belgian IPA. Enjoyable and worth trying again.
05-06-2013 13:43:47 | More by dbrauneis
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #46 - Hoppy Belgian Style Blonde from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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