Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #46 - Hoppy Belgian Style Blonde - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 125
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 4.64%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: BeerNinja007 on 04-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Boto
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Draught @ Harpoon: This one pours a hazy, golden color. There was a bit of a frothy white head on it. It left some lacing. The nose is pine, pine and more pine. Nothing else. The taste is bitter pine hops. Wondering where the Belgian beer in the name went: it is completely overwhelmed by the hops. This isn’t very well executed. I would have expected some of the Belgian characteristics of the base beer to come through. I might as well had a glass of hops to drink. Also: at $8 for a small glass at the brewery it is very overpriced. (537 characters)

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Obtained a 22oz bomber at Hannaford in Durham NH for $5.99 just a few minutes ago. Haven't seen it previously so it seems like a pretty fresh release. Served cold into a standard tulip.

A: Semi-hazy golden yellow brew puts up 1/2" of pure white frothy foam that sticks fairly well to the glass.

S: Smells like a standard blonde with some resiny citrus rind. Soft floral Belgiany corriander and a touch of clove, semi-minerally, slightly yeasty. The citrusy hop was present immediately after the pour but seems to have dissipated pretty quickly, leaving mostly standard blonde or Belgian single aromas.

T/M: Backbone of blonde stuff with a diverse scattergun blast of hop flavors kinda all over the map. Some resiny citrus stuff, some florals, some herbs/ grass, etc. Slight residual malt sweetness in the taste, but this is brutally overwhelmed by a puckery dusty dry feel, pulls the moisture right out of my mouth.

O: Kinda harsh and unrefined, would benefit greatly from some extra sweetness and body to even things out. This could also be accomplished by bottle conditioning, which would give some yeast to swirl in. But alas, there isn't any yeast in this bottle. Hops are disjointed, no focus. (1,211 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a clear golden blonde with two fingers of white head that disappears quickly, decent lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast, doesn't smell extremely hoppy but there are some floral notes and a bit of banana sweetness in the scent.

Taste: Spicy and more bitter than I expect with some decent fruit notes present. Interesting flavors going on here and I'm not sure they are blended together well enough.

Mouthfeel: More carbonation than I'd expect and otherwise light to medium bodied and fairly easy drinking. A bit of bitterness but nothing substantial.

Overall: This was an interesting beer from Harpoon and different from what I've tasted. Not quite a Belgian IPA, but a decent beer nonetheless. I don't think I will try it again but this wasn't bad at all. (772 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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. (1,515 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Hazy amber color, not t much transperency, a slight off white head at the top that leaves quickly and a little bit of lacing around the glass.

S: The malts are very present up front, slight hint of bread and brown sugar and a little hint of Vanilla.

T: The vanilla and malts hit you right from the start, a little bitterness but nothing over bearing, hints of brown sugar and vanilla just like the nose.

M: Not to much carbonation, medium bodied, and a little sticky.

O: This was an ok beer, nothing spectacular, seemed like it was more of a regular pale ale, rather than a belgian. (591 characters)

Photo of deg
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice gold color, with a good solid head. I can smell hops. Lots of hops. More citrus than anything else. I could not smell malt. I could however taste a tiny bit of malt, but the hops dominated. If you like citrus tasting hops, this is a good brew. (250 characters)

Photo of tipfortap
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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. (605 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an obvious golden blonde with a huge frothy head into my glass. Lots of lacing. Beautiful presentation.

Wow, lots of spicy yeast notes with the right touch of citrus/pine hops. Reminds me of the European versions of the style.

Taste is full of spicy yeast and sweet, buttery malt. The hops leave a touch of pine/citrus resin in the middle.

The mouthfeel doesn't jive well at the back of the tongue. Just feels "off" for some reason.

A solid example of the BPA category. Hard to believe that it's the winner of a Harpoon employee brewing competition. I wish I could do something like that. (601 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a hazy and cloudy orange color with a one inch head.

Smell: yeast and orange are most notable.

Taste: caramel, big orange citrus, some milder lemon, yeast, clove, pepper, and a big floral hop bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Very crisp to start, less crisp and a touch dry late. Aftertaste is long lasting.

Overall: easy to drink hoppy and yeasty centric beer. Tasty and worthy of a try if you find it. (456 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We crack the top and pour a beer of golden honey into our New Belgium globes. It holds a two finger head of white soapy bubbles, showing great retention and easy reproducibility. Patterned sheets of lacing are left as it goes. The clarity is marred by a bit of haziness, with copious sediment suspended throughout. Carbonation appears to be wildly active. The nose is true to its Belgian suggestion, with brightly sweet yeast, wet wheatiness, lemongrass, banana esters, and pale Belgian malts. To balance are more bittered notes of black pepper, coriander, booze, and fusel chemical phenols. With warmth comes an enhanced medicinal twang reminiscent of penicillin, along with buttered wheat toast, vanilla wafer sweetness, and clovey spice. The hops get a bit lost in the grain bill, but are certainly palpated in contributory juicy grassiness. Our first impression is that while the flavoring is refreshing, it offers robust chemical and grainy bitterness on the back. As we sip, the flavoring opens with sweet tangerine flesh, bittered lemon rind, coriander, metallic wheatiness, and soft bubblegum esters start things off. The middle comes to a peak with coin, biting Belgian yeast, rhubarb meatiness, big grassy hops, and curious spice of salted pumpkin seeds. The finish showcases the malts, with bittered pales and washing wheatiness, clovey phenols, mineral, and a vegetal spinach quality. The aftertaste breathes of chalky yeast, juicy wheatiness, earthy hop bitterness, mineral, vegetable root, and orange peel. The body is medium, and the carbonation is high, but not overly prickly. Each sip gives nice slurp, froth, cream, pop, and finishing smack. The mouth is cooled and coated, with mild pucker, and chalky astringency across the hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its robust bitterness and generally authentic Belgian-ness. Actually this guy smells (but much more complexly) and sings much like a Wit, with dirty wheatiness furthering the crisp bitterness of the hops and phenolic inclusions. The bite can be a bit much at times, and it is easy to envision this being off putting for some. We actually wish that the hops were not only more present, but better blended, as they feel like more of an afterthought. This brew sits well in the series, but will not become our new favorite for the style. (2,395 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark golden color with some sediment. White head with lace in the glass. Aroma of expressive Belgian yeast, some citrus hops as well. Saison like yeast complexity, definitely tastes Belgian. Wheat and semi spicy , somewhat fruity Belgian yeast profile. There is a small leafy hop and mild acidity but tame bitterness. Medium bodied feel with a moderate level of carbonation. Overall, this was a pretty nice brew, has held up well after aging several months. (465 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - The ale pours a golden amber color and creates a big rocky white head held aloft by large amounts of lively carbonation

S - kind smells like one would expect a hoppy Belgian to smell, like a funky IPA. The two sides don't detract from each other, but don't really enhance each other either. They both simply exist to their fullest extent. The hop profile is latent with the pine and grapefruit aromas and the funky Belgian side is rife with yeasty, spicy goodness.

T - The aromas meld together better than the taste. The flavors battle for dominance in an eventual pyrrhic outcome. The funky spicy yeastiness is weakened by the hop profile and vice versa. The tastes are of high quality, but lose something in the combination.

M&D&O - Hoppy bite and spicy funk without the fantastic payoff, this beer could use to be layered as opposed to blended. (855 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by festero, thanks for the opportunity Dave!
Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a smallish bone white head that dissipates rather quickly. The aroma is quite hoppy with a spicy citrus earthy herbal quality to it. Belgian yeasty esters take over and for me hide the sweet honey like maltiness in this brew. The flavor is a bit sweet up front with a solid shot of earthy spice. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet spicy mouthfeel. Decent brew, but not really my cup of tea. The hop forward character here is quite nice but for me the spicy yeasty phenols ruin it. Nice to try, but one and done for me. (650 characters)

Photo of tittymcj
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy golden pale yellow, as expected. Thin head, not a lot of visible carbonation. Looks refreshing and mellow

S: Lots of dry, thick malt. Almost industrial smell. Very creamy and thick.

T: Malty, hints of vanilla and citrus. Smooth and creamy tasting.

M: Smooth and creamy (again). Not a lot of bubbles, but very pleasant.

O: Good beer. Not as thin and refreshing as I would expect, but still a nice choice if you're looking for something tasty but not overpowering. (474 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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. (1,458 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at oak bar. I try to get at these 100 barrels on occasion, and this is one of the better ones. The taste is exactly as the name would let you believe, a decent amount of hoppiness with the lighter Belgian taste. Lots of yeast coming through throughout. Give it a try while you can. (297 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"We all love beer here, but we're not all brewers. That changes when the Kettle Cup, our annual employee brewing competition, rolls around. In 2012 we decided that the winning beer would join the ranks of our 100 Barrel Series. Chris, Kevin, and John from Harpoon Distributing Company and brewer Charlie took first place with this hoppy Belgian-style blonde ale." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. This is the 46th entry in the 100 Barrel Series, released as a one-off in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 58º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy pearl white head over a moderately hazy golden amber body. Flecked sediment is a mild impediment to clarity. Retention is good, lacing is light and streaked. 4.25

(Smell) Sweet toasted pale caramel malt, cracker malt and wheat malt body with a moderate citrusy and herbal hop profile with a medium bitterness. Yeast profile produces a bold level of fruit and spice to smooth out the edges. Nice balance of malt and hop aroma. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Pilsner cracker malt and a light toasted caramel grain body has a mild sweetness with a grassy, herbal and lemon rind hop profile. Bitterness is medium and combined with the Belgian yeast profile culminates into a soft, slightly dry finish. Very flavorful, but not overly filling. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, peppery, mildly oily. Carbonation generates a creamy, fluffy and moderately full mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly yeasty and hoppy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is very low, and there are no off-flavors. 4

(Overall) Quite a tasty beer, very much like a White IPA but very well rounded on the malt and hop flavors. I wouldn't call the hops a "big kick" but do find that they go well with the style without overshadowing the malt or yeast profiles. It's quite enjoyable. 3.75

Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall's
100 Barrel Series #46: Kettle Cup 2013: Hoppy Belgian Style Blonde
3.64/5.00 (2,038 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (545 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy/hazy straw yellow color with a fluffy white head. Once the initial bloom wears off, retention is pretty good. Decent, scattered lace left behind.
Smell is a mix of citrus and floral hops primarily with some lesser notes of malt, yeast, and spice. Pretty nice balance.
Taste is, of course, hoppy but not overly do, with malt and biscuit notes followed by light spices. Well blended.
Body is slightly under medium, effervescence is a bit tingly but nicely refreshing. Aftertaste is yeast, malt and hops. Very nice.A slight warming early to middle, finish is dry. (575 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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. (698 characters)

Photo of dheacck11
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really pleasing sunny deep straw color with some golden haziness. Light thin fluffy head.

Nose is bready, yeasty, Some hints of lemon, orange, and melon.

Taste is a little too lemon sugary sweet upfront. Follows with a really nice bready belgian yeast flavor. Little bit of banana.

Feel is pretty solid medium

Nice brew. Enticing up front, but the actual flavor comes off a little off and unbalanced. Good for a sunset in October. (434 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle - Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia. I'd have procured a receipt to make note of the price, but the cashier was having some snags on the register system and I had no desire to hold up the line (it was the Friday before Cinco de Mayo). See? I am sometimes thoughtful and considerate.

Appearance: Pours out a hazy, light gold body with a medium-sized, sudsy, white head. Scant lacing.

Smell: Fragrant hop scents of florals, white pepper, pithy lemon and grapefruit, light mango ahead of the reasonably humble malts and far, far ahead of the hints that would be hash-tagged 'Belgian'.

Taste: Lightly bready, firmly grainy malts with the tiniest bit of cookie-ish sweetness. Spicy phenols overshadowed by the strong bitterness and jagged hop tastes of pithy citrus, florals, additional spiciness, added tropical fruitiness. Remains decidedly dry with a naked bitterness until the sudsy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: "Hoppy Belgian Style Blonde". Some labels do a poor job of convincing me, but this one hit the nail on the head. (1,095 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (403 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bomber into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. In darker lighting, the body appears golden-orange, but in a brighter room it's more yellow-golden. A 1-finger foamy white head settles on top.

S: Not too strong in the nose; some fruitiness, including citrus and ripe apples. Touch of yeast.

T: Fruity malt foundation and candied sugar is followed by a bit of earthy spice. Citrus and tropical fruit hops are noted, though not in an in-your-face American-type way. Finishes with lemony drying bitterness. Lingering bitterness on the palate offsets the initial fruity-sweet impression. Not really a lot of complexity here, but it's fairly clean and an easy drinker.

M: Slightly syrupy impression; not as light in carbonation or effervescent as a true Belgian.

O: Solid offering. Not blown away by it, but not unhappy with it either. (852 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy By 08/15/13

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a cap

S: Belgian yeast, banana and clove, some other fruits, a hint of spiciness, and light hops in the background

T: Starts off with the yeast which imparts a fruity and spicy character and then moves into the hoppiness which is pretty much just bitterness. Finishes bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Bordering a Belgian IPA because of the hoppiness, this brew is slightly one-dimensional in the fact that pretty much all of the flavor is coming from the yeast. The hops simply provide a lingering bitterness from middle to end. That said, this is still a solid brew that encompasses Belgian yeast quite well. Good value as with all of the 100 barrel series, and very easy to drink (804 characters)

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #46 - Hoppy Belgian Style Blonde from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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