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

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BA SCORE
82
good

121 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 8.52%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerNinja007 on 04-27-2013)
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rkcrozier

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

05-15-2013 13:11:48 | More by rkcrozier
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

07-16-2013 01:50:38 | More by DonFrap
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Boto

Connecticut

2.76/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2013 19:40:24 | More by Boto
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Basshooker

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -17.6%

09-03-2013 00:13:04 | More by Basshooker
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KELPAK

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -17.6%

08-01-2013 21:01:50 | More by KELPAK
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ChiSox_Stout_Drinker

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.6%

06-02-2013 17:56:16 | More by ChiSox_Stout_Drinker
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jbeervt

Vermont

3/5  rDev -17.6%

05-19-2013 16:40:06 | More by jbeervt
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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 21:01:02 | More by BeerNinja007
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Mikecap

Louisiana

3.24/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 15:37:01 | More by Mikecap
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

07-22-2013 11:52:16 | More by doremite
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jk3

New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

05-12-2013 00:03:20 | More by jk3
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MGodduclan5

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

05-26-2013 03:22:16 | More by MGodduclan5
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CB_Crowe

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

06-17-2013 15:04:48 | More by CB_Crowe
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tipofthetongue

New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

10-15-2013 22:00:53 | More by tipofthetongue
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

04-30-2013 20:52:13 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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AdamElb

New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

07-08-2013 02:47:57 | More by AdamElb
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Brenden

Ohio

3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 14:57:31 | More by Brenden
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2013 15:38:00 | More by thedoubler55
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deg

New Hampshire

3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 21:54:24 | More by deg
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tipfortap

New York

3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2013 17:40:49 | More by tipfortap
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Brad007

Vermont

3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 16:13:18 | More by Brad007
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 01:02:14 | More by sinstaineddemon
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 22:52:18 | More by Gavage
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BGsWo22

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

06-08-2013 00:18:04 | More by BGsWo22
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Drknight

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

11-15-2013 20:08:31 | More by Drknight
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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #46 - Hoppy Belgian Style Blonde from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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