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

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82
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125 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 8.54%
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)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerNinja007 on 04-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 125 | Reviews: 34
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dirty blonde color with a definitive haziness. One-finger head that settles to a single layer. Ample blanketing lace.

Pale grain aroma to start. Plenty of flower with grapefruit rind hop nose in the end.

Highly carbonated--spritzy even. Strongly hoppy with lots of black pepper. There's a touch of Belgian yeast in the background, particularly at the swallow. The body is neutral.

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/15/2013. Pours moderately hazy and cloudy pale golden amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange zest, pineapple, peach, pear, clove, pepper, banana, bubblegum, wheat, floral, grass, and floral/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, pineapple, pear, clove, banana, pepper, bubblegum, floral, grass, wheat, and floral/yeast earthiness. Light earthy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, pineapple, pear, clove, banana, pepper, bubblegum, floral, grass, wheat, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of citrus hops with fruity/spicy yeast esters; with a fair amount of flavor robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good hoppy Belgian style. Good balance and complexity of hop and yeast ester notes; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.48/5  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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of plaid75
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Brad007
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Boto
2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of Kendo
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Photo of TheBrewo
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

tap

Pours a light clear gold, white lacing.

Smells of light grassy malts with some citrus.

Light citrus tart flavor up front followed by grassy malts and a mild floral hop bite.

Lighter body with a sting of carbonation on the tongue.

A pretty good Belgian style ale, decent flavor, and definitely worth trying.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Mikecap
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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