Triton | Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In greek mythology Triton, the messenger of the sea, had the power to raise or calm the waves. Our barley wine may not be quite that strong but huge quantities of Maris Otter and Crystal malts and Chinook, Columbus, and Golding hops could have some people thinking they can. Extremely limited, only 30 bbls brewed.

Added by plaid75 on 04-28-2010

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 31
Photo of BrianScottK
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very pleasantly surprised with this one. Overall it's malty and lightly sweet, with a real kick. This beer certainly has some balls! You can taste the alcohol throughout. Notes of raisin bread and honey maple on the fore with hints of burnt toast. The high ABV and very malty fore is very well-balanced with a rather unexpected dry, hoppy finish.

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Photo of dar482
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had this at Strand in Astoria.

It comes in a brown caramel color.

The taste has a sweet maltiness and a clean finish. It's actually quite too easy to drink for the ABV, but it lacks hoppiness and complexity. Nothing exciting. I would want beers like this with bigger, deep, and more rich flavors.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear ruby to amber in color with a half finger tall light beige head. The head reduces to a thin layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Sweet caramel malt with a lot of dark fruit (more in the fig/raisin/plum area than cherry). Some toasted malts are present as well.

T: Start slightly sweet with caramel malts and then quickly moves to the hop bitterness - more of a grassy hop - and there is a definite white pepper taste from the yeast as well. You can get the dark fruits in the middle and some slightly woody hints as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly prickly on the tongue.

O: Good but not great...this one takes a little bit of effort and is not one of those beers I want to continue to drink, I was glad when I finished this one. The high ABV is quite noticeable, especially as it warms.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear dark amber in color. It poured with a thin beige head covering the surface that left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: The taste has some malty sweetness and hop bitterness with notes of caramel and citrus.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and is slightly viscous. There are hints of warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer is a good representation of the style and is rather drinkable.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Barcade, served in a goblet.

A: Clear, deep ruby body under a ring of fine off-white bubbles. Nice color.

S: Toasted, caramelized malt as well as some citrus hops. More sweet than hoppy, and only slightly boozy. Pretty solid, but not quite exciting.

T: Caramel malts and dark fruits up front, followed by a bitter and boozy finish. Tasty, but a bit harsh for being only 9%.

M: Medium body, plenty of lively carbonation. A bit over the top for the style, but just fine.

O: Nothing wrong with this one, but nothing memorable, either. Worth trying, but nothing that I'd recommend seeking out actively.


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Photo of socon67
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was able to enjoy the 2010 of this at the Greenport Tasting at Beer City in Babylon, NY.

A - Light brown\copper color. White and foamy on top. Settles fast. Opaque and some lcaing.

S - Smells of dried fruit (raisins and figs), and of grains. Actually not too over the top for a barleywine.

T - Has a taste of a fruitcake. An initial sweetness with a hearty grain flavor ends with a warming burn.

M - Incredibly mellow and smooth for the style, and doesn't have a watery feel despite this.

O - One of the more drinkable barleywines out there. However it isn't a standout. Worth a try, and good to have on a cold evening.

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Photo of afksports
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm in love with this new up and coming brewery. NY stand up!!!

But the triton is not their best offering. Appearance it sticks as a barleywine - it works - though with less lacing than I'd like. It's a rich copper to red with a visibly velvety character in it's medium body. but the smell isn't there. No dark fruits. Just malts. Sweetness, no depth. Touch of citrus, and certainly booze, but not evenness a hint that this will age well.

Taste is fine, if I wanted an imperial red, but I sort of wanted a barleywine, and this is a touch off. Malts, booze, that's it. The malt character is caramel and citrus.

All good though. I'm still in love. This is like finding out your hot babe has hairy nipples. That's all.

Update: as it warms, this beer gets better; especially the aroma. More sweetness, fruits become present. Definitely raisin. And resin for that matter. But still not there for me.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Greenport Harbor Triton barleywine on tap at The Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen, NY.

Appearance: Served in an eight-ounce glass, comes with a great frothy white head, excellent retention (at least for a barleywine) and lacing. Color is dark caramel, very opaque. Looks are the winning part of this brew.

Smell: It's like trying to smell the subtleties of bark. Underwhelming, laborious. Some malt, sugar, woodsy aromas and a tad of breadiness, but very inoffensive overall.

Taste: Chewy hops, caramel sweetness. Finishes dry, slightly pungent and nourishing like a fruit cake. Smooth and easy, a bit too easy for a barleywine in fact.

Mouthfeel: Alright carbonation, low flavor (for the style), medium body. A bit of a prickly burn on the tip of the tongue as it finishes.

Drinkability: Very good, but it shouldn't. I mean, a chuggable barleywine?? Too mellow. Not a lot going on here. Feels almost (god forbid) like a European strong lager.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill (counter-pressure no less) from Bierkraft in Bklyn, NY. New brewery in the area, nice to try some new brews from a new local. This one pours a nice bold shade of mahogany clear, darker tan head, moderate retention, leaves very fine lace and a very thin collar. Caramel malted up nose. Tasty and smooth ABW, layers of maple malts, so velvety over the tongue, better then moderate drying hop bite late. Well done, thoroughly enjoyable, welcome and good luck to this new craft beer creator

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Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger frothy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full citrus dry hop and balmy crystal malt.

The taste consisted of oily citric hops at the front which seamlessly transitioned into the robust full malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a superior barleywine. Very impressive.

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Triton from Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 31 ratings.
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