100 Barrel Series #07 - Union Street Revival Ale | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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100 Barrel Series #07 - Union Street Revival Ale100 Barrel Series #07 - Union Street Revival Ale

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This old brewery favorite is rich in malt flavor with a hoppy aroma. Union Street is unfiltered and has a deep chestnut color. The full body and crisp bitterness make a perfect beer for autumn.

36 IBU

Added by Todd on 10-27-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 42
Reviews by vitesse:
Photo of vitesse
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 22 oz. brown bottle.

harpoon got around to putting out a true bottle-conditioned ESB that clocks in at a perfect 6.5% abv. pours a very nice dark amber color with some clarity and a nice thin tan head. smells of oranges and baked bread. very nice yeasty aroma to this one. i wish more brewers would bottle-condition their english-style ales. good job, harpoon.
the maltiness is impressively smooth. slight carmel sweetness and fruity tart flavor balance it out. they did a good job with the hopping, too -- it's plenty bitter without being harshly undrinkable.
a very well-done ESB. try this beer if you like english-style ales. i thought it was very impressive.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/1/04 poured a hazy copper with a nice creamy head that left some noticable lace behind,very chewey caramel malt aroma with a notable herbal presence beneath very nicely melded together.This is a souped up ESB here nice creamy mouthfeel with caramel and biscuit malt making a big presence from the offset with a nice English herbal hop presence in the finish with a hard water type iron notes in there as well.Wow I really like this ale a big ESB one of my favorite style when done well,this one is for sure.

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Photo of Todd
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#7 in the 100 Barrel Series. Harpoon calls this beer "Unfiltered, Rich, Hoppy." A revival of their Union Street Ale from the early 90's.

Pours a bright and rich amber colored beer, topped with a solid two-finger beige head, that’s frothy and sticky and hold plenty of retention and lace.

Aroma is of Burtonized water, minerally. Sweet caramel undertones, notes of slick butteriness, distinct noble hops with a touch of hop spice.

Firm, full-bodied beer with a viscous mouthfeel. Large dose of fruity flavors upfront, like near ripened plum and thinned grape juice that tastes Kool-Aid-like at times. Overall, a rather sweet beer with plenty of residuals, which explains the beer’s body / mouthfeel. Hoppy in “character.” Earthy hops, light on the bitterness (36 IBU), with some raw coarseness and drying occurring on the palate. Characters of twigs and dried leaves. Mineral, steel and bicarbonate / aspirin. Hop oils stick to the palate and don’t let go, creating a lingering flavor. Malt edges in again with some caramel, slick buttery and light malted milk characters and a touch of burnt sugar around the edges. Finish is very drying, making you thirst for another sip. Fruity alcohol fusels are tame, but noticeable as the beer warms.

Thoughts? This is some old-school ESB kickin’ it in a 22oz US bomber. Unfiltered, but very clean. Simple, but complex and damn tasty. I liked it.

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Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Large bottle with "batch date" and gold foil, nice touch. Pours a basic shade of amber/almond, slightly hazy. Fine bubble, almost white head. Nice lacing left behind. Nose is richly malty with some sticky hops in the background. This is a smooth, creamy flavorful brew. Nicely balanced with a solid layer of sweet malt, lots of caramel notes, in counter point to mellow hops coming in late. British style all the way. Classy quaffer, well done by Harpoon. Go find some of this stuff before its all gone.

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Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy these 100 Barrel Series beers and was quick to pick up a few bottles of this when it first hit the stands.

Nice amber brew with a frothy head. Hoppy nose with some sweet caramel and fruit undertones and taste as well. Bitter! This beer hit the spot like no other in recent weeks. The bitterness balances well with the fruitiness and sweet caramel.

A tasty treat indeed. Well worth a try. Bring on #8!!

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unfiltered, lace, bitter, OK all around. A bitter with some fruit and malts and spices like nutmeg and cinammon to offset. An American bitter for Xmas? Cleans palate, but not outstanding in own right.

Courtesy of IPFreely at Doug Shoemaker's Toronto private Beerfest.

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Photo of UncleFrank
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Can I just say “YUMBO!” and leave it at that? Probably not so here are the details but you get the idea.

The color is a bronze with a think head. It seems sort of clear for an unfiltered beer. Its not cloudy but not bright either. The head settles to normal size and lasts throughout.
The aroma is excellent. Bread, biscut, caramel, butter, and earthy hops.
The body is medium and beefy. Sensations of the hops doing their job as the attack the more and stay there while the malt comes in and out in waves. Hops are more orange than grapefruit in the touch of citrus that is there. Most of the hops are earthy and woody. Aggressive in bittering but not in flavor. Some would say there is some diacytel, I say butterscotch. It’s the same thing but butterscotch sounds more appealing and like a compliment, which it is. More bread and sweet malt but not like typical crystal malt. More like cara-munich, cara-rad, cara-??? The finish is sweet but the hops provide a drying sensation that makes you want another sip.

This has been the best of the 100-barrel series I have had so far. I havent had them all, and I have felt hit or miss with them, but this definitely is a hit. Like home run! If only they didnt call it an ESB I'd be blown away. Its a little over the top and a bit hoppy for that style in my opinion so it lost points there, but this is a beer you want to drink so dont let the score fool you. Get it while you can. I will and serving this at New Years!

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess I am the schumck that bought the last one. Next thing you know the damned beer is retired. Nonetheless, this offering seems to have stood the test of time. Not overly charismatic in any sense but it is a good beer.

Pale auburn with a really white, foamy head. Surprised considering its age. Being fall, it reminds me of an Oktoberfest.

Usually with a one becomes more bitter, having nothing to gauge it(self) against, the pronounced bitterness I was expecting is not there. Yes, it does have a tongue twist bite, but not too strong.

Slammed through the 22oz. Crisp, fresh light. I wonder how much different a freshy would be?!?!?!?

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to PPitras for the bomber.
Pours orange and amber hued with a lot of small carbonation bubbles forming a pillowy bit of light tan head that leaves a farily thick sheen of lace on the glass.
Aroma has strong toffee notes with caramel and bready undertones. Some herbal and tea hop notes also present.
Flavor has lots of bread tones to start, smoewhat fruity and strong toffee in the middle and finishes with a sharp but short burst of resiny bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium-boided, sweet throught with grainy notes and tangy bitterness.
Drinkability is good. First on of the 100 Barrel Series I've really enjoyed. Nice transitions and good breadth of flavor.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a good but slightly disappointing jump into the 100 Barrel Series with the Scotch Ale, I was hoping the Union Street would dazzle me a bit more, and it did.

It pours a spot on amber colour that is very, very cirsp and starts out with a nice off-white head that dissolves into a mildly sticky lace,

The smell is basic, but alright: butter and caramel lead in over a nice slightly rubbery malt base. Some hop notes can be found throughout as well.

The flavour is a supercharged version of the smell: it starts out caramel sweet (and a bit juicy) then leads into a more butter based flavour before finishing off with a hoppy, semi-spicy alcohol finish, that finally turns earthy at the very end.

There is a definite oily, buttery feel here that fits right in with the style. This brew is slippery and smooth with a hint of creaminess. The juicy start with the earth finish makes for a nice progression of flavour throughout each sipI enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of carln26
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark, clear copper color with a nice cream colored head that settled to just a light lace. Balanced aroma with citrus/floral hop aroma backed by a caramel/toffee malt character. The nose reminds me of some good APAs I enjoy. The taste is what I expected. Nice malty backbone defined by the caramel flavor along with the bright hop components. The citrus and hop flower come through nicely. It has a good, rich mouth feel, slightly slick, and is very drinkable. I’d like to see Harpoon continue to offer selections such as this.

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Photo of redmosquito
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a nice off white head that left a little lacing. The aroma is a nice blend of malt, sweet toffee to grape nuts to bready, and hops, grassy and floral almost minty, with a hint of alcohol. The flavor is solid, not too bitter with a caramel sweetness, and a warm toffee finish. The alcohol is there but way in the back. This beer had a good mouthfeel, and was a well made pale ale that reminded me of an English IPA. Thanks ClarkVV for bringing this out to me.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an amber color without too much of a white head on top. Looked very much like a hand drawn pint of bitter. Smell was buttery and flavorful with nice sweet malt undertow. Taste was bigger on the hops than most, but nothing to complain about there. Plenty of traditional bitter flavors abound. Mouthfeel was good and full. All in all not a bad beer to enjoy.

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Photo of meathookjones
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep bronze with a good-sized cream colored head. Frothy lacing. Sweet caramel with a nice spicy hoppiness. Some floral notes in the nose as well. Sweet caramel malt with a lightly bitter hoppiness. Well balanced flavor and aroma. Biscuity malt was also big in the flavor. Nice sweet malty finish to this. Mouthfeel was good with a smooth creamy quality. Easy drinking stuff that was a bit refreshing. Overall a good solid brew I would definitely have again.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear amber beer with a very low head, this one bore some promise. I love bitter beers.

The aroma was of aromatic hops, with a slight pine character. Again, very promising.

The taste began with very bitter hops, but they faded quickly to a smooth light malt with a slight pine aftertaste. I don't know about most people, but I expect an ESB to be bitter throughout. This one just didn't deliver.

Not the best brew of their 100 barrel series.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" creamy beige head over a dark copper brew, with small little floaties throughout (even after a few weeks settling in the fridge), and laced well. Aroma is lightly malty, but the dominant feature is a fruity tone, reminds me of freshly made Kool-Aid. Weird, I know. Taste is dead-on with the aroma, just as hinted. Slight hops bitterness kicks in at the end for a pleasant crescendo. Mouthfeel and drinkability were excellent. Makes me wonder why Harpoon ever got away from this one!

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Photo of kmo1030
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

brown amber with a light tan head. malty and lightly hoppy aroma, caramel and buscuits, with herbal hoppiness, smells a little like an oktoberfest. it's got some good malty caramel and buttery flavors, balanced nicely with some mild grassy hop bitterness. medium bodied with mellow carbonation. not a half bad ESB, nicely balanced, but nothing really wows here. that doesn't mean it's not a good beer though.

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Photo of wailingwench
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eye Candy: Transparent orange with red edges. Quick carbonation. Huge head upon pour, fizzy off white. The best retention I have seen up to this date.

The Nose Knows: Caramel and buttery rich rich malts up front. Bitter hop bitterness. Slight raisin with nose clearing alcohol.

Tongueland: Rich, slight chew to it, similar in feel to a hefe. Very smooth. A multitude of flavors ranging from metallic to astringent alcohol. It tastes higher in ABV than the listed 6.6 %. Slight caramel sweetness, hint of sweet fruit, dominant bitter hop and alcohol finish. Lingering aftertaste.

Bender: I was suprised that a bomber was $5. I would have figured that this limited release would have cost more. Looking forward to the continuation of the series....

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a fruity yeast finish and a bit of hops in there as well. The taste is decent. It has a slightly warm and malty flavor with a mildly hoppy aftertaste. It's not the beer I thought it would be. It goes down easy, but it finishes a little thick, bland, and bitter. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent drinking beer. It is a brew in a class of it's own and that's not really a compliment. It's a nice try though.

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Photo of necoadam
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out hazy amber/copper color with a nice head. You can tell it's unfiltered alright. Smell consisted of a malt backbone with an underlying aroma of fruit. Some toasted aromas can also be detected. Taste was quite good. Malt backbone with a biscuity flavor. Some fruits start mixing in the middle, along with some sweetness, perhaps just a tad too sweet, but luckily the hops come along and balance it all out. Mouthfeel was medium with a good check on carbonation. Overall, a good beer that I enjoyed.

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Photo of shippos
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured with a fluffy light tannish head on a clear light anber body. light hoppy notes with some moderate and restrained caramelly malt and becomes hoppy and grassy at the end. smooth mild and balanced malt character. very very nice carbonation witha dry hoppy grassy character that accentuates the subtle rich maltiness. very nice, subtle but very very drinkable.

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Photo of taez555
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a pretty clear reddish tan body with a slight chill haze. The head was an off-white/tan and died rather quickly.

The nose was a mix of biscuit malt, fruit, cinnamon, some spices, pear juice, and soft hops. I was surprised by what a fruity; almost fruit cocktail sort of smell this had.

Medium bodied with a big biscuit and caramel malt taste. Very clean tasting with mild fruit and fruit peel notes. The earthy hops really don’t jump out at you but there big and there, all the time well balanced against the malt.

Basically this is just a classic Harpoon ale. Sort of the middle sibling to Harpoon’s stock Ale and IPA. Sure it’s nothing to go crazy about, but a nice session beer.

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Photo of changeup45
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like a mini bottle of wine, with a relatively fancy label, and the aluminum foil top. Amber color and topped with a thick off-white head. Lots of lacing left on the glass. Somewhat hoppy, sweet smelling aroma. The beer is very smooth but didn't taste quite like I thought it would. Sweet and hoppy with slight bitterness. A touch too sweet and could have used more kick to it. 6.6% Abv actually seems high. Not bad though.

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Photo of guinnessman
2.97/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew poured with a very thin lacey head and an amber color. The aroma was nice and fruity with a hint of apples. At first it tasted pretty good with a nice and smooth mouthfeel, but as soon as I gulped it down everything just went blah! The taste was gone, and all that remained was an aftertaste of alcohol on the palate. Probably not something I'd pick up again.

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Photo of JKV96
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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