Flannel Friday
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #67
Ranked #20,158
3.81 | pDev: 8.92%
Nov 16, 2021
Jun 03, 2016
Very Good
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Notes: Layer Up. There are subtle, but unmistakable signs... The first hint of a chill in the air. The first few leaves that start to turn. The first day at the brewery when everyone shows up in flannel. That announce the arrival of fall.
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3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Specialmick from Connecticut

Look...Darker brown with a white head. looks good and see through
Smell...light hoppy citrus honey. Mild smell of molasses. pleasant and restrained
Taste...Malty start to a citrus bitter, Reminiscent of a marzen or octoberfest beer but with a little rewrite. Haha
Feel...soft medium carbonation with some lacing. very swillable.
Overall...A nice representation of this style . Tasty and something i would have again.

Nov 16, 2021
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3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by The_Beer_Guru from New York

Taste like a hoppy lager. I don’t taste any toasted malts to make it an amber beer. Very bland tasting not representing fall at all. I won’t be buying this again.

Oct 22, 2021
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

A hoppy red ale but to me it drinks kind of like an Oktoberfest lager with some biscuit a bit of sweet malts and a smooth approachable hoppy finish. Not the best ale by far but definitely pretty decent for Harpoon!

Oct 22, 2021
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by chinchill from South Carolina

12 oz bottle with an August 2021 bottling date stamped on the neck.
Appearance. Excellent. Reddish-brown body with high clarity and a very good beige head. Tipping the glass and drinking leaves a thin but fairly full coat of foam on the glass.
Both the aroma and the flavor of this "hoppy amber ale" is indeed nicely hoppy. The 'extra' hops do not convert this amber ale to red pale ale but do bring the strength of the hop notes up above that of the malts. Bitterness is also a bit higher. The flavor profile of the hops mixed nicely with the grains.

Oct 19, 2021
3.77 by generalraider from New Jersey on Oct 02, 2021
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3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a tawny, amber-copper body of good clarity with a medium-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Toasty, chopped nut nutty and lightly roasty, toffee accented. Black tea herbal note, slight pine and citrus rind.

Taste: Crunchy, stale breadcrusts and coarsely-chopped nuts. A low level of toffee (and sweetness) with a far-off ashen roastiness. Piney, herbaceous, even woodsy with discarded citrus peelings. Medium bitterness. Slightly fruity, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation. Has a nice smoothness about the mouthfeel.

Overall: Not the tightest or brightest, but it's alright for a hop-forward amber.

Sep 18, 2021
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2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by Tcricci220

Looks nice. Pours a dark Amber/brown, not a huge head. Just has this odd smell, the hops kinda just awkwardly clash with the darker malts. Like the hop profile just fits more on a lighter colored beer. Ok, nothing special don't think I'd seek again.

Sep 18, 2021
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4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass. Packaged 7/26/21.

L---Clear, reddish amber color. Fluffy khaki head had very good retention and left very nice lacing.

S---Pretty rich and we'll balanced. There's hops (pine & citrus) and malts (caramel).

T---Follows the nose closely. Pine, citrus and caramel.

F---Well carbonated. Medium bodied with a creamy feel.

O---A nice one. An all around winner.

Sep 01, 2021
3.91 by Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania on Aug 31, 2021
4.02 by O-Meg from New York on Aug 30, 2021
4.03 by Arg914 from New York on Aug 30, 2021
4.19 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire on Aug 27, 2021
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4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Gajo74 from New York

Pours a clear amber color, lovely looking with notes of ruby. A fingernail length head retains well.

The nose is fruity with notes of strawberry and marmalade jam. Aromas of biscuity, toasted malts and caramel. Hops aromatics become a bit more pronounced midway, with notes of floral/fruity hops, earthy and woodsy, and a touch of citrusy zest.

A sweet and doughy malt base evokes notes of caramelized and biscuity malts, lightly toasted and fruity. Jammy notes of orange and apricot marmalade interact well with floral and fruity hops flavors. The hops bitterness is right on the mark as it provides balance, yet a gentle enough touch in order to let the malts and yeast shine. The palate begins to dry, as does the finish, and emits more woodsy and earthy flavors.

Medium bodied with a smooth and dry fruity finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and chewy, nearly creamy, with a nice slickness to it. The carbonation is on the gentle side and pairs well with the smoothness.

Fun to drink while watching some daytime Premier League; feels English style, yet with some American hops character. Very tasty.

Feb 13, 2021
3.5 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on Feb 12, 2021
3.75 by Chipwells from Georgia on Feb 02, 2021
3.25 by aztraz from Sweden on Jan 09, 2021
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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by zeff80 from Missouri

12oz bottle. Poured out a golden amber color with a large, khaki-colored head of rocky foam. It left sudsy rings of lace on the glass. It smelled of toasted caramel, toffee and mild piney notes. It tasted of toasted bread, toffee, caramel and a mild bitterness.

Dec 01, 2020
3.74 by RyanPollie from California on Oct 21, 2020
3.79 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Oct 15, 2020
3.51 by smutty33 from Connecticut on Oct 02, 2020
3.77 by PaleAleWalt from New York on Oct 01, 2020
3.94 by Timfromthemainland from New York on Sep 30, 2020
4.44 by Vylo from New Jersey on Sep 27, 2020
4.02 by ddoyle23 from New Hampshire on Sep 26, 2020
3.71 by h4ger from Connecticut on Sep 25, 2020
3.5 by rolltide from Pennsylvania on Sep 22, 2020
4 by Maltyhead from Massachusetts on Sep 20, 2020
4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Sep 13, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

12oz bottle x2

Pours two fingers of light tan head into my willi becher glass. Retention is above average and after a few minutes an impressive rim of foam sits around the body. Initial lacing looks pretty good. Body is a classic amber color, clarity is high, with a small amount of bubbles coming up. Looks quite nice so far.

Nose is super freaking nice, piney hops, bready malt, and caramel. Smells a little sweet, but appropriate. Maybe a touch of citrus, but not much, also not sure why they added citra or simcoe. The citrus brings it down a little bit, but this still smells really good and very balanced.

Flavor is also extremely balanced. Bready malt blends really well with the citrusy hops that come through more than any pine that might be here. Again, the citrus hurts things here, but this is still really nice.

Carbonation is medium high. Body is medium. Bitterness is higher than even some ipa’s, which is impressive considering the malt which often covers that up. A little sweet, but not much, compliments things very well, very balanced. Really impressive mouthfeel.

Drinkability is very good, this is really tasty and goes down fast.

Appearance turned out really nice. Lacing was thick for the most part, and the head was pretty impressive as well, throwing a wrench in my theory that this travel willi glass isn’t clean enough to grab lacing.

Overall this is somewhat straight forward, but it’s relatively flavorful, and very balanced in every way possible.

Sep 06, 2020
3.79 by teamgalt from Massachusetts on Sep 06, 2020
4 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Aug 19, 2020
Photo of hreb
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by hreb from Washington

On tap at friendly toast. Malty profile with really creamy mouthfeel and nice foam. Could be a brown or a Dunkel. But as an American amber it’s a perfect example. Drinkable without being bland and interesting while remaining true to the style.

Oct 20, 2019
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by izraelc from New York

Pours dark amber. Hoppy aroma. This is a nice hop forward harvest ale. Big bodied with slightly sweet hop finish. Not too overpowering. Smooth finish. Goes great with the flannel shirt I'm wearing.

Oct 19, 2019
3.88 by mike22ne from Massachusetts on Oct 05, 2019
3.43 by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts on Sep 20, 2019
3.92 by cdub70085 from Connecticut on Aug 30, 2019
3.75 by ColSanders123 from Georgia on May 17, 2019
3.53 by Cnssps from New Jersey on Mar 09, 2019
3.59 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire on Mar 08, 2019
4.18 by lovindahops from New York on Feb 20, 2019
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