Flannel Friday
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #96
Ranked #26,234
3.82 | pDev: 8.9%
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States
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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Gajo74 from New York

4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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hreb from Washington

3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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izraelc from New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear copper/amber pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Toasted malts... sweet and grainy.

T/F: Toasted grains and light brown sugar. Some sweetness up front with gentle hopping for balance. Earthy with some light fruit. Light bodied and well carbonated.

O: A solid amber. Nothing exciting, but a decent enough beer with a nice mix of malts/hops.

Nov 30, 2018
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; amber colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a splotchy cap; OK lacing;

S: malt and earthy hops;

T: mild molasses and dark fruit - I wasn't expecting that; no hop character except for mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: I expected better balance;

Nov 15, 2018
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Glider from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pint. Color was amber with a short, creamy looking head. Smell was a mix of sweet malt and some fruity hops. Taste started with a fairly bold hop attack, fruity and spicy with mild bitterness, and mellowed into sweet baked goods. Feel was medium-heavy, and velvety on the tongue.

I really enjoyed this amber. Good mix of malt and hops, and a classic flavor profile. Two pints went down very easily.

Nov 08, 2018
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davedog_7 from Georgia

4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As many have said, what a great marriage of a malty amber/red ale with a pleasant, slightly citrus hoppiness.

Neither the malty sweetness nor the hops dominate, and the result is a very tasty, drinkable autumn seasonal.

Oct 29, 2018
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks semi translucent bronze color with white creamy head. Smells like hops,toffee,earthy. Taste is much more hop forward than most brown ales. Feels really well constructed, nice carbonation and head retention. Overall a delicious brown ale, I would say this is the best example I have had. Brown ales are usually just so so. This one rocks-

Oct 15, 2018
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear honey amber with a thick tan cream head that lingers and leaves great lacing. Aroma is caramel malts and a touch of herbal hops. Flavor is a touch sweet malty with a legitimate hop bite. Nice balance. Feel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Overall a decent beer.

Oct 12, 2018
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle (best buy 12/15/18) poured into a tulip ale pint at 48 degrees F.

Pours a crystal clear deep amber maple syrup. Finger off light beige head holding very very well. Lots of gorgeous carbonation. Great sticky retention.

Nose is lightly malty, maybe munich, and a surprisingly present hop aroma. To me, it smells like cascade hops all the way. Piney and piney and floral and piney with a grapefruit kiss. Also getting pleasant yeast notes in the way back. Doughy yeast. A little later on, I'm also noticing some nice candied orange slices.

Palate is biscuity malt with a light caramel sweetness, a light doughiness, and tame hops. I'm getting citrus notes that lean much more orange over grapefruit. A little bit of pine too. Still feeling very Cascade. What really gets me here, and I have to give credit for this, is how they blend with each other. Normally, you get malt, then the hops cut through, then the malt peeks out, then hops, then resins, and it trails off. I don't know how to describe it, but you can taste both the malt and the hops separately, but at the same time. It's like half your tongue gets the malty-ness, while the other half gets the hops.. it's a brilliantly impressive balance that I cannot recall experiencing before. So balanced.
After the balanced malt and hops, with a touch of caramel and subtle toffee flood your palate, it predictably trails off, and I'm left with a very tame hop resin bitterness that dissipates rather quickly and does not linger with astringency, nor sappy malt sweetness.

At this point, halfway gone, the sides of the glass are completely coated with sticky beige foam, and some thick, pretty lacing.

Mouthfeel is medium/light. It definitely has some weight to it that does not allow this to be called a light beer. A slight sweetish heft from the solid malt backbone. This is a malty beer in every way. It's an enjoyable feel. It's round and smooth with a low-medium effervescence. It's a touch low, but it feels appropriate given the other characteristics.

Overall, this isn't anything spectacular. However, it's a nice something to grab if you're trying to save a craft can for later. I grabbed this as my midday glass, because I wanted to hold off on my $7 pint of craft milk stout. And it definitely did the trick. Beats the hell out of many other commercial crap beers, and for just a good, cheaper, nice autumn malty hoppy ale offering, this did just fine. Hit the spot, and while I wouldn't buy a six pack, if this was at a bar and they only had AALs and such, I'd pick this in a heartbeat.

Oct 11, 2018
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a best by 11-15-18 date.
1" slightly off white head, good retention down to a foamy cap. Clear, clean and bright auburn glowing amber ale. good looking beer. Foamy lacing for the duration.
Weedy, herbal, earthy hops and a good caramel-y malt backing. Hoppier in the nose than Harpoon IPA.
Earthy malt and tangy hops at its most basic description. Dig in and the caramel is lightly sweet and a touch roasty. Some orange peel to go with the weedy, grassy hops as well.
Medium body, low to mid carbonation. Well balanced and very drinkable.
Good stuff - knocking out the 6pk from the Tailgate case first and quickly.

Oct 07, 2018
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Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia

3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice amber brown color with as much head as u choose, carbonation is plentiful. Smell is hoppy like a pale ale. Initial taste is hoppy up front then mellows out with a few spicy notes, to a dry finish. The lacing is good as well. Due to the hoppyness, I would call this an amber pale ale, still a great brew though. The flavor tends to be sweet at times as well. Overall I really enjoy this in the tailgater variety pack, so much I have bought 2 in the past week, overall a slightly different but pleasant take on an amber ale that can sometimes be a boring style, well done

Oct 06, 2018
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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up first time ever yesterday and just cracked one open. Very nice fall style beer and not like the usual sweetish and super mellow Oktoberfest style. Has a nice dryish and spicy-malty flavor with a bit of caramel and tart fruit. I really like it. Get some!

Sep 28, 2018
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is medium grainy/sweet malts and citrus. The flavor is malts, very mild caramel liquor, fruit and a mildly sweet/creeping citrus hop/smooth finish.

Sep 28, 2018
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JASnyder from Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3 months left on the "Drink Before" date in this 12 OZ bottle.
Sparkly champagne feel. Very crisp and bubbly.
Pretty amber color with a thin head that disappears quickly.
Smell is faint and malty.
Taste is a bit unrefined. The alcohol shows through; there's a little bite afterwards.
It's not bad; but it's not special either.

Sep 20, 2018
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flaskman from New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was looking for a fall seasonal and came across this. I have never been disappointed by Harpoon so I gave it a try. Poured golden amber with a decent amount of head that hangs around. Smells bready. My first sip was quite a surprise. It is delicious. For an amber ale it is not overly sweet. The hops and malts do not compete. It is crisp and tasty with the right amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is perfect with just a touch of sticky on the lips. Sweet up front with a touch of bitterness on a great finish. I get fruit, candy, caramel but just enough to give it character. Overall an outstanding fall beer. It is on my A list for down at the cabin.

Sep 17, 2018
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - very nice reddish amber color, thick foam head trickles down leaving some lacing
Smell - More citrus than most amber ales. Would think it was a Pale Ale in a blind smell test. Some biscuit malt and some sweet fruit notes
Taste - very hop-oriented but not in a bitter way. It has strong malt backbone which is more of what i expect from a red-ale. That being said, i like this more than most amber ales because it gives that bitter hop punch, finishes with roasted malt...not just that typical sweetness. I would call this a pale ale but they are calling it an amber ale. It's fruity, malty, crisp, just like the label says. Perfect fall beer in my opinion. Super smooth, not a light beer..very drinkable but enough there to keep you warm. Medium carbonation.

Overall, i was very impressed with this beer. Like i said, not a typical red ale, much more hop-oriented, but a great beer with lots of character. Grade is A

Sep 11, 2018
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautifully-clear dark amber with a finger-and-a-half of light tan head with good retention, leaving thick sheets of lacing.

Sweet aroma with caramel red malt, a touch of bread and an even lighter touch of allspice.

Very clean tasting -- not as sweet at all as the nose had me expecting. There's a kiss of caramel sweetness, but the beer is fairly dry with a nice breadiness layered on top of everything. Modest bitterness in the finish.

Medium to full bodied with a nice slickness to the feel. Light carbonation, but by no means still.

This is an excellent fall beer. It has a kiss of sweetness to it and some depth to the malt profile, but is still well balanced and quaffable.

Sep 08, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is copper in color when viewed from afar; when held up to the light it is dark red in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that quickly settled down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet caramel and toasted malts are preset in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and the sweetness almost has some semblance to candi sugars. There are additional hints of nutty malts and faint hints of floral hops, but the latter of which mostly stay in the background and help to prevent this from becoming cloyingly sweet.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather sweet compared to other beers in the style but remains quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

Jul 07, 2018
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Beaver13 from Colorado

2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. pour clear ruby amber with a small white head that quickly goes to a thin collar that leaves little lacing.

The aroma is sweet sugary nutty caramel malt with a little fruit.

The flavor is sweet sugary bready nutty malt with some fruit and a medium roast bitter finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied and pretty watery.

Overall, an OK hoppy amber.

May 05, 2018
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep copper with a tan one finger head that dissipated quickly. Light lacing was present. Aroma was of faint caramel and flowers. Taste is malt forward and seems a bit flat with caramel and grapefruit. Medium carbonation with a thin semi-dry feel.

Mar 31, 2018
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NeilSilber1 from California

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

Pours a deep amber with light foamy reddish bubbles around the perimeter. Malty aroma with touches of soft caramel and toast. Highlighted layers of citrus hoppy hops with strong and crisp malty maple core. Nice fall drinking American Amber Ale with 35 IBU and 5.7% ABV.

Mar 30, 2018
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Eddieeight from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful orangy copper color. The color may be the best thing about this beer. Scent of fruity hops. Tastes like an even balance of hops and malts, slight grapefruit on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and not that bubbly. Overall this beer does remind me of a crisp fall day, as advertised.

Mar 23, 2018
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