Flannel Friday | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by jaydoc on 06-03-2016

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Ratings: 232 |  Reviews: 67
Reviews by davedog_7:
Photo of davedog_7
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass: color is dark copper, head is light tan with small bubbles with some lacing on the glass; head lingers well.

Smell is pleasantly hoppy with solid toasty and caramel malts; hops are piney and citrusy.

Taste is similar to the aroma with great hop forward flavor, toasty and moderate caramel malts, nice citrus/pine/earthy hop blend.

Mouthfeel is crisp with dry, bitter hoppiness and moderate carbonation.

Overall a very good beer, nice to have a solid amber ale amongst the onslaught of ipas.

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Photo of flaskman
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 12/15/17.Pours into a standard pint a deep rich bronze with a half finger creamy-like light tannish colored head atop,great rich color.Caramel and toast stand out most in the nose with underlying sharp citric hops.Starts out with some caramel and nutty malts on the palate melding into some earthy and slightly sharp grapefruit-like bitterness in the finish.Like others have notes it's kinda like fall in the bottle,a solid hoppy amber here.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tiernan
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodchipper
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (enjoy by 11/15/17), to a nonic.
Beautiful initial head, thick, multi-size bubbles, fades fairly quickly, but with good lacing. Glowing red/brown liquid with some rising bubbles, but no a lot.
Mild malt smell, no much else.
Taste is rather good, more bitter than expected by aroma. Nice red ale. Mouth coating is good.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beaver13
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.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Drhall36
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MAbrew88
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesStreet
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dacrza1
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

DATE: October 19, 2017... OCCASION: Thursday night humor on the way... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... beautiful, active brown amber body with a half-finger shady white head that is creamy and staunch... long after the pour, the head holds steady... rich caramel, light citric hops that evoke grapefruit, lemon, and toasted bread malts combine to make an agreeable aroma... first sip is soft, slick, and easily quaffable... the glass glass displays remarkable rings of suds... the profile is malty, caramel and toasted, with enough hops to make a fruity, earthy brown ale... in short, a sessionable ale that doesn't produce a dramatic profile, but satisfies with a mellow, malty finish... appropriate for the season and one I will seek out when enjoying the fall....

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Active looking, solid amber color and a well retained sea foam head. Fluffy and sticky.
Sweet hops is what I notice first in the aroma, grapefruit and honey sweet malt.
A big crispy mouthfeel, medium bodied, finishes dry but really refreshing.
The flavor has an excellent balance of dry, earthy hops and robust, smooth amber malt. Not at all sticky or sweet like the aroma would suggest. Much more mild and easy than expected. Good complexity as the hops tend to "change colors" with every sip. Light citrus hops become more pronounced as the liquid warms. The malt also pops out more later on. I really enjoy the long, dry, earthy hop finish.
This is a fun brew. Interesting, yet easy. Great for the fall BBQ season.

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Photo of Jomomister
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I like it! October is indeed a good month for this beer. It pours well, not much head-a mixed blessing for me- and great bouquet of a leafy forest floor and hops. The front end is full bodied and malty but the hop sharpness dives in immediately for a nice bloom of flavor. The medium carbonation level is perfect. All's well that ends well and this one ends well with some pleasant lingering bitterness.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of coshag
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Harpoon Brewery "Flannel Friday"
12 fl. oz brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BY 11/15/17" and sampled on 09/09/17
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: So this is fall beer, and it's not an Oktoberfest or pumpkin beer? That works for me! It's surprisingly dark in color. And kind of rubyish as well. I'm not even sure what to call its color. Very deep reddish copper might do. Creamy off white head. It looks like a fall beer. The aroma also smells like fall somehow, kind of like wet leaves on the ground after a rain. Leafy I guess I'd call that, with some caramelish and toasty malt. Ahh, the caramel is really almost like almost-burnt-sugar though, not so much like golden or medium caramel. It's nice. Tea-like, and piney. There's also some fruit in there, apple and a hint of citrus. Pretty good so far, let's try the flavor... toasty malt comes on strong. Somewhat roasty even. I guess that's at least part of what gave me the impression of wet fallen leaves, but then there's also the piney character to it that gives it that freshness you get after a rain. The caramel comes through too, as does the apple-like fruitiness, and just a hint of citrus that gives it a crispness. It's pretty nicely done I'd say. It initially seems, I don't know, I don't want to say one-sided, perhaps basic, but it's actually fairly complex. Dry finish but not too bitter. Ahh, it says right on the label, 35 IBUs. Some pine lingers in the finish with a bit of spiciness. Medium-light in body and gently crisp then smooth across the palate. As it warms there's more breadiness to the malt, and a hint of nuttiness as well. The only thing that could make this more fall-like for me would be just a drop of maple syrup flavor added in. Oh, and then perhaps a touch of smoke as well, but by then it'd have gone too far and just become a confused mess. Or would it? But there's no point in speculating, that's not in the beer so forget it. Very nicely done. Well balanced and rounded. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; enjoy by 06/15/18.
A: Pours a crystal clear, light to full copper color with a one inch head, off white and modest lacing.
S: Grapefruit and subtle cherry aromas subsumed with a malty caramel aroma.
T: Semidry. Mostly citrusy grapefruit and caramel malts with a light, refreshing hoppy bitterness.
M: Light to medium bodied with moderate consistent carbonation. Very refreshing.
O: Agree with the assessment, "Hoppy Malty Crisp." from the label. Not necessarily in that order, though. This is an eminently drinkable Amber and an impressive offering from Harpoon. If you've got 'em, serve 'em up.

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Photo of Ben1313
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Flannel Friday from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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