Fresh Tracks Spring Pale Ale | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hop forward without being bitter, this single hop Pale Ale showcases the piney, citrusy character of Centennial hops. Bright and golden, light and drinkable, the subtle malt flavor lets the hops shine.


Added by GratefulBeerGuy on 12-20-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,592
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
128
pDev:
12.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Mdorn
4.49/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NeilSilber1
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours crystal clear golden amber with white cap of foam that laces nicely as it drops. Light floral notes with pine and lemon and subtle orange citrus. Clean, crisp and easy drinking and refreshing spring IPA. Complex backbone of multiple hops and simple malts. Light hops at 38 IBU’s for ipa and 6.2% ABV.

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Photo of Jlang2012
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a custom Sam Adams glass; no production information.
A: Pours a crystal clear, golden color with a fine bubbles clearing to a one half inch, white head, limited retention (mosts a rim), but decent lacing.
S: Aromas of cut grass, cracker, and a slight lemony note.
T: Zesty with a refreshing, if subtle, lemon flavor and light roast maltiness. Light bitterness adds to the clean finish.
M: Light bodied with consistent carbonation, consisting of fine, champagne-style bubble. Really crisp and refreshing.
O: This is an exceptionally enjoyable American Pale Ale. Light, zesty, refreshing: basically this style at its best.

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Photo of Categart
4.58/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hozersr
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Eddieeight
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks golden light yellow.
Smells like citrus and pine.
Taste is supposed to be hoppy, focusing on centennial hops as the only hops used. I like this limitation however it is not as hoppy as it could be...I've tasted stronger. It is more like a pale wash down the throat with some pine thrown in. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing like a good beer to drink after mowing the lawn. Overall I'm a little under impressed with this one.

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3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harpoon Brewery "Fresh Tracks"
12 FL OZ brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BY 353 04/15/18 14:05" and sampled on 03/11/18
$1.83 @ Cherry Hill Wine, Liquor & Beer (Wegmans), Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So what am I drinking here? The label says "SPRING PALE ALE" on the front center, but then off to the side by the UPC barcode it says "INDIA PALE ALE"... ? It's only 6.2% ALC/VOL with 38 IBUs so I'm guessing it's a pale ale. Additionally, here I am drinking my spring ale 9 days before spring even begins, and the "ENJOY BY" date is just 26 days later. How is that possible? Spring doesn't even end until June 21st, over two months later. It doesn't make any sense to me, but whatever, at least I know it isn't that old, I'm guessing about 3 months. Moving on...

It's poured a very clear golden body beneath a short head of creamy white foam. The aroma is "floral", and that is "hoppy" because that's where it's coming from, but I wouldn't call it "bright". It's pleasant though. The neck label suggests "citrus" and "pine notes" as well but I'm just not finding it. The flavor follows and it's lightly sweetish with grainy malt, and just a hint citrusy and piney. A stiff bitterness balances it and then lingers gently in the aftertaste along with some residual malt and hops. I can see where they were going with this as a spring beer but it could just as easily be an easy drinking summer ale. They could have just loaded in new labels midway through the last bottling run and started shipping the summer beer as well - I'm pretty sure that's already out. But I shouldn't pick on Harpoon for that, most breweries do that although I'm still not sure why. Back to the beer, it's medium leaning towards medium-light in body and smooth with a moderate carbonation. Overall it's an easy to drink basic golden ale with a bit of extra strength and a pleasant malty balance, but a little light on the hops, especially if it is an "India pale ale".

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3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kw_pip
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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1.98/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

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3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Fresh Tracks Spring Pale Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 128 ratings