Fresh Tracks Spring Pale Ale | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Fresh Tracks Spring Pale AleFresh Tracks Spring Pale Ale

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

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

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Photo of matt-payne
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle in SC served in a pint glass.
Pours with a clear amber body and a short white head that soon reduces to a durable partial coat but that leaves lots of sudsy lacing.
Aroma: fruity!
Flavor: hop forward with fruity and piney hops dominating. Moderate bitterness for style.
Feel: medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of Barleycorn
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 57md
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden straw with a half finger of head. The nose is quite yeasty. The malt is upfront in the flavor with a subtle tingling hoppiness on the finish.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.79/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

DATE: June 23, 2018... OCCASION: recovering from Laura and Brian's wedding with some Fellowship... GLASSWARE: Abita pint... pours a clear, golden body with scarce bubbles... its head is off-white, a quarter finger in height before thinning to an uneven ring... as its label states, bright and floral, like lilies or lilacs, with buttery cracker making the aroma a pleasant but odd combination... honeysuckle, pine, and a bit of syrupy sweetness rounds the impact... light bodied, easily drinkable, thinly soft, oily, and disposable through the mouth... refreshing but somewhat beefy at the back end, with a malty finish that requires each sip be weighed... the flavor profile is thickly sweet, almost syrupy so, with the Centennial hops losing some of its pine bite to the buttery cracker malts... rose, lilac, caramel, corn, lemon grass, with some lagerish qualities making this even more pale than expected... I hoped Harpoon's "spring" twelver would begin with a solid ale, but this offering is a bit underwhelming. Okay overall...

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Photo of LarryV
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend gave me a few bottles of this. I was looking for a freshness date on the bottle but couldn't find one. Pours a brilliant gold color with active carbonation, no head or lacing to speak of. Aroma is mostly grain, mild floral hops. Taste is slightly sweet with a subtle, understated hoppiness. I think the hops may have faded a bit since this is a spring ale and it's now June. Nonetheless, it's pretty drinkable and refreshing on a hot day. Doesn't really strike me as a pale ale though, to me it reminds me more of a kolsch. Not bad, but not something I would normally seek out.

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Photo of Abstractspirit
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Profundobaso
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - poured from a 12 oz bottle. Pale yellow in color. One finger head with minimal lacing.
Smell - floral and pine heavy hops. Pleasant in smell, but fairly simple.
Taste - some malts, some hops, slightly floral finish. This is a balanced beer that has a little bit of both. Not at all bad, but also doesn't stand out in any particular way either.
Feel - light bodied, fairly high on carbonation, and also on par in ABV at 6.2%. Drinks easy and is quite refreshing.
Overall - not a bad beer, although not my favorite style. Easy drinking APA, but Harpoon has made a number of beers that are far superior.

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Photo of deansellers
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beaver13
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, enjoy by 6/15/18. Pours clear straw gold with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet bready malt with floral fruity hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts and a little fruit with floral minty hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK pale. The flavors didn't work for me.

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Photo of RozzieBoy
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Fitzy01
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VoxRationis
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 (mostly 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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Photo of Branlott42
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Ned57
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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Photo of WickedBeer
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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Fresh Tracks Spring Pale Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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