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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Reviews by Act25:
Photo of Act25
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Completely misunderstood spring IPA. I'm not a Harpoon fan, but this is great beer.

A) Pours a clear mid yellow body with heavy amounts of active carbonation that sport two fingers of foamy white head that retains and laces.

S) Moderate floral dominant with citrus/grapefruit hops atop of light biscuit malts.

T: Follows aroma, but there's much more flower shop. Fresh, perfumed, but not cloying with a long, pleasant spring-like continuation of the dry cirtic hope on top of toasted malts. Flower shop, just cut, jasmine.

M: Tickle-pleasant, medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront and ending.

O: Easy to drink, refreshing, and if you like floral hops - this is a must try. Pleasing on 80 degree Brooklyn evening in May.

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

The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody continues to be whittled away, but since I am also trying to keep current on the more widely-available brands, I am returning, albeit briefly to Harpoon.

From the bottle: "Bright[,] Floral[,] Hoppy"; "Bright golden with citrus and pine notes; a clean, light, and ready-for-spring ale. Hibernation be damned. Gt outside and make some fresh tracks - hooray for spring!"; "Our brewery parking lot can be a pretty good indicator of the season. Some cars have ski racks. Others are decked with bike racks. Some even have both. Spring here keeps us on our toes. So we're always ready for anything."

You won't hear me complaining about winter or hoping for the advent of spring. A) I know that by virtue of living in the northeast, it gets cold & B) wishing time away is wishing for a foreshortened life & I have beer to drink! With these pesky bottles, it always begins with the Pop! of the cap. When it's a freshie, such as this one, it's no holds barred when it comes to the pour. I watched in amazement as the head roared up to form three-plus fingers of soapy, rocky, bone-white head with reasonable retention. It looked like something out of a Sitcom episode in which the washing machine is super-loaded with detergent & fills the house with sudsy bubbles. Ha ha! Color was a gorgeous Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with 24-carat clarity, prompting a visit from The Gelt Gang of Midas, Mammon & Croesus, all clamoring for a taste. Down, boys! Jeez-O, man. Nose had a pleasant grapefruit citrusiness as promised. Mouthfeel was light-to-medium, not watery, just pleasant. The taste was likewise pleasant, but I was not really experiencing the pine notes mentioned on the label. It did, however, have a lemony citrusiness to go with the aforementioned grapefruit, which coupled with the biscuity maltiness, made me think of biscotti. I love biscotti! Enrico's Biscotti from The Strip District inna 'Burgh makes the best that I've had, outside of Italy. Finish was semi-dry & quite refreshing. Maybe they'll put it into CANs by the spring ...

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

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

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

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

So, it's currently 6 below zero outside. Go to the store to get some brews.....
Mid December and what's new on the supermarket shelf? A SPRING beer. Light, fluffy, crisp....not exactly following the season trends of Dopplebock, Barleyine, big stouts etc.....I couldn't resist!! And its gonna be fresh!

Totally clear, sparkling gold. Slow but obvious carbonation and a nice, thin, lacy foamy cover.

A very earthy, herbal nose, subtle citrus, more pine but much more dry-wheat and crispy herbal nose. Floral hop aroma is pretty spot on, with more of a rich herbal thing as well.

A big, light, crispy bite! Sharp and fresh feel, slightly slick malty middle, juicy and clean finish. A light feel with a big, herbal-crisp malt kick. Slightly sweet in the malt, but the rather complex 38 ibu's of the hops packs the biggest punch. Herbs, earthy, citric and pine pop out for sure. Not fruity, much more black pepper and assorted herbal flavor. Nice balance. The malt could be slightly cleaner, not as slick, but it's a very subtle effect.

Not a bad change from the big, malty, high abv beasts I've been consuming so far this winter.

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Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle poured to YETI.
Bottle describes it perfectly. Bright, floral, hoppy, clean and light.
Picked up a nice aroma.
Nothing spectacular but very enjoyable.

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Photo of ordybill
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is floral hops. The taste is a very nice mild hop flavor, very crisp.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Gold in color with the expected light head and almost non existent lacing. Aroma is of lots of malt and some citrus present, taste is malty with touches of domestic citrus and hop bitterness, with a finish that is decent, piney and a bit underwhelming.

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Photo of BKotch
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of puboflyons
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a Best By date of 04/15/17. Sampled on January 12, 2017.

It pour golden yellow with a quick-lasting white head that fades to a ring and leaves little to no lacing.

The aroma brings out a toasted sour dough bread character, House yeast, grass, and perfume.

Light to medium body.

A little white bread in the flavor with a mild to moderate, grassy bitterness the finish. This is nothing special but it is reasonably drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of liquorpig
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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Fresh Tracks Spring Pale Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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