Belgian Pale Ale | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Belgian Pale AleBelgian Pale Ale

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

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by dherling on 11-26-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 219 |  Reviews: 122
Reviews by jskennedy:
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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Photo of steelerguy
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very clear copper, moderate carbonation, 1 finger white head that fades to a covering and leaves some lacing.

S - Sweet, floral, a touch of bubblegum and spice. Refreshing and clean aroma.

T - Much like the aroma, some floral hops, although not malty sweet you get a sweetness from the spice and hops. Some of the bubblegum comes though but not in an unpleasant way at all just more fruity.

M - Fairly light body and with the carbonation makes it very clean, easy to quaff on a hot day.

O - I think this is a very solid Belgian style pale ale. Would go to this over a hefe just about anytime (unless it was a Bavarian weiss...then I would have to think).

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 6pack, best by 7/15/10 on the label.
In a snifter the beer was a copper color with a medium-sized white head.
It had a fruity aroma, yeasty and spicy.
Fruit taste, apples and pears mostly, but also somewhat like a fruitcake. A little peppery.
Medium mouthfeel, nice beer.

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Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Twifiter
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Billolick
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from a sixer purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Best by dating (7-15-10) etched onto the neck of the bottle. Pours light copper amber, pretty clear, very minor off white head and just a smidge of what might be called lacing. Fruity nose with a moderate additional wiff of bubblegum, yum. Love that smell in a fresh Belgian. Things sort of fizzle after the sniff. This is a pretty tame little Belgian attempt by those owners of the middle of the road at Harpoon. Carbonation is quite low, head is long gone, no lace. Fruity, a hint of mint tea, moderate amounts of super drying hops in the rear of the midsection and carrying into the finish. Decent but something seems to be missing, similar to so many Harpoon offerings. They never seem to really go much beyond the the beginner stage of the craft brewing specturm. Crowd pleasing perhaps but lacking in interest for the more thrill seeking palates.

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Photo of Bike2work
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pulled from the fridge poured into an imperial pint glass. best before 2-15-11 stamped on the neck, 5 days past its really a big deal.

pours out a clear lightish copper color with 1 1/2 fingers of white somewhat soapy head that slowly faded to a decently retentive layer. some lace that is quick to fade.

spicy, bubblegum belgian yeast with lots of sharp phenolics, clove, almost metallic like, not super apealing in that aspect. some kind of grassy hops take a back seat to the yeast. not much malt detectable.

american hops blended with belgian yeast. spicy, phenolic, clove, bits of fruity bubblegum, some grassy and citrus notes with a good amount of bitterness in the finish, lingering as well.

medium bodied with not the greatest feeling carbonation. somewhat of a dry finish.

drinks fairly easily, one is an easy drink, but i prolly wouldnt want another. a decent addition to the variety pack, but i definatly wouldnt buy a six pack.

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Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six, I'm glad I did affordable 8 bucks defnitely worth it. Very nice version of a BPA, really smooth and easy drinking. Pours a clear bodied light amber hue with a bright off white bubbly head forming thick and effervescent, dwindles slow leaving behind chunky sporadic Belgian style lacing. Aromatics offer up nice spicy citric floral herbal spiced notes, a great mix of complexity. Malt backbone weighs in with a great sturdy breadiness. Yeast really gives it a funky spicy note a mix of tartness and black pepper kickin', definitely works well. Flavors overall explode in the best way possible, one of the most creative bigger micros I've tried that is going to be a regular release? If it isn't going to make it into rotation then I'm voting to get it there now. Citrus, floral, spice combo with a bit of caramel and dried spice combination, although I thinke the spiciness is all yeast and hop driven. Again black pepper, a bit of funky yeast, citrus fruit really combine on the palate. Mouthfeel, bubbly carbonation levels nice flowing effervesence the bottle really pops when you unleash the cap. Mouthfeel has a nice dry finish medium bodied session ale in my book, definitely not by English aka Ding's standards. Drinkability is rock solid offering out of New England. I'm really enjoying most of Harpoon's single batch series and this is up there with the best of the best I've tried from them.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A filtered, clear and bubbly, golden amber with a robust, fluffy white head, slow dissipation, mellow bubbles, a bit sluggish.

I'm surprised to smell some sweet caramel scented malt first,tangy, metallic fruity hop bite, subtle lemmon and corriander, subtle pepper with some minor hair-perm like chemy aroma.

This one is very fruity in flavor, juicy fruit like hop flavor, honey sweet malt provides a unique American twist on the Belgian Pale, the yeastie tanginess is pretty nice, mellow and mild with good balance. The finish ha sa very nice dry, peppery edge and very light and crisp. This one feels really good and it keeps thing interesting. The yeast flavor is not nearly as complex as I would like or excpect from a real Belgian ale, the yeast flavor and complexity is always the key to the Belgian style and most American Brewers just don't have it, with the exception of only a few.

A Belgian ale with training wheels.

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Photo of BennyL1
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz offering from Harpoon's winter pack. Best by 3/15/11

A - Beer is a nice golden amber color with about a fingers worth of white head. A bit of lacing but nothing extraordinary.

S - Aroma is on the sweeter side with a good hints of spice. Fruits like pear and banana in the nose and a nice yeast note as well. Really nice overall aroma.

T - A bit of tropical fruit up front with a slight caramel malt background. A bit of grain in there as well. A nice peppery spicyness from the yeast also makes a really nice addition.

M - Medium body with a medium amount of carbonation, spot on.

D - Very good. A very nice offering from Harpoon, I will definitely be drinking this in the future.

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Photo of emsroth
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

App: Dark gold, almost an amber. Frothy off-white head with decent lace.

Smell: This is where the american style comes in. Strong hoppy nose: fruity and slightly flowery with a bitter edge. A touch of malt, but mostly hops.

Taste: A hoppy beer throughout. Starts with a bit of a fruity bite. Ends with bitter, herbal flavors that fade into smooth, creamy malt an touch of yeast found in Belgian ales.

Medium body with well-paired carbonation.

Definitely more hoppy than most BPA's. At first I didn't like the beer, but after a few tries it grew on me. Try it on cask!

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Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear light copper body with golden highlights beneath a short white head. Average retention.
S: Fruity with spice and a mineral/chalky edge. Lots of clove, dark fruit, some caramel.
T: The flavor, as usual, follows the aroma. The clove becomes softened in the mix, and there's a bit more peppery spice. Notes of cherry and dark fruit (plum/prune) round it out. Unfortunately there's only a little bit of caramel and standard malt flavor present, and it lacks a base. Not that it's not there, or that it's not to the proper gravity or alcohol, it's just that the base malt that's being used isn't offering enough flavor (or perhaps the grain bill is a little skewed, which I doubt). That said, keep in mind that the style is fairly delicate and what I'm noting is not so much a flaw as a bit of a balance issue. If the fruitiness and spiciness of the yeast was just a touch more restrained it might fall into focus.
M: Medium with a dextrinous edge and moderate, fine carbonation.
D: Overall, a really nice and very drinkable treat! Worth trying.

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Photo of bamojr
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This has a nice clean flavor that has drinkability written all over it. It has a nice amber color with a fluffy white head. A relatively hoppy flavor with some citrus and banana flavors. This a quite an interesting brew with some flavors i would not expect to find in a beer. It does however represent the Harpoon name very well in its uniqueness and overall good brew.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip glass, clear amber color with a thick frothy 2 finger head. smells of standard belgian yeast, sweet fruit and hops make a subtle presence.

Taste is mild, medium bodied with a sugary feel. at 1st taste like a sweeter american ale, but then the yeast flavor cuts through just a little...i prefer this because in some belgians i feel the yeast is too strong.

in the traditional style however i'd say this is a pretty damn good attempt at some New Englanders making a belgian style.

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Photo of SidewinderX
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a winter mix pack. The aroma is a bit sweet and spicy, and the taste is the same. Sweetness at first that ends with spice in a rather delightful way. Mouthfeel isn't as good as the taste, but not disappointing.

Solid brew, a nice part of Harpoon's winter mix pack!

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Liberty St. in Allentown. This had a smooth and sweet, slightly fruity, pale malt character. Basically, if you took a malty pale ale and dialed up the barley with a little caramel, this is what you have, It's fairly drinkable, though the body is a touch thick. Give this shot.

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Photo of snowmaggedon
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Bdel34
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of kwa357
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Gmann
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a toasted straw color with amber highlights. The off-white head is small and tight, settling inot a small cap.

The aroma is spicy and floral from the belgian yeast. Notes of clove and tropical fruit mix with a perfumey floral character. It is a very bright aroma and very belgian, good job.

The taste is noticably more American. There are notes of clove, wild flowers and bubblegum from the yeast. There is a solid grassy american hop profile, that adds some bitterness. Light tropical fruit notes from the yeast are detected as well.

The feel is light to moderate with prickly carbonation. Starts off sweet on the palate but finishes with a grassy bitterness. The finish is dry and asprin like, kinda lingers on the palate.

An above average BPA from an american brewer. It is not a cloying sugar bomb so that is a plus. Definitely a bit hoppy for the style

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Photo of KTCamm
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a mix-a-six poured into a pint glass. I see this beer is no longer brewed, it seems I have snagged one of the last ones.

Pours medium amber with no residual foam. A little cloudy. Black peppery smell, very light. Mixed tropical fruit taste, papaya/guava even - is that even possible? Fruity close, mild hop throughout. Subtle belgian yeast. Hard close, long aftertaste. Like a non-belgian brewery making one in the style. Good, but not the real thing.

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