Dunkin' Summer Coffee Pale Ale
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Dunkin' Summer Coffee Pale AleDunkin' Summer Coffee Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,103
Ranked #35,827
3.65 | pDev: 10.14%
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States
Dunkin' Summer Coffee Pale AleDunkin' Summer Coffee Pale Ale
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 37
Photo of woodychandler
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As my Summer break begins to wind down, I am CANtinuing to clear out as much of the backlog (now primarily CANs) as possible before returning to work next week. The CANQuest (tm) has really gotten them in this Summer & especially Goses, Berliner Weisses, IPAs & Lagers, primarily Pilsners, in an attempt to be the heat. This is one more insCANce.

From the CAN: "Love Beer. Love Life."; "Limited"; "44 IBUs"; "Employee Owned".

I was starting to get a tad irritated with their interpretations of an APA so I went with an aggro C-Line Glug after the Crack! that netted me just over two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with excellent retention in the face of today's heat & humidity. Color was a solid-Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Now, we were talking! Nose was less coffee-like than I might have expected, but CANversely, it smelled much closer to an APA than the previous two. Still, when held up to the standard-bearer of SNPA, it really did not measure up. It was marginally within spec for the style, but it was not my cuppa coffee. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste left no doubt that coffee played a part in this beer, but it also allowed for a hoppy bitterness to be perceivable. It was two different kinds of bitterness that actually worked pretty well together. That said, I had to shake my head in disbelief that I was saying it, but I would have preferred that they had gone with a full-on NEIPA instead. It would have really been disappointing if I had truly been expecting an APA. Finish was semi-dry, but it just was not really an APA. YMMV.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Around a medium body with a decent amount of lasting carbonation. Overall a nice crisp feel
Aroma is lightly roasted coffee, lightl6roasted malt, earthy hops
Taste was basically the same as aroma. Coffee was there but hops really dominated the taste

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Photo of Brad007
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 4/1/19. Pours a cloudy gold hue with lacing around the glass. Light roasted coffee essence in nose with a touch of hops. It's surprisingly quenchable and the pale ale base seems to jive well with the coffee. Well worth a try if you're looking for something different to quench your thirst in the summertime.

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Photo of Gavage
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark orange almost amber in color with a one finger head. Light lace paints the glass.

Smell: mild burnt coffee tones rise from the glass.

Taste: caramel, roasted coffee, orange, bit of lemon zest, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish.

Overall: a decent coffee-centric ale that is easy to drink.

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Photo of BFCarr
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear amber with a thin white head that lasts. Aroma is fruity and some coffee. Taste ashy coffee with some hop bitterness. Feel is quite good, nice body to this one. Overall a decent pale ale.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Teku glass,looks deep golden and is semi opaque. Quickly diminishing fizzy head. Smell is of mild coffee,earthy,biscuit,mild vanilla. Taste is mildly sweet,D.D. coffee and caramel malts come through. Feels well carbonated,finishes semi dry with a lingering D.D. coffee taste. Overall reminds me of Barrel and bean from Allagash, not as good though, still well done.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber with a white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smells like fresh medium-roast coffee, honey, toast, and orange zest.

Tastes like caramel malt, honey, toast, generic citrus, and some coffee roast. A bit subdued.

Medium feel, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy.

A decent coffee pale ale. Not my favorite, though.

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Photo of smcolw
2.69/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy, dirty amber color. Lasting head with a generous set of spots for lace.

The smell reminds me of ashes from a spent fire. Think real charcoal.

Very burnt wood flavor -- I know I should pick up coffee here but it reminds me more of leaving the coffee pot on the stove with any semblance of liquid long gone and one will need to scrub the pot forever. The swallow brings forth an ashtray taste that does linger a little too long.

Overall, nope.

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Photo of EMV
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear amber pour with thick fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Coffee... and light citrus hops. Coffee dominates.

T.F. Crackery grains and strong coffee up front. Lighter citrus and pine hops... modest bitternes and the coffee roast adds an almost mild sour quality. The flavors play together better than expected... light bodied and drinkable.

O: Pretty much what it advertises... a coffee APA. Not a favorite style but decent enough flavor .

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Dunkin' Summer Coffee Pale Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 37 ratings