Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #38 - Dočesná Czech Hop Harvest Ale | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

67 Reviews
Read the review
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #38 - Dočesná Czech Hop Harvest AleHarpoon 100 Barrel Series #38 - Dočesná Czech Hop Harvest Ale

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Beer has inspired traditions and celebrations across the world. As brewers, there is one festival in particular that has intrigued us because it is devoted to a single beer ingredient: hops. The Dočesná hop festival celebrates the harvest of hops, grown in the area surrounding the Bohemian city of Zatec. The area has a long history as one of the world’s eminent hop growing regions. This is commemorated annually with music, dancing, hop-picking competitions, and beer drinking. An inspiration indeed for brewing a beer!

This deep chestnut colored ale uses Sládek hops imported from the Zatec region. The Sladek hops provide a clean, slightly bitter but smooth finish. With a medium body, it is well balanced beer. A great choice for celebrations.

35 IBU

Added by Bierman9 on 09-07-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 120
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Strong, malty aroma has firm fruity and hoppy notes, the former mainly apple, a hint of cloves. Pours a slightly hazy coppery brown with a rather thick light tan head that leaves good lacing. Flavor has a good malty core with a hoppy but scarcely bitter overtone and whispers of cloves and fruit. Firm-bodied texture has good fizz and leaves a pleasant malty, fruity finish.

 374 characters

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.57/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, it looks like I'm in the minority on this brew, Because I Really dig It!!

Pours out a clear, bright, light shade of amber, 3" tower of foam, smooth, dense, slowww dissipation. Legs all over the place as it recedes.

A wonderful hoppy aroma, Saaz is and has been one of my very favorite hop varieties. classic in it;s spicy, earthy aroma and flavor. It's grounding yet complex. Used for many traditional and now, not so traditional brews. Wild fruity red berries, pine cone, dry forest floor in the middle of summer, You know the smell, hot pine and roasty leaves. Woody caramel and tropical fruits in subtle ways.

Wowie!! What a unique and bold hop flavor! amazing complexity from a traditional hop...Big earthiness, dry and hearty, wheat and rye, slight citric bite, slightly bitter. Major complexity from these hops and the malt is light and crisp, balanced out just right. The Sladek hop flavor is really a fine compliment, unique and very flavorful hop!! It's really my kind of hop flavor here, I'm surprised that the majority of folks on here don't feel the same way, but this is a very subjective art form, this beer reviewing thing...

The feeling, the mouth feel, for this brew impressed me just as much as the rest, Ultra crispy, Clean, smooth in the long run, Lush going down, this is my favorite from this series since the Kellerbier that was released way back when.

 1,391 characters

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. (1 pint 6 fl oz.) bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. I know this beer is retired, but I found a few of these hanging out in the fridge at my local beer store. I haven't had any of the other beers in the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series, so this will be a first for me.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a dark blood orange / ruby color ('chestnut' as the bottle describes) with two fingers of frothy, bubbly off-white head, with nice retention. Some nice rings of lacing on the way down.

S - Smell is of faint muted fruity pine hops, though still retaining a crispness to it, along with some roasted malty qualities. Not spectacular on the nose.

T - Taste is very sweet, honey & tea leaf like hop profile, balanced well with the malts. The hop bitterness has definitely faded some, but I love what it has become, when the leafy sweetness comes out. Still retains a resinous bitter aftertaste, though.

M - Smooth and creamy, yet the body of the beer is carbonated and bloating which doesn't fit in with the texture of the beer at all.

Overall, this beer definitely surprised me. A fine example of the style, and of the three beers I've had by Harpoon so far, this bottle has probably impressed me the most. A beer I would buy again, although I'd be interested in trying others in this series.

Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #38 Dočesná Czech Hop Harvest Ale ---4/5.

 1,402 characters

Photo of Ego
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

found this lingering around my cellar...

almost 2 fingers of micro bubble head rise on the casual pour, slow audible snap and crackle head, light brown with some orange tone, lots of bubbles looking to attend the top of the glass party, nice coverage of lacing as this goes down, a nice looking brew.

honey bready/malty with herb/hop notes, slight slight slight euro funk tone, some cinnamon lurking underneath, pretty nice.

medium mouthfeel, smooth delivery with the carbonation, perfect at cellar temp, malty tones softly start out and then fade into some mild bitterness, albeit more bitterness than a typical english bitter it is by no means anywhere near an american bitter/IPA/hop killer etc., this drinks like a nice english bitter with slightly more hops but not quite as smooth as the classics (Like say fullers ESB), something labeled "hop harvest" usually has a bit more punch but the Sladek hops don't punch, I am maybe wishing this to be done with a Czech pils to showcase the hops more.. but alas I can only rate what is on my plate.

I probably couldn't drink this all night but definitely could have a few... a non offensive beer, well crafted but nothing worth going gaga over, if you see it and the price is reasonable ? sure, grab it, it is a nice drinking brew, nothing special imo.

 1,339 characters

Photo of raszputini
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich amber - almost looks like bourbon, ironically - with a moderate off-white head. The nose is dominated by the bourbon, with a light crispness from the hops. The taste is somewhat thin, expected from a pale ale base, with the bourbon being out in front again. The tones from the barrel are not overwhelming however, as many barrel aged ales are. This is a much more subtle tone. There are also notes of grapes, light caramel and a nice crisp floral hop finish. The mouth feel is thin, but slightly oily. This is a very easy drinking, well-balanced brew. Very nice.

 575 characters

Photo of abgba121
2.77/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a hazy light reddish color, fairly effervescent, very little off white head about a half cm.

S: somewhat musky, grapes, a little pine note of hops, very thick aroma if that makes sense

T: very malty, little hops, grapes continue through the taste

M: average to a little heavy body, good carbonation

O: not what I was expecting, it kind of misses the mark for a hop harvest ale with so little hop character and a heavy malt side, not a terrible beer though altogether. Not something I would pick again though.

 521 characters

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

A - Poured with one finger of white foam on a clear, amber body. The head fades slowly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Sweet malt with some caramel, grainy malt and red apple yeast character.

T - Sweet, thick malt up front. Some red apple and cinnamon in the middle. Finishes with apple, anise, and caramel.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Nicely done and drinkable, though it is something else entirely from any pilsner I've ever had before with a darker malt character and some flavors that are reminiscent of a British bitter.

 562 characters

Photo of kylehay2004
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single head on a murky amber with golden hues body. Malty with a floral and earthy hop aroma which is prevalent. Flavor has a strong herbal and floral presence with a mild sourness. The hops are nicely represnted but mild. Moderate carbonation and medium body. This beer is fairly complex and different. It isn't an everyday beer but worth trying for sure.

 356 characters

Photo of rjplumer
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mild spice aroma. The Sladek hops indeed add a nice crisp taste. Balanced nicely in is neither too bitter or sweet but has both.Clean finish with a subdued sweet finish. Deep clear rich brown color with a minimal head.Certainly one to be savored not swilled. Very well done.

 274 characters

Photo of jwc215
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted a few weeks ago, reviewed from notes:

Pours slightly hazed deep amber with a thick off-white to light tan head that holds up well. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is caramelish with metallic-tinged herbal hops.

The taste is caramel with floral, lemony, herbal hops that have a mildly metallic touch. The hops stand out, though the caramelish maltiness does as well. They don't work perfectly together, in my opinion, but well enough to not be a failure.

The body is medium - slightly sharp at times.

This is an interesting brew. Not sure if the hops and malts work great together, but worth trying before it runs out.

 629 characters

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: Pours a mostly clear warm amber color with a finger of light tan head that is silky and mostly dissipates rapidly, a small amount lingers on top, leaves a lot of lacing
S: non-real maple syrup, malts and possibly a slight wood
T: slight malt taste, slight sweetness, finishes with a lot of roasted malts which disappear off the palate rather rapidly
M: gentle carbonation, sticky, and drinks with a bit of an interesting viscosity
O: an ok, beer, i really just feel like this is more along the lines of an English pale ale than the American style, no hop presence, still tastes decent enough, probably wouldn't pick it up again

 652 characters

Photo of Sammy
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice creation, a good bitterness and very drinkable. Pours copper with lightly hoppy aroma. About half an inch of retained head and lots of lace left in the glass. First glass-good cold, a little edgy hop finish. Third glass-more mellow, more enjoyable, much of the tasty hops becoming part of the sediment. Nice balance and drinking experience. Average mouthfeel. Not an American pale ale, that's a cop out.

 410 characters

Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere local in MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear dark burnished copper brew. Head collapses gradually, with sticky lacing. Aroma is earthy floral hops.

Taste starts lightly sweet, going to spiciness in the middle, with some bitterness and prickly hoppiness to the close. Mouthfeel is medium thin but quite smooth, and drinkability is very easy. Cool story to the brew, and a nice end product.

 479 characters

Photo of JRed
2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber in body topped with giant frothy beige head that sticks around. Bouquet of chestnut, maple, slight medicinal notes, dark fruit, brown sugar. Tastes of chestnut, ultra sweet maple, light cocoa, medicinal notes, prune, black cherry, and light earth with spices. Heavy in body with light carbonation makes for a thick chewy mouthfeel. Tanginess in the aftertaste. Too chestnut sweet, too chewy, too much on the belly and too much still left in my glass.

 461 characters

Photo of neophilus
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich copper pour, dense creamy head on top. Beer is quite opaque. There is a very soft spicy aroma hiding in the glass.

This beer is crisply bitter up front but smooths out as it washes away. Not much in the way of hop flavor. It feels very full bodied, not quite thick but tacky enough to take away from some of its more refreshing qualities.

In the end it finishes with a clean bitterness and is easy to drink, but the flavor profile is a little too neutral to leave much of an impression and the body is a bit heavy to make this a thirst-quencher. The aromoa was the best part but you really have to focus to find it.

 622 characters

Photo of DrJay
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber and crystal clear with a beige cap. Lots of clumpy, sticky lacing and decent head retention. Fruity and grassy aroma, a bit earthy with some caramel. Strong bitterness throughout that had a citrus and metallic quality. Malt sweetness (caramel and toast) and fruit characters weren't present in enough quantity to keep up. I liked the flavours individually, but they didn't quite come together harmoniously. Dry finish, plenty of carbonation, a little more than light bodied. Enjoyable enough overall for a one-off, but probably not something I'd seek out again.

 572 characters

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

For some reason when I saw Dočesná on the tap-list at one of my local bars, I thought I was ordering a Czech Pilsner. Needless to say, I was completely wrong, and I realized that when the beer appeared with a clear, brown body. It also had a foamy white head that showcased good retention and lacing.

The aroma is promising because it doesn't feature a lot of heavily sweet malts. Instead, it is very hop forward, with lemon, earthy aromas and a general fruitiness.

Bright hops dominate this one, with lemon, grass, earthy flavors and a general hop fruitiness. Moderate bitterness comes from the hops also. The malt backbone is fairly dry, mostly tasting of grain, with just a hint of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is right about where it should be for the style.

I was pretty surprised to see that this beer has a B average on here, as normally a B average is reserved for beer that isn't even worth trying. This one, however, is pretty good. Of course, I'm giving it a B, but I'm usually a little bit below the curve on this type of thing.

 1,038 characters

Photo of Naugros
2.77/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have to go with the label and agree that the color is a "deep chestnut". There is a nice load of egg white foam on top that leaves copious amounts of lacing down the inside of the glass, as opposed to those leave it on the outside of the glass, I guess.

There's a sulfurous element in the nose that throws this whole experience off...every aspect except the look of it, which was nice. But the nice ended at first whiff. It almost smells like a crock of French onion soup topped with caramel (malts) rather than mozzarella. It's there in the taste as well, but not as strong. This smell and taste must come from the hops. I'm used to nice grassy notes from Czech hops, but they must have a variety close to Summit hops to achieve that smell and flavor. The onions aside, there's a quick sweetness at first sip that is brutally wiped away by a lingering bitterness that seems greater than the advertised 35 IBUs.

This one goes into the "miss" column for the 100 Barrel Series. I was looking forward to it, due to my fondness for Czech hops, but that's a generalization and there's obviously Czech hops that I don't care for.

 1,128 characters

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harpoon Docesna (100 Barrel Series #38)
Fresh Czech Hop Ale

Pours a light amber in color, soapy head and all due lacing. Aroma of spicy Sladek hops, herbal, leafy, tea like and slightly spicy. Follows through into the taste, with a pale malt body complimented well by spicy, noble hop bitters. Finish is drying and slightly bitter. A very well crafted brew, and features the hop well.

 386 characters

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this beer up at the downtown Spec's a couple days ago. Let's give it a try...

Appearance: Pours a very slightly hazy dark amber color with a small 1/8" head of light tan bubbles that were rather fizzy and dissipated quickly. The head was gone within 30 seconds and a small island remained at the glass. There is no lacing on my glass after drinking, so overall this beer wasn't too spectacular to look at.

Aroma: Initially I got some evident spicy hops and some reserved toasty malt notes that were more caramel than toasty. Reading the label, you would expect it to be more like a Pilsner, but instead the Pale Ale category totally fits. I am not sure that the aroma of the hops is enough to "honor" this festival. I would expect it to rival 90-min IPA if it were a tribute beer. Anyway, the hops are getting more pronounced as the beer sits and warms.

Taste: The flavor is pretty much in line with the aroma in that there is some evident hops in here the whole way through. The malt is there and is still caramel like, which is not necessarily playing nice with the hops in this case since they are bordering on spicy. The finish is pretty well balanced overall, which is definitely something going for it. I has a good bit of carbonation hidden in the cold beer, but there isn't much for the palate to take in while you are drinking it.

Opinion: This is an alright beer, but it didn't really do much for me. It is a bit uneventful, but I am not sure what I was expecting. Since it was a special batch, I guess I was expecting some a little more...special. As it is, it doesn't hold up to a number of Pale Ales on a number of scales, and it isn't a Pilsner by any means. I don't know. It is OK, but I don't feel the need to come back to this one.

 1,761 characters

Photo of EgadBananas
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap @ Barley Oak

Pours a darker rustic color. Creamy light tan head.

Aroma is a bit bready with sweet malts and a floral hop nose.

Good bit of sweet malts on the taste, with a subtle bitterness and fruitiness, floral hoppiness, with a dry, bitter, almost leathery finish.

Lighter in body, but does have a bit of creaminess to it.

Wasn't bad, but nothing fancy. Might get another pint while its around.

 410 characters

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$5.99 for a 220z bottle at Binny's in Chicago.

A: copper color, clear, with good creamy head
S: full nose, roasted malt, grainy, reminded me of Copper Dragon 1816 with it's malt backbone
T: well-balanced, unusual combination of a Czech hop and an ale, but I like it, roasted malt with good fruity hop finish
M: easy drinking, very smooth

 341 characters

Photo of reelmac
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review, still learning the nuances of beer tasting. This beer had an average smell but excellent appearance. The head was thin but had an excellent color and overall appearance. Good taste. Malty, bitter, nutty, and biscuity taste. Overall I really enjoyed this beer.

 273 characters

Photo of Todd
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Look: Rich dark amber, off-white thin lacing.

Smell: Malty, grape, esters, a bit gummy.

Taste: Malty backbone, nuts, grape/esters, hint of floral, gum, biscuit, tannic, earth, mineral, dry.

Unfortunately this beer doesn't finish clean enough for me and leaves an odd residual malt/mineral flavors on the palate. And for a "Czech Hop Harvest Ale" the hops seems to take a back seat. I'd prefer a lighter, cleaner, more European malt profile to allow the Sladek hops to shine through. Misses the mark for me; from both an expectation and potential point of view.

 563 characters

Photo of tmcelvain
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look is a great, bright amber. Dark orange - almost red. Small white head that dissipates quickly from my tap pour at the airport taproom.
Lack of noticeable smell, which I find from most tap beers.
A very malty base, quite bready, but a big hop presence nonetheless. Orange seems to be the hop profile. There is a sweetness to this Czech Red Ale, mixed with a very slight nuttiness. Almost like those red candied cocktail nuts.
Creamy mouthfeel - nice heaviness for a clear-pouring beer.
Overall, I obviously like this one more than most. It's sweetness and hop bite overlaid on a smooth malt base is unusual, and I think is hard to characterize unless you taste it with a completely open mind. Right up my alley, however.

 723 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #38 - Dočesná Czech Hop Harvest Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.65 out of 5 based on 120 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.