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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #23 - Old Rustys Red Rye Ale

Serve in Shaker, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Brewed by Harpoon’s original head brewer, this rye beer features a bready, complex texture and a subtly spicy, rich flavor. ibu 38 og 15.8

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 24, 2008
On tap at the brewery. Not so red: a medium amber with a thick white head. Very little aroma. Has a buttery slick mouthfeel. Slight roastedness and some harsher hops, but not many of them. Mild burnt nutty taste. I don’t think that this is very special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2008
Had it at GABF in Boston, 6/21. I had just had the Triticus, which is bold and complex, so when I had this I was left very dissapointed. Some light caramel and pale malt and very slight rye spice pretty much sums this one up. Not much else going one here other than the red appearance. I can recall nearly dipping my nose into the 2 oz. sampler to try to get the aroma, but got next to nothing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
djones (121) - Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Copper amber colored. Flavors of malt, caramel, and some bread, all pretty weak though. Not that interesting or rewarding. Thin bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 17, 2008
It’s too bad this is a limited edition beer, it’s well balanced and light enough to be a good session beer. The aroma was bready, but there were some hops peaking through as well adding some nice florals. The color was a good solid copper, and the head was white with a medium foaminess. The malts predominated in the flavor, but again, the fruitiness of the hops was clearly present creating a very nice balance. The mouthfeel was lighter than I expected. I’m more enthusiatic about this beer than most, but it I believe balance is what makes a beer good or great, and this was nicely balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tgncc (3073) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2008
From the Beverage Barn, East meadow, NY. Aroma has the faint smell of whole grain bread, grainy, and a little spicy. Some maltyness is thrown in. The appearance is more like a pale ale, an amber/red color, not the "rust" color I was expecting. Taste is sweet malts, caramel. Not the overwhelming rye taste I might have expected. There is a certain grainy quality on the finish. Not bad, but hardly worth the fanfare harpoon gives these "100 Barrell Series" beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2008 Pours to a reddish amber with a good sized head. As the deScription suggests, this beer has a nice bready quality and a hint of rye on the finish but nothing too overwhelming here (like redhook’s). Sweeter than I might have expected. Definitely a good beer but not worth the $5.50 charged by the local store.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gabrielsyme (66) - Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2008
22 oz bottle from Charles St Liquors. Pours hazy amber with medium off white head that vanishes quickly. Little aroma. First tastes are mostly all malt, caramel and sweet. After that though I taste a lot of hops and bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PilsnerPeter (3037) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Bottle: Rusty orange pour with a wispy tan head. Sweet aroma of bread crust and light spicy malts. Light-medium body. Sweet upfront in flavor with lots of bready character- mild rye. Later flavor give off some crust, pumpernickel, and a peppery finish with s touch of alcohol when it warms up. Very simple. Again, an amazingly mediocre offering from Harpoon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rocbyter (2037) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUN 10, 2008
Light citrus malt aroma. Clear orange color with a light tan head. Light beginning with a hearty malt middle fading in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2008
Bottle sampled with Mad_indian. Pours clear reddish with a small off-white head, which quickly disapates into nothingness. The aroma has notes of rye, sweet malts, bread and slight pine. The flavor is caramel, rye, some bitterness, and spices. Nothing great, but this brew has drinkability, just not a lot.

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