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

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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUN 9, 2008
(22 oz. bottle from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/massachusetts/w target=blank>Julio’s Liquors) Where’s the bread?...Pours clear bright slightly reddish coppery amber with a tall slightly amberish biege head. Aroma is largely hoppy - hop pellets and pine, with a bit of spice. Mouthfeel is medium-full but not much texture probably due to filtration. Lots of spotty, broken lacing. Flavor is quite hoppy upfront, tastes of hop pellets and pine, a light piney bitter bite. Some light malty sweetness underneath, but the rye wasn’t evident for me at all. A bit of spiciness perhaps. Quite boozy in the finish, esp. as it warmed. Kind of a strange one. Not really a bad beer but it’s just not as advertised.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadIndian (2433) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Copper amber pour . Aromas are weak but rye is noticeable. Mild spice and fruit in the flavor but was very thin and didn’t do much for me. It was just ok.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8551) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2008
Tap at Barcade. Light amber with a very creamy off-white head. Aroma is quite earthy and a bit peppery. It smells like an old NSLC or LCBO... that mix of beer and cardboard box that I can’t really describe any other way. It almost makes me nostalgic. There is also a light spiciness and a very unusual tobaccoish note with loads of grassy spiciness. The rye in this one is very expressive and really makes it’s presence known. Flavour is also quite toasty and earthy with a lightly whiskeyish character. Not a lot of fruitiness and the hops seem very woody and UK-ish. A touch of toast and light grassiness. It’s okay and there are some interesting components, but something about it is missing.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 5, 2008
22 ounce bottle from City Market in Burlington, VT (June 2008) served a bit above fridge temperature from a Chouffe tulip. Pours a clear light copper, with a massive fizzy head that dies slowly leaving faint lace....very sweet, lightly spicy, bready/doughy aroma, hints of citrus....significant rye character on the tongue, lots of sweet caramelized malt, a touch of vanilla/bourbon perhaps, spicy and peppery towards the finish with a faint alcoholic note....thick and fairly syrupy, carbonation muted. Overall quite pleasant and drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Bottle from Capone’s. I affectionate have dubbed this one Old Rusty Trombone’s Red Ass Rye Ale. The pour is medium copper with 2-fingers of clingy, eggshell lace. Nose is bready rye malt, hops, some red winey notes, and a whiff of that plasticy house character that I never get used to. The flavor is caramel malt, rye bread, hops, mild red winey and citric notes. Not terribly complex, but still a good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Draught at TDR Ex: Aroma of floral hops and rye. Poured amber in color with a small, rocky, off-white head that lasted. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Good lacing. Tastes of bubblegum, caramel malts, and rye. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Bubblegum, rye, and spice finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boliv (1149) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Draught. Poured a deep amber copper color with little head. Malty sweetness in the aroma, along with some spices and slight estery notes. Sweet rye flavor, as well as some fruit present (citrus, maybe cherry?) before finishing with a hint of bitterness. Very smooth, good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (2352) - New York, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Draft. Poured a coppery amber. Medium head. Not much to memorable to this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Pours copper with a tan head. Smells of rye, dough, some light citrus, earthy. Tastes of rye, spice, resiny, some earthiness, hints of underlying bitterness, some pepper, caramel, oranges. Palate is crisp. Finish is lightly bitter. This is an enjoyable summer beer that’ll hopefully see a regular release some day.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2008
22oz bottle. Poured a medium orange color with a very large sized off white head. Aromas of rye breadiness (that came out the more it warmed), very lightly spicy, and I was getting some citrus in there too. Tastes of some rye (not as strong as the aroma), spicy, and some lighter sweetness.


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