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

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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (7904) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Bottle. Pours amber with an off white head. The aroma is spicy, with sweet caramel malt, toast, and hops. The flavor is floral hoppy and toasty malt. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcox90 (1873) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 27, 2008
22 oz bottle. Pours a deep amber color with a good sized off white head. A fair amount of textured lacing coats the glass. Aroma is biscuitlike and grainy with a small hop background. Taste is biscuit with a nice subtle spice background. Also, a minor hop presence. Finishes a bit on the bitter side.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2008
22 oz. Pours a cloudy amber with a white head that lingers a little. Very hoppy aroma and flavor. Seems a bit hoppier than a pale ale, not quite as an IPA. My first sampling of a rye beer, so have nothing to compare it to, so I’ll just say it seems like a decent beer, which will get me through the night. Edit- I will say it got smoother and tastier as it warmed.... very nice, I’m giving it a couple more points.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2008
Bottle... Post RBSG ’08 O-Town/Vero Beach Throwdown Chapter 8... Clear amber ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. Discreet notes of caramel and rye. Medium-bodied and a bit thin with placid carbonation. Mostly bland, flavor-wise. A touch sweet, but rye dryness balances it out. Finishes mostly sweet, and then dry. Thanks go out to Oakes and Beershine for providing the samples!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heynik1885 (56) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Nice orange reddish pour, off white 1 finger head, slight malty smell, rye and malt and some hoppiness in the taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - SEP 6, 2008
(Bottle). Mild malty aroma. Reddish orange color with fluffy off-white head. Bready rye flavor, and mildly sweet malt, also spices. Very interesting profile. A pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
juiceisloose (1296) - Windermere, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Courtesy Oakes and Beershine. Pours a reddish amber pour with a small off white head. The aroma shows notes of rye and bready grains, some floral hops, and a sweet caramel malt base. The flavor follow suit with the rye grains, some hops, a touch of cinnamon spices with that sweet caramel malt background. medium bodied with subtle carbonation and very easy drinkability. The rye and bready flavors lend itself well to this one. This was pretty decent, but nothing too crazy going on here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Bottle. Pours an orange-amber, with a nice head. Sweet, malty aroma, with a touch of hops. Rye is definitely apparent in the flavor, which is also unusually sweet and malty for a red rye ale. Alcohol nicely balances the caramel and toffee malts, keeping them from being too cloying. A fairly good beer, though not what I was expecting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Transparent red pour with frothy head and spotty lace. Piney hops on the nose. Malts and hops for flavor. Alcohol well masked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5795) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2008
Bottle: Poured a clear red color ale with a nice foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of bitter hops with nice caramel malt profile are very well balance. Taste is also a well balance mix between some deep caramels with subtle nuts with a medium bitter hoppy finish. Body is quite full with some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done overall and easily drinkable.

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