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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (4474) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Beige head and a reddish body. For me the aroma was of sweet malts mostly. Didn’t really get a sense of the rye smell. Taste I guess had some rye in it. Slight hint of alcohol, but nothing that made the taste any worse. Little bit bitter. Flowers and fruits as well in there. The beer had a lot of different flavors and a strange mouthfeel. Overall, I would say that is was pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2008
(Draught) Pours a clear amber body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of fruit, oak, herbs, and rye. Flavor of oak, hops (floral), caramel, and toasted rye.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
blklab2007 (2108) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 27, 2008
bottle poured a slightly red amber color with a thick off white head that got a bit out of control with some vigorous pouring. aroma of malt, light rye, caramel sweetness, and some grass. mouth feel is on the thin side with subdued carbonation. flavor is malted, rye comes through, bitterness perhaps from hops, and some minerals. sorta ho hum lacking any character. i can see where they tried to take this with the rye but it just doesn’t do it for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homebrewerguy (305) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Very nice beer, well balanced and heady, good malty flavor with a hint of rye, bitterness is a bit clinging in the finish, nice effort but not worth the asking price.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Tap at Ginger Man. God, why did I get this god awful beer. Even worse is that I asked for a half (imperial) pint, and still got the full 20oz. Yuck. Big red pour with only a small ring of head. The body is fucked, at once thick and thin, with a weird, puckering non-sourness kind of pricklyness, like a bad nitro pour, but its not. Nose has vanilla and lime, rye, but in reality is quite bad. Smells liek a shitty lime lager, really. Similar flavor, with vinegar, gross sucrose, and extract malts. Terrible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBeer45 (1355) - Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Pours a clear bronze red with an off-white head, head is foamy and has varied bubbles, effervescent, head is good and foamy, bubbles keeps its cover on the beer, aroma of flowery hops when the cap was popped, bread malt, faint grains and malt sweetness, rye aroma is in the background, some caramel in the background, faint alcohol aroma as this warms, flavors of some bread with caramel and some roasted malt flavors, some bitterness on the palate, some alcohol taste and warmth on the tongue as it warms to but this is not to distracting, surprising the alcohol is there considering this brew is 6.5%, I guess the flavor is light enough to allow the alcohol to come through, medium mouth feel, has some creaminess on the palate, medium or more carbonation on the palate, an ok ale, wish this had more flavor, I was hoping for a bigger beer with this special ‘100 Barrel Series’ on the label, also, this is better cold, if it warms up at all, the alcohol gets a little obnoxious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 14, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2008 Draft at Track 84 in Warwick, RI. Pours an amber orange with dissipating off white head. Aroma of wet grains and spicy hops. On the lighter side of medium bodied. Initial flavor of biscuit and toasty malts, countered by european hoppiness and orangy middle. Finish is dry and bittersweet. Not too bad. Not as good as my favorite session rye, Founders Reds Rye.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
canary dog (715) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUL 14, 2008
A full-bodied and rich tasting beer. Lots of character, but quite easy to drink, as rye is noticeable but subdued. Harpoon’s barrel series are typically very nice brews.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Haslinger (891) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2008
Sampled at Empire Brewfest in Syracuse. Good malt aroma, definite malt in the taste along with the rye I guess. Very interesting and complex. Interesting in a good way Would buy again

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kopher (593) - New York, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Rusty orange pour, some light head. Metallic hoppy aroma, a bit of sweetness. Sweet with bitter rye (?) finish. Good medium body.

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