darkguardian (721) - Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from Oakes. A bit underated. Nose is alot of pleasant rice and grain aromas. Nice burnished orange color. Taste is similar to the smell, very smooth and mellow, seems to be a bit of spice on this, maybe cinammon and anise. But its light. This is a very smooth easy drinking mild ale.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. Clear reddish amber pour with a fine off white head. Rye and hops in the aroma. Balanced malt character with a tinny background. Smells fairly average. Some light sticky sweetness in there also, faint spiced rum notes. Some tropical type fruit in the flavor - pineapple, banana. Lingering bitter finish. Bread and toast in the middle. The rye seems distracting in the flavor. Metallic again. Oily mouthfeel and slightly chalky finish.
TheGent (614) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours a color like an apple cider with a white head on the thin side. smell was bready with some slight sweetness. Easy going down nicely textured beer. Will have to try more from the 100 barrel series
kopher (592) - New York, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rusty orange pour, some light head.
Metallic hoppy aroma, a bit of sweetness. Sweet with bitter rye (?) finish. Good medium body.
canary dog (586) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUL 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
LyndaNova (531) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cold 22oz bottle; pours a medium orange-copper color with minimal off-white bubbles in center and around edges. Aroma is of bread, light fruits and modest hops. Taste is of nice grains and yeast well blended with grassy hops. Crisp, medium to heavy bodied, with ample carbonation. Ending is of grassy hop notes blended with oranges.
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle pours light copper color with alot of carbonation and very clear. Some caramel and a bit of spice in the aroma but I expected more with rye in its name. Big rye in the beginning with nothing to back it up. Flavor fades quickly with the dryness up front. Also a bit thin for 6.5 ABV. But easy to drink. Will try another bottle in the summer. Probably great after mowing the lawn.
lordeche (478) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
dlovell2 (410) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color, light cream colored foamy head. Yeast and hops aroma. Bready flavor with hops finish.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Itís too bad this is a limited edition beer, itís 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. Iím 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.