rougeau13 (2544) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Sugar Land Saucer. Clear amber-copper with a medium white head. Aroma of spruce, herbs, some caramel malt and light fruit. The taste is very spruce centered, almost overpoweringly so, and that adds a spicy, herbal character to the malt flavors. Medium bodied. I get it, but the spruce is just a bit over done for my taste.
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap at The Holy Grail- pour is a Light amber, Small white head..Nose is Spice, Pine..Taste is Earth and Crisp with hints of spruce, Nice palate with lingering spice/ earth taste..I went out of my Style range for this and was not let down..This is a very Solid beer
fluffy (2336) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
i was actually expecting more of a resiny pine note here, but this is basically like a blond belgian ale with a watery finish, with a mild spice note in there. blah.
rocbyter (2072) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Moderate sweet caramel malt aroma. Clear amber color with a small white head. Awry beginning with a light bitter and bready finish.
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is caramel colored with an extremely thin white head. Little to no lacing at all and light carbonation. Aroma is of spruce, pine needles, caramel malts, and some Earthy tones. Flavor is much sweeter than the aroma, with a sharp hoppy finish. Pretty well balanced but the carbonation is lacking.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a ruby red color with a small airy head. Nose is piney hops with sap, sweet syrupy notes. Palate is sticky and chewy. Flavors of resin, sweet malts, brown sugar.
mcox90 (1886) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours clear amber with reddish highlights. A gentle pour netted a one finger creamy off white head which receded slowly leaving only marginal lace. Aroma is pine resin and caramel malt with a touch of spruce. Flavor is caramel malt and biscuit with a light hop presence. Also, a light taste of the spruce tips. Hops and spruce tips could have been a bit stronger. Average palate with a dry finish. Spruce tips make themselves known in the aftertaste.
zdk (1860) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by matt - Surprisingly tasty. Sweet caramel body with a ton of pine, dry spruce pine needles. Cotton mouth finish, but without body and malts to back it up. interesting beer, at least.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured orange with a fizzy, quick off-white head. Aromas of malt, dark fruit, and faint pine. Initial flavor of sweet fruits. As warmed, roasted malt, light spice, and a hop background. Medium body, light bitter, yet slightly sweet.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: polished deep copper under a fluffy copper-hued head which lingers big and sticky. Garnet along the edges. Has the appearance of being polished to perfection.
Nose: whole fleshy red apples with mint leaf and greenery in the back. Chamomile. Spruce tips and fern leaves. Grape nuts and sweet crunchy cereal grains. Pear orchards hanging heavy and ready to drop.
Palate: sweet breads and apples and mint leaf along the sides. Chamomile and spruce in the breath. Soft chewy bready mouthfeel and weight. Pears and apples mingle harmoniously – in the middle leading into the finish. Spruce is subtle – gives it the essence of standing amidst a dew-dropped forest.
Final Thoughts: the more I taste their wide variety of beers the more I love Harpoon. From session to one-offs to big and bad ass to cellar worthy, Harpoon always leaves me happy.