zdk (1789) - 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.
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 Ė in the middle leading into the finish. Spruce is subtle Ė 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.
rougeau13 (1777) - 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.
adamjackson (1761) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Acquired this at Harpoon Brewery where I stop by every 2 months to pick up whatever is new along with a Growler full of their Raspberry Wheat beer.
Poured into a Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Glass at 39 degrees.
A - Very bronze beer super clear but still very bronze. No sediment. Poured a 7 finger head but that was probably cause I was being careless.
S - Nice piney smell with spruce and other syrups that we all have available in new England. Sweet and like morning due. I love these 100 barrel beers.
T - Just as the label suggests. Spruce tips but Iím getting some brown sugar and lovely caramel noted. Maybe some vanilla or lavender? Not sure
M - Medium beer yet a light mouthfeel and finish. A lot of bite from bitterness at the finish.
O - Itís not a bad beer but the bar was set pretty high with this series. Iíve had the last 15 of 39 barrels put out by Harpoon and each one is really special. This one just tastes bland and normal. Itís not a down the drain beer but itís certainly a hard beer to warm up to."
puboflyons (1687) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle with an expiration date of 03/15/2012. The pour is a handsome medium to dark amber that reminds me of pine tree brown. Lots of carbonation and a small head. The aroma is earthy, piney, and slightly malty. The body is rotund but not bold. Whereas the aromas and balanced but not overpowering, the flavor is a bit more so with an obvious earthy, pine hoppiness and a sweet malty character. There is a slightly different earthiness to it that is notable. It finishes on the dry side.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22 oz. bottle from Bootleggers) Pours rusty amber, mostly clear. Four fingers of biege head that slowly recede to a lasting cap. Aroma of caramel, vanilla and spice. Mouthfeel mostly smooth, medium-full, very light pebbliness. Flavor of sweet, lightly toasty caramel, light vanilla with a light pleasant spiciness not particularly spruce or pine-like. Mostly malty with a light-medium bitter pinch in finish.
merc7186 (1501) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Amber/Golden Straw Hue, Passes Through Some Light, Mild White Ring of Head, No Lacing
S: Spruce, Maple, Mild Cinnamon
T: Spruce, Maple, Malty
M: Medioce Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Spicey
Overall, a very nice spruce beer from the single barrel. A good find...
bigrond (1413) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2012
2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
this beer is so average. Big let down. No spurce tips. No distisnt hop character, no complex malty palate. Just a beer.
Pass on this. I wish I did
mcox90 (1376) - 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.
Boliv (1148) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber, best by 03/15/12. Pours clear and orange, lively, with some red highlights, topped with a creamy 2-finger yellow-tinged head. Aromas of sweet malt and caramel, slight fruit, and faint pine needles. The flavor is sweet spruce needles and some sap/bark, and mild eucalyptus. Medium carbonation and body. Tasty; nothing amazing, but some nice subtle sprucey/X-mas tree flavor are present. Iíd actually prefer if the spruce was more pronounced.