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.
mitchscha (3) - Teaneck, USA - MAR 11, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very sweet and malty flavor. Hops are very much overpowered by malt. This is a delicious beer to accompany desserts or to top off a few intense beers
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautifully clear, deep amber color. Decent head that settles to a thin layer of bubbles. Leaves good ring lace.
Smells like a Scotch Ale with a very light pine touch--mostly light crystal malt. Relatively neutral.
This is a complex beer. It is sweet, yet dry (in the swallow). The evergreen comes through, but Ina subtle way. There’s enough hop to provide bitterness, but is otherwise nondescript. Full bodied with a decent dose of carbonation.
halfonit (1164) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an golden color with as off-white head. Aroma’s of malt, dark fruit, with a faint pine. Flavor is of roasted malt, light spice, and a hop background. Medium body, light bitter, yet slightly sweet. Good to go brew.
merc7186 (2051) - 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...
fluffy (1600) - 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.
filogomo (10) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed this beer at the taproom in the Boston brewery. Great beer great times. Hard to find very limited.
glennmastrange (2241) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of roasted, nutty and caramel, light pine and citrus for the hops, with wood and a hint of brown sugar. Head is small, fizzy, off-white with some slippery lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is sparkling clear copper. Flavor starts faintly sweet and moderately acidic, then the long finish is moderately acidic and bitter with a touch of saltiness. Palate is on the lighter side of medium,watery with a lively carbonation and a lightly astringent finish. This is a very good drinking beer with the added touch of spruce tips. Could’ve used more I’d say.
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber pours dark copper with a thin white head. Aromas of carmel malts spruce some slight roasted malt aroma and a touch of grassy hops. Flavor is sweet less pine then expected more of a balanced flavor. Body is medium with a good smooth mouthfeel. Finishes a bit malty
smith4498 (3009) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from a trade with BlackIPA. Pours clear copper color with off white head. Aromas of caramel malts and pine. Sweet caramel flavor with mild pine. Medium body with moderate carbonation thanks Shawn.