Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #46 - Kettle Cup 2013 Hoppy Belgian Style Blonde
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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 53   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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A delightfully drinkable Belgian-style ale with a big kick of American hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11898) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2013
22oz bottle. Large white head atop apple juice body. Aroma is medium sweet, soap/lemon, some Belgian yeast spicy, orange. Taste is medium sweet, apple, some straw, Belgian yeast spicy, light lemon. Soft light-medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11345) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2013
22oz bottle @jts 5/10/4-disappearing white-yellow. A-lemon/perfumy/peach, lt malt. T-perfumy/nail polish remover/spice hops, lt malt, yeast.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10531) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 25, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours lightly hazy orange with a large, frothy off-white head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is earthy, citrus, minty, and dank hops with barnyard and farmhouse yeast notes, and biscuit malt. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness with supporting malt, earthy Belgian yeast, light fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (10268) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Bottle shared by Jay at 5K/10K/4K tasting at my house. Pours cloudy yellow gold. White head. Nose and taste of grass, lemon, light spicy hop and light malt. Medium bodied. Good lawnmower beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Bomber from Bestway. Pours a hazy yellow color with a medium sized frothy white head. Good head retention. Aroma of tropical, citrus hops with pale malts and some earth. The taste is spicy, herbal, peppery, tropical hops, pale malts. Medium bodied. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (9814) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle @ home, courtesy of a real fucken chill trader. Pours a hazy golden appearances with a cream colored, lasting head. Spicy floral, tropical fruity hoppy, mango, pineapple aroma. Fairly juicy, mango, orange fruity, spicy yeasty, big bright herbal hoppy flavor with a touch of bubblegum. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7386) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Bottle that I took to James’s 4k/5k/10k tasting. Pours a lightly hazed gold with a thin white head. Big bright citrus hops on the nose, light musky yeast. Medium bodied, grassy. Nice musk and dusty hop bitterness. Wonderfully easy drinking, nice change of pace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6659) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2013
draft at Coles, citrusy forward Belgian ale, lots of orange, fruity Belgian yeastiness. Decent dose of bitterness. One of my favorite from Harpoon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (6619) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Bottle. Pours gold with a white head. Dry Belgian yeast, flowery and fruity notes, light spicy notes, and a medium bitter flowery hoppy finish. Really damn drinkable and quite delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 16, 2013
In short: A spicy and hoppy (grassy-grapefruity) Belgian blonde ale.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed fresh soon after the beer release.
The look: Tiny particles floating in a partly cloudy blonde body topped by a medium white head.
In long: Nose is quite spicy along with plenty of grassy and grapefruity hops. The aroma also has mild fruity Belgian blonde ale esters but it is crushed by the hops. In mouth the beer feels lively, medium body. Taste had a fun malts, crisp and with a flavor somewhere between crackers and biscuits. Strong yeasty fluffiness sensation. A rather strong spiciness and I have a hard time believing this spiciness natural (spicy hops, spicy yeast phenols) because I got a whole lot of ginger and other spices here, even some cloves. Also got some bubblegum, gingerbread man, phenols, tropical fruits, bananas. A strong grassy-grapefruity hoppy finish that washes all the sweetness away. Certainly not a boring beer but didn’t win me over, I can’t exactly put my finger on it but overall I thought there was too much going on, maybe too spicy and the spiciness crashes with the rest of the beer. And I just hate it when I’m in a bar with a great selection of beer and plenty of snacks so I sit down and start enjoying the beer and food and then the owner throws me out yelling things like “I told you to never come back here again!” and “Get out of my grocery store!”.

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