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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #50 - Kettle Cup 2014 Citra Victorious



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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Several years ago a few Harpoon employees thought it would be fun to start up an annual company homebrew competition here at the brewery. Anyone who wanted to brew a beer could, and the winning beer would be determined by popular vote based on a blind sampling at our annual company outing at our brewery in Windsor, VT. The first year there were about a dozen entries from Harpooners in every department. In 2013 there were more than 30. The winning beer is now brewed as a 100 Barrel Series offering. So, after a heated contest, Harpoon Citra Victorious, brewed by Merrill Allen, Jessie Cox, Shannon Cudmore, Liz Melby, and Carolyn Orth, under the guidance of brewers Charlie Cummings and Brian Martyniak, came out…well, victorious. Congratulations to this year’s Harpoon Kettle Cup winners!

Citra hops provide a juicy citrus character while Chico yeast yields a fruity aroma in this grapefruit-infused pale ale. The combination of Maris Otter, Pale, and C60 malt adds depth and a touch of sweetness and gives the beer its rich bronze color and medium body. The finish is all citrus. Dry hopped with Citra and Cascade and loaded with 96 pounds of grapefruit peel, Harpoon Citra Victorious is easygoing with a momentous citrus kick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bennetporter (184) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Pours a light copper from a bottle. Aroma is a citrusy hoppiness, I’ll admit to never having been aware of the flavor profile of Citra hops, but you can pick up the dry hopped Cascades a bit on the nose. The grapefruit cited in the description is almost nonexistent, I feel like I only pick up on it when I burp. A nice balanced sweetness, not too bitter, but good hoppy flavor. A good beer, a nice representative of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8788) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2015
Deep amber pour with a thin white head. The nose is a bit sweet and some odd pale crystal malt sweetness. Has a little bit of a citrusy character and a touch of iced tea. The hops are fairly light and kind of odd. Moderately hoppy and a little bit fruity as well. Has a touch of caramel. Decent but not the greatest use of Citra hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
hopscotch (9896) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle... Pours clear and amber with a small, white head that’s gone faster than you can say “quick.” The aroma is an unfortunate blend of cat pee, funky armpit and pine sap. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and lively carbonation. The flavor displays nice balance. Tasty and bitter. Thin but nice. The pungent nose ruins the experience for me. Bottle courtesy of otakuden!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (8220) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2014
2014-12-09. Dark orange body nice beige head. 3+ Aroma has an interesting savoury quality I can’t quite place over mild fruit and grain character. Flavour is cereally caramel malt, pleasantly fruity hops, nice citrus notes but the grainy malts dominate over the otherwise lovely hops. Average plus bodied palate, good carbonation. Meh, okay but but far too malty for my tastes. Bottle shared by JoeMcPhee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Emeister84 (1369) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Fresh hop aromas, citrus, pine, tropical fruit. Slightly hazy orange-gold, somewhat lasting white head. Dry, decent bitterness, crackery malts. Light bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2411) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Good sized light orange head of fine and dense bubbles. Reduces slowly to a rocky top dense head of foam. Light citrus, fresh tobacco, some oranges and mint. Color is a medium dirty orange. Light and bitter flavor with more mint, oranges, cereal grains and biscuity malts. Finishes with a light lingering bitterness and some fresh herbal flavors. An ok pale ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerenberger (1551) - Fischer, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Juicy notes of citrus and sweet fruit meet the nose, while a cloudy amber pour produces a thin non-lasting off-white head and minimal lacing. The taste is dominately grapefruit along with hints of fruit sweetness and malts. A nice bitter fnish which extends into a long aftertaste. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, this brew lives up to its name providing a crisp and very refreshing taste experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5882) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Conyers, Ga. - Sigman Bottle Shop - 22 oz bomber. Hazy dark orange pour, sticky off-white head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Faint spruce aroma, hint of mint. Flavor is refreshing with nice citrus bitterness, a touch of vanilla, some minty notes. Crisp refreshing mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
McGarnigle (573) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Bomber. Great smelling pale ale, hazy gold appearance. The Citras add a warm citrus, while grapefruit rind adds bitterness at the end. The body is fine for a pale ale. Still, it seems like something is missing. Needs a little more bite to it. It doesn’t feel like 45 IBU, and the grapefruit doesn’t kick in until late. A likable pale ale, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2014
From a bottle poured a honey color with a small amount of head. Light citrusy hoppy flavor with a quick finish.

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