jgb9348 (5062) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy bronze tinted copper coloured body with a thin tan head that fades relatively quickly. Aroma of nice yeast, wheat, candy sugar, coriander seed, a touch of curacao and a bit of nice lighter hops. Medium-bodied; Nice assertive lower alpha acid hops with some coriander seed spiciness and a bit of yeast noticeable. Aftertaste shows a light hoppy note, some fruitiness and a touch of yeast. Overall, an interesting beer that’s on the better side of things, but not a great beer and not one of the better examples of the style. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Harris Teeter in Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia on 26-September-2011 for US$7.99 for a six pack, sampled at home in Washington on 17-October-2011.
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery, served in a tasting glass. Pours clear yellow with a small, off-white head that fades slowly, leaving behind a moderate amount of fine lace. The nose is spicy, with cinnamon and nutmeg, along with notes of lemon, pale malts and herbs. The flavour is moderately sweet and spicy up front, becoming spicier towards the end with a slight hop note. The finish is spicy with light malts. On the palate, it is medium in body with a dryish texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a decent spicy brew but is perhaps too simple for its name. 2011-11-25
boxofrane (2384) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours copper with a one finger white head. Smells of banana.. some faint yeast. The taste is of light hops with a belgian twist. This is nothing to get excited about.
tderoeck (6067) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 10, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
2/10/2011 on tap @ Harpoon Brewery (2011-499)
Clear orange beer, off-white aery head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: vinous, band-aid, caramel, bit chemical. MF: ok carbon, light to medium body. Taste: pretty spicy, alcohol, bitter hops, cloves. Aftertaste: spices, cloves, bitter, some fruits. Not exactly the best this brewery has on offer.
Dfonorow (1721) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is light amber brown with a small white head. Good lacing when it fades. Aroma is extremely fruity with some yeasty characteristics in the background. Flavor is dominated by the Belgian yeast but with some nice hop presence. Spicy, floral, light fruits. Light bodied.
jcr (2310) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy amber body. Off-white head. Strong citrus aroma. Notes of fruit, bubblegum, toasted grain. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Dry, bitter finish with some floral tastes. Taste of orange and caramel initially. OK beer.
mar (5011) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber with a light cream head. Nose is grassy hops, light spice, and faint dried fruits. Smooth on the palate, yeast, dried fruits, hops, slightly bitter finish.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: clear oranges – on the deeper darker side of orange. Off-white head fades fast into a bubbly collar and a splotchy spotty head.
Nose: spiced apples, cinnamon sticks, allspice. Cantaloupe, kiwi, pear, pineapple, coconut shavings. Mulling spices are pervasive. Apple skins and plums mingle. Candied essence – maraschino.
Palate: spicy and dry with a long parching finish. Crisp sweetness. Stewed peaches, apricots, and kiwi. Tropical fruit skins in the back along with nutmeg. Flower seeds for earthen nutty crunch – mild and hides along the edges.
Final Thoughts: I tasted this particular Harpoon event and of all the beers on draft that were new to me, the Belgian Pale Ale was my favorite. A nice balance of spice, tropics, booze, and earthen elements to stand proud with the native Belgian Pale Ales. Definitely one of the better Harpoon offerings.
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this beer at Red Bones while it was on cask.
Poured from a cask into a pint glass.
The color is clear, bright amber with a finger and a half of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.
The smell is slightly yeasty with a nice floral aroma that has a bit of a spicy note. Some citrus hop aroma is there in the nose as well and is is giving off the anticipation of a more complex beer.
The taste is fruity with some citrus flavors in the very early taste that goes into a slight malt flavor with a spice flavor that mixes nicely together. The nice floral hops seem to be a bit more of a bitter pillow, less sharp but still bitter as the beer goes toward the end.
The feel of this beer is a bit of surprise. It seems light then it’s medium body that you would get from the bottle. There is a bit of a smooth feel that seems to push instead of punch.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle (best by 11/15/11) from Candia Road Convenience) Pours clear amber with a finger of off-white head. Aroma of spice, Belgian yeast and fruit. Tastes of fruit and yeast with a bit of a spicy-peppery finish.