elihapa (1545) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 5, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours burnt red-orange with a weak head. Aroma of grass, minerals, and malt. Flavor is a anemic concoction of biscuits, malt and grass. Even by Harpoon’s standards this beer is forgettable.
BroSpud (2023) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Included in Harpoon mix pack. This is an OK beer for what it is. Not very strong with little character but it is very drinkable.
altonbrownd (5405) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In Northfield, MA. Light brown colour with slight tan head. Sweet and caramel nose. Malty taste. Prickly mouthfeel. Taste of gingercookies, similar to other Harpoon beers. Pretty thin.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Brownstones. Pours a fizzy light brown color with a small off white head. Nose is lightly toffee like with some nuts and a decent hop presence. Palate is thin and fizzy. flavors of lightly roasted nuts, toast, tofee and the hop notes again.
johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle: Light brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma: Hoppy at first but mostly caramel and weak roasty malt. Inital taste is a nutty sweetness that finishes slightly dry. A little watery and while I wouldn’t call it flat, it had weak carbonation. Nevertheless, its smooth and drinkable. A session beer I wouldn’t mind having.
MarkBarnes (407) - Waterville, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Feb. 12, 2009; 12 oz. bottle. Your basic, nondescript brown ale. Nice caramel-malt notes, but a bit watery. Some nice bitterness on the finish, albeit with some vague aspects of the same nasty spice that makes this brewery’s "Winter Warmer" such a disaster. Meh.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 29, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
THOUGHTS: Better than a macro. A nice session beer, but not great. I’d take a Troegs Rugged Trail over this any day. Something was just a little off in the flavor.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, light reddish brown with an average, off-white head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma was moderate nutty and caramel malts and very light pine hops. The flavor started sweet, bitter and slightly acidic, and finished bitter, a little sour and acidic with an average duration. There was caramel malt and nuttiness then a little piney hops along with a little burnt malt. The light to medium body was pretty watery and slightly dry in the back of the mouth with tingly carbonation and a slight metallic and very light astringent finish.
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle.A clear ruby/brown color body with a lasting offwhite two finger head,with some pretty good lacing. Aroma was slightly hoppy at first but went to malt as it warmed,Toasty nutty caramel malt became the main notes . Flavor of some spice hops up front and then a solid malty backbone,medium carbonation with a thin mouthfeel,Very quaffable,and was very enjoyable to try.
puboflyons (3012) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 6, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with a "Best by" date of 05/15/09-337. This pours an opaque mahogany-ruby-brown with little head. Aroma of sweet malts and hops. The flavor seems to have a vague chocolate taste along with smooht malts. It ends dry and leaves a bit of an after taste. It really isn’t all that bad.
nathan30533 (1014) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber color with a white forming head. Smell of hops which make me wonder if I’m rating the same beer. Taste of malts but not chocolate malts. Good flavor if your an IPA lover, kind of sweet. Overall I enjoy this one but am still left a bit confused by the info put out by the Harpoon brewers.