GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewery tour. Poured a clear brown color with an off white head. Pleasant aroma of fresh flowery hops, leafy greens, and a bit of chocolate. Light to medium bodied and delicately sweet The flavor profile included the likes of chocolate, nuts, and light flowery hops. Nice brown. More hop aroma and flavor that usual for the style.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint glass at Valhalla. Pours looks almost exactly like a cola... with its thick bubbly carbonation, caramel tone, and not much of a head atop. Nose is molasses, sweet malt, and slight hop. Flavors are similar but wow what a session beer. I went through this sucker very quickly and it was absolutely delicious! Very clean. The gentle hop backing really make you want to keep sipping. Not sure why there is no love here..
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JAN 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at the Boston airport Harpoon brewhouse. Nice chestnut brown body that is clear, small white head. Nice nutty woody vanilla flavor and aroma. Overall: a very simple but solid beer. I always forget about this style but, if done correctly (as in this case), it can be very pleasant. A great style for the fall.
brewersspot (97) - , California, USA - OCT 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this beer a while back and from what I can remember I enjoyed it. I’ve had this at the pub/brewery so it was fresh.
Nothing special about it is popping into my head at the moment.
smcolw (616) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber in color and crystal clear. Superb head that leaves excellent lace.
Nice fresh hop up front. The malt is surprisingly far in the background. I can detect slight crystal.
A little bit watery for my taste. The flavor is inverted: I taste the hop bite immediately but then the beer settles into darker malts. The finish is good blend of both and has some lasting power.
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (12oz). My bottle says Harpoon Brown Session Ale. Clear deep refractive ruby-amber (truly lovely colour), average foamy-fizzy beige head. Very appealing toasted malt and fresh mild resin hops, chocolate and roasted nuts emerge as it warms. Taste is somewhat bitter, but light, dry roast, nutty, mild dry hop bitterness in the finish. Pretty weak body, only mild carbonation, quick malt diminish but a light bitter linger. Very easy to drink - I can see this going well with food, steak or more robust meat dishes particularly.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Nick76. Very nice malty, lightly toasted malt aroma that is highlighted by chocolate and warm caramel. The body is a very light brown leaning to dark amber and holds a diminishing, thin tan head. Light bodied fore. Has a touch of that distinctive English fruityness I associate with Samuel Smiths. Sweet malts with a hint of chocolate. A light crisp bite of carbonation on the tongue. Very light bodied...almost Dunkel like mouthfeel.
dlovell2 (1476) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown with tan head. Malt and hops aroma. First taste is sweel malt then hops as it passes over the back of the tounge. Finishes clean and smooth.
EithCubes (5371) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Too-sweet nose with - strangely - some medium American citric hop accents over the light nuts and malt. Amber-mahogany pour, clear and beautifully gradient, with a sudsy, lacing/rocky tan head. Taste is sharp, light bitterness with low sweetness, crisp earth and toffee strike, bit of baker’s chocolate in the bg. Very light tang. Malt is a little toward the back, otherwise this is perfectly balance with a bright and punchy hop-half. Light body and smooth carbonation, touch of bread and grass in the finish. Agreed, an excellent session, and much better than the last I’d had from these guys.
Bulk_Carrier (3164) - 1st Republic, Vermont, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance had a nice brown color with a fairly nice looking one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute.
The smell had some light rusty nutty notes over coating a light chocolate malt.
The taste was sweet, roasty and nutty and had a light watery nutty aftertaste and finish.
On the palate, this one sat fairly light and showed a decent sessionability about it.
Overall, in my opinion, I say this was a pretty good brown ale worthy of having again.