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Harpoon Sour Belgian Pale Ale

Harpoon Sour Belgian Pale Ale
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.36/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5914) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2011
On tap, BCTC 2010. Hazy amber brown body with a small wispy beige head. More cereal grains than sour with some light hops. Nicely funkiness on the flavor with some light hops, again, not especially sour, just a nice level of funkiness. Mouthfeel is dry and slightly tart with fizzy prickly carbonation. Decent beer, Harpoon seems to have a knack for these on-off BCTC beers. Never phenominal, but always interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2010
In short: A funky/bretty, oaky, extra-sour fruity ale. Excellent surprise
How: Tap (multiple samples) at BCTC 2010.
The look: Cloudy amber body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is intensely sour with funk and plenty of oak. One of the most intensely sour aroma that I’ve experienced from an American sour ale. Taste has a lot of dry oak wood, a mix bag of refreshing fruits (tart raspberries, cherries, and more), earth, funk. In mouth the beer is not as sour as the nose hinted on but it is still pretty intense. Medium-high acidity level that manages to avoid the vinegar sensation. Finish is extra-dry. Wow, I really didn’t expect a beer like that from Harpoon. I now notice that nobody else seem to have liked that beer. At BCTC I even preferred this sour ale over the praised Allagash Larry. There are very few reviews for this beer, and the others reviewers and I are on the same page but we are clearly not on the same page.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
malrubius (2616) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 13, 2010
BCTC 2010. Amber with head and lace. Sweet tart cherry wood aroma. Caramel cherry mild tart (something I can’t read, ok I had had a few) too sweet. Soft refreshing palate. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (9581) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Pouring from their booth at BCTC. Pours a murky brown with a medium beige head. Lacto, slight funk, toffee. Toast, nutty sour notes. Lots of nutty malt, light acetone. Long dry wood tartness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (3597) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2010
BCTC, 2010. Not sure how this Pale ale is dark in color, a brown hue. Cherry but too acetic, and cheap acetic. sourness. One-dimensional in that, just a bit too dirty but pretty fine altogether.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
egajdzis (6136) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2010
[BCTC 2010] Hazy brown color with a small, light tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of cherries, caramel, and red wine vinegar. Taste of much of the same, lighter vinegar, nuts, and an acidic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2010
BCTC 2010. murky brown pour with maroon notes. Great aroma on this. sharp funkiness, vinegar, earthy, tartness, citrus notes, taste followed up the intense aroma nicely. Nice job

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