Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #17 - English Style Old Ale

Formerly brewed at Harpoon Brewery
Style: Old Ale
Boston, Massachusetts USA


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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 62   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
Harpoon Old Ale is inspired by the sustaining winter offerings of many English breweries. This complex & malty brew is marked by significant alcohol warmth, balanced bitterness, biscuit/roasted undertones, and sublime mouthfeel. Proper English yeast, traditional hop varietals, and generous malt bill create a wonderful companion for the fireside. Enjoyable for consumption now or for extended cellaring.

ENCORE SERIES: Winter 2007/8

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davin (48) - Vermont, USA - MAY 11, 2008
A nice warming beer. The alcohol is noted and appreciated. Strong caramel and malt flavor. There is a complex yeast flavor as well of maybe some apple and a small amount of Belgian type spiciness. Some earthy hop aroma to go with the malt.

ads135 (4923) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 23, 2017
Very decent old ale. Tried back in 2007 on a trip to Boston, just now getting to the ratings transfer. Pours thick, had a nice sweet aroma. Dark fruit, raisins and pumpernickel. Quite nice.

smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2014
look: 4.5 smell: 4 taste: 4.5 feel: 4.5 overall: 4 This beers pours a dark amber color, similar to clove honey. Completely clear. The head is chaulky white with excellent stamina and superb lacing. Very floral, malt aroma. A light touch of hop, but mostly sweetness. Up front is a sweet touch of malt sugar. This quickly gives way to the presence of hops--still it is well-balanced. Hops predominate the swallow. The aftertaste is fading hops and strong alcoholic warmth which carries through to the belly. Very smooth mouthfeel--low carbonation and almost buttery body. I think this is an exceptional beer. I can detect no flaws; indeed, it is complex, full-flavored, aromatic and worthy of several returns to the store.

johnnnniee (4403) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Review from notes, sampled 12/9/2007 Picked up a 6 pack of the encore series. Pours a deep amber with a fluffy head that dissappears as soon as you look away from the glass. Smell is of spicey floral hops and a bit of caramel and maybe a little diacetyl. Taste is lightly malty with a bit of an alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is thin carbonation is low. This is not a bad beer, but I was expecting it to be a little maltier maybe a little thicker and sweeter.

boto (2261) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 3, 2009
22oz. bomber: This one poured a slightly hazy amber color. there was a good sized creamy head that dropped off rather quickly and left no lacing. Aroma has spices, raisins, caramel malt, and assorted other dark fruits hiding down there. The taste is quite good. There is a fair caramel sweetness up front, with a fair amount of hops balancing them out. Some fruits and bitterness in the finish. Just a touch of alcohol to the finish also. Nice.

Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - MAR 13, 2009
found this sitting around Tully’s a few months ago The 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass produced a finger worth of off white head that faded to a thick lace. the body of the brew was an clear reddish brown The aroma of this brew has some dark fruits raisin in it as well as a nice sweetness from the malts. Wow this one is a malt bomb now flavor wise making a nice sipper with enough of an alcohol bite to keep it interesting A good Old Ale glad I am came across it. If I found one more I buy it

SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 25, 2009
12oz brown pry-top bottle from the "Encore Series." Best before date 3/24/08. I found this bottle shortly after starting at Beverage Warehouse in 3/2008 and put it aside in a cool place. Appearance: Very little bone-white head, leaving spotting on the glass. Brownish amber, not quite clear. No visible sediment though. Nose: Rich and caramel-like, raisins, dates, dried leaves, dusty buttermilk biscuits. Smells incredibly sweet. Palate: Medium-light bodied with a little acidity up front. Not nearly as sweet as it smells. There’s an edge to it, holding back the sugar. Light flavors of malt, white cake, something like the dusty top of a buttermilk biscuit. Feels a little hot on the finish. Notes: Not sure how this beer was when it was fresh, but I don’t really think it’s holding up that well. The body is too light to hold the alcohol and the aromas all the way through. The smell is great, but the palate doesn’t deliver all that’s promised by nosing.

malrubius (2982) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 13, 2008
12 ounce bottle warm in pint glass. Reddish amber with lasting head and lace. Fruity malty yeasty aroma. Fruity brown sugar flavor with mild hop underlying bitterness. Medium-full body and medium carbo. Nicely balanced, neither leaning too much to barleywine or American Strong Ale. Good.

elihapa (1554) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - NOV 1, 2008
Bottle. Pours more or less red with little head. Flavor is quite fruity sweet, a little one-sided right in the front palate. There is ripe apricot and peach, bubblegum, hard candy and grape. Finishes a touch spicy, but with that same candy-like fruitiness. Certainly an interesting attempt, but does it need to be so sweet?

fiulijn (21022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2008
Bottle at Brickseller, Washington
Amber color. It has a some malt and caramel aroma and stronger flavor; correct (to strong) bitterness. As usual, beers from Harpoon are not exciting.

TaktikMTL (7921) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2008
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée chez Beverage Warehouse (Winooski, VT). Arôme: Odeur de malt caramélisé avec une pointe d’houblon. Apparence: La couleur est brune avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’une mince dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût ce caramel fruité avec une pointe de thé. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’alcool en arrière goût. (Rating #1756)

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