Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #23 - Old Rustys Red Rye Ale

Serve in Shaker, Tumbler


on tap


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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Brewed by Harpoons original head brewer, this rye beer features a bready, complex texture and a subtly spicy, rich flavor. ibu 38 og 15.8

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
glaze0101 (79) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Pours clear amber orange colour with large fizzy quickly dissipating head. aroma of subtle sweet grass and cloves. smooth mouthfeel with rye finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2008
From a bottle poured a nice amber/copper color with a good amount of head. Nice roasted malt flavor with a quick finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (14013) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2008
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Poured dark clear amber color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted and had fair lacing. Moderate sweet toasted rye aroma. Medium bodywith a dry texture and soft carbonation. Moderate roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium tingly bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Drinkable brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Imaena (2295) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - JUN 30, 2008
Draught @ Lower Depths Boston 08. Light flavor. This is really OK for Harpoon. The flavor is a bit thin but the rye finish is interesting. Would give it another go.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2008
Very light in color for a red ale. Small grassy aroma. Flavor is thin with a spicy rye aftertaste. I was underwhelmed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (14622) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 29, 2008
Bomber from Wine Specialty. Copper color with a decent white head. Aroma of resin hop. Medium body with nearly creamy carbonation. Flavor is roasted malt and resin hop, perhops with a touch of floral/citrus. Finish is fruity and nearly dry. This is a great ale. It is incredibly tasty. Get it. Enjoy it. Smooth and mellow. Hoppy. Bitter. Wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13765) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2008
(22oz bottle) Clear amber body topped by medium beige head, some lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, rye, some toast, light floral, spice. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, toast, some rye, chocolate, light floral. Smooth light-medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2008
Bottle shared by argo0. Clear red colored body with a white head. Nose of stinky cobwebs, light yeast, some coarse rye and cracked barley, cherry wood, toast, etc. Astringent on the palate, coarse, but light bodied, with a touch of sweetened apple and caramel to go with the rye. Not as bad as I was expecting from Harpoon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2008
On tap at the Brew Kettle. Poured clear medium amber with a well-retained cap of white head. The aroma picked up sweeter caramel and fruity notes with a lovely topper of black pepper and rye spicage.. raw phenol notes on the back detracted a bit from the enjoyment. The flavor had a creamy, almost buttery middle with caramel leading the way.. too spicy on the back with candied rye and alcohol-infused lighter fruits.. sharp. Too sweet on the palate without letting the rye character lead.. buttered up and off-balance at times.. I had higher hopes for this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 25, 2008
22oz bottle, courtesy of argo0. Thanks, Aaron! Pours a clear, effervescent orange color; fluffy, textured light khaki head with excellent retention and solid lacing. Basic sugar and rye and wet malts in the aroma. Medium mouthfeel: touch of alcoholic warmth coming through; candy sugar, sweet basic malts, very light crisp rye presence (touches of astringency); basic, reasonably drinkable stuff, if a touch bland and sweet. Lengthy finish: wet malts, candy sugar, some roughness.

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