HopHobo (12) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2009 I enjoyed this beer with a couple of friends on 11/7/09.
I poured an 8 oz. sample into an oversized wine glass.
Beer pours a dark ruby color with a 1 1/2 finger head and relatively good lacing. The smell reminds me of a barleywine that could use some age, but has nice complexity. Smell sweet and boozey with notes of plums, raisin and figs. The sweetness is complimented by a nice biscut malty smell. THe taste was completely different from the smell for me. Where the smell is very sweet the taste is dry and thinned out. It actually turns much more into a sessionable red ale here for me as the rye does not come through as strong as I expected. All and All itnot under complex in the moputh, but compared to how sweet and complex the nose is the taste leaves me a biut underwhelmed. That being said it’s a very nice red ale and something I would surely enough smelling and tasting any evening.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Pours copper with a tan head. Smells of rye, dough, some light citrus, earthy. Tastes of rye, spice, resiny, some earthiness, hints of underlying bitterness, some pepper, caramel, oranges. Palate is crisp. Finish is lightly bitter. This is an enjoyable summer beer that’ll hopefully see a regular release some day. reggiedunlop (3725) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2009
pours the color of opaque iced tea with a thick very light colored tan head. great lacing and retention. aroma is subtley sweet and hoppy with orange and light spice...also tea-like. flavor displays spicy hops and caramel with faint rye and also tastes like tea. mouthfeel is oily with some thickness. has a lingering finish where the spiciness shines through. these100 barrel harpoons are nice! Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
G: Poured into a Yuengling pint glass.
A: Copper-amber color with a good sized white head and some decent lacing. Transparent, but not terribly so.
S: Doughy biscuit with caramel malt. As expected, the hops are a little bit faded, but there weren’t too many in there to begin with. Also, not detecting much of the rye.
T: Quite sweet, and here comes the rye. It’s definitely there, just slightly subdued. Lots of sweet caramel malt.
M: Quite chewy and medium-bodied. A good amount of carbonation.
D: Highly drinkable. A fairly-subdued (in terms of the rye) example of the style; but, then again, most rye beers I’ve had have been rye IPA’s.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-25-2009
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Pours a clear orange with a thin white head, aroma has notes of bread, oranges and spicy ginger. Starts and ends lightly bitter with a long spicy bitter ending, medium bodied with ample carbonation. Hopefully Harpoon will keep this as a regular offering.
johnnnniee (4312) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Pours a crystal clear copperish amber with a fluffy white head that leaves ample lacing on the way down the glass. Aroma is spicy with a touch of phenolic, some fruity aromas and some caramel malt hiding in the back. Tastes toasted malts with a spicy bite from the rye. Leaves some bitterness on the palate in the finish. Medium body with a drying finish. Different, not something I might drink everyday, but certainly enjoyable.
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2014
This is part of the 100 Barrel Series (#23).
Generous head that subsides into a rocky froth leaving full rings of lace on the glass. The liquid is crystal clear with a warm copper color.
Astringent smell with good hop in back. Some grass and raw grain. Spicy, black pepper.
Dry malt flavor up front which is quickly overwhelmed by a heavy hop presence. Surprisingly, after the swallow, the bitterness fades quickly. Less spicy than the smell would indicate. Superior body with good carbonation levels. jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2008
22oz bottle-pours a rich to rocky light tan head that laces and amber/copper color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-caramel, nutty, perfumy. Taste is sweet medium malt-caramel, nutty, perfumy. Crisp, dry. jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Pours a hazy golden amber with a fluffy white head with good retention and leaves nice lacing... Aroma of Turkey Hill Orange Tea... Flavors of Rye, Citrus, Tea, Vanilla... Dry Tea-like finish medium bodied, creamy... This is easily the most tea-like beer i have ever had... Orange Tea in beer form... bhensonb (15242) - 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.