Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #31 - Single Hop ESB

Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Hopped entirely with Delta - a new American hop varietal - this Extra Special Bitter has a unique earthy/fruity hop taste and a rich malt body.

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alexsdad06 (10805) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2016
22 oz bottle shared by Tmoney99 from notes. Pours a clear amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have toasted bready malts, caramel, citrus and herbal hops, some earthy notes, a one time thing for me.

smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Two-finger head that recedes to a thin layer of fine bubbles. Some spotty lace on the glass. A touch of haze to the copper colored brew. Smells like a hoppy pale ale naturally. Seems to be fresh. Starts with a mellow malt flavor; it quickly gives way to the bitterness in the swallow. Surprisingly short aftertaste. Nice round feel to the mouth, like skim milk.

Listigovers (1312) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
This was an old bottle. Smelled bready with a bit of rich fruit. Copper coloured with a slightly off white head dissipating to leave a thin layer on top. Sparkling palate, very wet, flavors of caramel, medium-full bodied. Extremely smooth and easy to drink, probably mellowed out a bit too much over the years a but I liked this.

travita (5008) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Backlog of ratings. Thanks to someone at one of bu11zeye’s tastings. The look is clear, copper colored, with a thin off white head. The smell is caramel, floral, malts, and light hops. The taste is caramel, florals, hops, and malts.

jkwalking05 (4745) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Light brown in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is of malt, caramel and grass. Taste is of citrus, light herbal notes and caramel.

Fech (291) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2012
Smooth, malty and slightly hoppy. Copper pour, medium lacy head. Notes of grapefruit attributed to the bomber hops.

KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 2/4/2011. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. This pours a light brown color tinted with ruby, with a haze preventing light from moving through the middle of the glass. A nicely 4cm creamy off-white head forms initially, fading eventually to nothing but leaving some lace on the glass. Earthy hops, caramel and toffee, biscuity malt, some grapefruit citrus hoppiness in the nose as well. After it warms up a little bit, the grapefruit actually comes to dominate. A little bit of an IPA’s soul in this one. It starts with some soft caramel and toffee notes. Some peat, then earthy hops, and finally a surprisingly strong grapefruit hoppy flavor. The finish is bitter. Pretty typical for the style. Medium body and medium carbonation, with a slightly resiny feeling left behind the lips after each sip. Somewhere between creamy and bubbly feel. This is all right, but I am not completely convinced Delta hops are the way of the future.

jb43 (1695) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2011
(bomber 6/14/10). Clear amber color. Medium off white head. Aroma and flavor of moderate malt and light hops. Avg duration. Light bitter finish. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.

ganache (6056) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Bomber. Oooh, a hop I haven’t heard of! Nose is caramel and earthy, low toffee and chocolate, sweet with gritty natural hops. Gradient copper pour with a creamy tan head. Taste is very slightly malt-forward but there’s excellent balance. Light body, crisp, alcohol very well integrated. Caramel and toffee, very nutty with earth and wood, palate is cleaned by the earthy, mildly piny hops, and I’m quenched and refreshed. Superb drinkability, and just about everything I’d want from this style. Big winner.

GuilTTy (2264) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Bomber from WineWorks in Marlton, NJ. Clear copper pour supporting a thin light tan head with very little lacing. Aroma of toasted biscuits with a hint of lemon. Primarily malty but not overly sweet. Nutty and metallic supporting players. Mouthfeel is a bit watery. Dry finish with just a hint of hoppy bitterness.

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