Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #39 - Vermont Spruce Tip Ale



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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
A robust flavored ale with notes of spicy sweet pine from locally gathered spruce tips, balanced by roasty caramel malt and a hint of Chinook hops. About Vermont Spruce Tip Ale This hearty ale is a showcase for a traditional yet seldom used brewing ingredient: spruce tips. Harvested at their tender, ripe, bright green peak in Downer State Forest, Vermont, these spruce tips impart citrus, pine, spice, herbal and earthy notes. A host of malts, a hint of roasted barley and generous use of Chinook hops complement the unique spruce flavor.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Appearance: polished deep copper under a fluffy copper-hued head which lingers big and sticky. Garnet along the edges. Has the appearance of being polished to perfection.
Nose: whole fleshy red apples with mint leaf and greenery in the back. Chamomile. Spruce tips and fern leaves. Grape nuts and sweet crunchy cereal grains. Pear orchards hanging heavy and ready to drop.
Palate: sweet breads and apples and mint leaf along the sides. Chamomile and spruce in the breath. Soft chewy bready mouthfeel and weight. Pears and apples mingle harmoniously in the middle leading into the finish. Spruce is subtle gives it the essence of standing amidst a dew-dropped forest.
Final Thoughts: the more I taste their wide variety of beers the more I love Harpoon. From session to one-offs to big and bad ass to cellar worthy, Harpoon always leaves me happy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - DEC 19, 2011
(22 oz. bottle from Bootleggers) Pours rusty amber, mostly clear. Four fingers of biege head that slowly recede to a lasting cap. Aroma of caramel, vanilla and spice. Mouthfeel mostly smooth, medium-full, very light pebbliness. Flavor of sweet, lightly toasty caramel, light vanilla with a light pleasant spiciness not particularly spruce or pine-like. Mostly malty with a light-medium bitter pinch in finish.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2012
this beer is so average. Big let down. No spurce tips. No distisnt hop character, no complex malty palate. Just a beer. Pass on this. I wish I did

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
halfonit (1345) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Pours an golden color with as off-white head. Aromas of malt, dark fruit, with a faint pine. Flavor is of roasted malt, light spice, and a hop background. Medium body, light bitter, yet slightly sweet. Good to go brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2011
bottle big thanks to mcox90. Pours clear amber. nose is caramels, resinous hope, pines, sweet malts, toasted grains. Flavor is sweet at first the is piney, herbal, citrus, and just a touch of dark caramel grains and almost finishes slightly dry. Mouthfeel is smooth and semi heavy. this one was quite interesting. Enjoyable and festive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
On tap at the brewery, served in a tasting glass. Pours clear amber with a large, dense frothy head. The head fades slowly, leaving behind a small amount of lace. On the nose, there are notes of spruce, lemon and pale malts, along with herbs and just a touch of earth. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout with pale malts, caramel and subtle hints of spruce and hops. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is an interesting ale with a remarkable spruce aroma throughout, though it is a little one-dimensional and I tired of it quickly. 2011-11-25

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Bomber, best by 03/15/12. Pours clear and orange, lively, with some red highlights, topped with a creamy 2-finger yellow-tinged head. Aromas of sweet malt and caramel, slight fruit, and faint pine needles. The flavor is sweet spruce needles and some sap/bark, and mild eucalyptus. Medium carbonation and body. Tasty; nothing amazing, but some nice subtle sprucey/X-mas tree flavor are present. Id actually prefer if the spruce was more pronounced. [908]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2011
On tap @ Lures-Crownsville MD-golden pour w/a moderate head. Spruce aroma. Spruce malt flavor, some hops mixed in, a little caramel, some roasted nuts. Kind of a muddled mess, not really sure what they were going for here. Didnt really think too much of this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2012
On draft pour. Dark amber with a red hue. Thin light white head. Spruce in the nose. Spruce in the taste with almost a cherry after taste. Smooth for 7 percent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hivemind (906) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle from Rockland Beverage split with Ryan on Christmas. Pours a medium amber with a huge almost-white head. Mine was poured into a lager glass. Nose is somewhat muted, but I get malt/grain, herbal notes and a bit of pine. I expected this to have a much bigger aroma. Taste is almost equally underwhelming, although its not boring. There is some dry herb/spice, a little hop bitterness and even some floral notes, but I was expecting more of a piney character given the word "spruce" in the name of the beer. Light mouthfeel and smooth drinking. Maybe my expectations were unfair given that its a vegetable beer, but I was looking for more forest than garden.

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