Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #39 - Vermont Spruce Tip Ale



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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
filogomo (10) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Enjoyed this beer at the taproom in the Boston brewery. Great beer great times. Hard to find very limited.

Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - MAY 13, 2017
Only reviewing this so late with fresh notes due to the fact, that this brewery was once a better brewery. This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a ruddy burnt amber almost brown color with a finger’s worth of sustaining white foamy head that glimmered and fell off at a moderate pace. Slight stringy lace, somewhat sticky. The aroma had a sturdy clean malt bill: dark bread, clean caramel/toffee qualities, subtle earthy hops and then what I was hoping for: that "fresh" clean SPRUCE TIP tenderness, full, bright, ripe and absorbing. The flavor melds wonderfully between all of these aromas to carry finely into the aftertaste and finish - smooth, roasty, fresh, clean and ripe! The palate was about medium on the body with a pretty good sipping quality despite an ABV that wasn’t too high. Carbonation felt fine. Overall, why am I uploading these thoughts only today? Well, why do monkeys eat bananas only in the zoo? Maybe I miss the days of seeing more reviewers on here and maybe, just maybe I realize the glory days of beer are over. Guessing the craft beer bubble is going to break any day now. And wishing Harpoon would bring this one back, though it probably won’t prevent the bubble from breaking.

mitchscha (3) - Teaneck, USA - MAR 11, 2014 does not count
Very sweet and malty flavor. Hops are very much overpowered by malt. This is a delicious beer to accompany desserts or to top off a few intense beers ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Beautifully clear, deep amber color. Decent head that settles to a thin layer of bubbles. Leaves good ring lace. Smells like a Scotch Ale with a very light pine touch--mostly light crystal malt. Relatively neutral. This is a complex beer. It is sweet, yet dry (in the swallow). The evergreen comes through, but Ina subtle way. There’s enough hop to provide bitterness, but is otherwise nondescript. Full bodied with a decent dose of carbonation.

halfonit (1412) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Pours an golden color with as off-white head. Aroma’s 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.

merc7186 (3160) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
A: Amber/Golden Straw Hue, Passes Through Some Light, Mild White Ring of Head, No Lacing S: Spruce, Maple, Mild Cinnamon T: Spruce, Maple, Malty M: Medioce Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Spicey Overall, a very nice spruce beer from the single barrel. A good find...

fluffy (2461) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2013
i was actually expecting more of a resiny pine note here, but this is basically like a blond belgian ale with a watery finish, with a mild spice note in there. blah.

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.

glennmastrange (2942) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of roasted, nutty and caramel, light pine and citrus for the hops, with wood and a hint of brown sugar. Head is small, fizzy, off-white with some slippery lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is sparkling clear copper. Flavor starts faintly sweet and moderately acidic, then the long finish is moderately acidic and bitter with a touch of saltiness. Palate is on the lighter side of medium,watery with a lively carbonation and a lightly astringent finish. This is a very good drinking beer with the added touch of spruce tips. Could’ve used more I’d say.

robiannelli (599) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Bomber pours dark copper with a thin white head. Aromas of carmel malts spruce some slight roasted malt aroma and a touch of grassy hops. Flavor is sweet less pine then expected more of a balanced flavor. Body is medium with a good smooth mouthfeel. Finishes a bit malty

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