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 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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. Theres enough hop to provide bitterness, but is otherwise nondescript. Full bodied with a decent dose of carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
halfonit (1346) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (3096) - 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...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
fluffy (2470) - 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.

   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
glennmastrange (2803) - 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. Couldve used more Id say.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robiannelli (591) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (3588) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Bottle from a trade with BlackIPA. Pours clear copper color with off white head. Aromas of caramel malts and pine. Sweet caramel flavor with mild pine. Medium body with moderate carbonation thanks Shawn.

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