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%
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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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3.5
FROTHINGSLOSH (8142) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Sampled on draft at the Headkeeper this beer poured a dark nut brown color with a small creamy beige head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was lightly tart with vague spice, caramel, fig and only a hint of spruce. The flavor was tang with a light vague fruitiness and notes of caramel, fig, nutmeg, spruce and mint. The finish was long and dryish with notes of caramel, nutmeg and spruce. Medium body. Rich yet pleasant.

3.4
ben4321 (6735) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2011 Location: Draft at Hop Devil, 12/3/11

Aroma: The nose is interesting, woodsy, but not piney, earthy notes too
Appearance: The pour is a clear orange-caramel color with a wispy head and spotty lace
Flavor: The taste is lightly sweet, somewhat earthy, herbal notes, a fairly bitter finish to it
Palate: The body is medium, the carbonation is average, and it finishes dry and a bit odd on the tongue
Overall Impression: Second rater of this one. This is a solid offering, but it was quite different then I expected. I guess I was sort of expecting it to be kind of a pine/resin offering, but really it is more of a woodsy beer. It isn’t like drinking tree sap or anything like that, it just give you a feeling like you are surounded by trees.

3.4
thornecb (6060) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Pours deep amber into a Sam glass. White head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Earth and pine aromas. Medium bodied with sweet earth, bark and leaves upfront turning to mild pine in the bitter finish.

3.4
LyndaNova (531) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Cold, 22oz bottle: Pours a clear, medium orange color with an off-white head that dissolves. Aroma is of pine, flowers, and malt. Taste is of a nice blend of malts, spruce, and hops. Medium bodied and smooth, with playful carbonation. Ending is of light caramel into mint.

3.4
zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle shared by matt - Surprisingly tasty. Sweet caramel body with a ton of pine, dry spruce pine needles. Cotton mouth finish, but without body and malts to back it up. interesting beer, at least.

3.4
AdamChandler (5178) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2012
"Acquired this at Harpoon Brewery where I stop by every 2 months to pick up whatever is new along with a Growler full of their Raspberry Wheat beer. Poured into a Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Glass at 39 degrees. A - Very bronze beer super clear but still very bronze. No sediment. Poured a 7 finger head but that was probably cause I was being careless. S - Nice piney smell with spruce and other syrups that we all have available in new England. Sweet and like morning due. I love these 100 barrel beers. T - Just as the label suggests. Spruce tips but I’m getting some brown sugar and lovely caramel noted. Maybe some vanilla or lavender? Not sure M - Medium beer yet a light mouthfeel and finish. A lot of bite from bitterness at the finish. O - It’s not a bad beer but the bar was set pretty high with this series. I’ve had the last 15 of 39 barrels put out by Harpoon and each one is really special. This one just tastes bland and normal. It’s not a down the drain beer but it’s certainly a hard beer to warm up to."

3.4
BeerHawk (1811) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Bottle. Poured orange with a fizzy, quick off-white head. Aromas of malt, dark fruit, and faint pine. Initial flavor of sweet fruits. As warmed, roasted malt, light spice, and a hop background. Medium body, light bitter, yet slightly sweet.

3.4
halfonit (1398) - 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.

3.3
SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle. Pours a ruby red color with a small airy head. Nose is piney hops with sap, sweet syrupy notes. Palate is sticky and chewy. Flavors of resin, sweet malts, brown sugar.

3.3
j12601 (13099) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear orange amber with a medium to large yellowed beige head. Earthy and dirty pine, sweet. Spicy pine, definitely a woody dryness to it. Sweet malt, a bit thin. Crisp malt,, pine and wood. Long bitter woody finish.


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