Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #46 - Kettle Cup 2013 Hoppy Belgian Style Blonde

Formerly brewed at Harpoon Brewery
Style: Belgian Ale
Boston, Massachusetts USA


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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 53   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
A delightfully drinkable Belgian-style ale with a big kick of American hops.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
r464 (2354) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Hazy golden color with a strong white head. Tart Belgian yeast, very punchy, refreshing with a crispness and a nice hops kick. Citrus zest, low on the spice and strong on the hops as far as the style goes. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 12, 2013
22 ounce bottle - Bullocks Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia. Id have procured a receipt to make note of the price, but the cashier was having some snags on the register system and I had no desire to hold up the line (it was the Friday before Cinco de Mayo). See? I am sometimes thoughtful and considerate.

Appearance: Pours out a hazy, light gold body with a medium-sized, sudsy, white head. Scant lacing.

Smell: Fragrant hop scents of florals, white pepper, pithy lemon and grapefruit, light mango ahead of the reasonably humble malts and far, far ahead of the hints that would be hash-tagged Belgian.

Taste: Lightly bready, firmly grainy malts with the tiniest bit of cookie-ish sweetness. Spicy phenols overshadowed by the strong bitterness and jagged hop tastes of pithy citrus, florals, additional spiciness, added tropical fruitiness. Remains decidedly dry with a naked bitterness until the sudsy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: "Hoppy Belgian Style Blonde". Some labels do a poor job of convincing me, but this one hit the nail on the head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (5856) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Pours deep gold into a tulip. White head with good retention recedes leaving spot lacing to coat surface. Tropical fruit, banana and caramel aromas. Sweet with banana and guava upfront turning to mango before the lasting bitter tangy grass and resin finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBeer45 (1508) - Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2013

Bottle from Champanes, this drink had a clear yellow-gold pour with a touch of faint orange at the edges, there were particles in the glass (the glass got hazier-particle cloudy when poured towards the bottom of the bottle), the pour made a two to three white head that lowered to a cover that hung around, the glass had a medium flowing center stream with many single streams elsewhere, it left partial rings and spots of lacing on the sides of the glass, the bottom of the bottle did not have a layer of sediment but there was lots of particles floating around in the glass,

there were aromas of light grass, floral and lemon-grapefruit citrus hops with light malt and bread, and very light pear and peach fruit,

it had grassy, citrus hops with light malt flavors, lemon citrus fruit, a little pear, little sweetness if any, the finish had about a medium hop bitterness with citrus lingering on the palate that left the tongue mostly dry,

the mouth feel was light with average to lively carbonation,

a belgian beer with light malt nose and flavor, grassy citrus hops that lingered a bit, little fruit notes, a ok drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlovell2 (2066) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Poured from 22 oz. bottle. Cloudy golden color with white head. Yeasty clove aroma with citrus notes. Citrus flavors with yeast and clove flavors and hoppy finish. Really enjoyed

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