Oakes (18756) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2008
Reddish-brown colour. Thin head. Slightly smokey, slightly munich malty nose. Fresh craclklin’ grains. Palate is thin, with some light nutty notes and some of that Newcastley metallic taste. jjuf1853 (1302) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Bottle from six-style mixed pack pours a clear, dark amber color with a tan head. The aroma consists mainly of sweet malts and nuts. Flavor is also sweet mostly malts but a slight hop bitterness in the finish. Not as flavorful as some brown ales but decent nonetheless. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 24, 2008
On tap at the brewery. Pours a medium amber with a nondescript thin off white head. Very odd and unexpected mint aroma. Lots of nuts and maple flavors. Mild bitterness and chocolate tastes as well. A good brown ale. RONCOD (248) - Uledi, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2008
Nice amber color with a tan head. Slightly sweet chocolate malt taste. Not too bad. metsbcd (83) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 18, 2008
Better than their Munich Dark, but not as good as their standard IPA. Some nice flavors, but not a whole lot going for it overall.
BREWMUSKCLES (2743) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2008
DECENT representation indeed. unpretentious and straightforward. malt flavors do produce a nice fruity tone. a touch if nutty. lively in carbonation sets everything off well. hearty drinkin’ day brew. mild hop burp is a plus. balance is fairly good it is refreshing and with a lively and decent body. also a fairly good and malty aroma. bubbleflubber (2235) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Pours a deep amber, almost mahogany, into the glass, with a diminished head (from an initial tan fizz). The nose is of too-slight nuts and caramel... a bit weak. There is a mixture of indistinct malts on the tongue, with a semi-dry finish, somewhat nutty (against indistinct). The mouthfeel is light and bordering on watery. Carbonation levels are a bit lively. All-in-all, it lacks any real complexity or character, and "dumbs down" the session brew. jredmond (8626) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2008 12 oz bottle: Brown "Session" Ale. I’m not too sure if I’d drink this beer over and over again, but Im not a huge fan of brown ales in general. This one was sort of light tasting - with some nut in the aroma and taste. Nothing great. rodneykm (111) - Westminster, South Carolina, USA - MAY 8, 2008
I’m not really a brown ale fan to begin with so I had low hopes for this one. I actually didn’t finish it but no knock on Harpoon - just really not my kind of beer. rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2008
It’s got a sweet dark reddish brown color and excellent clarity. A small head is formed which quickly fades out. The aroma is light with some floral hop notes. Its flavor is a wonderful mix of caramel, maple, brown sugar, with roasted and toasted malts. All of which are tempered with a pleasing hop bitterness that floats around on the tongue. Its medium body and soft carbonation give it a smooth mouth feel that is very drinkable. Well done!