I haven’t had a Harpoon Barrel Series in a long time. They used to put out some impressive stuff, so let’s see if this one is decent.
Style: American Double/Imperial IPA
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In 2014 we became employee owned and our friends from Deschutes Brewery were among the first to welcome us to the ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) club. They became an invaluable resource for us as we began to navigate our way into the new world of employee ownership. As you can imagine, it didn’t take long for us to decide to brew a beer together. Two versions of the EHOP beer will be released: one brewed at our brewery in Boston and the other brewed at Deschutes in Bend, Oregon. Harpoon brewer Ethan Elston and Deschutes brewer Ryan Schmiege collaborated on both recipes. While each beer is unique, both recipes include employee-grown hops (EHOPs). The hops, along with locally sourced sage and thyme, create a full bodied amber ale that has a malty sweetness and a lingering spiciness. Both versions will be bottled and kegged for a release in Mid-Late October. Cheers to craft brewing independence!”
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The beer poured with a two finger, off white head that was very thick and fluffy. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear mahogany color with light carbonation. The nose had a lot of malt and sweetness. Toffee and caramel came through. There were herbal notes as well, but I didn’t pick up much bitterness. The taste had a huge amount of malt. Lots of caramel candy and toffee. Bread came through next. Again, I didn’t get a huge amount of hops from this. They manifested in a vegetal and herbal way. The booze was well hidden. It had a long and malty finish. This was $7.99 for the bomber ($.36 per ounce). This was a really robust amber and I’m not sure why this was classified as a double IPA. I would have this one again, although it didn’t blow my mind.
Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0