Harpoon Captain Kolsch

Val and I are back from our honeymoon and took the day after we landed off to relax. I’m busy doing laundry and updating the blog while Val naps.

ABV: 4.8%

Style: Kolsch

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We were pumped when our friends at Trader Joe’s asked us if we’d like to brew a beer with them; like us, they’re always up for having fun. As we threw around different styles, the idea of a twist on the traditional Kolsch style had everyone jazzed. The name itself is not only a nod to the super beer inside the bottle, it’s also a nod to both the Trader Joe’s Captains who welcome customers to their stores each day and the Harpoon Beer Captains who welcome beer lovers to our breweries every day. A superhero among beers, Captain Kolsch packs a subtly sweet, slightly hopped aroma and a light body. But before you can say “to the Kolschmobile!” Captain Kolsch swoops in with a crisp hop bitterness and balanced finish. Crimson-hued, refreshing, and moving even faster than a Trader Joe’s Captain, this is not your typical Kolsch. It’s a beer! It’s balanced! It’s….Captain Kolsch!”

Random: This was first brewed in 2017.

The beer poured with a finger and a half of off-white head. It went away quickly and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was an unexpected reddish-brown and clear. It had some carbonation visible. The nose started with a lot of toasted malt and brown bread. It had a nuttiness to it as well with some floral hops. The taste was nothing like I expected for a kolsch. If anything, it reminded me a lot more of an Amber. It had a lot of malt and nuttiness, specifically hazelnuts and almonds. The brown bread note that came out in the nose was present in the taste as well. The floral hops came through as well with some bready yeast. The body was on the heavier side, especially for a kolsch. It had a decent amount of carbonation. The finish was quick and nutty. I think I picked this one up at Trader Joe’s, but I don’t remember how much it was. Either way, this beer was a miss for me. If you’re looking for a kolsch, this isn’t what you want.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

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