Harpoon Brewing Company - Harpoon Brown Session Ale
Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 20
Serving Temperature: 45-50° F
Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass or Mug
Malts: Pale, Victory, Caramel, Chocolate
Hops: Apollo, Willamette
Make no mistake; we love big, full-bodied, knock-you-on-your-arse microbrewed beers, but the extreme beer craze has made us appreciate beers like this even more: beers that have plentiful flavor but can be enjoyed in large quantities during a lengthy drinking session due to lower alcohol content (hence the term, “session beer”). This attractive brown ale pours a chestnut brown with reddish highlights. Expect a citrus-heavy nose, with a malty backbone supporting things; it’s like hops-preserves spread on a warm biscuit. Also look for notes of passion fruit and Sprite/lime, with some caramel notes emerging as it warms. The flavor closely mirrors the elements of the nose, with biscuity maltiness being quite prominent, and a faint note of watered-down scotch developing before the clean, dry, floral citrus fade from the hops. Overall, this is a clean, yet flavorful, light-bodied brown ale. Partner with a chopped chicken salad with sliced toasted almonds and raspberry vinaigrette, or put it to use in its designed application as a session beer.
The Harpoon Brewery debuted on the Boston waterfront in 1986, quite early in the US microbrew renaissance. Before starting the brewery, the founding team traveled throughout Europe in search of various beer and brewery styles upon which they would model their own ("product research" we think they called it).
The Harpoon Brewery has always been focused on positively impacting their local community. This is an important component of the brewery and pub lifestyle that they witnessed while experiencing European traditions abroad. As they say on their website, "we learned to appreciate how much local brewers meant to their communities. They were not just manufacturers of a product; they were part of the social fabric. [Before starting the brewery] we asked each other, 'Why not do that in New England?'" The result of this initial desire has won them overwhelming approval from the locals and beyond. In fact, in 2000 they purchased a second brewery in Windsor, Vermont, to keep up with demand. 2006 marked their 20th anniversary. Way to go, guys!
For more information about the brewery or scheduled tours, call 888-HARPOON, or visit their website at www.harpoonbrewery.com.
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