Day #142 – Harpoon Summer Beer

May 23, 2011

Summer is upon us folks.  I have under a week of teaching left till summer break; we’ve been experiencing the start of Texas heat and thunderstorms and the Mavericks are on fire and play tonight.  I picked up a lot of summer beers for this week to get this thing kicked off!  Summer beers are smooth, easy-drinking and always refreshing.  Hopefully today’s will meet all those criteria.

Harpoon Summer Beer

Harpoon is out of Boston, Massachusetts.  Their summer beer is a Kolsch and carries a 5% ABV.  Fairly straightforward I believe.

This pours a fairly clear golden color that is very high in carbonation.  It builds a tall fizzy white head that foams and fizzes for awhile.

The aroma is very grassy and grainy.  There is maybe just the tiniest hint of skunk smell but it is kinda occluded by the grassy notes.  Minus the skunk that’s just about right for a kolsch.

Flavor is also grainy as well.  Some sweet notes but very grassy also.  Some bready malts, however it remains pretty smooth and refreshing.  I’m down with this for a summer beer.



One comment

  1. Thank you for a great post.

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