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November 28, 2010

Harpoon Brewery’s Winter Warmer Beer Review 11.28.2010

Harpoon Brewery's Winter Warmer

Harpoon Brewery's Winter Warmer

The Brewski Report Reviews Harpoon’s Winter Warmer Spiced Ale
File Date: 11.28.2010

File Name: Christmas Crowd Pleaser
The Beer: Winter Warmer
Type: Spiced Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.9% ABV
Brewer: Harpoon Brewery
Web Site: www.harpoonbrewery.com
State/Country of Origin: MA, USA
Brewer Info: Harpoon Founders Dan Kenary &  Rich Doyle started the Harpoon Brewery in 1986 because—like today—we loved beer and wanted more good choices.  While traveling in Europe after college, we drank many wonderfully diverse, fresh, local beers.  We also saw firsthand how important local breweries were to their communities.  After our travels, we asked each other, “why not bring great beer and that sense of community to New England?”  That was the genesis of the Harpoon Brewery. Twenty years later we still revel in making great beer and sharing that joy with our friends and neighbors.  The success that we have had running Harpoon is due entirely to the wonderful employees who brew, package, warehouse, sell, deliver, and market our beer and you, the people who drink Harpoon.  We hope that our sense of gratitude is reflected in both the quality of the beer and the spirit of fun and enjoyment surrounding our beer and breweries.

tbr-winter-warmer-tap-pullBrewer Brand Hype: Winter Warmer was Harpoon’s first seasonal beer.  It was designed to be enjoyed during the holiday season.
When you bring a glass of this dark copper ale to your lips to take your first sip you will notice the aroma of cinnamon.  There is no aromatic hop added that might overpower the distinct spice scent.  The medium body of this beer is formed from caramel and pale malts.  These create enough body to support the spices without making the beer excessively rich.  Bittering hops are added to counter the sweetness of the malt and spice.  The finish of the beer is a blend of cinnamon and nutmeg.  The combination of these two spices results in a balanced, pumpkin-pie flavor.
Label: Brewed since 1988, the flavor of Cinnamon and nutmeg in Harpoon Winter Warmer make this full-bodied, rich ale a classic holiday treat. Enjoy!

The Brewski Review: Ever watch ‘A Christmas Story’? I’m sure many won’t argue that it’s a true classic. What’s so endearing about this film is it’s period. It harkens back to a time when life was more simple. The only source of information was the nightly news and the local paper. You could eat whatever you wanted without fear of getting cancer. People took ownership of their actions and didn’t sue at the drop of a hat. Holiday shopping wasn’t so commercialized and over-hyped. There was no ‘Doorbuster Deals’ to trample people over. Kids played with Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs and dolls. No expensive electronics. People enjoyed each other since they weren’t so detracted by cell phones and MP3 players. Life was slower than it is now: muscle your way to work and put in 10 or 11 hours, race home and shuttle the kids to their far-flung sports and hobbies, eat dinner on the run, come home, do laundry, go to bed, get up and repeat the process all over again. I know it won’t happen but American needs to revert back to these simple times. Then we could unravel our complicated lives and enjoy a nice cold one. This Winter Warmer is a nice choice: good taste with a nice seasonal flavoring. I’ve had better spice beers and will probably have even better in the future but this is worthy of drinking again.  Enjoy the Holidays! Maybe a few of these beers will help tame the stress that goes along with all the crowd fighting you’ll be doing.

tbr-harpoon-cap-bannerDrinkability: Sure. Good Beer.
Appearance: Amber color with a high head.
The Buds: Nice seasonal flavor but not too overpowering.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 caps out of 5.

A timeless Holiday Classic. If you've never seen it, do so.

A timeless Holiday Classic. If you've never seen it, do so.

June 13, 2010

Harpoon’s Celtic Ale Beer Review 6.13.10

Harpoon's Celtic Ale

Harpoon's Celtic Ale

The Brewski Report Reviews Harpoon Brewery’s Celtic Ale and BP’s Quandry.
File Date: 6.13.2010

File Name: Gulf Oil Spill is a Double Edge Harpoon.
The Beer: Celtic Ale 
Type: Irish Red Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.4%
Brewer: Harpoon Brewery
Web Site: www.harpoonbrewery.com
Country of Origin: MA, USA
Brewer Info:  Harpoon Founders Dan Kenary &  Rich Doyle started the Harpoon Brewery in 1986 because—like today—we loved beer and wanted more good choices.  While traveling in Europe after college, we drank many wonderfully diverse, fresh, local beers.  We also saw firsthand how important local breweries were to their communities.  After our travels, we asked each other, “why not bring great beer and that sense of community to New England?”  That was the genesis of the Harpoon Brewery. Twenty years later we still revel in making great beer and sharing that joy with our friends and neighbors.  The success that we have had running Harpoon is due entirely to the wonderful employees who brew, package, warehouse, sell, deliver, and market our beer and you, the people who drink Harpoon.  We hope that our sense of gratitude is reflected in both the quality of the beer and the spirit of fun and enjoyment surrounding our beer and breweries.
 
tbr-harpoon-logo1Brewer Brand Hype: Harpoon Celtic Ale is an Irish red ale.  In its first year of production, it was available only on tap in the Greater Boston area.  This was Harpoon’s salute to and the celebration of St Patrick.  The following year it became Harpoon’s official spring seasonal beer. Harpoon Celtic Ale features a deep amber color.  The flavor is malty and complex.  Celtic Ale has a moderate hop finish that, along with the generous amounts of malt, makes for a medium bodied, smooth, rich beer.  Try serving Celtic Ale with a hearty stew… the beer’s robust character will complement the bold flavors. The overall character is a complex maltiness with a deep amber color.
Label: This Irish-style red ale honors the proud Celtic brewing tradition: the perfect companion for all St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Slainte!

The Brewski Review: I thought this beer was rather good.  Slightly hoppy with a nice malty flavor. There was a slight aftertaste but it was rather subtle so it wasn’t a turn-off to me.  Kind of like what’s happening in the gulf right now.  Yes.  The oil spill is terrible and it will have an effect on the ecosystem and people’s livelihoods for years to come. But drilling is not without it’s risks.  The greenies certainly don’t want drilling on land or right off shore, so there aren’t many other places to get this type of energy. It’s the price we pay for pursuing petroleum products to sustain our way of life. The president and all the greenies are kidding themselves if they think solar or wind will replace oil and coal.  The cost difference is enormous. If people are not concerned about job losses now to emerging growth countries (what cave are these people living in?) there will be plenty more to come.  Think about it, the companies who try to manufacture their goods with more expensive green energy will price their goods right out of the marketplace.  Countries like Mexico, China, India, etc, who would still be using coal and petrol products will have a huge competitive advantage in the market (aside from the inexpensive labor they already have).  Green energy is expensive and not very portable.  It’s pretty tough to take wind energy with you other than having to rely upon a battery for storage.  Gas?  Fill up the can baby.  Let’s go.   People shouldn’t be boycotting BP.  They should be seeking out BP on every corner to fill up their SUV so they can keep drilling, discovering new reserves, providing fuel and products the world over, and, of course, to help clean up the mess. So there you have it.  My two cents worth on the oil spill.

Drinkability: Would drink it again.
Appearance: Nice Head. Light amber in color.
The Buds: Hearty taste.  Good cool weather beer.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 caps out of 5.

Scoop it out of the ocean and use it around the house.

Scoop it out of the ocean and use it around the house.

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