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HARPOON DIRECTOR’S CUT

Splotchy chestnut-browned pale ale/stout mixture needs better definition as Black & Tan styling. Ashen hop-charred walnut and Brazil nut rut as well as distant molasses-smoked chocolate malting fail to register properly above moderate citric splurge. Minor grapefruit peel bittering, wavered tobacoo roast and wispy plum wining lose out to overt carbolic fizz.
 
Press Release: Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Director's Cut Ale Now

COLD SPRING MOONLIGHT ALE

Enormous 32-ounce can brings tinny metallic derision to slick caramel malting and phenol-hopped acridity of understated, lackluster porter-bock mix. Despite boasting ‘glacial mineral water,’ crispness lacks. Obliging brown-sugared cocoa-powdered chocolate roast overrides ashen cola-walnut singe consuming astringent purple grape, prune, and cherry whimper, weakening to chalky mocha tartness. Slight barleywine lick detected at blah dried-fruit finish. Serve to less discriminating brown ale consumers.

BLUE HEN BLACK & TAN

Strong fruity essence not often associated with Black & Tans. For better or worse, bitter chocolate notes overwhelmed by grainy lager sharpness. Distracting over-carbonation and sour mocha finish are letdowns, but a burst of sweetness coats the aftertaste. As with many black and tans, it loses its natural essence since it’s difficult to create in the bottle and easier to blend on tap when mixed at the time of serving.