Review - Harpoon Brewery's English Style Old Ale
"Harpoon Old Ale is inspired by the sustaining winter offerings of many English breweries. This complex & malty brew is marked by significant alcohol warmth, balanced bitterness, biscuit/roasted undertones, and sublime mouthfeel. Proper English yeast, traditional hop varietals, and generous malt bill create a wonderful companion for the fireside. Enjoyable for consumption now or for extended cellaring." -- Harpoon Brewery
First time around with this beer was at its release event at the brewery, and we enjoyed it tremendously. This time, we grabbed a bottle and sat down to savor, enjoy, and reflect upon it. Into our glass, it pours a cloudy light brown color, settling a dark amber hue with a frothy, off-white head. Active body. Fair lacing over a thin body over a mostly diminishing head. Aroma is filled with a powerful sweet malt presence, provided by caramel notes. Initial taste is heavily sweet, which retreats to a moderately sweet finish with a long duration. Light to medium in body, it has a watery texture with a soft carbonation. As good in the bottle as it was on draught.
Reviewer's notes: "Love in a glass, sweet nectar of the gods", very sweet, some people might not like it because of the sweet ness.
Reviewed on March 10th, 2007.