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Harpoon Brewery's Kettle cup Winner - Hoppy Belgian Style Blonde

Harpoon's 100 Barrel Series Kettle cup Winner - Hoppy Belgian Style Blonde

Hoppy Belgian Style Blonde is a delightfully drinkable Belgian-style ale with a big kick of American hops. A Belgian yeast strain, Bastogne, was used to brew this beer giving it a fruity/spicy character. A generous dose of hops – including Galaxy, Simcoe, Chinook, and an addition of whole Cascade hops – yields a powerful hop nose and flavor. The finish is sharp and satisfying. It’s a real winner. ABV: 6.5%. IBUs: 53.

Harpoon's Kettle Cup
About 4 years ago a few Harpoon employees thought it would be fun to start up an annual company homebrew competition here at the brewery. Anyone who wanted to brew a beer could, and the winning beer would be determined by popular vote based on a blind sampling at our annual company outing at our brewery in Windsor, VT. The first year there were about a dozen entries from Harpooners in every department. In 2012 there were more than 30. For the last competition it was decided that from here on out, the winning beer each year would be brewed as a 100 Barrel Series offering. So, after a heated contest, the Hoppy Belgian Blonde brewed by John Bagdonas, Kevin Eibensteiner, and Chris Sweatman of Harpoon Distributing Company, under the guidance of brewer Charlie Cummings, came out victorious. Congratulations to this year’s Harpoon Kettle Cup winners! But really, we ALL win with this one.

Review by RateBeer
Pours a slightly hazy golden with a white head and lacing. Aroma is wonderful yeast that makes me say "that’s nice yeast," gentle hoppiness and an underlying fruitiness. Taste is lightly bitter, but in a nice guy kind of way. Very lightly sweet, but the aftertaste is actually a bit sugary. Some citrus flavors break through. Herbal hops are present as well. Nice complexity. Very nice to drink. Very happy I purchased.
   Harpoon's 100 Barrel Series Kettle cup Winner - Hoppy Belgian Style Blonde Harpoon Brewery - Boston, MA 
About the Harpoon Brewery:
The Harpoon Brewery was founded by beers lovers, Rich Doyle and Dan Kenary. In 1986 Harpoon was issued Brewing Permit #001 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, since it was the first brewery to brew commercially in the state after a dormant period of about 25 years. Harpoon’s line of craft beer features its award-winning IPA and UFO Hefeweizen beers, along with four special seasonal selections. In 2000 Harpoon purchased a second brewery in Windsor, VT, making Harpoon the 9th largest craft brewer in the US. Harpoon has since introduced two lines of limited edition beers, the 100 Barrel Series and the Leviathan Series, as well as the all-natural Harpoon Cider made from freshly pressed, local apples. For more information about Harpoon beers and visiting the breweries, visit

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