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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
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.
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,