A solid summer session brew
A Review of Harpoon Summer Beer by Harpoon Brewery
Posted on 10/12/2012 by Chops
Let me tell you something cool about Boston, MA. Good beer is everywhere. You can't get away from it. Quality craft beer is on every menu from high end restaurants to dirty dive bars. Consequently, Boston is chock full of beer geeks. The locals take a lot of pride in their beer and it manifests everywhere in their culture. One evening I was looking for a bite to eat. I was craving some New England clam chowder and found a dive crab shack near the water. Sure enough, the bar was fully tapped with dozens of local brews, one of which was the Harpoon Summer Beer.

Harpoon describes their Summer Beer as ''a Kolsch style ale. Originating in the Rhineland city of Cologne (Koln), Kolsch ales have the characteristics that many people associate with lager beers. Kolsch is brewed with an ale yeast, but like other northern German light ales, it is straw gold in color and light bodied. The flavor is mild. The hopping levels provide a crisp, dry finish that make this beer refreshing.''

In the glass, this beer has that nice golden straw coloration of a good Kolsch. It's light enough to see cleanly through, but dark enough to avoid being mistaken for mass-produced piss water. It comes with a sudsy white head that dissipates quickly. On the nose, I detected a lemongrass aroma with a touch of sweet citrus. Kolsch ales aren't exactly complicated, so I was pleased with the simple yet solid intro. From the first sip to the last, this beer is smooth and easy drinking. The lemongrass note transitions into a pure grassy character which is in turn complimented by a mild hop profile. The beer finishes dry with a mildly bitter aftertaste. That's pretty much it, just a solid summer session brew.

Overall, the Harpoon Summer Ale is tasty addition to any summer cooler. It's easy to grasp and very refreshing. Consequently, I can recommend this brew to any level of beer fan, but especially to novices. Beers like this go a long way in highlighting just how terrible mass-produced swill water is. It teaches beginners that lighter beers don't have to be bland and flavorless. You can easily partake in the craft beer movement and enjoy high quality flavorful beers without ever leaving that familiar straw color. The Harpoon Summer Ale is open door. Don't be afraid to walk through it.

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