Why have one mystery beer, when you can have three?
Harpoon threw their friends a curve for the June X-Night. Instead of one mystery X beer, Harpoon provided us with three samples of red beer. The first sample was the base red, the second was the base red aged in a whiskey barrel, and the third was the base red aged in a rum barrel. We sampled all three and then ordered a pint of our favorite.
Which did I order you ask? Well, let me say this – I have never been a big fan of barrel-aged beer. I don’t drink liquor. Never. And most barrel-aged brews pull such a strong taste from whichever barrel they are aged in that I feel like I’m drinking an entire pint of the hard stuff.
Luckily, the barrel aged samples we sipped on last night did not provide a very strong liquor taste, although you could certainly detect hints of the whiskey and rum.
Despite the mild flavor, I still opted for the base red as my pint selection. I’m a fan of reds in general – usually not hop, very smooth. This red lived up to the reputation.
After the X-Night pint, I also sampled a few Harpoon’s other offerings of which the Mint Cider caught my attention. Mint? Yes, mint. I love mint offerings, but they can be risky. There is a very fine line between delicious mint – mint chocolate chip ice cream – and mouthwash tasting mind – for me, that’s the shamrock shake at McD’s. I fully expected this cider fall on the Listerine side of that fine line. Color me pleasantly surprised. This mint cider walked the fine line like a Flying Wallenda. And unlike many ciders, which usually have a cloudy appearance, the Harpoon Mint Cider is see-through clear. It’s worth at least a sample next time your in the beer hall, if for no other reason than it’s uniqueness.
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