Take 5

Massachusetts
United States
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
78
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20
Description 

Harpoon Take 5 was first brewed on the Brewery’s 10-barrel system in early 2014. With each pilot batch the recipe was tweaked until the desired balance between hop aroma and malt character was achieved. This final version begins with a vibrant citrus and pine hop aroma from Simcoe and Amarillo hops and follows through with a sturdy malt profile from the combination of Pale, Vienna, Carapils, and English Amber malts. Hop forward but not too bitter, low ABV but with a significant malt body – a truly sessionable beer.

Profile

ABV: 
4.3%
IBUs: 
43
Hops: 
Simcoe and Amarillo
Malts: 
Pale, Vienna, Carapils, English Amber
Judges Review 
Garrick van Buren's picture
Judges Rating:
78
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

The brilliantly clear gold body and bright white head give off a complex aroma dominated by resiny hops and supported by light caramel, honey, grapefruit, orange, and some light strawberry esters. It has a light water cracker-esque body with hints of caramel and moderate carbonation. The hop presence is far more subdued in the flavor and bitterness compared to the aroma. There's just a hint of resin, a light astringency, and a dry finish. The delicate nature of this extremely easy-drinking beer would compliment a light salad topped with blueberries or strawberries.