Since lately I am enjoying the process of pairing up beer reviews by a theme each week I am going to continue on with that. Of course that might mean that when there is no more obvious link between the two beers I can reach a little bit and make up a theme. So today I am starting the week where I will do reviews of two “beers from Boston area breweries that I did not know existed until seeing them on the shelves.” That should be pretty self explanatory.
No, I am not certain of the pronunciation . . .
Brewery: Harpoon Brewery (Boston, MA & Windsor, VT)
Name: Docesná (Czech Hop Harvest Ale)
Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 6.10% (on bottle)
Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge before being served in a pint glass. Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Session 38
Aroma: A nutty/biscuity malt aroma with some low spiciness and maybe a slight floral note. Not very intense, but clean and nice overall. – 8.5/12
Appearance: Medium brownish amber color. One finger plus cream color head that is frothy, holds really well, and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Very clear with some fine rising bubbles visible. – 3/3
Flavor: A toasty/nutty malt base with a moderate level of bitterness that is crisp and in good balance with the malt character. Seems to have a very low spiciness as well. Has a slightly dry finish that is quite clean with the flavor very slightly lingering. – 16/20
Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body with a moderate to low level of carbonation. Very smooth with a light creaminess on the palate. – 4.5/5
Overall Impressions: A really tasty pale ale with nice bitterness and a clean finish. Kind of light and lager-like in some ways as it is nicely balanced with fairly subtle flavors. Despite not having a ton of notes on this one I really did enjoy it and it is a beer that I would definitely drink a few of again sometime. – 8/10
Overall: A- (40/50)