Harpoon Brewery/Boston, Massachussetts
Founded in 1986, Harpoon Brewery is one of the oldest craft breweries in the U.S. The Boston mainstay first introduced its 100 Barrel Series in 2003 to showcase the individual talents of its brewers. This 47th installment of the series is a collaboration of four different Harpoon brewers — Ethan Elston, Jamie Maxwell, Rich Masella and Ryan Thompson, each of whom brewed a saison style-beer but with totally different recipes. The name refers to the blending of the four unique saisons and the various ingredients and yeast strains found within this complex golden ale. Elson's version incorporates American hops, a Trappist yeast strain, coriander, orange peel and black peppercorn; Maxwell's is a traditional version with a French saison yeast strain, Bohemian pilsner malt and noble hops; Thompson's features coriander and white peppercorn; and Masella utilizes New Zealand Pacifica and Motueka hops to give a citrus-tinged hop profile. The result of this grand experiment brings a delightful complexity to the table, featuring spicy overtones backed up with a citrusy hop balance and slightly sour funk of the farmhouse yeasts. The dry aftertaste lingers for several seconds, allowing your taste buds to revisit the aforementioned flavors.
Note: A video featuring the four brewers talking about their beer can be viewed here