Review: Harpoon Hometown Hat Trick

Review: Harpoon Hometown Hat Trick


It’s another sports-themed beer from Boston’s Harpoon, this one brewed in collaboration with three Massachusetts native hockey players — Matt Grzelcyk, Chris Wagner, and Charlie Coyle. It’s a pilsner that’s triple dry-hopped to make for an unusual combination of lager and IPA styles, made with Cascade, Sterling, Citra, and Mandarina Bavaria hops. A portion of proceeds from the sales of the beer will be donated to the Corey C. Griffin Foundation, “which provides financial support to Boston non-profits focused on underprivileged youth and those with medical challenges.”

It’s a curious but mostly successful combination of styles: Malty and cereal-forward, then lightly hoppy and earthy. The creamy, rounded body can hold its own against the hops, but the combination never 100% gels: The hops feel dull and lacking in fruit and spice, the malt a bit short on that crisp, cracker-like character. A little flat on the finish, but probably good enough for when you’re watching a hockey game rinkside.

5.22% abv.

B / $14 per four-pack of 16 oz cans /

Harpoon Hometown Hat Trick




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

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