Beer ReviewsJohn Hyslop

Harpoon Rec League Beer

Harpoon Rec League Beer

Harpoon Rec League Beer

When you are choosing a beer for a “big” game, you need to choose wisely. There are so many things to consider other than taste alone. First question I always ask is, “if I drink twelve of these, can I at least borderline function tomorrow?” It’s an important question because as you saw last night, these championship games can seem to drag on. If I get on a pace where I am drinking three beers per quarter, I want to know that I will wake up the next day and at least pretend to be productive. (I know that’s a brisk pace but don’t act like it is crazy.) For this reason, ABV was the highest priority in my decision making process last night.

Obviously I needed something that was light but not I didn’t want to go too light which is easy to do with the usual suspects. It needed a hoppy flavor but one that was not 7.5% ABV which is also not an easy ask. For these reasons, I settled on Rec League by the Harpoon Brewery. It was suggested by my wife and she is smarter than me so I took her advice. Plus, she had an 18 pack in the basement (she has a six pack now) so it was convenient.

As far as the tasting notes, the first thing I noticed was that it smells pretty fruity. Like really fruity which is normally a turnoff for me but when I tasted it, I was good to go. It has a hoppy taste which went well with a peach/orange taste. It was hoppy enough to not make me feel like I was drinking a fuzzy navel so my manhood is still intact. There was no bitter taste whatsoever.

The only negative is that this beer will forever be linked to the Clemson/LSU Over 67.5 robbery that took place in the fourth quarter. I am not sure I have ever seen a receiver get interfered with, still make the catch and score, only to get called for pass interference. That score would have pushed the game over the total making me a winner. I don’t blame the guys at Harpoon for this, but I have to note what I was drinking when I was robbed.

Overall, I am definitely putting this beer in the rotation and classifying it as a day drinking option. If you are looking to get after it all day on football Saturdays and Sundays but still be coherent for the night games, this is your beer. Besides game days, it would be perfect for yard work. Everybody knows it’s tough to find a good yard work beer so this can help fill that void in your life. I doubt you can do too much damage to yourself or your equipment with just this beer. You would have to mix it with liquor to be truly dangerous which I do not recommend. Just don’t drive a car.

Harpoon Rec League Beer

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