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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #26 - Catamount Maple Wheat - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This full, smooth wheat ale is warming and delicious. It's mildly hopped to let the distinct flavor and aroma of real VT maple syrup take the lead. The maple sweetness and body that blankets this velvety amber beer showcases one of New Englands most beloved traditions. Brewed with wheat malt, pale malt and caramel malt. Hopped with Willamette.

The pure maple syrup used in this beer came from two syrup makers in the Green Mountain State. The Baker Family in East Dummerston has been boiling maple sugar since the 1950s. Dave Gavett also provided syrup from his Scrag Mountain Sugar House in Waitsfield. John's recipe, along with top quality syrup from these two Vermont maple sugar operations, resulted in a crisp wheat ale that is warming and delicious. It is mildly hopped to profile the distinct aroma and flavor of real Vermont Maple Syrup.

20 IBU
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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a Yuengling "America's Oldest Brewery" pint glass.

A: Pours a brownish amber with a fairly-creamy single-finger off-white head. A good amount of carbonation coming up. Not much lacing. The head quickly recedes.

S: Smells of pale malt and barley. Lots of breadiness here, and only hints of the maple syrup--I was expecting something a little more pungent.

T: Bubblegum, maple syrup, pale-ale-style hops (fairy light), and plenty of residual sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied and slightly creamy. The carbonation produces a little too much bite on the tongue, and it's slightly bitter on the way down.

D: Overall, a little bit sweet, but I wouldn't mind having a couple of these. A fairly solid brew; I wish more breweries would incorporate maple syrup into their recipes--I simply can't get enough of it after having the opportunity to taste the absolute divine aka Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout.

Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a thick, rocky head that scatters a bit of lace around

Smell: Sweet, almost wort-like malt, with the maple syrup clearly discernable

Taste: Sweet and malty, with vague banana bread flavors up front; by mid-palate, there is a lemony sharpness and a sweet maple syrup aspect that becomes pronounced; after the swallow, the lemon fades and the maple and malt flavors dominate the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation; very sticky in the aftertaste

Drinkability: An interesting experiment, but way too sweet for my palate and the lemony sharpness in the middle is also off-putting


Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Grey Lodge in Philadelphia, Saturday March 8th, the first full day of Philly Beer Week 2009:

Appearance: Clear, deep amber that borders on copper. Frothy off-white head. Good retention, better than average lacing.

Smell: Fairly limited. Clean. A sugary quality hints at maple syrup. Perhaps some minor fruitiness of apples and white grape. Minor grainy malt notes. No hops, as might be expected.

Taste: The maple syrup does come through in the flavor, and it's not overdone. It's more like a thin coating to the caramelish malt base. Wheat malt is only slightly evident. It's pretty straightforward with notes of caramel and drizzled honey. Bitterness is balancing, and stiff enough to cut through. Some hops appear in the finish. The alcohol is pretty well reigned in, but you can tell that it's slightly bigger than a regular beer. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a delicately tingly median carbonation. Appropriately smooth.

Drinkability: While there are certainly no off-flavors, and the maple syrup is kept in check, it almost seems like there's not enough flavor. At least given the extra strength. It makes a decent amber-wheat, but the use of maple syrup doesn't seem to have done much for it other than getting your attention. Altogether fairly drinkable though.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 3/7/09 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of maple, caramel, light malts, some wheat and some hops.

T: The taste is more well-balanced than I had anticipated. The maple flavor hits up front with some caramel sweetness as well. Then the wheat flavor comes in with a mild hops presence to temper things out. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style while adding the maple twist, it's a decent beer but not one that I'd usually pick.

Photo of Jason
2.66/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz brown bottle with a foil cover over the cap and neck of bottle. No freshness date on bottle.

Shiny and clear copper color, good head retention all around. Smells of maple taffy, powdery biscuit, bubble gum fruit and a hint of herbal hop. Slick and smooth with medium body, sweetness right away yet the light maple flavor never rises above the malt. Bready malt meets a quick smack of herbal hop bitterness which is all swept by a breath of fruity alcohol. Sweetness ensues as nothing else jumps at the chance to balance it out.

A bit too sweet for me, yeah the hops and alcohol are there but all seem a bit transparent ... even the malt. If you can handle sweeter beers that don't primarily focus on a round malt character then this one is for you.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the brewery in Boston, poured chilled into a Boddington's glass.

A - a light copper w/ haze and a pillowy offf white 2 1/2 finger cap w/ a very fine bead.

S - An estery fruity (slight tropical) nose w/ woody accents from maple. Gentle grainy aroma like toasted cereal w/ mild husky buckwheat odor w/ a similarity to a whole grain pancake

M - A very dry toasted grain texture and crisp w/ moderate carbonation and the moderate alcohol in feel. Finish is dry -almost bone dry w/ a hint of creamy malted wheat

T - A sweet maple flavor collides w/ crisp light toasted malt taste with a hint of woodiness from the mild hops. The flavor is hinted at bready as the yeast and malt give a light nutty taste. The taste is dry w/ a gentle maple taste which is both nutty, creamy and mildly sweet.

D - Drinkability is above average for me but not a quenching beer, more of a beer like bock you go for when you want malty yet chewy

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice wheat and crystal malt scent along with a moderate maple sweetness. The taste is decent as well. It has a very drinkable wheat and crystal malt flavor that goes down easy, but finishes quite dry with a bit of maple sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a little bit better thatn most of their 100 barrel beers. It's nothing spectacular, but it's a tastey beer.

Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good head, nearly white. The lace slides down the glass. The liquid is dark and crystal clear for a wheat beer--clearly amber.

Mild malt and wheat aroma. Reminds me of a cherry wheat beer I've had before. Slightly sweet.

An interesting combination of spicy wheat, mellow malt and a touch of hop. Full bodied with ample carbonation. Light spiciness with a round, creamy feel.

Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Transcribed from undated notes, probably early-March 2009.

This was unquestionably the most beautiful beer that I had seen in a long time! It had a mountainous, frothy ecru-colored cap of two fingers' worth of foam with outstanding retention. The color was a BUPGOO-like deep amber both intense carbonation and NE-quality clarity. Nose had a mild sweetness, but not a cloying one as you might expect from maple syrup. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with a toned-down maple flavor on the tongue. Better put, it was discernible, but not overpowering. Finish actually tended towards a slight dryness. 5s - top to bottom. From me, for a wheat beer?!? Man, I gotta rethink my stance.

Photo of Billolick
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ouncer, typical, 100 barrel presentation. Pours lighter amber, with bubbles continuing to rise, under a frothy light tan head and strands of lace. Light whiffs of sugary maple on the nostrils. This one tastes a bit off to me, lacking in the pleasant sweetness expected in the style. It gives off a moderate sourness, a slight metallic note, then a moderatly dry finish. Bleh, yet another underwhelmer in this series.

Photo of ejimhof
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of jdhilt
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger cream head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hint of a maple nose. Flavor leans to sweet, must be the maple, otherwise not much flavor. Not what I was expecting in a wheat. Overpriced at $5.19 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of billab914
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on our stay in Maine the night before Kate Day '10. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. poured a dark amber color with a one finger white head covering the top of the beer. The head settled out after a bit but left some good lacing on the glass.

The aroma has wheat with a little citrus zest to it. I'm getting a little of what I think is the maple but it's not very strong and I doubt I'd pick the flavor out if i didn't know it was in there.

The taste has more of the maple present then the nose did. I'm pretty much getting a mixture of maple, wheat and malt out of it. it's not overly sweet though which is what I was worried the maple would do.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I enjoyed it as a nice twist on a wheat beer. Don't think I ever had a maple flavored beer before and it was pretty good. I can't say I'd buy it regularly but I love the experimentation and getting to try the results.

Photo of Kelp
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of ppoitras
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Gold foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear copper brew. Head dwidles gradually, with average to good lacing. Aroma is sweet, with a fruity kick. Taste starts with maple sweetness, citric bite in the middle, soft wheat close. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth, and drinkability is pretty good as well. Not something I'd go out of my way for.

Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-gold color with a frothy two-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma has hints of wheat and maple in the nose, followed by a bit of hop bitterness.

Taste is smooth with a good hint of maple upfront, followed by wheat and mild hop bitterness. Not bad. A bit sweet but not enough to be cloying.

Mouthfeel is full of the maple and wheat. Crisp, smooth. Easy to drink.

Overall, not a bad beer made with maple. A bit too sweet overall for my tastes but you can't go wrong with giving it a try. The use of Vermont maple syrup is a treat that gives it a different feel.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma has definite maple and wheat tones, plus fruity, malty and hoppy hints. Pours a clear, dark, fizzy copper with a fairly thick pale copper-tan head. Flavor has a wheaty core with maple and fruity notes plus hints of woody hops and caramel, and just a touch of horehound. Texture has firm body and a decent amount of fizz, leaving a tingly, syrupy, slightly hoppy finish. This is a good one, so catch it while you can, no matter what series!

Photo of OWSLEY069
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, mellow maple syrup and banana. In the taste, well, it's a candied banana with a touch of maple syrup in the end. A smooth and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry candied banana flavor in the aftertaste. A bit sticky sweet, and a bit eh!

Photo of barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of gford217
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber courtesy of DrDogbeer poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with a short-lived beige head that lingers as a small cap adn leaves no lacing.

The aroma is fairly tame with some pale malts and hints of sweetness from both the caramel malts and presumably the honey, though I wouldn't have picked it out if I didn't know it was in there.

The taste follows the aroma but has the slightest hint of hops up front before giving way to the wheat sweetness and light fruits dipped in honey. The finish is slightly bitter.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and had decent carbonation.

This is a decent wheat beer with an interesting twist, but it's probaby just better than average for me.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a little bit better than an average beer. It was a hazy cherry amber color with a decent tan head. It had a faint bready aroma, with a hint of maple. I think I was expecting more maple, given the beer's name. Bready taste, hint of maple, even less than a hint of hops. Fairly dry. Would probably be an OK session beer.

Photo of Bierman9
3.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped by the Windsor facility on 16APR09 with Alewife for lunch at the start of a long weekend in Vermont. Had a tulip glass of this to start, about 13oz worth...

This bier was a striking, clear copper hue, with sporadic carbo. Head was thin and white, leaving very good lace in the glass. Light sweetness wafted forth, with subtle floral notes also present in the restrained aroma. Body was just about a medium, and despite some prickliness on the tongue, the bier was fairly smooth overall.

Flavor has a bit of toastiness and a little caramel, with the maple evident and adding a subtle sweetness to the profile. Hopping is well in the background, and the wheaty finish is dry and crisp. An easy-going, refreshing bier. Prosit!!

look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #26 - Catamount Maple Wheat from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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