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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #33 - Glacier Harvest ’10 Wet Hop Beer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #33 - Glacier Harvest ’10 Wet Hop BeerHarpoon 100 Barrel Series #33 - Glacier Harvest ’10 Wet Hop Beer

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BA SCORE
85
very good

88 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For the 33rd session of the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series, we’re using locally grown hops and malted barley in our Glacier Harvest Wet Hop Ale, a pale ale made with fresh Glacier hops.

Wet hop beers are brewed using fresh, “wet” hops instead of traditional dried hops—hops contain about 60% moisture when they are picked. Typically, when hops are picked they are quickly dried and refrigerated to make them stable and more consistent for brewing. Freshly picked wet hops, however, need to be used within hours of harvest or they will begin to degrade rapidly.

Wet hops retain more of their natural aroma and volatile flavors that dissipate when dried. This gives wet hop beers a fresher hop flavor and aroma than that of beers hopped with processed hops. Barley grown in Maine complements the New York-grown Glacier hops. This robust pale malt can stand up to the intense, immersed hop flavor, and makes the beer a true celebration of Northeastern US brewing.

38 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerNinja007 on 09-04-2010)
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a rusty, coppery shade of orange-brown. About 1.25 fingers of soft, buttermilk head leave adequate lacing. Its a very solid looking pale ale.

Yeah, yeah, I know. I shouldn't be reviewing a wet hop ale nearly one year after it was released. That's a recipe for disaster, right? Well, it turns out that this beer still holds up. Seriously. Sure, it is malt forward at this point in time. Aromatic malts and a smaller amount of caramel malt make up the majority of the aroma and flavor. But the hops are still there. A distant grass note lingers in the background, but most impressive is a dedicated red fruit component -- an aroma very close to that of strawberry. That somewhat unique red fruit note makes this a good beer, even now, despite the beer's age.

This beer has thinned out a bit in the past yearish but it's an appropriate body for an APA. Overall, this impressed me way more than I ever expected it to. Was the red fruit flavor even more prominent when fresh? Or did it develop with age? Regardless, I'd happily drink this again.

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3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 4/2/11

Appearance: Hazy, cloudy copper with a nice head and good lacing

Smell: Some sweet, pale malts - some caramel - floral/grassy hops and some strange citrus

Taste: Not great, but not bad - malts are somewhat interesting - pale, hints of amber and caramel - slightly sweet - hops have a weird citrus flavor, kind of like bitter, old orange flesh - lots of grass

Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated and crisp, refreshing, a little sticky

Overall: Good, probably should have drank it sooner

I was not in love with this beer's hop profile. The citrus flavors were simply strange, and there was way too much grass. Regardless, I might try this again next year.

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3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber with tan fluffy head.
Sweet and malty smell, lovely hop not in the nose.
Very fluffy to the taste with a lot of carbonation.
Malty with a bit of skunk to it, a bit of a flat taste but I think that is due to the fact that the best by date is 1/15/11.
A very bread like density and some good spice from the hops.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lots of coating up and down the sides of the glass led to a rich coating of suds all over the sides. The aroma was very light, Touches of light hops, piney with a note of grapefruit mixed in, but mostly dominated by a light grain like aroma. As it warmed a bit buttery brought into the mix as well. The flavor was light, nice pale ale here and very well balanced. Initial rush of hops was quickly overtaken by a very smooth and very well balanced mid palate malt profile. I was really impressed here with how nicely that came together. Smooth, light carbonation kept it from feeling too overdone and made for a very session able little ale.

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #33 - Glacier Harvest ’10 Wet Hop Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
85 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.