Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #33 - Glacier Harvest ’10 Wet Hop Beer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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4/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
08-22-2011 06:49:16 | More by Reaper16
3.35/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
07-27-2011 18:32:23 | More by angrybabboon
3.7/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
07-05-2011 03:58:46 | More by bamojr
4.08/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
05-29-2011 13:52:07 | More by mikesgroove
3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
Strong aroma is mainly hoppy with a hint of candy caramel and a strong tang of - what? Citrus? Wood? It pours a clear, slightly reddish amber with a fairly thick pale yellowish tan head. Hoppy flavor has slightly sweet caramel, oaken and citrus tones and a weird hint of something I can't quite describe - a truly unique flavor. Texture is fairly smooth and somewhat fizzy; finish is slightly tingly and woody and doesn't last. Not too shabby.
03-18-2011 04:49:33 | More by Cyberkedi
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #33 - Glacier Harvest ’10 Wet Hop Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
85 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.