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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #35 - Catamount Maple Wheat - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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66 Ratings

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: donkeyrunner on 02-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Catamount Maple Wheat is a full-bodied, smooth wheat ale made with genuine Vermont maple syrup. The original version of this beer was brewed in the winter of 2009 by Harpoon Vermont sales representative John Baker. Harpoon brewer Brett Simmons based his 2011 version on John's recipe, with some tweaks to make it his own. It is brewed with a combination of wheat malt, pale malt, caramel malt, and mildly hopped with Willamette. The balance of malts and hops allows the distinct flavor and aroma of real Vermont maple syrup to take the lead.

The pure Vermont maple syrup used in the beer came from Baker Farm in East Dummerston - the family farm of John Baker - and Scrag Mountain Sugar House in Waitsfield. The maple sweetness and body that blankets this velvety amber beer showcases one of New England's most beloved traditions.

20 IBU
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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 48
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3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down and left a thick ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell isn’t very strong and has aromas of sweet maple syrup and wheat.
T: The overall taste has notes of maple syrup in the flavors, which are slightly stronger compared to those in the smell, but still not very prominent. The maple syrup is most noticeable in the finish and contributes some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is somewhat sticky.
O: The beer is an interesting take on the style due to the subtle hints of maple syrup in the aromas and flavors.

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2.76/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Session #35, this bomber was served in a weisse vase. The beer poured a deep, vibrant, amber-copper color, more indicative of a red/amber or even some IPA/DIPAs. There was a slight foaming of head, no more than half an inch, but quickly settling into a thin film of white, chunky, sparse bubbled foam. Aroma is minimal, and there is a slight sweetness to it, but only a hint of malt and sugar. Nothing leaping out at you when you pour this beer. In mouth, the flavors are sweet and boozey, which is shocking with such a moderate ABV. Flavors are sugary sweet, with only a hint of maple throughout, and a weak malt backbone that leaves the initial flavorings out to dry. Some dark fruit characteristics (plum, prune) are highlighted throughout, but only minimally. The beer has a hollow, malty, and again slightly boozey aftertasste, with a high note of sugary sweet at the very end to give the brew a little "pick-me-up". The finish is sweet, and a little cloying, leaving a sugary feel on the tip of the tongue and the entire palate. Not the best brew I've had from Harpoon, and a little off for the style. Unique, all the same, but I don't think I'll be seeking this one out again.

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3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep bright amber color with a thick 2 finger foam head that has excellent retention. There is lots of lacing all down the sides.

S: Ample amounts of sweet maple syrup, wheat, earthy hops and caramel.

T: Starts off with an extreme amount of maple syrup taste up front. In the middle, there is just a slight undertone of earthy hops. On the back end lots more sweet maple, burnt caramel and toast.

M: Leaves a thick slick taste on the palate. A medium bodied beer.

O: The maple syrup is there for sure, but not sure this is a pale wheat ale. Thought there would be a little more balance to this, maybe a little hop and yeast tastes.

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4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours an amber color with very thin head that disappears instantaneously, lack of head and lacing is disappointing

S: very sweet, strong maple presence

T: lots of maple sweetness and malts, no hop presence

M: good carbonation and medium mouthfeel

O: good wheat beer, true northeastern original and speaks to us northeastern maple lovers. Love this beer.

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3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a nice shade of amber with a half finger head that fades nearly instantaneously. It looks OK, but the lack of head sucks

S- getting the maple in the forefront. Smells pretty good, about what I expected from this one.

T- maple is the prominent flavor in this one. Really malty, actually...the maltiness is weird for the style and a little offputting. Taste is a little strong for the style as well

M- the maltiness is there, and it really adds a layer of thickness to the beer that I'm not sure I'm fond of in this style

O- I like a good pale wheat, but this one is too malty and the flavors are a little too potent...how that's a bad thing, I'm not totally sure. But it is, dammit

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3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass. A thin bubbly head fades quickly into a thin white film. Colour is a brownish-red.

Smell: Aromas of sweet wheat and a little bit of alcohol are the strongest followed by some maple syrup.

Taste: Very malty and wheaty, mostly caramel malts. Light maple taste is almost completely masked by alcohol, but it is surprisingly warming. Very simple.

Mouthfeel: Lightly-medium bodied with a modest amount of carbonation.

Overall/Drinkability: As I said before, this brew is nicely warming. Overall, nothing really sticks out, I was expecting a little more maple syrup flavours. A nice basic beer but nothing special.

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4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at D's six packs for 6.50.

A - Poured a light amber color with read hues. Not sure what I did special but mine got a solid half inch of head with both bottle pours. Mild lacing throughout.

S - Smells pretty sweet mostly of sweet caramel like maple suryp and strong wheat base. Little to no hop presence.

T - Simplistic in a way that the wheat is there as a base and the sweet taste of caramel coated suryp makes itself know. Wish the taste of the suryp was stronger but it worked for the ABV. In a way it tasted nice and sweet.

M - Light to medium. Found it very easy to drink

Overall it was a very solid offering from harpoon. Not very lackluster but it was pretty timid. Still it was worth the cost. Solid offering from harpoon.

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #35 - Catamount Maple Wheat from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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