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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #41 - Catamount Maple Wheat - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #41 - Catamount Maple WheatHarpoon 100 Barrel Series #41 - Catamount Maple Wheat

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BA SCORE
81
good

85 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 85
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%


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:
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 2012 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.

21 IBU

(Beer added by: Digimaika2 on 04-01-2012)
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Session 41: Catamount Maple Wheat: This crisp wheat ale is warming and delicious. Mildly hopped to profile the distinct aroma and flavor of real Vermont Maple Syrup." Brewed three times to date, this limited release has undergone another slight recipe tweak in this incarnation. Date of 07/15/12 on neck of bottle. Purchased months ago on a discount at Smokerise Bottle Shoppe.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a snifter. Served north of 53º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy white head that recedes quickly, settling to a thin surface cover. Body color is, most appropriately, a maple-orange tone, transparent in tone with full relaxed carbonation. Head quality is less than expected for a wheat beer but the body looks pleasant, if not abnormally clear for a wheat ale. 3.25

(Smell) Maple, wheat must and booze. Biscuity german-like yeast tones with a faint trace low alpha grassy bitterness. Hints of clove and banana are most interesting additions. Maple syrup is most certainly the forerunner in flavor profiles with this beer, but it manages a decent balance amongst the alcohol, bitterness and spice. An enjoyable aroma. 3.75

(Taste) Maple and Caramel flavor up front with a hot, boozy midsection and a lasting semi-sweet maple finish. A bit sharp in places, especially between the center to the finish. This tastes much less like a wheat beer than it should, as it doesn't have much wheat flavor to it. Flavors of clove, cinnamon and banana seem out-of-place in combination with maple and amongst a general absence of malted wheat. Needs a touch of residual sweetness and a heavier wheat presence to balance out that maple and booze. Not the most drinkable beer; filling flavor and the maple finish is a bit cloying and sharp with alcohol. 3

(Mouthfeel) Slick, sticky mouthfeel with a low level of carbonation. Body is heavy for the style and medium overall. Alcohol presence is very high. Texture is nice although the booziness is relatively unpleasant for the beer and style. The body may need to be adjusted downwards and the maple character reduced a bit to avoid some of the alcohol's tone. Until then, it's a bit sharp and not the best in-balance. 3.25

(Overall) I liked the maple in the aroma, but it didn't carry over the best characters into the taste. The biggest problem was a general lack of wheat presence to balance it out and smother the booze and the maple. The recipe still needs a big change of balance. The maple, at times too dominant can manage to be reduced a couple of notes and the wheat and hops increased accordingly. That would make for a much more drinkable and balanced wheat ale. 3.25

Harpoon Brewery's
100 Barrel Series #41- Catamount Maple Wheat
3.24/5.00

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 01:24:05 | More by Jadjunk
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401J


4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was truly special to me. Very well balanced, with tons of depth.

Malty, smooth, not overly sweet but definitely a presence of the maple syrup exactly how I wanted it to be. All of the charecteristics of this beer came through in a harmonious manner that left my palate yearning for more.

A work of art.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 13:01:56 | More by 401J
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head, decent retention on a nice clear amber body.

S: fruits, mostly red apple, caramel, some candy sugar and syrup.

T: flavor is definitely unidimensional. the caramel and maple syrup kind of run together with mild toffee and barley notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Very very smooth.

Overall: how good can a beer in this genre really be. the aroma was promising however the flavor left much to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 00:41:48 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with one finger of off white foam on top of a clear, golden brown body. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Thick, malty notes of vanilla, maple sugar, bread, and spicy yeast.

T - Bready malt up front with some red apple yeast notes. Some odd sugar character in the middle and a finish of lightly fruity yeast and subtle spiciness.

M - A smooth,modately thick body with average carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Not bad, the aroma promises something like a well put together wheat wine, but the flavor is quite a bit more bland. Drinkable but kind of unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 00:40:05 | More by nickfl
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MacQ32

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a pretty nice amber, slight straw haze. Solid finger+ of near white dense head, decent retention, strong lacing.

S - Smells of ripe apples, sweet caramel malts... a hint of maple at most.

T - Wheaty/ripe apple with a bit of maple sweetness, bubble gum, finishes slightly dry, slightly grainy qualities as well

M - Medium bodied or less, quite drinkable. Appropriate carbonation

O - If you like ripe/overripe apple flavored beer youll like this, but that alone dominates this too much. By far my least favorite harpoon brew to date.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 23:44:12 | More by MacQ32
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superspak

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 7/15/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear copper orange color with a good 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention; that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of banana, molasses, caramel, clove, bubblegum, biscuit, toast, maple syrup, earth, and light herbal. Some nice and pleasant aromas with decent strength and balance. Taste of banana, clove, molasses, biscuit, caramel, toast, maple syrup, bubblegum, earth, and herbal. Lingering notes of banana, pepper, bubblegum, caramel, molasses, clove, earth, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Good flavor balance and decent complexity; no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice wheat ale. Nice amount of weizen type flavors with good balance, and very smooth to drink. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 05:44:47 | More by superspak
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two-finger straw colored foamy head. Brew is crystal clear amber color.

Tons of heavy maple syrup. Lots of clovey, spicy, wheaty goodness. Funky burn too.

Hum. An interesting take on a wheat. Maple syrup adds an interesting aspect to wheat. Dark, roasty, sweet, wet, and light carbonation.

Very refreshing and interesting take on an american wheat. Recommended brew for sure! Thanks Andy!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 00:52:41 | More by chugalug06
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Session #41. 21 IBUs. Pint glasses for the occasion.

Pours a brassy color with some burnt hues of orange and amber. The head, which rose to about a finger and a half, has settled nicely as a plopped half-inch of coarsely conglomerated foam. Eventually, it stagnates as a thinner layer.

Picking up the sweet maple in a metallic environment of toasted wheat malts and fruity apple esters. Smells very malty with just a touch of hops for half-balance.

Rugged flavor for a pale wheat ale. More overripe apple and candied sweetness from the addition of the syrup. Subtle maple flavor comes through, but is represented mostly by a sweet malt flavor with sugars. Wheatiness is short on tanginess and heavily toasted or sugared. Backend caramel and light chocolate. Finishes toasty and sweet. Mild bitterness from spicy black tea hops.

Tacky, but not too sweet. A bit thick and with girth for style. Carbonation is showy.

Not a premier beer, by any means. I'll go so far as to say the maple syrup doesn't work to pair well with the wheat malts in a non-wheatwine. The effort put forth still produces an interesting beer that would probably pair well with a slice of pie.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 03:15:56 | More by thecheapies
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark amber color with a bit of haze and a small foamy head.

S- A bit of maple syrup, Sweet malts, Hardly and hops noticable. Fairly subdued.

T- A bit of grainy wheat, but not as much as you would expect in a wheat beer. Some sweet malty notes that somewhat resemble maple, very little hops presence, finishes quite sweet with a bit of citrus on the backend.

M- Medium body, low carbonation, But a bit spritzy.

O- Not as wheaty as I was expecting but it is fairly well balanced. The maple syrup is noticable and not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 23:17:41 | More by Treyliff
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Hoyt for splitting this bomber with me.

A - clear, translucent amber with a thick, white, dense, head with great retention

S - sweet, earthy maple syrup

T - maple syrup, sugar, sweet, alcohol, earthy, a bit citrusy in the finish

M - medium to full bodied (it's heavy but thin at times - really odd), well carbonated

This is a nice concept, but it's rather heavy for the style. The maple syrup adds nice flavor but it overpowers anything else that may have been going on. It's one dimensional and a bit over-mapled.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 23:31:23 | More by tdm168
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dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

A: Clear, coppery-gold, small, somewhat dense tannish head

S: Smells like a sweet german lager, no hops, definitely has a distinctive sweet aspect that I assume is maple, but doesn't jump out at me like syrup on waffles

T: Starts just as sweet as the aroma, but has decent balance, perhaps still a tad too sweet, the sweetness doesn't taste distinctively maple though, doesn't have any flavors that remind me of a wheat beer

M: Slightly dry mouthfeel, medium bodied, gets fuller as your mouth dries, not quite as full or soft as I expected from a beer with wheat, but ok

O: An ok beer, tastes sweeter than normal but I figured that from the maple title, although disappointing in the wheat aspect

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 00:19:32 | More by dpodratsky3
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Durge

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found at Cobblestone's in Lowell, MA this 100 barrel series brew shows a deep rosy copper color with a modest white head that settles to a ring and decent lacing. The aroma brings maple brandy ideas and wheat grain. Interestingly good. My taste buds detect lots of yeasty grass and mild maple malt. There’s a vague whiskey alcohol over pineapple. A little watered down perhaps but it grows on me a little. It's medium-light bodied with modest carbonation. A mellow, smooth feel. Decent stuff worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2012 18:59:34 | More by Durge
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TubaManJack

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Its beginning to seem like this beer is becoming a rotating standby of the series.

Appearance
A deep tan cloudy/hazy body with a little lingering suddsey head. It's much deeper in color that I was expecting and looks more like a light aventus.

Smell
Maple Nut Fudge and whole wheatables. No joke. The maple syrup seems reduced to its deepest tone and any sweetness seems to be comming from the wheat. this is pretty solid.

Taste
Pretty dark wheat flavors are comming out along with a bit of the maple syrup dark amber joy. There is also a molasses brown sugar play that is going on which is quite nice. There is not as much nutty flavor as in the fudge I was picking up in the nose.

Mouthfeel
I am not quite crazy for the mouthfeel. The rich maple tone combined with a toned down carbonation leaves the beer a bit heavy and the alcohol was balanced under all of the sweetness and did it quite cut though it.

Overall
I liked it and can now understand why it's been brewed multiple times. For those of you who enjoy milk stouts would be well served by picking up some.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2012 04:00:33 | More by TubaManJack
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Had this back in April. Reviewed from notes. Looks like this is the 3rd installment of this beer in this series. Never got to try it the first 2 times around.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark ruby-tinted amber with a very thin beige sheet of lace on top. The nose is malty and sweet. Subtle notes of fruits and just the mildest of maple whiffs. The body is bubbly enough, but coats the palate well. Carries a bit more heft than many of this style. The maple is very subtle in the flavor, coming through just a touch on the finish. This is more fruit-forward than I expected, with some mild citrus tartness and strawberries. Not a bad beer here. These "one-offs" that Harpoon releases never really blow me away, but I’ve never been really disappointed either. This is one I’d revisit.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 16:22:50 | More by Onenote81
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Catamount Maple Wheat (session 41) opens with a light malty aroma, with toast crust, wet wheat, brown sugar, and touches of maple syrup dominating, as well as fainter notes of orange and apricot, and from the hops, just a smidgen of lemon. The aromas are quite faint--surprisingly so, for a 6.8% ABV beer--but the maple syrup for which the beer is partially named is at least one of the primary aromas, as is wheat. As a whole, the sugars in the nose are enticing, reminding me of pancakes drizzled in maple syrup. I only wish the aromas were the strength of those of a plate in front of me, rather than one across the table, as this weakness makes the beer seem watery.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a nice wheat and maple syrup buzz, much like buckwheat whole grain pancakes with maple syrup. The syrup is especially present here, mingling with brown sugars and comprising perhaps half of the flavors. The wheat notes combine with toast crust to form a slightly smaller tone, joined by orange and apricot fruit esters, and a slight lemon presence from the hops. The sugars last well into the mouthful, present in decent strength even in the aftertaste, though by this point the grains have taken the lead flavor, and linger on the tongue for a little while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, the initial flavors in this beer are nice, though I did want for just a bit more potency. I was reminded of this especially in subsequent sips, where the beer took on more of a wet wheat flavor than a sugary one, and felt, as well as tasted, slightly watery. Still, this would be good hot summer day fare on the deck.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 17:14:39 | More by jondeelee
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at The Lower Depths

A- An opaque brown caramel with a thin layer of white head. No carbonation bubbles that are visible however beer is fairly opaque so hard to tell. Beer appears that it might be a little bit on the thicker side. Wish I could have brought this beer into a little bit more light to see if there was any sedimentation.

S- Lightly sweet maple syrup, brown sugar, malts, a little bit grainy, average aroma strength.

T- Lightly sweet maple syrup, a little bit of a grainy wheat presence, a little bit of a malty backbone, a little watered down, lightly sweet maple aftertaste that wasn't too strong.

M- Medium bodied, very smooth, slightly creamy, not too syrupy, next to no carbonation.

O- This was an okay beer, although it isn't as good as a lot of other maple beers I've had. In my opinion the lack of carbonation really killed this beer, it made it taste more like maple flavored water then a beer. Overall the beer was lacking a little bit in each category- lack of carbonation killed appearance and mouthfeel, smell wasn't too aromatic or overly appealing, and taste could have been a little bit sweeter. I've never had the bottle one, but it would be interesting to compare it to the cask-conditioned. An interesting try however definitely not worth the money (~$10).

Serving type: cask

05-30-2012 03:20:43 | More by jaasen64
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a reddish amber with no foam. Caramel malty smell, toffee too. Some maple. Taste is a rich malt, with a subtle syrup. But the sweetness is balanced nicely by a mild hop. Tasty malt.

With maple in the title, I feared this would be too sweet, but it was just right. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 11:55:09 | More by KTCamm
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Didn't want to let this sit too long so I figured I'd break it open for lunch. Poured into a Church Brew Works sampler glass, clear, honey-brown color, tiny bubbles of carbonation, and a thin white head that reduced to a patchy layer. Pretty basic aroma of toasted grains, sugary malts, but not really maple. Tastes vaguely of phenols off the bat, fleshing out more to the typical wheaty banana clove profile, sweet malts, bready, some brown sugar, and a touch of maple in the finish, with a cautious leafy hop quality throughout lending to the bitterness factor. This isn't tremendous, but it does go down fairly easy, with a light-medium body, and a moderately noticeable alcohol twinge. Not bad, but not something I'd revisit. A few sips was plenty; I wouldn't do a whole bottle or pint.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 17:38:19 | More by Rifugium
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JimKal

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into a hefeweisen glass. It has a four finger head and a nice amber appearance.

The aroma offers a slightly sweet hint but I'm not able to identify it with more precision.

This is a nice tasting beer. The maple for me shows up at the end. There is just a bit of the maple sweetness at the finish.

There is medium carbonation on this beer and a nice mouthfeel to it. This taste will stick with you for a bit after the finish.

I enjoyed this and would do it again. I don't see it as an everyday brew as it is only available in 1pt 6 oz bombers. I am a fan of maple syrup - love the real stuff on my pancakes. But, if you don't like maple you might not like this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 00:49:01 | More by JimKal
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent bronze color. Malty aroma with a very definate maple syrup tinge to it. Somewhat spicy ala a winter warmer. Malty enough flavor. Faint maple taste. Somewhat earthy and dry tasting. Again with the spice notes. Some slight hop flavor. Mouthfeel is ok-very dry in the finish, considering the malt and maple flavor. A notch above average for me. Considering the ingredients I would think it needs to be a tad sweeter. Glad I tried it as I was very curious when I saw the ad.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 02:16:40 | More by lackenhauser
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DIM

Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

a: This was a bright, clear orange tinted golden color. It poured with a thick, sticky head.

s: Burnt, sugary toffee and some caramelized banana. I couldn't really find any maple syrup.

t: Vague maple syrup, I found more toffee; kind of artificial. Some wheat and banana character. Lingering charred toffee with light bitterness. This just doesn't come together very well.

m: Chewy and sticky sweet.

o: Not a fan at all, I didn't finish it.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 23:08:26 | More by DIM
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Best By: 07/15/12.

Appearance: Pours out a tawny brown body with respectable clarity, and a foaming, off-white head. A small trace of lace here and there as we progress.

Smell: Pale malted barley, a faint hint of toasted wheat with the expected scent of Grade B maple syrup, and a distant suggestion of Chiclets.

Taste: Pale malts, also some tangy malted wheat and the notably sweet caramel and maple syrup flavors. Modest hop character, bitterness from the Willamette. Bits of banana and whole clove begin creeping in midway and they're not exactly mixing well with the maple syrup taste, at least not for me, leaving me to want for something like just a Catamount Maple Pale Ale. Drying, maple syrup-tasting finish with a lingering gum element in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Release #26, #35, and now it's here yet again with #41! Okay, okay, Harpoon, you win, I'll buy a bottle of the stuff. There. Happy now??

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 20:24:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Shiner Bock pint glass. Bottleneck says best by 07/15/12

A- Pours a light reddish brown color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that doesn't retain a whole lot before subsiding to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a semi-solid sheet of surface foam. Above-average lacing.

S- Maple, brown sugar and toffee. Also some caramel and cinnamon.

T- Tastes like an English brown ale. Rich, biscuity malt sweetness meshes well with the maple and makes for a full-flavored yet easy-to-drink beer. Notes of vanilla and more brown sugar.

M- Medium-low carbonation with a medium body and slightly sharp feel.

O- The 100 barrel series isn't usually mind-blowing but certainly never disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 02:33:17 | More by Immortale25
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RyanLigeia

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Golden/amber in color. Very clear with large visible carb bubbles consistently making their way to the top. Thin beige head that settles fast to a VERY thin lacy layer of film.
The smell is nothing special in my opinion. Im not really getting any maple. More of a "generic" light sweet maltyness.
Not impressed at all with the flavor. I really hate to say this because I'm usually a fan of harpoons stuff (not a HUGE fan, theyre just always a solid choice at a bar/eatery with a limited beer selection) but the initial taste reminds me of a cheap strong malt liquor or something! The alcohol is very detectable for only being 6.8% and thats the most prominent flavor. The aftertaste is really this beers saving grace where a soft sweetness comes in with (MAYBE) a hint of the maple.
The mouthfeel is sort of dry, high carbonation, medium body. Some warmth from the very obvious booziness.
Overall I was really let down. The best thing about this beer is the packaging, which I absolutely love but do not be deceived. I will definitely not be spending that kind of money on this ever again. $7...what a ripoff.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 19:15:41 | More by RyanLigeia
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Winooski Beverage Warehouse, Vt. The cat stamp and my love for all things maple sold me. Best By: 07/15/12.

A: Pours a clear orange-copper with a finger of light foam head that quickly recedes to a ring leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S: Bread-like malt, grassy grains, hints of maple, orange, and a bit of a general bubblegum aroma. Decent but I feel the individual aromas aren't coming together well as a whole.

T: Mineral-grain taste and floral tasting hops quickly gets some noticeable maple sweetness. Fruit elements of orange and banana are appealing. Tasty.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Smooth and syrupy texture with a finishing mineral-like dryness.

D: This tastes better as it warms with maple syrup quality adding a nice velvety blanket over the taste. Decent offering from Harpoon, and worth a try if you're into maple and to a lesser degree catamounts.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 02:18:29 | More by Digimaika2
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #41 - Catamount Maple Wheat from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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