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

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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews by RyanLigeia:
Photo of RyanLigeia
2.8/5  rDev -22%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of woodchipper
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of jondeelee
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of mj0126
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of bdub32689
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of KTCamm
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of Kmlund
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Treyliff
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of st9647v3
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Kubrickx
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of raythealeman
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Ghizmo
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of gonzo000
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Fahz
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of schaffer9252
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of abrodsky
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Lantern
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of JTomczak
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Mikeynas
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Rifugium
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of Maseitz
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of VTHeady
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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