Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #20 - Glacier Harvest Wet Hop Beer | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The 20th installment of the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series has been brewed to celebrate the annual hop harvest. Harpoon Glacier Harvest Wet Hop beer is a pale ale made with fresh hops picked just hours before being tossed into the brew.
Wet hop beers are brewed using fresh, wet (hops contain about 60% moisture when they are first picked) hops instead of traditional dried hops. Typically, when hops are picked they are quickly dried and refrigerated to make them more suitable and consistent for brewing. This process allows brewers to use hops that were harvested in the fall throughout the following year. Alternatively, wet hops need to be used within hours of their being harvested or they will begin to rapidly degrade. Wet hops retain some of their natural oils and volatile flavors that dissipate when dried. This yields an immersed, intense hop flavor in the beer.
Harpoon brewer Ray Dobens, creator of the beer, harvested the Glacier hops in Seneca, New York the morning of August 13th and immediately drove them back to Boston that very afternoon in a refrigerated truck. Ray added the newly harvested hops to the brew within hours after the harvest. The fresh hops were added to a malty, copper-colored ale. The combination is a pleasing blend of fresh hop flavor and sweet malt.

38 IBU

Added by Admiraldinty on 09-10-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 91
Photo of corby112
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is for the 2009 edition. It's kind of annoying that there are three different listings for this beer considering that they're all the same.

Pours a clear dark golden orange amber with some light coppery hues and lots of bright golden orange color when held to a light source. 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.

Floral citrus hop aroma with some earthy dank hop oil. Sweet citrus peel notes, mostly lemon and orange peel and subtle grapefruit. Malty caramel presence in the nose as well.

Resinous medium body that is slightly watered down with some sweet floral citrus hop notes up front that provide a lingering bitterness that is quickly balanced by a caramel malt back bone with hints of rye into a dry slightly piny finish. Clean, crisp and easy drinking with some nice lemon peel and grapefruit along with some earthy grass notes. The alcohol is very well masked and the malt backbone provides some nice balance but the hophead in me wished that it was a little less prominent so the sweet citrus, dry bitterness could shine a bit more.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Co-worker grabbed this bottle for me for Christmas, along with many other treats.

Pours an apple juice pale amber. Rich, creamy head. Lots of carbonated, sticky lacing.

Smells fresh, crisp and hoppy.

Tastes light, crisp, fresh, hoppy. Nice flavor.

Goes down smooth, slight alcohol burn at the end.

Easy to drink, very light. Perhaps a tad bit high in abv to truly session, but damn close. A nice addition to their 100 Barrel Series.

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Photo of JayNH
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an ever so slightly hazy copper color with a small foamy head.

S- Mild buttery sweet malt with a solid floral hoppiness. Slightly alcoholic.

T- Overall flavor is restrained. Most noticeable is an earthy hoppiness, a touch of spice with the malt hiding in the background.

M- Smooth, little carbonation. Light-to-medium body.

D- Drinkable, just all in all a fairly bland brew. Not a lot going on...

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Photo of Dantheman4162
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is on of the first beers i've reviewed, so it might not be very good. Fantastic amber color, very smooth taste, you can taste the hoppiness but yet no bitter taste of the typical IPA. There is a minor bite at the end. FUll bodied, very good. Taste like a Sam adams boston lager type, but wih a hop bite, not as crisp as the IPA but still clean tasting. Decent head, but doesn't last

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Photo of atsprings
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Duvel snifter, pours a crisp orange with a nice frothy egg-shell colored head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrus hops up front with some slight malt presence in the background. The taste is a nice balance of crisp hops and sweet malts but the finish drops off rather quickly. The beer is light, crisp and refreshing with decent carbonation. This is a decent fresh hop beer, but I've had better.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On Tap @ the Hop Devil Grill, 1L Mug- $11

A- Pours a clear medium shade of amber, nice head, with lacing the follows down the glass

S- light hints of pine, citrus, caramel, bready notes, not too overwhelming

T- Pretty well balanced taste, nothing overing the top, a well made pale ale, with a good amount of bitterness and crisp citrus flavors

M- Not the most aggressive or hop attack from a wet-hopped pale ale that i was expecting

D- Pretty good, i drank a 1L of it and the taste stayed true all the way through, even as it warmed up a bit.

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Photo of dnichols
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was served a pint in a Harpoon glass at the brewery.

A: It poured a clear yellow amber tinged body with a decent white one inch sticky head. There was spotty lacing down the side of the glass.

S: It had a creamy malty aroma with a floral accent. There were hints of white spices and citrus.

T: It began with a sweet spicy toasted front with a spicy and bitter back. It was well balanced with plenty of hoppy bite on the back side.

M: It was light bodied with a smooth creamy presence and medium carbonation. It finished with a bitter hop bite that lingered into the aftertaste.

D: It was a hoppy APA with a light body and balanced flavor. It makes a decent session brew.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz. bomber shared with a friend.

This beer pours a clear shade of amber with a pretty large puffy head that sticks well.

Aromas are lightly of grapefruit and a hint of bready malt in there as well.

The taste is nothing really powerful, but really a nice Pale ale with flavors of light citrus and you even get some caramel maltiness. I am not sure as a fresh hop beer that I love it, but as a pale ale, it is very drinkable and pretty good. The mouthfeel is straight up medium with carbonation slightly on the lighter side.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

09/24/08- Purchased at the Brewery in Windsor, NH.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, late summer seasonal release. Sampled on tap as well. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Full one inch head on pour. A bit of a creamy and frothy head. Leaves spotty lace.

Smell- Was thinking this was an IPA, but after smelling it, I was thinking either english IPA or pale ale. Very light cardboard nose (which I get many times with english style beers). More malty than anything with a deeper roasted nose.

Taste- Get that same english taste, but not quite as much as in traditional english hops. Taste somewhat like pils style hops. Malt really outplays the hops, but both combine decent enough to make it enjoyable.

Mouthfeel- Medium to slightly higher carbonation. Lasting pils-like hop aftertaste.

Drinkability- Probably wouldn't buy another, but woul dhave if on tap or offered to me. Good, but not as spectacular as I would like for a wet hopped beer.

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Photo of racer2k
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange color with a medium bodied head. The head lasted awhile and created nice lacing around the glass. Head remained throughout drinking the glass.

S: Pine, Grapefruit, and a fresh strong floral aroma was present with evidence of an infused wet hop process.

T: The hops are the focal point of the taste with a light secondary malt overtone. Fresh hops and a very nice highly hopped bitter finish to the taste

M: Moderate carbonation is evident but the beer is still very smooth and drinkable.

D: Fresh, mouthwatering and very drinkable. A hop-head would definitely enjoy this journey. Very nice off the beaten path beer but one that a hop follower would enjoy.

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Photo of albern
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is a definite creaminess to the beer, almost a butterscotch type sweetness that reminds me a bit of Shipyard. The beer pours a nice clear amber color with a thick, creamy, placid off white head. The aroma is bready, grassy, sweet malt, and some butterscotch and florals. The aroma is quite subdued, and I'm not picking up nearly enough estery hop presence for a "wet hop beer."

The taste is very sweet, not so much caramelly as slightly toasted, very creamy with a butterscotch like maltiness. There is a touch of some spice towards the back end, yet the hops just don't really get out there in this beer. I'm not getting much beyond some tea like hop presence. This isn't a bad beer, but the lingering butterscotch slighly spicy taste hangs on longer than I prefer. I would go for the Shipyard over this one for the similar but enhanced experience.

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Photo of Kendo
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany.

A: Body is honey-amber in color with a half-finger ivory head that leaves heavy rings of lace behind. Very little visible carbonation in the body -- actually, there's almost no bubbles at all.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose. A hint of Cascade-like smells -- tropical fruit and citrus fruit, but it's not jumping out at me at all.

T: Biscuity malt foundation followed by somewhat sticky and juicy hops. Towards the back of the sip there's a slightly sweet, fruity taste going on. Finishes fairly clean, however, with a slightly drying bitterness coating the mouth.

M: Medium-bodied, with more carbonation & fizz in the mouth than expected given the lack of visible carbonation.

D: Excellent. Goes down pretty easily yet remains interesting, flavor-wise.

Notes: Despite the 100 barrel series moniker, it's not a "big" beer like a DIPA; it's not even an IPA, but rather an APA. It's a good one, however, even if I was expecting a slightly more powerful, more hoppy brew given the "limited edition" status.

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Photo of blitz134
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a little bit of white head, but reduced to just a ring around the glass with some skim bubbles on top. Very weak lacing. Nice and clear. Pale copper in color with hightlights of yellow.

Aroma is strong with hops, quite nice really. A bit of underlying sweetness, but the hop aroma dominates really. Just some lighter crystal grains. Interesting hop aroma, quite floral with a little pungency. A touch of clean grass/straw too. Little yeast character, quite clean.

Flavor follows suit, but a bit more malt balanced. The pungency comes through a bit more in the finish along with a nice light bitterness followed by a bready malt backdrop.

Light mouthfeel, not watery though, dry with some residual sweet flavor from the crystal. Quite low carbonation, its could use a bit more, but too much might make it too sharp on the tongue given the light body and hop bite already in this one.

Overall a good beer. The Glacier hops come through well, especially in the aroma. I might have to incorporate them into my homebrew at some point. Easy to drink, a little one dimensional, but a solid light-colored pale ale.

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Photo of mshallah
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 9/22/07
Copper color with a 1/2 inch sudsy head. Sweet and sticky brew. Buttery caramel flavor with a mild banana fruitiness. Not overpowered with hop bitterness but complex in flavor and aroma. Very hop fresh like liquid cannabis candy. The most interesting and yummy beer to come out in 2007 because of the fresh hop taste. Has me now seeking fresh hop brews such as brewed by Sierra Nevada and Left Hand. Thanks to Harpoon and brewer Ray Dobens for the lupulin buzz. Looking forward to 2008's version.

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Photo of Franchise
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This offering from Harpoon pours a mahogany with a two tier color of golden brown and orange leaving a frothy head that sticks to the glass but not strong. The aroma is caramel, fresh hops, earthy sweet citrus, lemon grass, a bit of dough.

The taste is very balanced smooth with a light citrus hops bite moving to a bready, caramel, character that is refreshing but at the same time flavorful very balanced quality beer. Best beer I've had from Harpoon in awhile.

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Photo of edmedina
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First the pour. This one has a great head to it. The color is cloudy amber. The aroma is a slight hoppy smell to it. Almost a piney smell to it. As I took my first taste I first noticed that the smell carried over really well to the taste. As the name denotes there is a very strong hop presence in here. The taste really masks the abv making this a very easy drink. It does leave a bitter after taste. I can easily sit and have a few of these.

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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to ppoitras for this one!

Pours an effervescent amber with 1+ finger of sand colored head. Very good head retention & average lacing

S: Breadyness & some biscuitty malts as this warms

T: Grassy/herbal hops, a bit of grainyness & leafy hops up front. Slight caramel flavor & peppery hops as this warms. Finishes with some flinty dryness, honey malt, slight fruttyness & leafy hops; almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, pretty good balance, just a bit of wateryness

Drinks really easy for the abv, this is an interesting single hop beer, not great, but solid in a English slant type way & was happy to
get to try it! Didnt get a lot of fresh hop vibe, but it it is march, so I takwe that for what it's worth

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Photo of GJ40
2.81/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I like Harpoon IPA so I thought I'd give this a try but I was definitely disappointed.

A - Nice golden color with a slight haze and a creamy head.

S - Very mild hoppy aroma. I expected more.

T - Bitter flavor that just seemed unbalanced and a tartness that just didn't seem right.

M - Solid consistency with good carbonation.

D - I wouldn't call it bad but it didn't leave me wanting more. If anything, I had to work to get through it.

Not one I'd buy again.

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Photo of sstackho
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, purchased and comsumed several months ago. Sampled a bit warm. Pours a medium gold with reasonable head and carbonation. Surprisingly little aroma for this type of beer. Reasonably full flavour with a decent hoppy aftertase, but nothing particularly special about it. I certainly was not noticing any fresh hop flavour. Disappointing overall.

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Photo of Durge
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber brew with good white head with great lace. Bready citrus hops aroma with some alcohol noted. Smooth but with a tangy yeast theme and somewhat peppery, with very light orange hops. Very drinkable. Not hugely memorable but a fine brew that would be welcome at any occasion no doubt.

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Photo of pbr85
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into pint glass
Pours amber with almost no head. Smells of orange sweet malts. Taste is very sweet. Finishes very clean. Hops are subtle but good. Good level of carbonation. Even though it is 6.7% you can't detect much alcohol on the palate. I like it.

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Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There was a big pop when this beer was uncapped. It poured a clear amber with a reddish hue and was topped by a short, beige cap that settled to a full collar. There was plenty of thick, sticky lace too. Some malt was apparent in the aroma, which was dominated by fruity hops, a bit earthy with a fresh cut grass character. Solid, nonaggressive bitterness with lots of fruity and grassy hop notes. Malt was on the mild side and there was an herbal, almost minty character too. There was a bit of alcohol and warmth in the finish with fruity hops lingering. A little short of medium bodied with soft carbonation and a good texture. Even though hops were very forward, it still felt balanced. And the fresh hop flavour was very refreshing.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is fruity with citrus, honey, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste is sweet but decently balanced with flavors of citrus, honey, caramel and some spice. There's a good presence of hops bitterness but it doesn't over-power you. Although it does get stronger as the beer warms a bit. The malt character is pretty hearty. The after-taste is sweet and a little hoppy.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style but adds its own spin, this is a pretty good beer but I'm not sure I could drink more than one bomber of it.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle with a gold foil cap, typical of the 100 barrel series beers. Pours out a golden copper with a good size white head that lasts. Lots of tiny bubbles.

Smell is on the lighter side. A nice balance of hops and malt. Grass, nuts and yeast are what I get. Taste is slightly metallic in the beginning. The middle is weak with some of the alcohol notes dominating. The ending pulls it together. Very smooth and balanced with a solid 30 second after taste. Reminds me of a mild pale ale but with great depth. Nice creamy body that I think is needed for the "higher" alcohol and "lower" hop flavor.

Overall, a very interesting beer that I am glad that I tried. Not sure I would pay this price for a 22oz bottle but I might buy if they ever move this to the six pack format.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Marty’s Liquors in Allston, MA.

A: Straight amber hue. Brilliant clarity with a lingering thin off white head.

S: A unique though not terribly pleasing aroma. Pretty clean with fresh hop scent. Hop aroma smells like dirt, soil, plant, grass, and slightly resiny. The most unique hop aroma I have smelled. Malt aroma underscores. The Harpoon yeast strain comes through as beer warms. The aroma suggests that fresh hops do make a pronounced difference.

T: Unique hop flavor dominates. Character is plant like and resiny. Nice bitter finish. Fruity Harpoon yeast strain pokes through. Overall hop flavor is fairly restrained.

MF: Light and airy. Not dry. Low carbonation.

D, notes: This beer pushes the boundaries of the normally boring American Pale Ale. Pretty easy to drink with a definite unique hop character that is much stronger in the nose than on the palate.

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