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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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 78
Reviews by Franchise:
Photo of Franchise
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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 oberon
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a deep golden/orange with a tight fluffy well sustained white head that turns almost creamy like as it settled leaving spotty lace behind.Very interesting aromas I pick up some tropical fruit along with some peach and biscuity malt a bit of leaf and mineral as well quite alot going on here.Flavors are not quite as interesting or complex but still "different" fruit and more fruit ranging from apricot up front to overripe pineapple to a bit of grapefruit in the finish a hefty caramel sweet malt base and mineral component stays through to the finish.Interesting although not as hop forward maybe as I had hoped its still interesting and quaffable.

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Photo of blitz134
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Jason
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No surprise with the head retention as it sticks all over the glass and there is a two fingered pillow that stays strong all the way down. Clear and shimmering orange copper color. Fruity and estery in the nose, light earthy, woody and soft floral hop aroma. Hint of grassy toasted malt in the nose. Exceptionally smooth with a creamy slick medium body. Trademark fruitiness from the Harpoon yeast flairs out a bit with some alcoholic esters. The hop character is very interesting as the bitterness stays a little subdued for the most part, more in balance. The hop flavor is woody and earthy with a touch of wild flowers. More than enough malt to go around with a dry grassy grain and toasted bread flavor. Alcohol warms the palate slightly. A bit more hop bitterness does come through middle to end as the beer dries up a little.

Hop flavors never really jump out but the overall flavor is complex compared to normal hopped beers. More of a richness rather than a spicing. I personally think that this beer would have benefited from using a yeast strain that is more neutral in character, rather than using their own house yeast, to let all of the hops through. The untrained palate could easily confuse this with other Harpoon brands because of that. Regardless, a decent beer to be had and worthy of a try especially if you are into hops if only to get a different perspective on what fresh hops taste like in beer.

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Photo of Billolick
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical 100 Barrel series presentation, "Glacier Harvest Wet Hop Beer " whatever that means, the label gives no assistance. This one pours semi cloudy orangy amber, with bubbles continuing to raise to the top. The head is medium tan, good retention and leaving better then respectable lacing and ringed sheeting. Moderate nose of sweet malts and orangy flowers. Malty, dusty brew, with sweet caramel notes. Resiny hops more towards the rear. Drinkable and tasty, with modrate levels of hops, fairlywell balanced and enjoyable. Nothing special going on here, seems to fit into the good but still middle of the road nature of most of these 100 Barrel series offerings.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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 olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Dantheman4162
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
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 far333
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a gold-rimmed Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Pilsner glass.

Bright amber colored with a swirling stream of bubbles rising quickly to the top of the glass. Three fingers of frothy cream sits on top and settles very slowly while leaving dots and fingers of lace.

Aroma of sweet malt and light citrus hops, laced with cinnamon and orange rind and sweet fruit.

Flavor matches the aroma closely, perhaps a bit more malt than hops. Flavor is rich and even. Although not overly complex, it is smooth and well-balanced. Malt backbone is doughey, moderately sweet, with hints of cinnamon and butterscotch. Hops are subdued floral and citrus.

Rich and full mouthfeel, very drinkable. Not sure why this one is getting such low ratings. Seems people are expecting to have the hops rape their taste buds, but I don't think that's the point. Fresh hops will be less intense than dry hops. This is a tasty and enjoyable beer, nice to taste something that isn't designed to blow your head off.

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Photo of racer2k
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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 GratefulBeerGuy
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is slightly hazy deep amber color, good carbonation creates a nice 1" deep sticky, foamy cream colored head that eventually leaves only a creamy ring around the glass.
Cream 'n strawberries on the nose, cherries, citric lemmon, slight herbal yeast and pumpkin-ale like spicieness.
The sweet 'n fruity, pine-resin hops flavor dominates right off, not at all bitter, with a creamy strawberries effect that is pretty nice. The balance of sweet, buttery malt that is also bold but is only riding shot-gun here seems just about right for this. sweet-fruity hops is what stand out here though, pretty refined for a "wet hop" but also enjoyable. Try this with some Farmstead jack cheese or pepper jack cheese to get the full sweet effect.
Medium bodied, smooth and clean but perhaps a bit thin and not enough heft. Very refreshing anyway.
I really appreciate the effort it takes to brew a "wet hop" ale....feel the love!

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear honey amber with a large tan foamy head. Good lacing makes this a nice looking beer. The smell is on the weak side with "bisquity" bread yeast,malt,and some floral aromas. The taste is thin with malt,floral,some hops,and grass. Nothing exciting,pretty average or below. The m/f is thin and weak with the minimal of flavors present. I was disapointed with this and had hoped for more.

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Photo of hreb
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cold 22oz bottle poured into UK-size pint glass. Beer pours a beautiful cloudy orange amber with a thick off-white head and an immediately delicious aroma of spicey hops.

The first sip reminds of of IPA. American IPA. No, this isn't as narrowly cascade-y as that, it's still an American pale ale. But there's a strong hop flavor which leaves a sticky residual flavor which, while tasty, isn't ideal. Are the hops "wet"? Whatever dude.

The fizziness is just right for this style. Overall, this is a big beer (and strong), with a wonderful aroma and apperance, and a lot of malt, but not enough to bring the hops in to balance. I'd guess a lot of American beer drinkers will really like this bitter brew. But for me the flavor doesn't live up to the promise when I opened the bottle. Middle of the road as far as Harpoon's 100 Barrel Series goes.

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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into my Victory Becker pint glass. Pours a clear orange/amber with a mighty big, bright white head that eventually settled down and left some decent lacing. Aroma is prominant earthy maltiness and some slight hints of sweet grassy hops.

Taste is beefy, toasty, and sweet malt up front. The hops are citrusy and a little sweet themselves but seem very muted for a Wet Hop Ale. This definitely feels more like an English style IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, and very fresh.

This was a very interesting take on the Wet Hop style and I truelly appreciate the effort from Harpoon at something a little different. That said, while it wasn't totally in line with what I was expecting and I probably wouldn't try it again, I'd still recommend at least seeking it out and giving it a try.

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Photo of Gmann
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour a clear golden amber color with a nice dense tan head that dissipated into a nice cap while leaving some good lacing. The smell is of grassy/floral hops, a touch of wet grass. The taste is of toasted malt and a rather subtle yet flavorful grassy hop flavor. Obviously not as strong as traditional IPAs and not quite as strong as other fresh hop or harvest ales but has a nice balance between the malts and hops. The feel is moderate and slightly creamy, finishes surprisingly balanced. This is a damn easy drinking IPA and well balanced to boot. Not as strong as other harvest ales but overall quite a nice brew.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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 mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first of the 100 barrel series that I get to try, to say that I was happy to open this one was an understatement. This was gonna be a reall treat and I couldnt wait. Poured a nice golden amber with a good sized head which eventually faded down to just some lace on the top and the sides. The smel was very musty and bread like which suprised me to be honest. I really did not pick up much of the fresh hop aroma, at least no floral hop in it. The taste followed the smell, seemed more malty then hopped to be honest, lots of earthy grains with a bit if a bitter hop taste, but nothing at all that I would have expected. Overall I thought this one was going to be a nice big fresh harvest treat, but it kinda fell flat to me. Maybe it was a bad bottle, dont know but it just was not that good, I would give it an average.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a fairly nice looking copper colour with amber hints and a mid-sized, semi foamy head that leaves sporadic markings on the glass.

Aroma has a sharpness to it: hops seem floral and piney wit ha bit of earthi8ness in the mix and what I can only describe as oily notes, although I'm farily certain you can't smell oil, at least not this kind. There's a rubbery feel to the malt as well, also an odd aroma I know, but it's there.

The flavour basically has a 50/50 mix of malt and hops. While the balance is also there in the aroma, hops tend to lead the way a bit before being cut into by the malt. Here, malt leads for a somewhat earthy, somewhat chocolate (?), slightly rubbery (again) feel that is complimented and balanced nicely with hops that are more juicy and fruity than they led on in the aroma. Mouthfeel is light bodied and perhaps a touch dull at times.

This one wasn't bad overall, but I would have liked a bit more hop presence in a beer that touts them so much. Did I want it to be over the top hoppy or even push basic IPA territory? No, but a bit more kick would have been nice. Still, this one ain't half bad and certainly worth a try.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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 plaid75
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft resiny hop and a grainy malt.

The taste consisted of the typical oily hop characteristics - pepper, grapefruit and pine, atop a soft husky malt. There was a solid doughiness toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a tasty and easy drinking ale. Nothing too exciting though, meaning not something that should be touted as a 100 barrel beer.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade from Adamb84. Thanks.

Drank at the city beer store with a few friends. Poured an orangey copper with lace rings going down as you drink.

Didnt smell like much at first, didnt taste like much at first. But when warmed up, the earthy hoppy, taste and smell comes out. I was a little disapointed with this beer. I thought it would be a lot better. Had a decent mouthfeel. Im glad Harpoon is doing this beer and hopefully other years will be better.

Drink on the warmer side.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pretty reddish amber hue with perfect clarity and a sticky head. The aromas are very soft and well rounded, with some mint notes and doughy, almost pillowy sweet and nutty notes that remind me of marzipan. On the palate, things get considerably more complex, with hops and malt intermingling in some compelling ways. There are some yeast artifacts, like that familiar Harpoon yeast note, with some bananas thrown in. The hops are citrusy, with an icy honey element that leaves behind a significantly bitter finish. An almost sour acidity grips the tongue toward the finish. Mouthfeel is light on carbonation, which lends the beer a bit more weight than it otherwise might have. Overall, this is a very nice pale ale. Nothing too special, and I honestly can't tell what difference the wet hops make, but it's darn good.

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Photo of awall422
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After all the hype and really looking forward to this beer, I was pretty disapponted. It was a good, but not great beer. I was expecting far more aroma to come through. All i got was a little earthiness. Taste was a little sweet, with more earth tones coming through. A little bitter on the finish, but not overly so. If a wet hops beer is about highlighting hops, this one failed for me.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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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100 Barrel Series #20 - Glacier Harvest Wet Hop Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 90 ratings