100 Barrel Series #24 - Glacier Harvest ’08 Wet Hop Beer | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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100 Barrel Series #24 - Glacier Harvest ’08 Wet Hop Beer100 Barrel Series #24 - Glacier Harvest ’08 Wet Hop Beer

Brewed by:
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:
For the 24th session of the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series, we’re celebrating this year’s hop harvest with Glacier Harvest Wet Hop beer, a pale ale made with fresh Glacier hops.

Wet hop beers are brewed using fresh, “wet” hops instead of traditional dried hops—hops contain about 60% moisture when they are first picked. Typically, when hops are picked they are quickly dried and refrigerated to increase shelf life and make them more consistent for brewing. Freshly picked wet hops, however, need to be used within hours of harvest or they will begin to degrade rapidly. Wet hops retain more of their natural aroma and volatile flavors that dissipate when dried. This gives wet hop beers a fresher hop flavor and aroma than that of beers hopped with processed hops. This yields an immersed, intense hop flavor in the beer.
Harpoon brewer Ray Dobens, creator of the beer, added a heroic dose of fresh hops the day of the harvest. The result is a copper-colored ale with a pleasing blend of fresh hop flavor and sweet malt.

38 IBU

Added by Patrick on 09-15-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 48
Reviews by bjoyce12:
Photo of bjoyce12
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First word that came to my mind upon tasting Harpoon's GH was "heavy". A heavy taste that is weighed down by the very noticeable 6.6% ABV. The light body of this APA can't carry off the ABV without the lingering alcohol aftertaste. Admirable effort from Harpoon, but I stick with their IPA. When they venture too far away from their core brew, taste tends to get muddled.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This review somehow got lost in the mix. This is actually my 750th review, and spot-on my 3rd year as a BA, this being 5/20/09/

22 oz bottle> 16 0z. dimpled mug.

Perfectly clear, deep amber color, sporadic, quick bubbles creating this off-white and dense, pillowy head with moderate retention and mild sticky lacing.

you can really smell the fruity hops as soon as you pop the cap!
Strawberries and cream, raspberry pop tarts, lemmon zest, earthy herbalness wayyy down deep and some orange peel. big aroma at first mellows later on.

The flavor is bursting with fruity hop goodness! The aroma is filled with deep, tropical-like fruits in the hops and flavor is much more herbal and earthy. Citric fruits, tart and sweet dominate the nose with a bigger hop compelxity taking over here. Spicey, herbal and earthy notes ride along side some bitterness, leafy with a bite. The malt delivers a nice balance with crispy medium bodied feel, smooth in the back. The complexity and hop charecter is unique and the yeast adds even further depth.

A mighty fine brew here folks.

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

A: Orange amber with a short lived head of bright white. Average lacing.
S: Mint. Pine. Floral. Soft citrus. Light caramel. Touch of yeasty fruitiness, mainly apple.
T: Follows the aroma but with a touch of chlorophyll. There's some solid middle bitterness but it's not overdone. Unfortunately, the wet hops add an edge of chlorophyll, and it comes out almost lacking in hop flavor ? in the finish. A few more fruity notes slip in as well (apricot), and the caramel side from the malt is present but only-just-supportive.
M: Medium bodied. Median carbonation.
D: Fairly drinkable despite its grassy/chlorophyll character. Not great, but not bad. More malt might have helped but that's a Monday morning quarterback call - it could also have masked the hop flavors. An interesting beer at least. Probably worth trying just to check out the hops.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz foil topped bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper with several fingers of poofy, slightly off-white head. Near finger of retention, including a big creamy dollop, right in the middle of the glass. This leaves back huge swathes of foamy lacing. The aroma suprisingly still smells pretty darn fresh, despite there being a bit of age on the bottle. The floral, earthy, and spicy nature of the Glacier hops take center stage but I'm also enjoying the nice underlying tang of citrus, bread, and caramel that sticks under the hops.

The taste is similar but maybe a bit more mellow, with an earthy and spicy hop profile that is nicely balanced by a deeply tangy backbone of citric fruits, toasted malts, and sticky caramel sweetness. Bitterness lingers for a good bit with a dry and spicy feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an extremely soft and creamy carbonation that possesses a slick undercurrent of oily hop resins as well. Needless to say, this moves nicely across the palate.

Solid stuff here that seemed pretty much on point with the previous '07 release in the series. Good Wet Hop beer that nicely shows off the hop varietal involved.

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Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of crisp white foam... The head retreats leaving an intriguing and splotchy lacing... Great copper coloring... Great carbonation, that starts slow on the bottom and speeds up as it travels north... Coats glass well...

S - Pleasant and well balanced... Not overly hoppy... Grains... Grassy notes... Hints of citrus...

T - Solid diverse malty base... Biscuit... A mild enjoyable sweet citrus taste permiates...

M - Thin... Light bodied... Ultra smooth and slightly cream... Goes down really easy... Smooth... Slight carbonation...

D - Smooth and enjoyable APA, though the wet hops don't seem to add much to the equation of this brew... Solid and enjoyable, but not memorable...

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Photo of scottg
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a one finger white head made up of large bubbles with good retention and solid lacing down the glass. Citrusy hop aromas, grass, honey, caramel and some fruity yeast combine for a nice balanced smell. Up front flavors of toasted malt, chocolate malt and a tealike hop flavor with the yeast flavor coming in at the end. There are lemony citrus notes throughout, not overpowering but in the background. Medium carbonation, medium body, there is a chalky mouthfeel with a dry finish.
Very good example of the style, pick some up while you still can.

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Photo of Gavilan
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Beautiful Amber - bright with lots of small bubbles

S - A bit odd sweet almost mediciny smell...interesting

T - Is is Anise? A delicate sweetness with a bitter finish

M - Odd mouthfeel but with a lively finish

D - Don't know if I can drink more than one

Interesting but odd beer not at all but what I was expecting from a Wet Hop beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again a night of harpoon tastings. I went deep tonight, three bombers high with release #23,24, and 25 in order. Here we go with the middle of the road. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/10/2008.

The pour was very, very nice. Rich dark amber in color with a good amount of clarity and a nice steady stream of carbonation throughout. Rich white head of three inches came up over the top and settled down with a relative ease, all the while rich lacing was abound.

The aroma was lighter then I would have hoped for but still very wel received. Big notes of wet hops, pine with hints of resin like nature underneath and a touch of bisuity malts. All pretty much the same on the flavor here. Not as strong as last years for me, did not have that big punch of sloppy, wet, hops that I would have wanted to see here. Still though, an awesome pale ale. Rich flavor with a smooth feel and a nice sessionablitly.

Overall very solid, I liked last years better, but still a good harvest ale. Needs to be a bit more hop heavy next year.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 6.7% abv, 36 ibu. Pours a clear copper color with a thick white, fluffy head. Pretty nice head retention. A few patches of lace left coating the glass.

Deep citrus and stonefruit nose comes to mind first. Caramel malt, although not heavy on it. A bit earthy and floral towards the end.

Some caramel malt, on the light to medium side with a soft bready undertone. Hops are more herbal and tea-like. A bit oily. Good amount of bitterness, but well balanced overall. Bitterness lingers but it is fairly soft.

Medium body with ample carbonation. Alcohol well hidden. This was a bit different from other wet hop beers. Enjoyable, and a bit unique.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One more thanks to DrDogbeer. This one pours a rich clear golden orange with some amber accents. Just a hint of hazing and a fair bit of rising bubbles. A frothy two-finger head hung for a bit before leaving some impressive lacing down the glass.

aroma is definitely hops, with a pretty significant malt backbone with hints of caramel, sugar and maple. Floral and green hops, with a definite fresh hop aroma.

Taste is fairly mellow hops blending nicely with some sweet caramel malt. The hops aren't quite as flavorful as i was expecting... not bad by any means, but I was expecting a more impressive bouquet. There's not much hop bitterness, which is beautiful, but the spectrum of hop flavor I was expecting was significantly more narrow than I anticipated.

Mouthfeel is great, with a smoothness not many hoppy pales pull off. Medium body with medium carbonation, there's just a hint of herbal hops on the tongue... herbal but not bitter, and pleasant.

Not a bad brew on the whole. I may have had overly high hopes... but this one just fell a bit flat. The flavors were excellent, but not quite as strong or vibrant as I was hoping, which just took it down a notch for me. Still definitely worth hunting down and enjoying.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a good sized head, fasts a bit fast but still leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell is lightly hopped, citrus elements are present, strong caramel malt backing, nothing too complex and not as hoppy as I would have hoped.

Taste is quite similar to the smell, with a decent balance between the malt and hops but nothing really outstanding or unique considering the "wet" hop technique, lightly carbonated and easy to drink though, the 6.7% is barely noticeable and almost makes me think of it as a sessionable beer.

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Photo of gameface23
2.23/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Crystal clear orange color with an uninspiring head. Smell of sweet malts and very slight acrid hops. Mouthfeel was similar to a macro lager: very fizzy and thin. I bought this on a whim, which is something I usually never do (I usually buy beers that I've researched). I will most likely never purchase this again.

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Photo of erosier
4.72/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice orange-amber color with a tall and medium bodied white colored head that takes its time to settle and laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts, some piney and citrisy hops at the end.
T: Very nice sweet malt base followed by a really hoppy taste but not overwhelmingly hoppy. It has a cooling feeling to it that reminds me of mint, but there is no mint taste.
M: Exceptional. Very crisp, refreshing, cooling, and the perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Extremely drinkable. I wish they made this all year round, it would be a new go-to beer for me.

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Photo of sweethome
3.01/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour is deep golden color, nice 1 inch white head, dissipates to large bubbles with a bit of lacing.

Limited nose, soapy, just a hint of grass.

Medium to full mouthfeel, somewhat metalic, a bit of harsh hop bite - doesn't flow out with full hop flavors of other wet hop beers I've had. Malt flavors are more macro than I would ever expect in this style - simple crystal malt flavors with a simple wash of grapefruit - then a basic bitter finish that is unrefined.

To say the least, I'm very dissapointed. I tasted this side by side with Sierra Nevada Havest 2008 - what a but whopping they put on this.

My biggest dissapointment is the inabilty of this beer to allow the hops to flow out and embrace the palate which I feel most wet hop beers do.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light copper color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of piney hops, citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a sweet burst of citrus and then a strong burst of floral hops bitterness. The two flavors then harmonize a bit with the hops taking dominance. The malt character is a little on the thin side that seems to contribute to keeping the hops in the forefront. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice hop bomb that isn't quite as heavy as most IPA's and such, which makes it a good beer to drink a lot of if you're looking for that type of beer.

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Photo of marcpal
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up in Whole Foods Cambridge, MA.

22oz bomber poured into Mad Elf chalice.

A: Hard pour came out light copper with a fluffy white head and swatches of lacing on the glass through the full drink.

S: Medicinal hop smell, something different I cant put my finger on with the hops but it must be from the wet hopping. Bitter but sugary on the nose.

T: More bitterness than the aroma, the malts also weigh in and make this a pleasant drink. Fresh fruit flavors of pear with the aftertaste of moderate alcohol and oily hops. These sweet malts and earthy fruits take over.

M: Very solid texture and coating on the tongue. Lightly carbonated and some chewiness.

D: Ive always like the fresh hopped beer offerings that can be found and this one really got better through the bottle- one time Ive been happy that a beer came in a bomber. Very appropriate and by all means worth a try.

First Harpoon barrel series Ive had the chance to try. Rawness and sweetness leaves you wanting a bit more out of the taste.

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Photo of sethmeister
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark gold with two fingers of fluffy off white head. Gorgeous panels of lace veil the glass.

Scent is mild grapefruit and citrus hops and a slight bready scent. Doesn't jump out at me.

Taste is similar. Mild grapefruit hops, fresh doughy bread. Soft, creamy and juicy. A spicy herbal note peeks out now and then. Lemon zest. Hoppy bitterness lingers in the background but is not hot or intense.

Mouth is creamy and juicy.

This is a fresh and delicious wet hopped American Pale Ale. I prefer Sierra Nevada's Chico Estate but this is still a fine beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a tulip glass. Pours a rusty brown color with a single-finger white head and a little bit of lacing on the way down. The nose is nice and hoppy with a bit of greenness as well as some floral notes. The taste is a bit more subdued with some light floral and earth notes plus caramel. Slight bitterness in the feel and finish. Drinks quite well and was a nice quaffable wet-hop brew.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean orange-ish/ copper color, with a small white head. In the aroma, fresh, grapefruity hops, and a nice earthiness. In the taste, same as aroma, fresh grapefruity hops, and a earthy maltiness to balance it out. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry floral hop aftertaste. Nice hops, good malt backing, and very nice.

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Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden-amber color; impressive head with great lace and staying power.

The light hop is up front, but there's an interesting smell of burnt toast in the background.

Interestingly complex. Relatively thin body with high carbonation. The taste is dry but sour in the swallow although the bitter hop is primary flavor in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color with a short 1/2" head. Some moderate lacing develops.

Smell: light floral hop bitterness is pleasant but one dimensional.

Taste: bready malt profile with some caramel, ripe plums, oranges, and a nice biting bitterness that is not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: a nicely drinkable beer but is a bit mild compared to some other harvest wet hop ales.

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Photo of dananabanana
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Rust-orange. Slightly cloudy. A thin head of beige foam.

S: Smells great from even across the room, well-balanced and fresh. Up close, it has both sweet malt and floral hops scents.

T: Hoppy, but not overly bitter. Bright on the tip of the tongue. A bit of caramel sweetness. Hoppier at the back of the mouth. Has a sort of bite that reminds me of an aged meat or cheddar.

M: Carbonation is a bit too strong, I think it blocks some of the flavor.

D: Good for one, not a session. Pair with an aged or rich food.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22-ounce bomber trimmed in gold foil poured into a small tulip glass yields a sparkling clear copper-amber body capped with a thick layer of fine-bubbled white foam. The head recedes slowly into a fat, creamy sheet that leaves rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell is sweetly fruity and floral with brisk pine and a whiff of toasty pale and caramel malts.

The taste is malty and a little fruity-sweet with floral, herbal hops. Mild caramel infused with citrus juice and zest, sweet apples, and a sticky, resinous character work well with a dusty dryness that lingers deep into the mild bitter finish.

Though Glacier Harvest '08 Wet Hop Beer is classed here as an "American Pale Ale", the slick, creamy feel, fine carbonation, and the overall hop-forward nature of the brew screams "India Pale Ale" to me. If we're going with the 'APA' distinction, it's the hoppiest one I ever had. At any rate, whatever the designation, Harpoon's 'session 24' of the 100-barrel series is the best beer I've enjoyed from the brewer yet.

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Photo of ms11781
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Bright copper with a thin white head that retained well and left some spotty lace behind.

S-Subtle citrus and grassy hop notes. A bit of sweet caramel and peppery spice comes thru in the background. Becomes more floral as it warms.

T-Initial smack of fresh citrus and floral hops followed nicely by sweet caramel malt. Finishes with a gingerbread like flavour.

M-Medium bodied with a sticky texture one associates with wet hopped brews. Hop bitterness lingers for a while but is not strong.

D-The whole is greater than parts with this one. Nothing stands out but added all together this one is really nice. A sublte and easy drinking harvest brew.

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100 Barrel Series #24 - Glacier Harvest ’08 Wet Hop Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 53 ratings