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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #26 - Catamount Maple Wheat | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #26 - Catamount Maple WheatHarpoon 100 Barrel Series #26 - Catamount Maple Wheat
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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #26 - Catamount Maple WheatHarpoon 100 Barrel Series #26 - Catamount Maple Wheat

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This full, smooth wheat ale is warming and delicious. It's mildly hopped to let the distinct flavor and aroma of real VT maple syrup take the lead. The maple sweetness and body that blankets this velvety amber beer showcases one of New Englands most beloved traditions. Brewed with wheat malt, pale malt and caramel malt. Hopped with Willamette.

The pure maple syrup used in this beer came from two syrup makers in the Green Mountain State. The Baker Family in East Dummerston has been boiling maple sugar since the 1950s. Dave Gavett also provided syrup from his Scrag Mountain Sugar House in Waitsfield. John's recipe, along with top quality syrup from these two Vermont maple sugar operations, resulted in a crisp wheat ale that is warming and delicious. It is mildly hopped to profile the distinct aroma and flavor of real Vermont Maple Syrup.

20 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 120 |  Reviews: 100
Photo of barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of waiting4lunch
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of alohaspicoli
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber/brownish color with a pale, beige head.

S - Not a strong aroma, but what I pick up is on the sweet side and pleasant.

T - Smooth, kind of sweet (but not overly). I get the maple but have to look for a bit more than I thought that I would.

M - I didn't get much alcohol burn or even warmth. Although, the absence of the alc. kind of works in this beer's favor w/its flavor profile, IMO.

O - Maybe it's because I didn't go in expecting much after reading some other reviews, but I actually thought this was a really nice, drinkable beer. I kind of wished I'd saved my bottle for the fall but I enjoyed it a lot in the late summer as well. I probably won't put a lot of effort into tracking more down, but I'd definitely buy/drink again if I happened across it.

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Photo of SMortiL987
2.94/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear golden orange with a white head that laces down the glass.

S - Neutral smell with whisps of sweetness.

T - Sweet, low-medium maltiness. A hint of Belgian bubblegum style esters. No detectable maple on my pallet. Light alcohol taste. Light bitterness at the end. Slightly buttery.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a touch of alcohol warmth.

O - Expected a little more from this beer. Alcohol presence overpowers maple flavors which this beer is meant to showcase. Honestly, a little disappointed as a 100 series beer from Harpoon.

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Photo of Schmittymack
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a lighter amber color from 22 oz bomber with a small whiteish head that didn't last long. Aroma of wheat bread, caramel, and maple syrup. Taste was sweet(er) malt, caramel, maple syrup, with very little bitterness. Not bad but uncertain if I'd seek this out again.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks very much to schmittymack for sharing this one the other night. Apparently he'd had it for a while, but it didn't show all that much age. Poured an amber hue with a small lingering off white head. Aromas of caramel, maple syrup, and light wheat. On the palate, this one was fairly light bodied with flavors of maple syrup, caramel and wheat.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a 2" off-white head which dissipated to 1/8". Lovely dark amber color. Really not much of a smell at all. Flavor is subtle but classy with a hint of maple and sweet malt. Medium body with a creamy buttery feel and a surprisingly long finish. All in all this was like a mild butterscotch candy.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour was nice medium dark. It had a full white creamy head. I was anticipating more of an aroma considering it was a Maple wheat beer.

The taste was easy, it did have some hints of maple syrup but I also detected some buttery nuts with a slight feel of smoked wood.

It was so easy drinking, maybe a bit too much. Round and soft almost to the point where I was waiting for something and it never came.

While the taste was easy, it did leave a very pleasant taste of maple that was satisfying.

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3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy Orange copper. Gold and Amber Highlights. Small Beige head that dissipated quickly. No Lace.

Sweet Mapley Bourbon. Lemon citrus wheat. Touch of medicinal alcohol.

Nutty sweet maple and caramel. Herbal Lemony wheat. Semi bitter maple herbal aftertaste. Mapleness builds as you drink, but could be more pronounced.

med body. well carbonated. Semi dry, sticky syrup. Could be richer.

Good drinkability. Not something you'd want to drink often, but worth a try.

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Photo of Nipitato
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes taken on 2.26.09

Purchased a bomber at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Copper hue. Thin creamy white head with good retention and clarity.

S: This smells like a pretty standard American Pale Ale Wheat Ale. Standard Harpoon fruitiness from yeast. I don't smell any maple or maple syrup character. Actually, after the beer warms up considerably a subtle maple syrup aroma crops up.

T: Tastes like Harpoon UFO - where's the maple character. Wheaty and fruity (Harpoon yeast). Little to no hop character.

MF: Well carbonated. Medium body. Slight alcohol warming is noticeable.

D, notes: Ok drinkability but an overall a disappointment. This is not worthy of 100 Barrel in my opinion.

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Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Transcribed from undated notes, probably early-March 2009.

This was unquestionably the most beautiful beer that I had seen in a long time! It had a mountainous, frothy ecru-colored cap of two fingers' worth of foam with outstanding retention. The color was a BUPGOO-like deep amber both intense carbonation and NE-quality clarity. Nose had a mild sweetness, but not a cloying one as you might expect from maple syrup. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with a toned-down maple flavor on the tongue. Better put, it was discernible, but not overpowering. Finish actually tended towards a slight dryness. 5s - top to bottom. From me, for a wheat beer?!? Man, I gotta rethink my stance.

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Photo of billab914
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on our stay in Maine the night before Kate Day '10. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. poured a dark amber color with a one finger white head covering the top of the beer. The head settled out after a bit but left some good lacing on the glass.

The aroma has wheat with a little citrus zest to it. I'm getting a little of what I think is the maple but it's not very strong and I doubt I'd pick the flavor out if i didn't know it was in there.

The taste has more of the maple present then the nose did. I'm pretty much getting a mixture of maple, wheat and malt out of it. it's not overly sweet though which is what I was worried the maple would do.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I enjoyed it as a nice twist on a wheat beer. Don't think I ever had a maple flavored beer before and it was pretty good. I can't say I'd buy it regularly but I love the experimentation and getting to try the results.

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Photo of merlin48
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle pours a mostly clear golden amber body with a small almond hued head. Some attractive sheet lacing appears on the glass.

Not much going on with the aroma. Twangy wheat malt and a hint of herbal hops are noted.

Light medium body has a crisp carbonation.

Maple syrup is apparent in the taste but is subtle, never cloying. Wheat malt dominates the taste, with a hint of herbal hops bitterness. No indication of the almost 7% abv.

A basic wheat ale with a maple syrup addition, very lightly hopped. Not bad, but I'll pass on another.

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Photo of bminor7
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from Westmere Beverage in Albany NY.

A - Amber clear. Frothy head gone very soon. Oddly no lees at the bottom of the bottle whatsovever.

S - Classic ale, malt and hops in balance. No alcohol detectable. Smooth honey and some banana, but I can't get the maple.

T - Light ale flavors, belgian yeast. IBU rating is seemingly low. Strong wheat aftertaste. Again maybe a bit of maple syrup? I can never seem to find it in beers claiming it as an ingredient.

M - Medium body with strong carbonation which lingers on the tongue but seems to lack contribution to the mouthfeel otherwise.

D - I could see it better as a draft. Overall a nice sessionable offering from Harpoon which grows on you. It does well at what it seeks to be. I would recommend trying at least once.

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Photo of JimmyK77
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice, unique wheat beer with a slightly darker than expected golden color. Maple dominates the aroma and flavor, but with more of a woody characteristic than hints of syrup. This often happens when maple syrup is added to fermentation early. My bottle had been kept cool, but not cold. Still, as the glass warmed the maple syrup flavor blossomed a little. Overall, the beer was drinkable and pleasing, but not as unique as I hoped.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color that is a bit hazy, but more towards the clear end of the spectrum. Head is ample, thick, and coarse. It dissipates quickly and leaves minimal laces on my glass.

The smell is alright...Maple syrup is evident, but other than that, there is nopt much going on but a little wheat aroma. There is also no hop presences at all. There are some spiced notes that help to spur me onward.

Taste is pretty predictable after the aroma. The maple syrup is at the front of the flavor. As it subsides, some grassy hops do squeeze their way in among spices. Yeasty flavors are muted.

The texture, feel and body of this beer are very good. It is light enough to enjoy the whole bottle with enough flavor to get me through it without getting bored. While not my favorite in the style, I would drink it again for sure.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue tulip. The smell is somewhat what I expected after reading the bottle, but the maple smell is more pronounced than expected, but very unique and very pleasing. Alcohol is very well hidden, especially at almost 7%. Very smooth throughout and a very smooth finish. Drinking this one after eating French toast at 4 a.m. (Nice pairing). Sort of difficult to pick out any different flavors in the taste other than the maple but the maple is enough to make this a very enjoyable and unique wheat offering.

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Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a thick, rocky head that scatters a bit of lace around

Smell: Sweet, almost wort-like malt, with the maple syrup clearly discernable

Taste: Sweet and malty, with vague banana bread flavors up front; by mid-palate, there is a lemony sharpness and a sweet maple syrup aspect that becomes pronounced; after the swallow, the lemon fades and the maple and malt flavors dominate the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation; very sticky in the aftertaste

Drinkability: An interesting experiment, but way too sweet for my palate and the lemony sharpness in the middle is also off-putting


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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 22 ounce bomber bottle and into my nonic pint glass. The ale a appears a hazed deep apricot color with a nice full inch of creamy light tan head. Nose and flavors are made up of notes of toasted cereal grains/wheat, bread, grassy, earthy hops, toasted malt. I'm really struggling to pick out any hints of maple save for a brief appearance in the aroma. A tad thin bodied but amply carbonated. Average.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Weizen Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a slightly dark, golden amber color. It has a three-finger head of fluffy, off-white foam. Retention is good and lacing is minimal, but quite sticky.

Definite full, rich notes of wheat come forth. A nice sweetness is present with a mild scent of maple syrup. Mild hints of brown sugar, spices and grassy hops.

Once again, the wheat is quite prominent. Very nice earthy flavor. Nicely spiced, in a mild fashion. Grassy hop notes with a slight citrus presence. The maple flavor is not as upfront as I'd hoped for, but brings about a nice, mild, sweetness that balances the whole thing, quite nicely.

Great medium body, almost verging into full-bodied territory. Solid medium level of carbonation. Very smooth with a tiny touch of creaminess.

At 6.8%abv, which is nicely hidden, this is a touch out of range for a true session brew. It's ease of drinkability though, makes it a brew that I'd love to have on hand, just for those occasions.
This is quite tasty. Well done, Harpoon!

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Photo of dickieb
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This caught my eye for something different. Pours an interesting amber/orange with a fizzy head and some bits of lacing. The smell is of faint spices yeast and maple. The flavor starts of like an average wheat beer but is quickly followed by some sweet maple flavoring and some almost Belgian spicing. The mouthfeel is a tad light, but this still drinks pretty well for almost 7%. This is not a great one, but it is an interesting change especially for a summer release.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light amber colored clear body. Airy white head of an inch high faded down rapidly. An extreme amount of carbonation bubbling rapidly to the top. Big lace patches.

A strong maple hit up front. Malt and hops are definitely second fiddle in the nose. Very faint plastic scents. A bit off balance aroma overall.

Plastic carries over to the taste, and coats all the other flavors. Maple quite full on the tongue, and a hops bitterness is also present. Nice sweetness from the wheat.

A decent viscosity on the tongue. Carbonation is overly forceful. Tastes cling a bit on the edges of tongue.

Overall an average beer. Would work well with a maple based dessert. Had some good points, but the overall plastic drew this one down. A rare miss for the 100 bbl series.

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Photo of Boto
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber: This one pours a slightly hazy, orangish amber color. There was a small off-white head on it that drops off rather quickly. Not too strong of an aroma. I get a whiff of the maple syrup right off. Some wheat and malts behind it. The taste is decent enough: Some malt, wheat and maple flavors. A touch of dryness in the finish. Definitely worth having again.

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Photo of VTaler
4.06/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into 1L stein. Bottle note 6.8%, 21 IBU, Session 26 of Harpoon's 100 Barrel Series. Made with 'flavor of real Vermont Maple Syrup'.

A- Pours nicely, brown, with a thick head, lots of lacing as it goes down. Very nice looking beer. Head dissapears about 1/2 way through.

S- Smells delightful. I can smell the maple in the pour. As I get closer and really inhale, I smell maple and malts, two nice sweet aromas. A rich aroma.

T- Husky and heavy on the front, followed by a sweet maple aftertaste. This beer is wonderfully balanced. The wheat and maple are both well represented and the flavor profile works well. As I get farther down the stein, I taste sweet fruit with the maple. Like banana french toast covered in syrup. Very good.

M- a little lighter than expected. It seems all the carbonation was in the head, the beer tastes almost flat (although it isn't). Odd.

D- Goes down smooth. As another reviewer put it, this would be better in winter, and is odd for a Summer release. Still, tasty. I may lay one down for a couple months and see how it tastes in the fall.

All in all, another good (not great) beer from Harpoon's 100 barrel series. This series got me into craft beer, so I always have a soft spot for 'em. Keep it up, Harpoon!

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #26 - Catamount Maple Wheat from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 120 ratings
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