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

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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Reviews: 99 | Ratings: 119
Photo of mrquartetman
4.47/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden amber, nice persistent head

S: Maple/Malt aroma, kind of like a beer pancake with syrup

T: Toasty, with maple sweetness that is not overwhelming. Not much hop. Stays on the palate but is not at all cloying.

M: Good density, a beer that demands further holding on the tongue.

D: Highly drinkable, worth buying again and again.

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

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Gold foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear copper brew. Head dwidles gradually, with average to good lacing. Aroma is sweet, with a fruity kick. Taste starts with maple sweetness, citric bite in the middle, soft wheat close. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth, and drinkability is pretty good as well. Not something I'd go out of my way for.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 3/7/09 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of maple, caramel, light malts, some wheat and some hops.

T: The taste is more well-balanced than I had anticipated. The maple flavor hits up front with some caramel sweetness as well. Then the wheat flavor comes in with a mild hops presence to temper things out. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style while adding the maple twist, it's a decent beer but not one that I'd usually pick.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Gingerman in NYC... Pours a hazy, dark-wheat hue... Minimal head, minor lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Hints of wheat, maple, and sugars... Interesting combination present.
Taste: Strongly complemented the aroma... Hazy, wheat-laden, maple syrup, molasses...
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, alcohol hard to detect...
Drinkability: Overall, pretty drinkable.. A nice, light beer and a different take on the usual...
Not bad...

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

On tap at The Grey Lodge in Philadelphia, Saturday March 8th, the first full day of Philly Beer Week 2009:

Appearance: Clear, deep amber that borders on copper. Frothy off-white head. Good retention, better than average lacing.

Smell: Fairly limited. Clean. A sugary quality hints at maple syrup. Perhaps some minor fruitiness of apples and white grape. Minor grainy malt notes. No hops, as might be expected.

Taste: The maple syrup does come through in the flavor, and it's not overdone. It's more like a thin coating to the caramelish malt base. Wheat malt is only slightly evident. It's pretty straightforward with notes of caramel and drizzled honey. Bitterness is balancing, and stiff enough to cut through. Some hops appear in the finish. The alcohol is pretty well reigned in, but you can tell that it's slightly bigger than a regular beer. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a delicately tingly median carbonation. Appropriately smooth.

Drinkability: While there are certainly no off-flavors, and the maple syrup is kept in check, it almost seems like there's not enough flavor. At least given the extra strength. It makes a decent amber-wheat, but the use of maple syrup doesn't seem to have done much for it other than getting your attention. Altogether fairly drinkable though.

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Photo of HopTroll
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz in a Vivant wheat beer glass

A: Pours a clear copper color with a medium thick creamy white head.

T: Sweet, malty taste with just enough maple flavor. Not a big wheat flavor but it's there at the end after the sweet maple begins to fade.

S: Sweet smell of maple and caramel.

M: Full to medium body, nice and smooth that finishes light and clean.

D: Very drinkable but the sweetness puts a limit to the amount I can drink. Overall a good beer that I would buy again.

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

22 fl oz brown bottle wrapped in gold foil; served in a nonic.

Pours a deep copper/clean oak in color beneath a densely foamy, off-white head that is very slow to fade. Patchy, condensed lacing but not much strength.

Sweet, clean maple with touches of honey and vanilla. Biscuity malted wheat with a touch of diacetyl. Fruity esters of white grape, melon, and mild raisin. Warming, yet balanced alcohol aromas.

Stiff, malted wheat and grains under a smooth, semi-sweet maple and honey blanket. The sweetness is a bit off-flavored and dark, or maybe that is some adjunctory grains shining through. The alcohol character is a bit bulky for the style and provides a gaseousness to the biscuity malts.

Medium in body; a touch of slickness over mostly a grainy roughness. A pretty nice balance for the timid flavors.

A little heavier and more flavorful than a typical Pale Wheat Ale, but understandable given the maple syrup addition. With that being said, the flavors are nothing that exciting. If you've had one wheat flavored with maple syrup, you've had them all.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber from a local Hannaford. Pours an amber body with a half inch of short lived off-white head. Caramel, nut, maple, and maybe some wood-like character? Tastes like nut and maple, with some banana, caramel, and wood notes. Medium-bodied with modest carbonation. More of a drinker than expected for an ABV. Overall, for the style, a very interesting and unique beer that doesn't fall easily into any category. Not something I'll probably get again, but well-worth the try if this is your kind of thing.

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Photo of leif86
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 22 poured into my Duvel.

A: Two fingers of sea-foam-esque froth, barely off white in color, tops this brew but rushes to depart and leaves only traces of its existence. The body is a rich and robust copper that glows brilliantly when held to the light. Astonishingly clear.

S: A maple/molasses tint meets vanilla and yields a brew that has the air of being a tad hot and actually certainly reminds me of something metallic.

T: Starts with a strong sweetness from what tastes like fig, maple, and caramel. In the background a bit of wheat dances around but is reluctant to come center stage, even at the end when the sweetness yields - a tad bitterness is present here but it is rushed away and one is left with a taste that makes me think someone dropped car keys in my beer.

M: Over carbonated but not too thin.

D: I'd rather see this beer with a little less carbonation and couple more points in the ABV column, then maybe I can call it "warming" as the bottle suggests it is. Then maybe I could get behind this brew, until then I'm really not feeling it.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange, amber with a decent sized creamy tan head

S - Very light aroma. Bready wheat, fruity hops and a mix of maple syrup and sweet caramel.

T - Very similar to aroma with more maple syrup. Maple syrup, bready wheat malt, fruity hops and sweet caramel.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation and a lingering sweetness.

D - Somewhat boring and a touch sweet but not bad for focusing mostly on the maple syrup taste/aroma.

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Photo of Rainintheface
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: very clear copper with a smallish white head and low caronation

S: Mild aroma. light maple, caramel, fading vanilla and a typical harpoon fruitiness

T: maple, caramel and a hint of clove

M: quite smooth, a bit crisp with a light body. sweet but not overly so.

D: Enjoyable. Goes down easy. May or may not buy again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good head, nearly white. The lace slides down the glass. The liquid is dark and crystal clear for a wheat beer--clearly amber.

Mild malt and wheat aroma. Reminds me of a cherry wheat beer I've had before. Slightly sweet.

An interesting combination of spicy wheat, mellow malt and a touch of hop. Full bodied with ample carbonation. Light spiciness with a round, creamy feel.

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Photo of LiquorLockerVP
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass in the "lab" from a bomber.

A smoothe orange tan, much like a dark ice tea. Tiny, tiny bubbles dancing up inside, but overall tne body looks asleep. A soapy lather of white head slowly rose upon pouring, but quickly died down with minimal lacing. The beer looks quiet, if that makes sense. Minutes after pouring and it looks like it has been sitting out for awhile. Not too impressed.

Just a hint of wheat, and a small amount of figgy sweetness. A very small amount. At first I wasnt getting much at all, so I let it sit for a few minutes. I even cleansed the snout with a whiff of coffee beans hoping I would pick up more. Alas, there isn't a huge amount going on with the aroma. As I said, I'm just getting a really feint fruit sweetness. Perhaps a whisper of maple? Might just be wishful sniffing. I was hoping for waffles.

Pretty refreshing. It reminds me of mildly sweet breakfast cereal, leaving a lingering taste of cheerios, with a (very, VERY) small amount of maple syrup drizzled on it. Definetly can taste the wheatiness on the finish. Rolling it back over the tongue, the sweetness from the maple says hello very quickly on the tip, but gets bulldogged by the big dull chubby sour wheats on the sides. Like I said, the after taste is definetly the cereals, but it is light and not unpleasant.

PS- Aha, I found the maple. Let the beer hit the middle of your tongue first, not the tip. Thats where the maple lies.

Average bodied, definetly not flabby but no where near light either. I feel it is very indicative of it's head, medium sized foamy bubbles make for a transition from firm to frothy. Their is little alcohol burn, and the carbonation is not abrasive. It leaves the mouth slightly prickled, and a tad dry.

Very drinkable. I could do a bunch of these. I think it comes from the fact that it is not overly extreme in any category. The added maple hints are built upon what alone would be a refreshing wheat. The beer is refreshing enough to go with a salty meal, perhaps ham.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber > Weizen glass

a beautiful orange-ish copper color, totally clear, just like all Harpoon brws. Big 'ol carbonation, with tiny bubbles wildly swirling around to create a rather healthy looking, thick, frosty off-white head. Really long retention. Very nice.

Th aroma is really inviting, with a big whiff of sweet, yet smokey Vermont Maple syrup. The spicey, herbal wheat balance is very good, with the wheat, hops and heat really adding to the nose complexity.

The flavor has a well-rounded complexity, with a malty current of Maple syrup that gives a sweet, natural effect over the spicey hops and crispy wheat flavored body. Medium bodied, crispy, with a dry-wheatie edge. The finish is dry, with a spicey hop and abv heat rolls in right at the end. The heat is a bit boozy, but 6.8 % is alot for a wheat beer, so it's pretty well hidden overall. The maple syrup really mellows the crispness out in the end.

This is a "warming" wheat beer that is refreshing and complx enough to really be interesting. honestly, they had me at "Maple Wheat"!

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Photo of alovesupreme
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light golden color with a good head that sticks around for a long period of time.
Yeasty, with some lemon aromas.
A little tart with Diacetyls present. Bready but refreshing due to the very yeasty quality of the beer.
Lots of carbonation which is pleasant for style. Body is a little watery but still enjoyable.
A solid beer from Harpoon, its worth noting however that the maple is almost undetectable.

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Photo of Stimack
2.91/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Gave this one a try last evening while at Mahars. Brew was poured to a copper color with some reddish highlights. Good sized tan head that had nice retention and left a fair amount of lacing. The aroma clearly comes off somewhat sweet, though I was anticipating more based on the maple syrup? Fair wheat aroma does come through. On the taste side the sweetness really comes out along with some wheat like flavors. I don't really pick up anything that tells me that there is maple syrup in there? The sweetness at first seemed ok, but got very old quick. Did finish it but there does not seem to be much here, sweetness is too much and the rest of the beer is bland at best. Interesting try, but a miss for me.

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Photo of LennyV
2.97/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a growler from Halftime.

Pours a caramel color into my Gulden Drak tulip. Creamy white head and nice lacing.

Smell is nonexistant. I was expecting some maple flavor.

Tatse is decent but nothing really santds out. It is not complex.

Feels ok in the mouth, medium body.

This is an ok session beer, but frankly I was disapointed. The idea of a maple wheat seemed like a an adventure in flavor that never came to be.

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Photo of damienblack
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very translucent, thin looking light amber-brown. Good sized head left, a bit of lacing. Standard pint appearance. Smells like sweet malt and sweet fruit, like strawberry, peach, melon, something along those lines. I can tell this is going to be supersweet.

A big sweet fruit bomb. I'm getting fresh peach, strawberry, melon, canteloupe. Sweet malt, but the fruit sensations dominate for me. It's like MH #9, except just average instead of offensive to me. No bad kickbacks or funny smells. No real hop presence to speak of. Mouthfeel is a little watery, but the carbonation adds a little zing that makes up for it. Very drinkable. I think anyone who loves #9 will love this, to me it's a better all around version. However, I still find it lacking some or any sort of punch to it. It's sweet, but I'm not getting any maple syrup as promised, which may or may not be a good thing. I also think I would like this on a 90+ day in the summer, but right now, it's an average pint. I don't think I'll buy another bottle for these cold months.

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Photo of WalterSobchak
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber with a fluffy two finger head, lacing is solid and a lasting white top.
Subdued smell, with a metallic hint and light malts...nothing special.
The maple comes through stronger than I expected and plays well with the alcohol...kind of interesting combo. The malts work well together and create a mild but nice flavor however I would prefer an extra hops shot to really balance this out; overall, it's a bit too sweet.
Despite the sweetness it's not overly syrupy and remains quite drinkable. Not really my thing but this is certainly a decent spring beer and a solid choice for a limited batch.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.11/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - this ale pours a rootbeer color with a finger of tan head that fizzes away almost instantly, tons of carbonation

S - the smell is either maple/wheaty or metallic, seems more metallic

T - the taste is sickly sweet, to sweet in fact, like a nondescript poor quality dollar store halloween candy, cant really pick out any maple, though at the very end i taste the wheatiness, ugh i may pour this

M&D - smooth and easy to drink, though the flavor is a bit offputting, the cough syrupy sweetness is overwhelming, only had this bottle for one day, it cant be skunked, can it

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Photo of Hokies
3.86/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a weizen glass. Pours a copper/amber color with a nice creamy head that sticks around for a while with some lace left behind on the glass. The aroma is not the strongest with the maple being dominate and the wheat underlying behind it. The taste is very nice with the sweetness dominating from the maple and caramel malt. Their is a light taste from the pale malts and some nice wheat taste to it. This would actually be a very nice summer brew.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bomber into a tulip glass the beer was a light copper color with a solid two fingers of creamy head. The head reduced but sustained very well lasting the entire sample and leaving ample lacing.

The nose is sweet up front with some caramel and a just backed bread aroma. Faint hops in the back - just barely there.

The taste is a bit dull and dissapointing. Sweetness hits first with malt and a touch of maple. Not as much as I would thought and the beer left me asking, "where's the rest." The malt dominates, but never achieves the sweetness I anticipated the syrup addition would inpart. A trace of hoppiness in the finish, but just overall nothing really coming through to be seen. I suppose that speaks for its balance, but it also left the beer a little lifeless.

Medium body and carbonation.

This series has had some very enjoyable beers, but alas this one was a bit of a dud. The flavor was bland and nothing really shown through. I expected the maple to be sweeter and the beer a bit more chewy.

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Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-gold color with a frothy two-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma has hints of wheat and maple in the nose, followed by a bit of hop bitterness.

Taste is smooth with a good hint of maple upfront, followed by wheat and mild hop bitterness. Not bad. A bit sweet but not enough to be cloying.

Mouthfeel is full of the maple and wheat. Crisp, smooth. Easy to drink.

Overall, not a bad beer made with maple. A bit too sweet overall for my tastes but you can't go wrong with giving it a try. The use of Vermont maple syrup is a treat that gives it a different feel.

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Photo of GWaters
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Nice healthy foamy head 2.5 fingers. Foam diminishes slowly leaving a gentle lacing and a ring around the beer.

Scent: First scent is a sweet aromatic maple/malty wiff. There is a slight hop character to the scent as well, but not overly present.

Taste: First impression is an oddly sweet IPA, but as the flavor matures in the mouth, the maple emerges more as well as the malt and a caramel taste. As the bottle breathes, the malt character becomes even more present.

Drinkability: A smooth drink with a happy flavor to it. I would look for this beer more in the dead of winter, but either way, it is tasty and easily enjoyed. Although I don't see myself sucking down a bunch of these in a sitting, I do see myself finishing the large 22 oz bottle without question

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