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100 Barrel Series #28 - Glacier Harvest ’09 Wet Hop Beer100 Barrel Series #28 - Glacier Harvest ’09 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 28th 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 hop flavor and aroma from this copper-colored ale comes from a generous late addition of freshly harvested “wet” hops.

38 IBU

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 71
Reviews by whoneeds8:
Photo of whoneeds8
2.58/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow, this is a special edition fresh hop beer? I think not. Poured into a tulip glass orange with a thin white head, not retention or lacing. There is no nose to this at all. And the taste is imbarrasing bland. I can't believe they sell this as a "special" release. It doesn't make me want to grab there next special release.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im my pint glass the beer was an amber color with a thick, white, whipped cream head. It retained fairly well and left a little bit of lacing. A sweet, floral aroma, with just a bit of cirtus. A good malt presence in the taste, a bit of pine and citrus. Pretty smooth. A nice enough beer, but I was expecting it to be more on the hoppy side.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a large white head. This is a very clear beer as well. The aroma is malt, with lots of biscuity flavors. The taste is a combination of malt and hops, with the hops coming later in the taste. This is the first beer that I know of that includes Glacier hops and I like what they bring to the beer. This is a very nice, easily drinkable American pale ale that I would recommend.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like trhe style for drinkability, and this is my 4th in 24 hours. Lacey, derived from grapefruit colour. Very mildly hop flavour. Mouthfeel average, understated carbonation. A nice, mild drinkable bitterness. Enjoyable and something I could drink frequently.

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Photo of prototypic
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glacier Harvest pours a light copper color. It's clear and backlighting gives it an orange tint. Topping it off is whipped looking vanilla head that stands nearly two fingers tall. It's slow to recede leaving a moderate, sticky coat of lace on the glass.

The nose is alright. It's above average, but not by a lot. It features a rather tame hop scent that smells equal parts floral and citric. There's some light grapefruit and orange notes, but not much. It doesn't have near the hop punch it needs. It has a rather prominent malt presence. Caramel and pale varieties are noted. Honestly, it smells very well balanced. That's not necessarily bad, but it isn't what I was looking for in a wet hop ale. Alcohol is not noticeable. Eh. It's alright. Not great.

The flavor profile is likewise just okay. Rather disappointing to be honest. There's a little hop presence here, but it's extremely balanced and doesn't stand out. Grapefruit and orange flavors are light, but noted. There's a slight floral, earthy flavor. Again, it's very clear that it's hop deficient. Caramel and pale malts add some sweetness and completely balance (or negate) the hops. Unfortunately, there's practically no hop bitterness. That's very disappointing. Alcohol is blended well and isn't noticeable. It finishes sweet. It's okay. Very average, in my opinion. Probably the most bland wet hop ale I've ever had.

Glacier Harvest has a light-medium body that's not quite smooth. Carbonation is mid-range and doesn't really help or hurt things at all. Above average sounds about right. Drinkability is above average, as well. The flavor's alright, but not very good. It goes down easy, but it doesn't resonate with me very much. I'm glad I only picked up a single bottle.

I had somewhat high hopes for Glacier Harvest. I'm pretty let down. It is the most ho-hum wet hop ale I've ever encountered. There's very little hop flavor and virtually no bitterness. I guess that might be more acceptable for an APA rather than an AIPA, but nonetheless, it's not very impressive. Dial down the malt a little and dump in more hops. That'd be a sure fire improvement. I'd suggest taking a pass on this one. Disappointing.

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Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from 22oz bottle. Amber in color. 1.5" foamy tan head stuck around for a few long minutes.

Smells of hops - earthy with hint of fresh cut grass. Also bready malt with some caramel.

Slight hops up front then well balanced by the malt. Brief bready after taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth, somewhat creamy. Crisp finish. Flavorfull and easy to drink. Well balanced.

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Photo of Kmlund
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of alleykatking
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle. Got in SS09 BIF from ballewblake. Thanks again for everything Blake!

A- Pours a light coppery amber color. Hard pour gets a two and a half finger tan blob of a head. This stays around for a while leaving some nice light lacing on the sides of the glass skirting on the way down as I drank it.

S- Nice citrus hops still in the front end of the nose. There is a light caramel malt backbone to this as well. Sadly there is some light oxidation that comes through the ending of the aroma. Not really distracting but a little annoying.

T- Nice citrus hops come in the front of this rather nicely. They are not quite so in your face but it works for the beer. The malts work in the middle with a light sweetness and some bready qualities. There is a light alcohol presence in the middle to end of this beer. The ending sadly is almost ruined by oxidation. Big metal and bitter hop bite in the tail end of this one.

M- Medium mouthfeeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Metal and light sweet citrusy hops are left on the palate with a metallic taste dominating the aftertaste. Sort of creamy in the mouth as I was drinking it.

D- This beer without the oxidation I feel would have been at least a point better on almost all the scale ratings. I would love to try this beer again if they make it. I think if it was not oxidated this beer would have been a lot better (of course) but more enjoyable to what I think of as the style.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: When held to the light appeared a medium pumpkin orange with a vivid transparency. A ivory colored spongey head sits atop with fair retention while leaving a respectable sheet coating behind. Visible effervesce was moderate composed of micro-bubbles rising a steady showering rate.

S: The hopping was fresh, no doubt about that, but overall was very light in delivery as well. Wet lemons and honey suckles notes come to mind here with a noticeable toffee-caramel sweetness. While there was a nice marriage between the hops and malts, it did little to convince me this was an apa, and wished it had just a little more ummph to it.

T: The initial flavor was spicy and sweet loaded with semi-dry tropical fruit of pineapples and passion fruit with noticeable hints of apple-citrus. The palate was backed by a generous portion of sweet caramelized grains while the finish finds a blend of oranges, and lemons to go out with a citrusy-caramel chew ending that was both wet hop wise but tart. Again a nice marriage of hops and malts here makes for a smooth transition of flavor never causing a hesitation between sips.

M: The mouthful had a sharp carbonation with a tight bubbly feel. Smooth creamy finish with a wet offering of fresh hops and a smooth tart fade of citrus and tropical fruit lining the tongue.

D: Drinkability was smooth, perhaps its selling point. Never over the top, smooth in character and transition this provided a nice mixture of sweet grains and wet hops that made this a nice laid back drinker. AT 6.7% abv a bomber feels about right here.

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Photo of u2carew
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber.
A) Pours with a thin, creamy head with big bubbles. Lacing is thin and sticky. Copper color. Transparent. Light upward carbonation.
S) Caramel sweetness. Deep floral notes that are more earthy pleasant than bright and fruity.
T) Initial blast is carbonation. Once that mellows, light notes of caramel malt sweetness. Then moves to a nice hop bite to balance the overall taste. Lingering hops and subtle sweetness in the aftertaste.
M) Crisp. Fizzy. Medium bodied. Clean.
D) An enjoyable APA. Well crafted and prompts continual consumption.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A slightly hazy, copper-orange body capped by a two fingers of creamy, off-white head that leaves great lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Mild, floral and citric hops over a caramel malt body. Perhaps a little thin so far, but cheerful enough.

Flavor: Citrusy, almost banana-like at times, and mildly bitter hops up front. Underneath, a slightly grainy, biscuity caramel malt backbone balances everything nicely. Biscuity and mildly bitter in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, and nicely creamy with good carbonation. Dries a little in the finish.

Drinkability: Easily quaffable, this wouldn't be a bad choice for a session, just watch out for the moderately-high ABV.

Verdict: I can see people being a little underwhelmed with this as a limited edition beer--but viewed objectively, it's a tasty and sessionable wet hop style beer. Sure, it would be great with the hops dialed up a notch, but this approach is still worthwhile.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber pours a slightly hazed light copper/dark gold color with a 3-finger, creamy light tan foam. Excellent retention and superb lacing. Topogrophous head forms a nice looking mesa in the middle of the glass.

The glacier hops smell somewhat earthy and a little bit citric. Malts are there and provide a good backdrop for the hops to shine. Smells like a hoppy American ESB...clean and fresh.

Delicate hop flavor comes through nicely. I dont know about everyone else, but I expected something of a hop bomb upon seeing the label 'Glacier Harvest 09 Wet Hop', but I am happy to see that it is a nicely balanced pale ale with a terrific hop flavor. It is so easy to drink, a bomber of this could disappear pretty quick, I like it - reminds me a bit of the tasty Mirror Pond PA from Deschutes. I am very happy to see the Harpoon 100 barrel series in Tx and look forward to getting more in the future.

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Photo of ProfessorHomer
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice beer, this one. Went to the Windsor, VT brewery and really liked this one on tap. All the beer nerds at the bar were drinking it. Reaches a middling ground between their Pale Ale and their IPA.

A: Good, nice color.

S: Very floral due to the fresh "wet" hopping.

T: like a hopped beer should - very refreshing. Tasted very wet - slaked my thirst.

M: good.

Drinkability: nice drinkability for a 6.7% abv beer. Not as bitter/hoppy as one would think.

Not a huge Harpoon fan, but they do produce a very impressive and comprehensive line of beers. It helped that the brew and bar guys were really very friendly and went and got help from others when I asked about the details of on-tap and historical brews. This brewery has more styles on tap than one beer guy can get to in an afternoon and this was one of their best. Recommended!

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Photo of claspada
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A slightly hazy, copper-orange; capped by a two fingers of off-white head that leaves great lacing.

Aroma: Glacier hops, wonderful. Mild, floral and slightly fruity hops over a caramel malt body.

Flavor: Mildly bitter hops up front with a slightly grainy, biscuity caramel malt backbone balances everything nicely. Biscuity and mildly bitter in the aftertaste. A great balance of hops and malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, with good carbonation. Dry in in the finish, maybe from an English yeast

Drinkability: Easily quaffable, this wouldn't be a bad choice for a session, if your an average beer consumer

Overall: I hate when people expect every specialty/limited edition beer to be over-the-top ABV or malty or 1000 IBU, etc. Why can't a beer just be above average like this one was, a great example of a single hopped English Style Wet Hopped Ale, it's a tasty and sessionable, period.

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Photo of PBoegel
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a duvel tulip.

Very nice clarity and thick egg shell white head, color is light amber with orange highlights.

Smell, malty biscuit dough, hops are mint earthy green and underwhelming.

Taste is very malt forward, drinks like an english bitter, biscuit malt character and some slight toastiness.

Mouthfeel is lighter side of medium, low carbonation, no astringency, extremely drinkable.

A nice ale, simply did not have the wow factor of a fresh hop ale.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great 2 finger head with excellent retention and a pale dark orange color.

Smell is not overly pungent but a nice mixture of slight earth and pungent melon with some and citrus. A sweet hint of a slightly bready malt and a touch of fusel alcohol astringency (very minor)

Taste is sweet of bready malts and a mix a floral flavor with some slight citrus spice. Some citrus and melon is apparrent.

Mouthfeel is full and carbonation isn't very high.

I would like the ibus to be a little higher for this beer, the alcohol is a bit too high for a pale ale, but overall this beer is very good.

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Photo of david18
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at George Keeleys, where it was listed as 9 % Alcohol and now that i know it's lower, a lot is explained. This is a very drinkable beer and among the better fresh hop ales and I think one of the best on the east coast. A great afternoon beer and perfect with opening week on the NFL.

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Photo of Casey10
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - light copper with a one finger head

S - Nothing great some spice, not bad either.

T - Good clean taste again nothing that stands out either.

M - Creamy foam. Not much for after feel.

D - Rated a bit higher as beer is one that if had to drink a bunch this is a great one to do that with.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a snifter glass

A- Poures a golden orange with a a fluffier tan 1 finger head that leaves a good amount of lacing as it goes down.

S- Sweet citrus hops up front, with caramel malts and a slighty fruity backround. Not sure what though.

T&M- Smooth caramel malts hit the tounge first but finishes with nicely carbonated earthy hops and a slight yeasty flavor but not to bad. Also leaves a citrusy orange taste in the mouth at the finish that I am really liking. Medium bodied and really smooth overall. Not to much carbonation and only a slight bitter ending. The alcohol comes out a bit in the smell and the taste as it warms but not enough to throw me off but definitely apparent.

Overall this so far is probably my favorite of the 100 barrel series, they really hit the nail with this one making it a solid and some what sophisticated APA.


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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks good: crystal clear amber with a large white head. Good retention. Aroma is musty citrus hop cone and fresh wort.

Sweet and fruiy poundcake malt with a light and springy mint citrus hop. Mild piney hop fade, the hops come through primarily as flavor and oil rather than any real bitter. Nice.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

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

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

T: The taste starts out with a quick burst of citrus and caramel that is followed by a strong but not over-powering hops presence. The malt character is a little on the thin side for the style but it works nicely for this beer and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, I'm liking this one a bit more than the previous Glacier Harvest releases, this is a nice beer with a lot of flavor and substance that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light copper with a frothy creamy head that thins and stays. A second pouring has lacing retention (more than the first).

The smell is of tropical/citric fruitiness but with a metallic (dirty penny) touch.

Bitterness strikes me as more than 38 IBUS (though not that much more). Fruitiness waves in and out but there is an aspirin-y, metallic (dirty coin) taste as well. It does have bready (sweetbread?) and a toffee-like sweetness balancing it. Finishes with a minerally dryness.

The feel is light-side of medium. It has an almost airy texture, with tight-bubbled carbonation (that is not fizzy). Flavor coats palate long enough to be satifactory.

The alcohol is very well hidden, and this one can "disappear" quite rapidly if not being mindful. Not crazy about the mettalic character, though it's not strong enough to put me off from it. Glad I had a chance to try it - a hoppy, though balanced, APA!

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Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish, I'm sure. Gold-foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear copper brew. Head recedes gradually, with average to good lacing. Aroma is balanced, but with both malts and hops apparent. Taste is moderately malty to start and through to the middle, where the hops bitterness comes in. Hop character is somewhat devoid of nuances other than bitter though. Mouthfeel is smooth, but with a bit of an aftertaste, and drinkability is good as well. Pretty good wet hop this year.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produces a good two finger thick cranium, which lasts a good spell. The body is cleanly filtered and is copper in color.

Aroma is lemony upfront, then mildly grassy and slightly floral.

The taste is mostly of tea, with a lemony finish. Perhaps even a hint of toffee.

I consider this more of an English Pale Ale than an American Pale Ale; for it leaves the palate sweetened and not dry.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a tulip glass. Pours a moderate copper-amber color with a white head. Touch of lacing on the way down. The nose is citrus hops with a bit of a caramel backing. The taste is far too much caramel and bread, especially for a wet-hop beer. Those flavors overwhelm the citrus hops that are there. Feel is nice with a very mild bitterness. Drinks well enough, but I wouldn't think that this is what they intended it to be, and I had this quite fresh.

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