Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #33 - Glacier Harvest ’10 Wet Hop Beer | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #33 - Glacier Harvest ’10 Wet Hop BeerHarpoon 100 Barrel Series #33 - Glacier Harvest ’10 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 33rd session of the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series, we’re using locally grown hops and malted barley in our Glacier Harvest Wet Hop Ale, 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 picked. Typically, when hops are picked they are quickly dried and refrigerated to make them stable and 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. Barley grown in Maine complements the New York-grown Glacier hops. This robust pale malt can stand up to the intense, immersed hop flavor, and makes the beer a true celebration of Northeastern US brewing.

38 IBU

Added by BeerNinja007 on 09-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 88
Photo of Reaper16
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a rusty, coppery shade of orange-brown. About 1.25 fingers of soft, buttermilk head leave adequate lacing. Its a very solid looking pale ale.

Yeah, yeah, I know. I shouldn't be reviewing a wet hop ale nearly one year after it was released. That's a recipe for disaster, right? Well, it turns out that this beer still holds up. Seriously. Sure, it is malt forward at this point in time. Aromatic malts and a smaller amount of caramel malt make up the majority of the aroma and flavor. But the hops are still there. A distant grass note lingers in the background, but most impressive is a dedicated red fruit component -- an aroma very close to that of strawberry. That somewhat unique red fruit note makes this a good beer, even now, despite the beer's age.

This beer has thinned out a bit in the past yearish but it's an appropriate body for an APA. Overall, this impressed me way more than I ever expected it to. Was the red fruit flavor even more prominent when fresh? Or did it develop with age? Regardless, I'd happily drink this again.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 4/2/11

Appearance: Hazy, cloudy copper with a nice head and good lacing

Smell: Some sweet, pale malts - some caramel - floral/grassy hops and some strange citrus

Taste: Not great, but not bad - malts are somewhat interesting - pale, hints of amber and caramel - slightly sweet - hops have a weird citrus flavor, kind of like bitter, old orange flesh - lots of grass

Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated and crisp, refreshing, a little sticky

Overall: Good, probably should have drank it sooner

I was not in love with this beer's hop profile. The citrus flavors were simply strange, and there was way too much grass. Regardless, I might try this again next year.

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Photo of bamojr
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber with tan fluffy head.
Sweet and malty smell, lovely hop not in the nose.
Very fluffy to the taste with a lot of carbonation.
Malty with a bit of skunk to it, a bit of a flat taste but I think that is due to the fact that the best by date is 1/15/11.
A very bread like density and some good spice from the hops.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lots of coating up and down the sides of the glass led to a rich coating of suds all over the sides. The aroma was very light, Touches of light hops, piney with a note of grapefruit mixed in, but mostly dominated by a light grain like aroma. As it warmed a bit buttery brought into the mix as well. The flavor was light, nice pale ale here and very well balanced. Initial rush of hops was quickly overtaken by a very smooth and very well balanced mid palate malt profile. I was really impressed here with how nicely that came together. Smooth, light carbonation kept it from feeling too overdone and made for a very session able little ale.

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

Strong aroma is mainly hoppy with a hint of candy caramel and a strong tang of - what? Citrus? Wood? It pours a clear, slightly reddish amber with a fairly thick pale yellowish tan head. Hoppy flavor has slightly sweet caramel, oaken and citrus tones and a weird hint of something I can't quite describe - a truly unique flavor. Texture is fairly smooth and somewhat fizzy; finish is slightly tingly and woody and doesn't last. Not too shabby.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
2.7/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into pint

A - Decent dark yellow to amber. Off white head with lots of bubbles

S - A grassy, pine bitterness. Distinct caramel and bready malt.

T - The breadiness of this beer threw me off as it is supposed to be a Wet Hop ale. I was expecting some juicy piney hops but just got some weak grainy hops, soggy bread malt and a weird metallic kind of aftertaste.

M - Metallic aftertaste, thin to medium body, unbalanced, slightly overcarbonated.

D - It is not too difficult to drink per se, but the off flavours make you question why you'd want to.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.3/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bomber poured into a tulip in October 2010.

Slightly hazy amber with a head that brings the frothiness, but not so much lacing. Pretty meek nose, mainly bready malts with some mild herbal hoppiness. Tastes pretty bready as well, and in fact that's the most enjoyable thing about this beer. The hop profile isn't entirely pleasing, starting earthy, leafy and herbal but quickly turning metallic. Finishes fairly clean, a touch on the thin side, with a powerful lingering metallic flavor that somewhat ruins the experience. Subpar as both an APA and a wet hop ale.

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Photo of paulozanello
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown and honey color, very clear, with a one finger white head that has average retention and lacing.

Aroma is a pleasant mix of floral / fruity hops (apples, strawberries, pineapples and peaches) and sweet/burnt malts.

Taste starts out with a very light caramel malt note that is soon subdued to hop bitterness, with faint fruity notes (not nearly as much as in the aroma) and lots of grass/hay. Some malty notes come through very lightly towards the end of the sip. Aftertaste is mildly bitter and also grassy.

It finishes fairly dry with moderate to high carbonation. Body is medium. Mouthfeel not that impressive.

Overall a great smelling beer but the taste/mouthfeel was a bit of a letdown. Not a bad beer but there are a lot better examples of the same style out there.

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Photo of cichief
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a very deep amber, with a thick tan head.

S- Some hint of piney hoppiness, but little else.

T- Good malt flavor, hops come through on the back end.

M- Bubbly, but not overly carbonated, medium on the tongue.

D- A good quaff, but nothing special.

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Photo of tapman
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber in color with a fine head and decent lace.

Spicy aroma with super herbal / floral notes. Bright, but in the opposite direction of the C hops. Sweet, grainy aroma mixed with some light toast.

Taste has a pot-pouri essence, though not overly so as to be perfume-like. Soft grapefruit and wildflowers.

Substancial, yet dry.

Highly drinkable!

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Photo of brew3crew
2.49/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

P into my great lakes sniffer.

A- clear amber color. Little bit of lace. good amount of bubbles.
S-very pale malt smell. Little bit of hops.
T- not at all what I was expecting. hops not really apparent. Not much taste really.
M-slightly bitter after taste. Only noticable bit of hops was.in the aftertaste
D-decent. Smooth and not overpowering. Wish it had more than 38 ibus so I could taste the we hops.

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

22 oz bottle,best by 1/15/11- I thought it might be too close to the end- but it was still very fresh

light brown/reddish/orange with small thick head & small bubbles

subtle smell of malt,light pine & light fruit- banana?

great balance of hops and malt-won't please a hophead,but tastes great to me

feels good and is very drinkable- not outstanding, but would never say no to one

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish orange with a good amount of bubbles running up the sides. A small amount of lace sits across the top.

Smells of a sweet slightly toasty malt with a weak backing of piney resin hops.

Tastes very smooth with a well balanced and neutral toasty malt flavor backed by a small amount of hops that leaves a great finish. The hops leave a nice dryness to finish it off.

A well balanced body with a nice thickness and slight dryness at the end. Drinks very well.

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Photo of hreb
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, best by 01/15/11. Beer pours clear and orange copper in color, with a thick yellow-white head. Pure malt aroma, but flavor is full of wonderful fruity hop flavors. Excellent balance. Great mouthfeel; I bet this would be fantastic on draught, or even better, gravity feed. Aftertaste is pleasantly dry, with just enough grain for balance. No clue that the ABV is as high as is listed.

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Photo of bruachan
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

slightly hazy light copper color. head is meh

lager malts; light caramel and toasty. fresh hops aroma: mint, airy. delicate bouquet, frankly

full hop flavor all over this piece: woody, blackcurrant, lemon. a touch of vienna toastiness. for some reason i'm having a tough time placing the hop flavors...er describing. but, tasty

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Photo of Beerman3000
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Made with wet hops from New York State and Maine-grown pale malted barley. 38 IBUs, 16 O.G. Slightly hazy, amber color, with a moderately-large light tan head. Mild, hoppy nose, with a hint of - is it? - wintergreen? Toasted malt aroma, with toffee and caramel tones. Hefty body with fine-bubbled CO2. Rich, tasty, toasted malt flavor, with Graham cracker, toffee, and some caramel malty tones. Not a lot of hoppy flavor for a wet hop ale, although the label does not divulge what hops variety the wet hops is. Rather dry, clean, pale ale flavor, though exceedingly fresh. Quite drinkable. No detectible yeast sediment. Lighter roasting and much less hops than the Napa Smith Organic IPA I tasted just prior to this beer.

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Photo of david18
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had a draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. As an American Pale Ale, it's not my favorite but certainly and enjoyable and refreshing beer.

Color was typical of an APA, between straw and copper. Carbonation was low but adequate. The aroma was a little like Sierra, citrussy but just not present enough. Flavor, again, was refreshing with a good balance of hops, malt, carbonation and alcohol. Worth trying, not my favorite.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle

A: Copper bodied under a small white head. Good retention, decent lace.

S: Very herbal hops, a bit floral, sweet, biscuity, some toasted malt, malt backbone there.

T: Sweet, herbal hops, malt is there again, good balance, alcohol slightly apparent, medium bitter finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Pretty good drinkability. Very solid and balanced pale ale. Hop character is done very well without pushing bitterness too much.

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Photo of birdyone
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice golden color. Not too many bubbles. Has a nice head when you pour, but it disappears quickly.

It smells a little better than average. It smells like an ale, and it smells like a beer made by Harpoon. If you like that, I think that puts it a head of others, but it's not really anything to write home about.

Tastes like a nice average ale. Nothing wrong with that at all. It's actually kind of nice and familiar. It's "averageness" is one of it's better qualities. But for a 100 bbl series, you kind of expect something a little different. Not necessarily Magic Hat different, but at least a little more special.

It is nice to drink. It isn't harsh in your mouth. The quality of the ingredients shows here.

Drinkability is hampered by the cost. Since it is pretty much basic ale in taste, very smooth, and made from good ingredients, it would be lovely to sit around and drink it all night. But alas it is a 100 bbl series, and too expensive to do such. I wish the Harpoon ale had more of these qualities. I don't regret buying this one, but I'm glad the series rotates.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured in to an irish pint glass, nice golden hue
very balanced on the nose with some hop forward aroma
balance achieved here also, more malty than in years past but very deliciuos none the less
nice mild carbonation with nice smooth feel
session beer for sure

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - #33 of this series pours golden orange in color with a half finger of rich tan silky head with heavy amounts of lively carbonation sustaining it

S - rich malts balance the wet hops nicely, but do not contain them, grapefruit and piney aromas burst through and create a nice blend

T - the taste is more balanced than the aroma, the malts and tea solids flavors are empowered and balance, but not neutralize, the hoppiness, and creat a marvelous session brew

M&D - so easy to drink and pairable with so much cuisine, perhaps the edge has come off the hops a bit, but it is drinking right now marvelously, well done Harpoon!

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

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Gold foiled cap, Best By 1/15/11.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the clear coppery amber brew. Head holds on pretty well, with lasting sticky lace. Aroma is lightly of green fresh hops.

Taste starts spicy sweet, a peek of fruitiness in the middle, and closes with a goodly amount of piney hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. All the flavors come together nicely.

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Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Beautiful Carmel/Amber color with a nice creamy tan head. A little lacing

S - Not a particularly aggressive scent. Apricot, light citrus notes, and sweet malt.

T - Not altogether spectacular, but not bad either. A medium bodied pale ale. Not overly hopped, no particularly aggressive qualities. A drinkable, but not spectacular beer.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation of very fine bubbles.

D - Drinkability is good, but you could probably do better at its price point. $5.99 22oz

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Photo of GRG1313
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Limited-part of 100 Barrel Series, #33 (2010). Wet Hop Ale.

Pours a crystal clear amber with a yellow/white head.

Nose is assertive and huge in floral tones that is rich with perfumed cooked peaches, apricots and undertones of bananas; goes to floral esters and sweet carnuba wax.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium with nice balance and carbonation.

Flavors are medium hop bitter of light coffee tones. Medium and bright malty fruit flavors with biscuit yeast tones and a nice floral character in the flavors.

Finish is floral light fruity coffee bitter.

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, pale and crystal malt scent along with a mild hop bitterness. The taste is decent. It has a bone dry, pale and crystal malt flavor. It's grainy with a mild bitterness. The hop character is fresh, but definately not bold in nature. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average beer, but nothing too great. These fresh hopped beers are always a disappointment.

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