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

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100 Barrel Series #33 - Glacier Harvest ’10 Wet Hop Beer100 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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 67
Reviews by EgadBananas:
Photo of EgadBananas
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good clear pour, with a big finger of soft offwhite head. There's a bit of sticky lacing.

Smell is ok with a bit of hops, pine, and sweetness.

Taste is nicely bitter at first, with a little accompanying sweetness. The pine accents are nice.

Feel is nice and smooth, slightly crisp. Slightly velvety.

Overall, solid drink. However, I'm sure there's many better wet hops out there...

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Photo of UncleJimbo
5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Smokin' Joe's yesterday, poured a clear copper amber with a nice off white head, forming thick above the edge of the glass. Aroma has an earthy vegetable/citrus character going on very fresh hop smell to it. Flavor is full of caramel malts with earthy vegetable/earthy/citric fresh hops. This worked well together a nice fresh hopped ale from Harpoon solid all around. Carbonation was okay with me body was medium some hop oils streaking across the palate with each sip. Drinkability I could have had a couple pints of this stuff, solid fresh hopped beer that I will definitely look for in bottles.

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Photo of cichief
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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 WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Photo of John_M
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an orange amber color with fairly good head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly attractive, showcasing some sweet malt and light herbaceousness....maybe there's some honey and light tobacco as well. The beer has a bit more flavor on the palate then what I expected from the nose, though the flavor profile basically replicates the nose in this moderately sweet APA. However, the sweetness is nicely balanced by some light hoppy bitterness and herbaceousness. Mouthfeel is fairly light, but is not at all watery. Drinkability is quite good, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile.

A pleasant enough beer, though I don't think the wet hopping adds a whole lot to it. Probably not something to search out, but it's enjoyable.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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 smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large, lumpy head that leaves lots of chunky webby lace. The broth is light amber. Beautifully clear!

Sharp hop bitterness with a touch of pine. After the first pour, it becomes a more traditional green hop aroma.

More one-dimensional than the smell would suggest. There's a good balance between a dry-ish malt and a bittering hop. This is a good beer, but I find it simplistic. The body is better than most APA's. There's also a high level of carbonation.

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Photo of bruachan
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
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 BeerNinja007
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bomber of Harpoon's latest offering this evening at Beverage King in West Lebanon NH for $5.59. Best by 01/15/11. Served almost cold in a 100 Barrel Series tulip.

This clear reddish copper brew gives a great sticky tan head with great retention. Nose is resiny pine and soft citrus hops on a semi-sweet moderately robust backbone of pale malt. The feel is smooth and watery thin with soft carbonation. Taste isn't as malty as suggested by the nose, but the hop is very well-rounded and diverse. There's a light sweetness of honey and/or candi sugar with a tiny hint of diacetyl, then a smooth broad mix of pine and citrus hop, tropical mango, florals, lavender, that subtly touches just about every part of the palate. The hop is pretty tame, not pungent or strong. The head leaves a little spotty lace, hardly worth mentioning but better than nothing. The finish is mostly an interesting tea-like tannin with a bit of sweetness and a trace of alcohol. The tannin lingers for a long time, a unique earthy/ woody finish.

Overall I like the incredible diversity of flavors to be found here, a lot of subtleties. Unfortunately the body is way way too thin.

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Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 9/23/2010 at The Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts with a nice burst of floral hops bitterness up front which is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

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

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this beer is very much the same as previous years' Glacier Harvest releases, however like most beers, it's slightly better on-tap.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass the beer was copper colored with a light tan head. There was a little bit of lacing.
Aroma was grassy, floral, and sweet.
Bread-like taste, sweet. A little bit of piney hops late. The beer was more malt than hops.
It was still pretty well balanced, and a good beer to drink.

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Photo of david18
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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 Kendo
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased at Westmere Beverage on 10/8/10, for $5.99. Consumed on 10/10/10.

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is clear coppery amber with a 1-finger off-white head. Some lace, but not much.

S: Something a little bit "off" in the nose - I get mainly a metallic scent over slightly floral hops. A little bit fruity as it warms.

T: Fresh wet hops are there, definitely: juicy and piney with a touch of grassy bitterness at the finish. Bready and caramel malt lay a nice foundation, however; this is no one-trick, all-hops, pony. Warming from the alcohol is felt in the belly, but no heat felt in the mouth.

M: Boost the score in the mouthfeel - nice, smooth feel to it. Carbonation is appropriate and fine, tickles the palate but is not at all sharp or abrasive. Call it medium in heft.

D: Pretty good. Nose detracts from it, while the feel brings the score up.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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 jongullotti
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A totally clear amber color with a 1'high off-white head, dissipates pretty quick but leaves plenty of foam to enjoy.

The aroma is just busting out with fruity hops, not subtle, very bold aroma, strawberries and sugar coated pink grapefruit witha mineral, zesty and earthy balance that is simply rightous.

The balance of these flavor's is very tight, crispy, zesty, taste slighty dry earthiness that goes a long way! The malt is dry, crispy and only slightly sweet. The hop flavor and complexity is remarkable, fruits all over the place but not just pineapple sweetness or berry tarts, it had a light fruitiness with dry, crisp earthy edge that is exactly what i've been into. The malt flavor is simply divine...good malt from maine! which is extra nice because the hop flavor's are some of the best I've had. Not the most complex but easily the best balance with the best malt and hop combo i can think of. The feel stays crispy and very clean which is something of a problem usually with Harpoon brews. not this one, fresh 'til the end.

Really impressed with this years version, one of the best wet-hop ale's i've had and easily one of the best Harpoon brews! well done!

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Photo of stonermouse
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Fairly nice pour... color is a perfect amber, and pours with a decent head. The head disappeared rather quickly, however, never to return.

Smell is of hops, but quite mild. It also has a lager-like crispness to the smell that sort of levels it off.

Nothing overwhelming with the flavor. The hops are mostly grassy and mild. The malt flavor and hop flavor seem to be a little bit at odds, but the overall palette is mild enough to enjoy each. Crisp and clean overall.

The mouthfeel is decent, and the flavors that stick are mild and pleasant. The crispness really is lager-like, which is interesting and unexpected with a proported hop-forward ale.

Drinkability is solid. I've already mentioned it, but the flavor profile is quite mild and pleasant, but won't knock your socks off. If you want to sample a grassy, earthy hop/malt profile, this is your beer.

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Photo of beachbum1975
2.81/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Server at fridge temp into my Lost Abbey tulip glass.

Pours a clear, almond skin color with a picturesque light and fluffy off-white head. Head retention is average.

Smells of moderately sweet malts and light butterscotch. Hmm...

Taste reflects the nose. Light bodied, medium flavored ale with a lot of caramel going on. It's hard to detect, but I get mild dryness in the finish brought on by the mild hop presence.

I believe I tried this too late. It's mildly enjoyable as it is, but it lacks the a stongly defined pale backbone and the hops were barely present. It tasted like a diluted American barleywine to me. Disappointing, but a nice mouthfeel with high carbonation.

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Photo of liammaloney
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice looking head that doesn't want to hang around on top of a crystal clear, medium-amber hued brew. Very fresh (!) green hops on the nose with some light fruit. Juicy on the palate with a refreshing malt base, light hops, & wisps of vanilla bean & banana bread in the finish. Surprisingly dry in the finish for such a juicy, hefty feel.

Overall - Quenching & as indicative of local, fresh ingredients as you get. Reminds me of homebrew (in the best way possible).

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Photo of atsprings
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a DFH Signature glass pours a crisp bubbly orange with a nice frothy off white head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of crisp grassy hops with slight sweet malts. The taste is a nice kick of sharp bitter grassy hops with sweet malts backing them up nicely. The beer is quite light, crisp and refreshing with smooth carbonation. This is an enjoyable wet hop beer, I wish I had picked up more than one bottle.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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 DIM
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear, shining copper color. It poured with a medium sized, moderately sticky head.

s: Hmmm... 36 ibu's for a harvest ale. This more balanced than I expected, but it is pretty appealing. I found sweet, bready toffee, apricots, and herbal, grassy hops.

t: I almost want to call this an English IPA because of the lack of pine or citrus from the hops. There is light sweetness up front in the form of toffee and maildly sugary bread. The hops are grassy and somewhat spicy. At the finish there is a nice lingering bitter tickle.

m: Light bodied but not really crisp with gentle, long lasting carbonation.

d: I neede time to adjust my expectations, but when I did I really started to enjoy this. Thanks Eric.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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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100 Barrel Series #33 - Glacier Harvest ’10 Wet Hop Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 88 ratings