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

Added by BeerNinja007 on 09-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 67
Reviews by NCSUdo:
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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More User Reviews:
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 olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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 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 BennyL1
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz into SA Perfect Pint Glass

A - Beer is a nice copper color with a nice foamy one finger head that dissipates after a short time. Decent lacing left along the glass

S - Picking up some floral aromas as well as the hops. Malt scent as well as a bit of pine come through also.

T - The hops really come through up front. You can tell that these hops were very fresh. Slightly bitter but the malts balance it out fairly well.

M - Really like the mouthfeel on this one. Just really good throughout the beer. A medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Very drinkable offering from Harpoon. Nothing extremely fancy just a really solid APA, I would definitely pick up another one of these.

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Photo of hreb
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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 bamojr
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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 slasich
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Kmlund
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
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 CruisaC
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A--pours a red-orange color with 1 inch creamy orange head. Appearance is quite nice overall.

S--Fresh hops, not overwhelming

T--This has been sitting in my basement for 6 wks or so. I was expecting more hops but they were a bit muted. Not necessarily a bad thing as I find some harvest ales and the like a bit too hoppy.

M--Not really much to say here, more about how it DIDN'T feel, no sharpness as I was expecting but overall enjoyable

D--I actually thought it was very drinkable, I finished off a bomber no problem. Not sure it's something I'd pick up over and over, but I am still in the stage where I can go to a quality store and try something new every time.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the series number 33. Sampled on 10/10/10. The pour is a handsome copper-amber with a little yellow hue when held to the light. The head is about a half inch thick and it leaves decent lacing. Althought the beer promotes itslef as a wet hop ale, I noticed more malts and berries in the aroma. The hops were rather secondary. Good body. The taste began as a clean tasting caramel/toffee malt with a bitter hoppiness thrown in for afters. It was a pretty good beer.

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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 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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Photo of Amalak
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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 KarateShow
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of zoso1967
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely reddish copper color with a head that is just slightly off white. The head is fairly small, and the carbonation subdued, but a thin layer of foam stubbornly sticks around and leaves decent lacing.

The aroma is not as hoppy as I expected, but it does smell very fresh. It has nice grapfruity citrus notes and an earthy herbal character with hints of spice. The malt that I get in the aroma is bready and slightly toasted.

The flavor starts out with a nice balance between citrus and earthy hops and some other fruity qualities. Much like in the aroma the malt profile is quite bready with some toasted qualities to it. As this warms, some very nice sweet fruity notes emerge form the hops. The malt backbone balances the fairly firm bitterness quite well.

The mouthfeel is medium with fairly low carbonation. It starts out pretty smooth, but it suffers from a sticky and dry finish that is a bit unpleasant. I do enjoy the hop flavors that linger on my tongue though.

Overall this is a pretty drinkable and enjoyable beer. I have to say, I was a bit disappointed in the hop character given that I usually love wet hopped beers, but that may just be the glacier hops, which I have used before in homebrewing and have never been a huge fan of. It was definitely worth the price of admission.

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Photo of claspada
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aromas are of floral and fruity hops, not citrus but berries. Some caramel and biscuity malts also are detectable.

The taste starts with a nice burst of floral hop bitterness up front which is quickly followed by sweet flavors of toasty malts and caramels. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet. Smooth and crisp, medium bodied with average carbonation.

Overall this is a very tasty brew that goes down quite easily, a good representation of style. I enjoy this offering slightly more than last years

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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 FLBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of mendonjoebeer
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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 donkeyrunner
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pretty, clear copper with a yellowed white marrow head. Fair retention and minor lace.

Aroma is fresh and crisp hops and cough syrup alcohol. Taste is crisp for an ale with a nice hop spice. Toasty malt is marred by medicinal alcohol.

There is no reason for this to be 6.7%. Tone down the boozey syrup and this could be a nice session beer.

It seems I liked this better last year. I wonder if it's a new recipe of if it's me.

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