Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #35 - Catamount Maple Wheat | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #35 - Catamount Maple WheatHarpoon 100 Barrel Series #35 - Catamount Maple Wheat

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Catamount Maple Wheat is a full-bodied, smooth wheat ale made with genuine Vermont maple syrup. The original version of this beer was brewed in the winter of 2009 by Harpoon Vermont sales representative John Baker. Harpoon brewer Brett Simmons based his 2011 version on John's recipe, with some tweaks to make it his own. It is brewed with a combination of wheat malt, pale malt, caramel malt, and mildly hopped with Willamette. The balance of malts and hops allows the distinct flavor and aroma of real Vermont maple syrup to take the lead.

The pure Vermont maple syrup used in the beer came from Baker Farm in East Dummerston - the family farm of John Baker - and Scrag Mountain Sugar House in Waitsfield. The maple sweetness and body that blankets this velvety amber beer showcases one of New England's most beloved traditions.

20 IBU

Added by donkeyrunner on 02-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 68
Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down and left a thick ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell isn’t very strong and has aromas of sweet maple syrup and wheat.
T: The overall taste has notes of maple syrup in the flavors, which are slightly stronger compared to those in the smell, but still not very prominent. The maple syrup is most noticeable in the finish and contributes some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is somewhat sticky.
O: The beer is an interesting take on the style due to the subtle hints of maple syrup in the aromas and flavors.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.76/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Session #35, this bomber was served in a weisse vase. The beer poured a deep, vibrant, amber-copper color, more indicative of a red/amber or even some IPA/DIPAs. There was a slight foaming of head, no more than half an inch, but quickly settling into a thin film of white, chunky, sparse bubbled foam. Aroma is minimal, and there is a slight sweetness to it, but only a hint of malt and sugar. Nothing leaping out at you when you pour this beer. In mouth, the flavors are sweet and boozey, which is shocking with such a moderate ABV. Flavors are sugary sweet, with only a hint of maple throughout, and a weak malt backbone that leaves the initial flavorings out to dry. Some dark fruit characteristics (plum, prune) are highlighted throughout, but only minimally. The beer has a hollow, malty, and again slightly boozey aftertasste, with a high note of sugary sweet at the very end to give the brew a little "pick-me-up". The finish is sweet, and a little cloying, leaving a sugary feel on the tip of the tongue and the entire palate. Not the best brew I've had from Harpoon, and a little off for the style. Unique, all the same, but I don't think I'll be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep bright amber color with a thick 2 finger foam head that has excellent retention. There is lots of lacing all down the sides.

S: Ample amounts of sweet maple syrup, wheat, earthy hops and caramel.

T: Starts off with an extreme amount of maple syrup taste up front. In the middle, there is just a slight undertone of earthy hops. On the back end lots more sweet maple, burnt caramel and toast.

M: Leaves a thick slick taste on the palate. A medium bodied beer.

O: The maple syrup is there for sure, but not sure this is a pale wheat ale. Thought there would be a little more balance to this, maybe a little hop and yeast tastes.

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Photo of abgba121
4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours an amber color with very thin head that disappears instantaneously, lack of head and lacing is disappointing

S: very sweet, strong maple presence

T: lots of maple sweetness and malts, no hop presence

M: good carbonation and medium mouthfeel

O: good wheat beer, true northeastern original and speaks to us northeastern maple lovers. Love this beer.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a nice shade of amber with a half finger head that fades nearly instantaneously. It looks OK, but the lack of head sucks

S- getting the maple in the forefront. Smells pretty good, about what I expected from this one.

T- maple is the prominent flavor in this one. Really malty, actually...the maltiness is weird for the style and a little offputting. Taste is a little strong for the style as well

M- the maltiness is there, and it really adds a layer of thickness to the beer that I'm not sure I'm fond of in this style

O- I like a good pale wheat, but this one is too malty and the flavors are a little too potent...how that's a bad thing, I'm not totally sure. But it is, dammit

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Photo of EkimGram
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass. A thin bubbly head fades quickly into a thin white film. Colour is a brownish-red.

Smell: Aromas of sweet wheat and a little bit of alcohol are the strongest followed by some maple syrup.

Taste: Very malty and wheaty, mostly caramel malts. Light maple taste is almost completely masked by alcohol, but it is surprisingly warming. Very simple.

Mouthfeel: Lightly-medium bodied with a modest amount of carbonation.

Overall/Drinkability: As I said before, this brew is nicely warming. Overall, nothing really sticks out, I was expecting a little more maple syrup flavours. A nice basic beer but nothing special.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at D's six packs for 6.50.

A - Poured a light amber color with read hues. Not sure what I did special but mine got a solid half inch of head with both bottle pours. Mild lacing throughout.

S - Smells pretty sweet mostly of sweet caramel like maple suryp and strong wheat base. Little to no hop presence.

T - Simplistic in a way that the wheat is there as a base and the sweet taste of caramel coated suryp makes itself know. Wish the taste of the suryp was stronger but it worked for the ABV. In a way it tasted nice and sweet.

M - Light to medium. Found it very easy to drink

Overall it was a very solid offering from harpoon. Not very lackluster but it was pretty timid. Still it was worth the cost. Solid offering from harpoon.

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Photo of getgetgettleman
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes of 4/1/11 2011 Red Sox Opening Day.

A = Amber pumpkin to red like color. Nut brown ale in appearance. Good carbonation. 2 finger froth and creamy lacing.

S = Slight note of maple syrup. Candy-ish. Malt.

T = Minor hops, bay leaf, nut, maple syrup (but not overly sweet), pepper and minor orange zest/citrus. Semi synthetic tasting.

M = Creamy on the front end. Dry smoke on the back end. Smooth. It had decent body, but I felt it should be a little heavier because of the different flavor notes.

O = I liked this but it was oddly synthetic tasting. I always like trying Harpoons 100 Barrel Series. I would like to see them "step up" their craft brewing capabilities and push for stronger results with this Series.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear red-brown color wit ha finger of off-white head. The head fades fairly quickly to a ring around the glass leaving behind touches of lace.

S - Aroma is a blend of some wheat, some breadiness, and some sweet maple. Overall, rather subtle and not too exciting.

T - Starts off with a hit of sweet maple flavor with background wheat and bread flavors. There is even a bit of spice in the background. Through the middle, the pure sweetness fades and becomes a bit more well rounded. There is also a bit more wheat coming through. The finish is a lingering maple sweetness with just a hint of bready flavor.

M - Feels medium bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Even with the strong sweetness, it is still crisp and feels rather refreshing. The maple is nice in the finish.

D - Very drinkable. Even though the nose is a bit weak and empty, the rest of the beer has a nice blend of the maple flavors mixed in with the more traditional wheat beer.

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Photo of jampics2
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased from the Winking Lizard. This was the "beer for two" of the month and was served with a couple tulip glasses.

Right away, I'm not digging things. Even with a very, very vigorous pour, this is pin flat. Syrupy. This is beer, not pancake syrup, right? No head or lace atop the light brown body, but there (luckily) was some carbonation in the brew. Not a great start, though.

Cantamount smells of maple & wheat, that's no surprise. There's a sweet beginning to the nose, then some earthy grain and a touch of grassy hops. The maple rises to the top as the wheat notes emerge. The maple note is distinct and pleasant.

The taste is also pretty enjoyable. The wheat dominates a bit more than the maple, becoming the focused-upon element in the taste. Some caramel and fruit notes are also present, saving this from being too boring. But the maple could be dialed-in a bit more IMO. Nothing but good flavors, but nothing exceptional as well.

So, after the poor appearance, I was fearful that this beer would be really syrupy, but there is some light carbonation. That doesn't make it exceptional, but at least saves a worse score. The finish could be sharper to avoid lingering wheat and maple that becomes a bit cloying. Overall, this was decent but is probably not something I'll be trying again soon.

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Photo of JayS2629
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A reddish rusty brown with a thin white head and nice lace. The smell is of bananas, light maple, sweet bready malts, hints of spice, and a subtle hint of earthy hops. The taste follows. Sweet but not cloying. I was hoping for more prounounced maple, but the subtle sweet is nice on the wheat backbone. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of Ommy
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Harpoon's Catamount Maple Wheat pours a rust color which takes on a darker hue as it fills the glass. The head forms ok and leaves a thin broken layer lingering.

I immediately get the aroma of bananas, or banana bread on the nose with a hint of sugary sweetness. Once I swirl it to open it up a bit, I notice a slight hop scent, but the banana overpowers it very quickly.

The taste is quite unexpected. The intense nose made me anticipate a very sweet beer, and wheat beers have always tasted mellow and sweet to me. This beer is much more bitter than any wheat beer I have had, and although that does not mean I don't enjoy it, I would say that if someone was looking for a wheat beer, this would not be what they had in mind, for better or worse.

The beer prickles the tongue, like most bitter beer, which is a bit strange since it is a wheat beer, but it is not unpleasant. It isn't super silky and smooth, but it is enjoyable.

Overall I would say that this is an interesting direction for a wheat beer, and I do not regret trying it. If I had a friend who likes IPAs and wheat beer I would definitely show this to them as they seem to share many aspects.

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Photo of bbeerman
2.38/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a Masskrug mug.

A..Very nice looking beer. Deep mahogany color with a red hue. Really happy with the look of this beer.

S..Sweet, which should be expected since it is maple wheat. However, I was a little hesitant as it smelled a bit too much like perfume.

T..Not what I had hoped for. Something about the way the maple flavor was presented made me think I was drinking some sort of beauty product my wife might use. It is difficult for me to describe the flavor(s) since I had to work at drinking 3/4 of the bottle.

M..Texture was average.

O..As nice looking as this beer is, drinks are not about how they look but how they taste. And unfortunately I do not like the taste of this wheat ale. One of a few times I have not finished a beer. Disappointed as I had high hopes for this Harpoon offering.

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Photo of Naugros
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber with a light tan head about two inches thick due to the wheat glass used. Pretty darn clear with little bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. The lace is sticky and will hopefully leave behind some nice patterns. After a bit I have realized that this hope was mostly empty. Most of the lace slides right back in after a little while.

I expected more maple in the nose, but I get mostly bready wheat with some of the usual banana esters given off by weizen yeast. The maple does alter the banana a little, but it is possible to separate the two.

I am liking the fact that the maple is not overpowering and is just adding a touch of sweetness. However, I'm not in love with the way the marriage of the grain and hops is expressing itself. You'd think that maple, wheat and hops would lead to a really nice balance. Yet it all doesn't seem to work so well together. Maybe if the maple was a little more assertive? I dunno. No, the maple is spot on...the rest of it is out of balance. Maybe reducing the hops presence? It's not that big to begin with, but I think it's messing this all up. Perhaps a different hop variety?

The label calls it "crisp" but I'm not getting that. This is not the "cleanest" of beers in mouthfeel or finish. Medium-bodied and heavy for a wheat, but that's true of most American wheat ales. I've also never known a 6.8% beer to exhibit this much of an alcohol presence. It's not a ton, but it is there. I've known beers in excess of 10% that threw less heat. Odd.

Nothing that I'm going to rush out to get again, but it won't detract me from the 100 Barrel Series. There have been many hits and some misses. This is not entirely in the miss column, but I wouldn't put it in the hit column either.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 03/25/11 notes. Thanks to nmann 08 for sharing this one.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of light maple, grain, bready malts, and light spice. Smells kind of light on all fronts and not very strong; not bad, but average.

t - Tastes of maple syrup, bready malts, grains, spices, and wheat. More maple and wheat here, a definite step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - Overall a nice, average wheat ale. The smell wasn't very strong, but the maple came out a lot more in the taste. Wouldn't purchase it again but glad to have tried it.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. THis one pours a deep caramel color wth a thin layer of off white head. It settles almost right away.

This smells like bannana Laffy Taffy. Nothing more and nothing less. Grainy flavor with a touch of sweetness. Must be the maple, but the maple isn't distiguishable in of itself. I could reall only pick it out probably because of the name.

The feel is good. It's nice and light with good carbonation. Overall, this seems like a novelty beer to me. It's enoyable, but only once.

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Photo of jman892
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice amber color with a 1 finger foamy head which fades quickly to a thin film.

S - Smells malty and has a very very faint hint of maple, probably only noticed because it is called "Maple Wheat"

T - Taste is malty and sweet with more pronounced maple flavor than the nose would indicate, but still is a bit on the bland side

M - Smooth, fairly low carbonation. Clean, dry finish

O - Pretty middle of the road. Not great, certainly not bad. Not a bad beer for the spring/summer but 22oz is a bit much at one sitting

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Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From batch #35. Sampled on March 27, 2011. The pour is a nice looking amber-copper with great clarity. The aroma is a pleasant array of sweet malts and maple syrup but more subtle on the wheat. The taste is also on the sweet malty side with a thin layer of wheat on the edges and an adequate bitter hopped ending. Not a bad brew.

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Photo of hopheadjuice
4.32/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle, best by 5/15/11

Cold pour introduces this copper colored ale with a small white head that rings where it started. As is warms the second pour yielded a huge head that laced much better than out of the cold 38F fridge.

Scents of sweet malts and maple syrup. very pleasant aromas of fruit.

Taste is very good to me, sweet malts and a fruity apricot/peach presence. hops add a nice balance to the maple syrup and the maple just plays a middle role.

Mouthfeel is average harpoon being modestly carbonated for the 100 barrel series. very sweet finish that lingers around.

Drinkability is very good. Overall this is a very solid maple beer with great complexity. worthy of an A in my opinion.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stopped by the Charleston Beer Exchange while I was downtown for a while and picked up a growler of this offering from Harpoon.

A - Pours a red-brick orangish color with a big foamy ecru head.

S - Smells of cloves, white pepper, earthy wheat, light brown sugar maple sweetness.

T - The maple sweetness is really well mixed in here, it's not an overwhelming dark brown sugar sweetness but instead really envelops the traditional mild spiciness of the wheat component.

This was a pretty drinkable, very solid beer. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Redrover
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one was on one of the rotating taps at the Ginger Man in Austin. As with most regular beers at this bar, the beer is served in standard pint glass. The beer is dark copper with an off-white head. It had decent lacing.

It has a very faint nose some fresh malt and something floral.

The taste is grainy, slightly sweet with a bit of bite at the finish. Slight maple at mid-glass, but it needs to be turned up a notch.

The mouth is medium thick with a touch of slickness. It is not bad, just not as advertised.

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Photo of beals
2.97/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bought a 22oz bomber (aren't they all?), poured into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

A: 3 fingers of off-white head. reddish-amber color... clear... beautiful-looking beer. really well-put-together -- just wish the taste matched the looks.

S: sweet, faint hops. subtle malt... otherwise not much.

T: rich, but not overwhelming malt. nicely balanced. wheat characteristics subtle (almost too subtle), don't dominate. expected a more "wheaty" flavor based on the name. finish is crisp with only a *faint* maple taste, and even then, not on all sips.

M: moderate carbonation. smooth, medium body.

D: very drinkable, but just tastes like a nice amber. not worth the $$.

overall: i know that many maple beers overdo it, and taste like you're drinking a pancake, but this beer could have used a little more maple presence.

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Photo of n2185
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark orange/copper with a finger of light tan head that quickly recedes into almost nothing with very little lacing.

S: Bubblegum, bananas, and hearty bread with maybe a touch of maple.

T: Similar to the aroma, there is some banana/bugglegum up front. Then comes a thick, bitter bread flavor with a little bit of maple. The finish is clean and bready.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer goes down pretty smoothly without too much sweet or bitterness.

Overall, not a bad beer, but not good either. The maple is hardly there and the flavor is a bit bland.

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Photo of Jason
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz brown bomber with a best by freshness date on the bottle.

Clear brass colored brew, impressive head stacks high with a decent retention as well. Hint of maple, faint butter, toasted grain and an even more faint grassiness in the nose. Big on smoothness with a creamy medium body. Maple flavor goes up against the buttery tone of the yeast and maltiness to make for a pretty sweet beer. Modest hopping alcohol warming alcohol don't do much to balance. Some apple and pear fruitiness in the back, sweet lingers for a while.

A half decent beer to pair with sweets and definitely to share as one bomber if too much to be had.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i had this on tap at the Local Pub in Saratoga Springs NY. I was happy to see it, as I've come close to buying a bottle a couple times but always shied off.

It's a medium orange shade, not very dark, good clarity, with a very thin ring of foam. I could definitely get the maple in the aroma, plenty of esters and some phenols too. Above all it didn't smell aggresive, just approachable.

You can taste the maple but it isn't very strong, more of a complementary flavor to what is otherwise a sort of unremarkable wheat ale. Somewhat sweet upfront, with esters and maple leading the way, with a little bitterness in the middle and a clean aftertaste in the end. As an apertif it served well, not what I chose with the meal though.

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