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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #20 - Glacier Harvest Wet Hop Beer

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RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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The 20th installment of the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series has been brewed to celebrate the annual hop harvest. Harpoon Glacier Harvest Wet Hop beer is a pale ale made with fresh hops picked just hours before being tossed into the brew.

Wet hop beers are brewed using fresh, wet (hops contain about 60% moisture when they are first picked) hops instead of traditional dried hops. Typically, when hops are picked they are quickly dried and refrigerated to make them more suitable and consistent for brewing. This process allows brewers to use hops that were harvested in the fall throughout the following year. Alternatively, wet hops need to be used within hours of their being harvested or they will begin to rapidly degrade. Wet hops retain some of their natural oils and volatile flavors that dissipate when dried. This yields an immersed, intense hop flavor in the beer.

Harpoon brewer Ray Dobens, creator of the beer, harvested the Glacier hops in Seneca New York the morning of August 13th and immediately drove them back to Boston that very afternoon in a refrigerated truck. Ray added the newly harvested hops to the brew within hours after the harvest. The fresh hops were added to a malty, copper-colored ale. The combination is a pleasing blend of fresh hop flavor and sweet malt.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Nice three finger head that dissipates to a rocky foam. Surprisingly little lace (leaving a ring after each sip). Neutral gold color with the slightest of haze. Fresh blended hop/malt aroma--nice balance. Starts with a refreshing malt flavor. This gives way to a hop bite that is more subtle than you ’d expect given the name. This is a balanced beer with some complexity. Very nice body with a moderate amount of carbonation. I note some of the alcohol warmth after the swallow. A well-crafted beer that keeps my interest with every sip.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 18, 2013
A - Pours a clear copper amber with a frothy off white head. S - Fresh citrus hops. Very clean. Honey bread, apricot, pineapple. Light spice. T - Toasted honey bread laced with grapefruit citrus hops and layers of fruit. Fruit esters reminiscent of runts candy. Floral hops come out in the middle but the citrus finishes. Medium body. Aftertaste is clean grapefruit. Don’t expect a crazy bitter hop bomb. Expect an extremely clean hop profile on top of a slightly sweet pale malt. Serving type: bottle 10-02-2010

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jkwalking05 (3633) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2012
Tasted in 2009. Gold in color with a small white head. Aroma is of grain and spicey hops. taste is of grain and some must hops.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadIndian (2342) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Bottle. This one had some nice hoppy presence in the aroma and taste. What stood out for me was the fresh floral aroma and fresh hop taste. It was a very crisp beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
paultheguru (650) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2011
good, recommended, piney, hoppy, floral, golden, amber, white head, smooth, clean and crisp body

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Gold, clear, good head. Aroma is sweet with distant pine smells. Taste is cereal malt with sappy fruit. Finish has a bit of bitterness, but not as prominent as most American Pale Ales.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
CapFlu (4462) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 5, 2011
(22oz bomber) Courtesy of Cynthia and Kat. Thanks gals! Pours a large white foamy head and orange body. Very mild hoppiness though it’s 2.5 years old. no bite. Slight palate ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2011
pours an interesting murky orange with a light tan head, the head is really watery... light boring nose, weird pilsner skunk on the front with some sweet caramel on the finish, blah... the taste is out of now where sweet oranges but then the finish is really boring and bitter chalky hops, can’t tell this was wet hopped... not very good

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
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. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-13-2010

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (4418) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2011
22 ounces, session 33 bottling. Poured a dark amber color, medium sized head, recedes quickly. Aroma is caramel sweet malts. Flavor is malty, sweet caramel notes, herbal hop notes.


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