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



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RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (19160) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2011
As "Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #28 - Glacier Harvest ’09 Wet Hop Beer", another bottle that I stored for too long
It pours a beautiful orange-amber color, hazy, with a small sized head. Light aroma of alcohol and metal, malt and vegetables. Light malt flavor, with correct bitterness. Unfortunately no (more) traces of hop here. Simple (but I suspect it was simple also one year ago).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3408) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2011
650 ml. bottle. Series 33. Pours a fluffy off white head, with light lacing, over a clear, amber (SRM 8) body....nose is light pine, citrus, light toffee/caramel....taste is cereal malts to start, then light hop spice with a soft pine and a bit of floral honey....mouth feel is medium, carbonation also. The aromas and flavors drift toward an English Ale style, with the hops being quite gentle compared to many others in this style. This is a very enjoyable beer. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2011
’10 bottle from a November trip to Maryland...yeah, I didn’t mean to leave it to "age" this long! Pours a clear copper with thin off-white head. Aroma is powerful, with loads of sweet caramel and floral hops. Flavor is a bit mild, with a light caramel malt body up front, finishing in dry, peppery, resinous hop character (but little bitterness). Easy-drinking and tasty, not bad for an East Coast pale!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (5119) - Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2011
#33...nice golden color with a white lacey head. very floral aroma, like most fresh hop IPAs. very nice bitterness slightly overpowering the sweetness of the malt. very smooth finish. tasty first offering for me from this brewery

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ilovedarkbeer (2712) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Pours a hazy reddish amber with a small soapy canvas colored head. Notes of copper, caramel, bubblegum, burnt grains. Moderate mouthfeel. Decent finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2010
In short: A nice toasted ale with a nice dry tree leafs hop character. Smooth and somewhat different session beer
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed super-fresh a few weeks after the beer release (as Barrel Series #33)
The look: Clear golden body topped by small beige head
In long: Nose of toasted cereals, leafy hops and some iced-tea. Taste is smooth. Certainly not what you’d expect from an American Pale Ale (current ratebeer classification). I would have guessed ESB or something English. I guess fresh glacier hops tastes like leafy English hops. Taste of grainy crunch toasted cereals, almost no apparent sweetness, lots of leafy hops, notes of iced-tea, some citrus fruits, a light touch of caramel. The leafy hops here really have a dry autumnal tree leafs character. Not that I chew dry tree leafs that I picked up on the ground on a regular basis but that’s the main sensation I had. Short finish that is mildly bitter is a mildly dry. Appropriate soft carbonation. The beer is not very tasty. This is not something that can be appreciated with a few sips. But my 22oz went down in 15 minutes. Maybe because I my bottle was super-fresh but I think this beer is underrated. Or maybe the original Barrel Series #20 wasn’t as good as the new #33 batch. Think about it, it is now released as batch #33 and was initially released as batch #20. 33 – 20 = 13. Yes, 13. Isn’t that creepy? A math equation in a beer rating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (9541) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2010
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Clear light orange amber, medium creamy head. Aroma is sweet and spicy, with stonefruit and melon. Flavour is sweet caramel, almond oil, apricot jam, citrus. The finish has a medicinal dryness. Interesting, but not one I’d reach for again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Bottled. Clear amber brown, small white head. Nutty, biscuity malt on aroma, earthy and herbal tones. The flavor follows pretty close suit: mild biscuity, nutty malt on a light body, earth and herbal hops with a lightly resinous bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Bottle shared with others. Poured a clear amber orange with a white head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma had light citrus and light pine with a sweet grain and biscuit backing. Flavor began with earthy grains and was joined by light citrus, light pine and a bit of backing sweet grains.

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