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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
blinesam (235) - USA - OCT 12, 2007
Had this both casked and on tap at the Boston brewery. Really a mild tasting pale ale considering the attention to the hops. The casked version was hoppier. Suprisingly that this beer tops out at 6.7% abv but compared to similarly hopped beers at the same abv (hopdevil) alcohol not present at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4772) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2007
22 ounce bottle from City Market in Burlington, VT (October 2007), drunk a little above fridge temperature from an Allagash glass. Translucent pale copper-amber with a respectable, lasting near-white creamy head that laces finely as it dissipates....quite pleasant autumnal aroma of hardwood smoke, resinous wet hops, perhaps a hint of cedar; very fresh, but not terribly potent....smooth, moderately sweet on the tongue at first, but dries out and thins a fair bit at midpalate, strong carbonation helping to lend a watery character to the proceedings.....at the finish, some tangy woody-herbal hoppy notes lend it a bit of grace, and the end result is all right, quite drinkable if slightly on the dull side.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. Clear medium copper with minimal off-white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is hops, some caamelly malt, some vegetals, and some odd plasticy polyurethaney wafts. Tastes hoppy, with a decent amount of malt, but there are some off flavor hints, with more of that plasticy thing that doesn’t sit well with me. A disappointment.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2007
22 oz bottle. Lightly hazed pink orange with a puffy white head. Nose is catty lemon-orange. A swirl releases some honey. Chewy body with a squirt of juicy carb. Mild apple and watermelon; hint of orange peel. Long, dry doughy finish with bits of grapefruit zest. Big hop feel without over-the-top bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rocbyter (2077) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Complex and interesting fruity malt aroma. Clearish orange color with a small white head. Light flavor of most tradirtional pale ales. Light palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Filtered. Nose is disappointing, consisting mostly of soggy grains, some mold, some corn and some celery notes. Sure there’s hops, but all of the hops smell like corn and celery. Body is frothy but a little thin, and up front it tastes slightly sour, some squash and corn flavors along with some grassiness an cattyness. Finishes with more of the grain sourness and a light honey note.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2007
(22oz bottle) Medium beige off-white head that mostly dissipates, atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, lemongrass, some caramel, orange, light earthy. Taste is medium sweet, lemongrass/orange, some caramel, spicy. Slight tin in finish. Soft medium body, some chewiness, very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2007
[tap @ Sunset Grill] Dark amber color, with a minimal head formation. Grassy, herbal hop aroma. Sweet malty flavors, with plenty of earthy hop bitterness. Slick, dense mouthfeel. Finishes with some residual sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Draught at Waterfront (on the nitro engine). Orange colored with a substantial frothy head. Spicy citrus hops in the aroma, with definite herbal qualities, I’m even sensing something like a trace of licorice or anise. Light caramel malt flavor with orangey hop notes, again herbal and mildly spicy, with a leafy presence throughout. By far the most enjoyable beer I’ve had from Harpoon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2007
Tap at Downtown Bar and Grill. Pale amber with a sticky creamy white head. A bit of fruity/herbal hop aroma. Apricot and light berryish character. Lightly bready maltiness. Sort of UK-ish in style. Reminds me of a challenger-hopped golden ale more than anything American. Fruity and fresh tasting. Low bitterness. Great balance with a lingering orange flavour.

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