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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Appearance is soft, a heavily carbonated pale golden orange color with a fine, thick off-white head and thick and bubbly lacing. A very attractive beer, better than I expected. Aroma is of extremely fresh hops with hints of pine and caramel. Flavor is much different than the aroma, almost tart with a light bitterness, grainy sweetness, and a touch of metal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerFanDan17 (1084) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Sampled at the brewery in Boston. A very malty and not so hoppy ale. Very unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lamas (1573) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Session #33. Best by: 01/15/11. A clear copper pour with a medium-sized antique white head. Good balance in the aroma with some caramel maltiness, cereal grains, oranges, citrus rinds, and spiciness. Thin to medium-bodied. Sweet upfront in the taste with some caramel and cereal grains. A tad biscuity in the middle. Some bittering grapefruits, oranges, and citrus rinds at the end. Slightly dry. A little spiciness throughout. Excellent balance all the way through. Clean and sessionable, though rather subdued and boring for the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
alobar (3561) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Pours a watered-down clear copper color with no head. Thin white surface scum. Aroma of honey, candi sugar, and hops. Flavor is a bit weak up front-sweet mostly honey with a clear fresh hop flavor at the back end. Decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Session 33. Pours reddish amber. Nose and taste of hops, candi sugar and pale malt. Light notes of honey and berry. Watery and thinnish body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (6863) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 11, 2010
Bottle. light honeyish, nice aromatic hops. Amber, fine bubbles, low head. Wellbalanced, chewy grains, light raspberries, mellow hops. Light sparkly body. Kölschlike.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Session 33. Pours a clear copper with a thin white head that vanishes fast, some lacing. Malty sweet scent. Malty taste with a hint of hops. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2010
This beer pours a rich amber with a medium white head leaving some good lacing down the sides. The aromas are citrus (mostly lime I think), grass, dough and a little pepper. The mouthfeel is watery and lightly bitter with a slight resin. This was very one dimensional when drinking. While the aromas were different for a pale ale the mouthfeel and flavor were not that great. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Orange color with a beige head. Aroma of floral hops and candy. Taste is medium sweetness, lightly sour, medium body, average carbonation. Disapointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14170) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Bomber from Oak Tree. Session 33/’10 Pours orange amber with a 4 finger foamy off-white head. Very hoppy aroma. Med body/mild carb. Flavor is firm roast caramel with a lot of floral/resin hops; veg hops. And that keeps up through the beer. A nice hop burn builds in the mouth. IBU is 38 per the label. It’s a nice tasting brew, which is fairly different in my mouth.

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