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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%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (19334) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2010
Draft @ Sheffield’s, Chicago, IL. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty fresh grassy hoppy aroma. Fruity malty hoppy grassy flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (16428) - 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 16/20
bhensonb (12454) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2010
(22oz bottles, courtesy of BMan1113VR and travita) Pours a clear orange body with a small white head. Aroma of florals, herbs, earth, orange, light pine, and caramel. Flavor of hops (herbal, grass, citrus) and caramel malt with a moderately bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12117) - 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11905) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Poured a clear copper color with a large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate sweet hop and malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and lively carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. I would recommend this to a freind.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2007
22oz bottle-pours a foamy retaining off white head and amber color. Aroma is spicy hops, some medium malt. Taste is spicy/some pepper/earthy hops, (some continental/hallertau), some medium malt. Nicely done for “style”. OK carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (11155) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2009
A golden amber ale with a thick off white head. In aroma, good restrained British hops. In mouth, crisp refreshing ale with good biscuitty malt, nice hopping, classy. Tasted April 25 2009.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2010
Name: Glacier Harvest Wet Hop Beer
Date: October 19, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: clear copper, wispy of white head
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma with a nice fruity character and light floral hops
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, nice balancing floral and citrus hops, light bitterness flows into a lingering bitter finish

Name: Glacier Harvest Wet Hop Beer
Date: December 22, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: taco mac prado
Score: 3.1 to 3.2
Appearance: clear orange, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet and fruity aroma, nice citrus
Flavor: big sweet and fruity flavor, tangerine sweetness, balancing citrus hops, just enough bitterness to reel in the sweetness

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+ /4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (10827) - , 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.

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