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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
22oz bomber from the local Hannaford. Pours a crystal-clear amber with a good inch of off-white head. Aroma is composed primarily of hops, grassy citrussy minty almost. Tastes very ballanced, between grassy minty hops and caramel malt. Deceptively light, with its light body and ample carbonation, this is a real easy drinker. Not the best wet-hop beer I’ve had, but a phenomenal APA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (5796) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2007
The best Harpoon beer I’ve ever had, hands down. 22oz bottle. Full golden color. Delicious earthy hop flavors. Very soft on the palate, slightly reminiscent of finings. Completely mellow and drinkable, but complex enough to savor every sip. Delicate and deilicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SanfordBrewer (1505) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2009
(br-btl cm-lbl gl-foil, 100 Barrel Series - Session #24, 38IBU, 16 O.G., 22oz, 6.7%)

lct-brass, thin-long-wh-hd, ^eff,
hop-resiny §mtlc aroma,
crisp bright §fruity §smokey T1
§biscuit-malt earthy-leafy-hops funky §diacetyl T2
tobacco-hops sticky §diacetyl T3,
balanced session beer (esp w/ food).

malts not overly sweet - hops not overly bitter or brash - but both very full and deep.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Session #28 Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a stemmed glass. The color is a clear gold with a tint of maroon in it, clear, with about three fingers of white foamy head. Some really nice lacing on the glass. The smell is deep floral hops. The flavors are pretty earthy and mellow but quite present. Some hint of rye malt in the background. The taste is very hoppy with some nice floral feel and a mix of slight fruity flavors. There are little hints of lemon that is a bit sweet but is balanced by the bitter hop flavor. This beer has a nice mellow feel that is nice to have from a pretty hoppy beer. The bitterness is set back and does not coat your tongue with a layer of bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (2989) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2010
[bottle--2010 edition] Fresh hay aroma with a little pine and grapefruit as well as peach and a faint caramel accent. Clear bronze under a lacy white cover. Nice caramely base malt flavour with potent pine and strawberry hops. Bitter grapefruit comes in later with pineapple, hay, and lychee fruit. Quite floral and not overly bitter. Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly bitter finish.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smcolw (617) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Bottle. Pours copper with a creamy white head. Smells of pine, sage, some citrus, hints of spice, doughy. Not really hoppy per se. Taste is of tea, oranges, sweet malt, some pepper. Mouthfeel is full with a biscuity finish.

   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rajendra82 (1053) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Nice looking bomber with gold foil on the neck, and brewer’s signature on the label. The beer came out looking nice too, as the color orange amber, body clear and mildly carbonated, and the head smallish but steady. The smell was a bit odd to me, as the hops were present, but so was a lot a sweetness. The taste was lot more in line with expectations, as the hops showed up more forcefully in each sip. Not highly hopped, but quite a bright pale ale. A lot of lingering sweetness in the finish. Soft feeling in the mouth, and the mild carbonation made the aftertaste short and sweet. I liked the beer, but not one I would be seeking out each time.

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