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.

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dimenhetfield (2554) - , Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2010
10’ version. 22oz bottle. Somewhat excited to try this, but this was a little of a let down. The color is golden with a reddish hue and a thin, bubbly head. Pretty good retention and carbonation. The aroma is a little bland, but I got faint hints of hops and maybe a little bit of malts. The flavor is on the bland side as well. Subtle hints of hops, with a slight chewy finish. Nothing too exciting.

FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Tap at Sheffields. Pours a light clear golden with a small white froth. Aroma is just sweet malt and a touch of piney hops, barely anything there. Mostly fruity and sweet, smelling kind of old. Flavor is very sweet and malty, again very few hops and almost no hops to show except for a slight bitterness in the finish. Medium body and a sharp carbonation. Pretty bleck of a beer, doesn’t seem fresh though

Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2010
22 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market Fairfax, VA. Opened 10/22/10. Pours a clear copper color with a smallish fizzy brown head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of fresh, green leafy and minty hops with some toasted malt notes. The taste is caramel, toasted malts, minty, leafy, floral hop notes with a hop burn that grows on you. Medium bodied. Tasty beer.

redlight (2325) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Draft @ redlight redlight. Earthy hop aroma with some fruiiness. Pours a golden amber with a thin white head. Earthy fruity hops very balanced and clean with some bready malts. Ok.

JFGrind (2071) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2010
My brother bought a bottle of 2009 edition of Glacier Hop Harvest and forgot to give it to me. Beer may have lost some wet hoppiness. Aroma was right on green hops. Bitterness was present but more of a middle of the road medium bodied amber APA. I enjoyed it, would like to try a "fresher" edition of the beer.

hypn0toad (267) - Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Well crud. I went out of my way to try this at the brewery. They were talking about how this beer’s recipe is in flux, and that it has been changing from year to year (and they still haven’t settled on something yet). This got me excited and then I was disappointed when I tried this. They have a bit more work to prefect the recipe. Unfortunately for all of us, I don’t remember exactly what I didn’t like about it, because I lost my note. That means the ratings above are largely bunk, but I tweaked it so that the number seemed reasonable. I didn’t dislike it THAT much.

gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2010
On tap at RFD. I think the rating is right on as beer was very good and comparable to the sierra nevada wethop line of beers.

jgb9348 (6478) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Session #33: Crisp clear, amber coloured, copper tinted, tan topped look with a nice dense head. Aroma of fresh hops, metal, minerals, light fruit and a touch of caramel. Medium-bodied; Assertive floral and grassy hops with a good malt backbone as balance and a fruity, almost caramel sweetness to mellow it out. Aftertaste doesn’t show any bitterness, no real hop flavour and a nutty taste with some malt. Overall, it might be a fresh hop beer, but they didn’t put enough hops in the mix and the hops aren’t my favourite either. Worth trying, but not a good example of the style. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from McKinnon’s Meat Market in Salem, New Hampshire on 21-September-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 14-October-2010.

glennmastrange (2921) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Tap. Light cookie note for the malt, moderate pine and herbs for the hops, a little soap for the yeast, with lots of pepper and hint of berry, melon and spice in the background. Head is small, frothy white with no lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is crystal clear dark amber. flavor starts moderately acidic and the extra long finish is moderately acidic and bitter. Palate is on the lighter side of medium, watery and has a lively carbonation. Because of the diverse aromas I really liked this American Pale Ale.

asheft (3108) - 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.

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