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%
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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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3.5
anders37 (26987) - 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.

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chriso (21656) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2009
On tap at Kinsale Irish Pub, Boston. 100 Barrel series #29 (but apparently a repeat of #20). Clear amber colour, thin white head. Modest grassy hop aroma. Slight estery marzipan notes in the flavour. Clean and fresh, but I was expecting a more pronounced hop attack in a wet hop beer. Perhaps the Glacier hops just don’t deliver a lot of punch - can’t say I’m too familiar with the variety. Touches of citrus in the aftertaste. Medium bodied. Pleasant enough but not that inspiring - for a special release it just doesn’t seem very special.

2.8
fiulijn (21214) - 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).

2.9
jtclockwork (17254) - , 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.

3.7
bhensonb (15743) - 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.

3.5
djd07 (15541) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2010
Bomber. Pours a cloudy copper orange with a medium creamy white head that leaves good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a strong hop with floral and grapefruit. Medium mouthfeel with a nice bitter hop with bubblegum and caramel. Easy to drink hiding the alcohol well. A good American pale ale from Harpoon.

3.4
DSG (15237) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 30, 2009
(11/18/08) Draught at The Brickskeller in Washington DC. Clear golden color. Aroma of caramel, honey, a bit of fruity notes and some hops. Sweetish flavor with honey, malt, fruits and some slightly spicy hoppy bitterness in the finish. Not very hoppy but quite nice.

3.3
Tmoney99 (14947) - 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.

3.4
Lubiere (14150) - 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.

3.6
argo0 (14127) - 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.


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