Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #26 - Catamount Maple Wheat

Formerly brewed at Harpoon Brewery
Style: Wheat Ale
Boston, Massachusetts USA
Serve in Shaker, Weizen


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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
This full, smooth wheat ale is warming and delicious. It’s mildly hopped to let the distinct flavor and aroma of real VT maple syrup take the lead. The maple sweetness and body that blankets this velvety amber beer showcases one of New Englands most beloved traditions. Brewed with wheat malt, pale malt and caramel malt. The pure maple syrup used in this beer came from two syrup makers in the Green Mountain State. The Baker Family in East Dummerston has been boiling maple sugar since the 1950s. Dave Gavett also provided syrup from his Scrag Mountain Sugar House in Waitsfield. John’s recipe, along with top quality syrup from these two Vermont maple sugar operations, resulted in a crisp wheat ale that is warming and delicious. It is mildly hopped to profile the distinct aroma and flavor of real Vermont Maple Syrup. Hopped with Willamette. Brewed by John Baker

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hoperhead2001 (1) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2009 does not count
I love maple syrup so I naturally love this brew. Could have used more maple flavor but still pretty tasty.

BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
22oz bomber from a local Hannaford. Pours an amber body with a half inch of short lived off-white head. Caramel, nut, maple, and maybe some wood-like character? Tastes like nut and maple, with some banana, caramel, and wood notes. Medium-bodied with modest carbonation. More of a drinker than expected for an ABV. Overall, for the style, a very interesting and unique beer that doesn’t fall easily into any category. Not something I’ll probably get again, but well-worth the try if this is your kind of thing.

Cybercat (5832) - Georgia, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Aroma has definite maple and wheat tones, plus fruity, malty and hoppy hints. Pours a clear, dark, fizzy copper with a fairly thick pale copper-tan head. Flavor has a wheaty core with maple and fruity notes plus hints of woody hops and caramel, and just a touch of horehound. Texture has firm body and a decent amount of fizz, leaving a tingly, syrupy, slightly hoppy finish. This is a good one, so catch it while you can, no matter what series!

thornecb (5909) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Pours a deep maple syrup into a Sam glass. Off-white head with medium retention recedes leaving spot lacing. Banana, bubblegum and maple aromas. Sweet and dry from front to back with maple upfront turning to wheat and bubblegum in the middle before the lasting toasted nut finish.
Earlier Rating: 2/17/2009 Total Score: 3.4
Pours deep, clear amber into a shaker. Offwhite head with good retention leaves spot lacing as it recedes. Sweet maple syrup aromas. Dry with upfront maple and caramel and a lasting wheat finish.

dlovell2 (2133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2011
22 oz bottle. Clear brown color with white head. Sweet aroma with a hint of maple. Sweet flavor to start with hint of maple. Very crisp and clean. Nice smooth brew.

SandyTom (9) - USA - MAR 22, 2011 does not count
nice pour with red/light brown color. Wheaty with a light sweet aroma. Starts almost sour with maple sweetness kicking in. Likeing the wheat beer taste with the maple overtones. A easy drinking beer, light on the carbonation and tasty. Would def get again.

Travlr (24678) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Raft. Clear dark amber color. Aroma of caramel toffee. Taste is very malty raisins with a touch of port wine. Nice.

auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2012
On tap at Sunset Grill - Allston, MA. Super scotchy! Dry, strong, alcoholic grain notes. Really big scotch aroma overpowers the base. In the middle though, what is normally an over-sweet beer is nicely balanced by the dry, biting alcoholic heat of scotch and the parching sensation of the oak. They really balance out nicely. The maple flavor does get a bit buried under the presence of the wood tones and the scotch strength, but I think it’s adding subtle brown sugar complexity. Not bad.
Earlier Rating: 2/5/2011 Total Score: 1.4
Batch #35 22oz Bottle, purchased at Wakefield Liquors - Wakefield, RI. Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way first. For starters, these new Harpoon 100 barrel series bottles with the narrow neck suck. As an anal retentive homebrewer, I hate "unique" bottles, especially ones that will intentionally stir up yeast in unfiltered beers. If you’re going to charge me $5.95 for a bottle of "100 Barrel Series" beer, make it worth my while. It should be special, not some sodapop-flavored filtered maple beverage. Finally, should any wheat ale be crystal clear if it’s not a Kristalweiss? This beer tastes filtered to death. Strip all the flavor out and leave behind tinted mineral water. I like mineral water, but I don’t like it with bubblegum wheat flavor and a $6 price tag. Beyond the emaciated flavor and texture profiles of this beer lies a visage of what could have been a New England classic, hearty fresh oily wheat flavors, paired up with a drizzle of real maple syrup flavor to make a beer that would taste something like a grownup’s bowl of cream of wheat with Vermont maple syrup. Instead, I feel like I’m drinking an "Italian Soda" in fad-forward yuppie-shithead chain store. Oops, I guess I didn’t have anything nice to say about this sorry excuse for a novelty beer after all.

superspak (5587) - Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2012
22 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 7/15/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear copper orange color with a good 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention; that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of banana, molasses, caramel, clove, bubblegum, biscuit, toast, maple syrup, earth, and light herbal. Some nice and pleasant aromas with decent strength and balance. Taste of banana, clove, molasses, biscuit, caramel, toast, maple syrup, bubblegum, earth, and herbal. Lingering notes of banana, pepper, bubblegum, caramel, molasses, clove, earth, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Good flavor balance and decent complexity; no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice wheat ale. Nice amount of weizen type flavors with good balance, and very smooth to drink. Quite enjoyable.

Drake (13728) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2009
22 ounce bottle from Sam’s Quik Shop in Durham, NC. Pours a hazy copper color with a medium creamy head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of bread, banana, maple, yeast. Taste is biscuity, bread, dough, light maple notes and a yeasty, fruity finish. Medium bodied with firm carbonation.

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