Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #29 - Ginger Wheat



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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
The Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Ginger Wheat Ale is an ode to brewer Scott Shirley’s favorite spice, ginger. The earthy, warming flavor of this golden-hued ale is derived from fresh ginger. Honey from a local New Hampshire farm yields a slight sweetness to balance the ginger spiciness. A small addition of Apollo hops adds floral notes to the aroma, while a hint of lemon adds acidity and rounds out the ginger flavor. Warm up your chilly winter nights with this ginger spiced beer.

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jercraigs (10923) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2010
2010-02-19. Lightly hazy golden yellow, small white head. Sweetish ginger aroma. Flavour is similar, pleasant ginger throughout, very light bitterness. Simple but pleasantly quaffable. Average palate. Bottle shared by someone I forgot to write down.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2010

Name: Ginger Wheat
Date: January 09, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Brusin Ales, Asheville NC
Appearance: hazy gold, frothy white head
Aroma: sweet ginger aroma
Flavor: sweet ginger flavor, nice sharp ginger character
Overall: a tasty ginger ale
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ** /4

unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Tap @ TacoMac, Alpharetta. Golden pour. Aroma of fresh ginger slices. Flavor of very spicy ginger ale (soda). This is an authentic Ginger Ale. Vernors, Schwepps all with the beer character added (alcohol). Spicy hot ginger tingle on the tongue.

vlj79 (3) - , Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2010 does not count
I don’t typically like the taste of ginger, but for some reason it was so fantastic as a beer! I could drink this again and again.

lamas (1657) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 14, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazy old gold color with a thick off-white head. LOADS of ginger in the crisp, wheaty, floral aroma. Plenty of honey in there too. A crisp, thin body. The flavor starts with some sweet cereal grains and honey and transitions to a wheaty finish with a touch of lemon. There is a VERY strong, spicy ginger quality throughout that tends to overshadow everything. Definitely unique.

dchmela (3085) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2010
Tap at the Pony Bar. Big pungent ginger aroma. Taste is smooth wheat with nicely balanced ginger.

Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Pours pale with a white head. Smells of pronounced ginger. Taste yields lots of ginger bitterness with a touch of wheat. A good concept, but this one tastes too much like ginger ale and not enough like beer.

dlovell2 (2357) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Cloudy golden color with foamy white head. Citrus and Ginger aromas. Wheat flavor with lemon notes and spicy Ginger taste. The Ginger gives a peppery bite. Very unique.

ChainGangGuy (4932) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2010
16 ounce pint - $6.75 at Taco Mac in Suwanee, Georgia.

Appearance: Hazed, burnished gold body with a very thin, white head.

Smell: Well, it certainly has a pungent ginger aroma. There are other notes of other what-have-yous in the nose, but it’s hard to get around the fragrant ginger.

Taste: Slight initial taste of malted wheat then a bold zip of ginger snaps you to attention. Fairly sweet. Particularly lemony, but, now I see lemon juice was used in the brewing process, so there ya go. Sweet ginger on the finish with a lingering ginger burn on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: Why, it’s like a Vernor’s Ginger Ale with alcohol! Not that that’s a bad thing, mind you. Seems like this would be well suited to Asian cuisine.

auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2010
On tap at the Harpoon Bar - Logan Airport - Boston, MA. Aroma is a cold salted wet slightly spicy cookie. Pours a rather glazed, uneven tawny amber, with minimal head. Flavor is soft, subtle and unassuming. There’s really just a hint of ginger, a hint of wheat, a good bit of house character and a final flourish of booze. This comes across as incredibly mild. One of the lighter spiced beers. It really feels like a "starter" or "crossover" beer, nothing a true craft beer geek would get excited about, which is odd, considering that this is a 100 Barrel series.

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