Saturday, May 26, 2012
Harpoon Catamount Maple Wheat (100 Barrel Series)
American Pale Wheat Ale
Alcohol by Volume: (ABV) 6.8%
My colleague recently visited the Harpoon brewery and was thoughtful enough to bring me back a fresh growler of Harpoon’s 100 Barrel Series, Catamount Maple Wheat for me.
(Yum! Beer for breakfast?)
I did a little research to learn that this is Harpoon’s second attempt at this beer and it’s made with genuine Vermont maple syrup. Got to love local products using local products. The website reads:
“The balance of malts and hops allows the distinct flavor and aroma of real Vermont maple syrup to take the lead. The maple sweetness and body blankets this velvety amber beer showcasing one of New England’s most beloved traditions.”
Sounds awesome and different - let’s dive in.
The pour: A nice fluffy white head and the color of the beer, as to be expected it was an amber red, maple color
The nose: Not much going on. I am getting a little bit of sweet, bread notes, but it’s not overly sugary, or woody like I may have thought
The taste: A very bubbly brew with burnt caramel flavors and a strong bitter malt flavor. The finish is somewhat medicinal. It’s interesting because it doesn’t have that light crisp wheat flavor that I expected. It's more of a lager. Also, I hate to say it – but where’s the maple? Had it not been in the name I wouldn’t have been looking for it. I was expecting a sweet, grassy, wheat beer but got something much different instead.
It’s drinkable, but had I not had a growler and just ordered a pint at the pub, I would have grabbed the beer list and changed it up.
I always appreciate new recipes that bring together New England, but this was just ok for me. Grade: B
Posted by kayteestinch at Saturday, May 26, 2012