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Harpoon Catamount Maple Wheat

August 3, 2012

Once more, in the series of ‘beers I totally thought I had reviewed before,’ comes the Harpoon Catamount Maple Wheat. I’ve had this beer a few times, mostly in the fall, and was always pleased by the taste. When Barcade recently had their Harpoon Night, I decided to finally jot down some notes on it.

The beer pours a clear copper color with a light white fluff of head, and it has a nice light haze to it from the wheat. The immediate scent is one of maple syrup, with a light background of sweet malt, and finally the slightest hints of lemon and citrus. It had a heavier than water mouthfeel, not weighty at all, just light enough to be refreshing and drinkable.

Wheat was the centerpiece of the brew, providing a great central force to the beer’s taste on which the other favors latched. There were the traditional citrus flavors that are to be expected from a wheat beer, lending it a strong balancing flavor. Then comes the maple syrup, sweet but also with hints of fall spices. It all combines to make a fairly refreshing autumnal beer, I can’t wait to have it again in the fall. In the summer it’s a little too much but come October it’ll be perfect.

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