According to the Harpoon website, Harpoon Catamount Maple Wheat was just recently brewed in February of 2009. It’s a part of their 100 barrel series, which means that they only brew 100 barrels of the stuff.
Before I go any further, I’d like to state that Harpoon is currently one of my favorite breweries. Harpoon UFO currently appears near the top of my “favorite beer” list!
The tasting occurred this past weekend during the taste-a-thon (see the previous few posts for other beers we tried). The Catamount was the first beer we tried that evening; our pallets were fresh. I was excited to try a maple beer for one main reason: I grew up in Vermont. My grandfather had a sugar house and made maple syrup every year when I was a kid. Fond memories.
Unfortunately, I felt let down. Neither Andy (my co-reviewer) nor I could detect ANY maple flavoring, not even an aftertaste. No maple scent either. We were a little shocked, and hoped something had gone “wrong” with the bottle we received (whatever that means).
In other tasting notes, the Catamount was very drinkable even at 6.75% ABV. Typical wheat beer flavoring. Malty with a little hops somewhere in the middle. Had I been given a glass of the brew without being told that it was supposed to be maple flavored, I would have enjoyed it without question. Instead, we were left disappointed, as we rushed through the remainder of the 22oz bottle, moving on to the next review.