West Side Belgian-Style IPA - Harriet Brewing

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West Side Belgian-Style IPAWest Side Belgian-Style IPA

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Harriet Brewing visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: sacrelicio on 02-10-2011

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Reviews by DaveAnderson:
Photo of DaveAnderson
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was out of town when this had its debut at Blue Nile, but sure enough, Al has cornered the market on Harriet for now, and he still has it on tap. Even better, he has a couple of true Belgians of a similar style (La Chouffe and Urthel Hop-It, if I recall correctly), so I can see how it stacks up.

Before I review this beer, it is worth noting that I am often unimpressed with Belgians. I often find them too sweet, and lacking a satisfying finish. I really love American-style IPAs, and am planning to make a Surly Furious my freebie in the happy hour 2-for-1.

But whoa.

This beer is in my wheelhouse. It's evocative of Flying Dog Raging Bitch and Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Wild, both of which I really enjoy. Maybe we need a new category for these beers -- Belgian-Style American IPA, perhaps? These are fun Belgians for IPA lovers.

Anyway, this is somehow better than the competition, including the La Chouffe and Hot-It I tasted side-by-side. Perhaps it's the freshness -- we're only a mile from the brewery one week after this beer was released, after all. I don't know. Drinkability is very high with this one.

In the end, I ditched the Furious and has a second West Side.

A - Golden straw with little head. Then Al discovered that the CO2 tank needed changing, and the second came on with too much -- very foamy. I think it's unfair for me to draw any conclusions today.

S - So much going on here. All of the fruity, earthy, bready and sweet smells I associate with Belgian yeast, plus the floral, cirtus and pine fragrances common to West Coast hops. Nothing feels out of place here. This is intriguing, and I want to just smell it for a while, an unusual desire for this guy.

T - Just like it smells, and with a surprise. The malt that I didn't notice on the nose is now coming through, and the hop bitterness is perfectly balanced by a faint sweetness.

M - My two pints had vastly different carbonation levels, so I don't think I can rate this accurately.

D - Lightly or highly carbonated, this is a great drinker.

The rookie hits a home run in his first plate appearance. I can't wait to try more beers from Harriet.

More User Reviews:
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant orange tinted amber under a 1” cream colored foam collar.
S: Unscrewing the cap releases a big dose of grassy, resiny hop aroma, banana and orange, spices.
T: Light caramel flavors, dark dried fruit, raisin, citrus, grain flavors. Light sweetness upfrontdries out on the finish.
F: Rich texture, soft on the mouth, medium to medium full body and medium carbonation to a little above.
O: A pleasantly hoppy easy to drink Belgian style IPA.

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tamarack Taproom in Woodbury, MN. Served in a shaker glass.

Appearance: Color is a deep and fairly hazy amber orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A juicy and spicy hop and yeast forward aroma with good hints of citrus and Belgian spices. Belgian yeast with spice hints of clove, peppers, funk, and coriander. Big hop presence with citrus fruit hints of orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, and mango. Piney hops along with some grassy hints. Background malt hints of caramel, cracker, and biscuit. A very solid Belgian IPA aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, A sharp and juicy hop and spice driven taste with notes of citrus fruit and Belgian spices. Belgian yeast with notes of farmhouse funk and spice notes of clove, peppers, and coriander. Big ripe citrus hop presence with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, mango, and pineapple. Spicy notes of pine resin along with some grassy hops. Pale malt with backing notes of caramel, biscuit, and cracker. A really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Juicy, spicy, and fairly oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good take on the Belgian IPA style. Bold yet balanced combination of juicy hop and Belgian yeast flavors.

Photo of augustgarage
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewery - served in a Harriet tulip.

Cloudy dark orange liquid with a whispy ivory collar and smattering of surface slick. Average retention, sticky art-nouveau-like lacing.

Fresh dough-y malt, chilled wort, grassy hops, and esters in the nose.

The flavor follows the nose closely, the profile mirroring the aromas emanating from the brewery itself. Husky, grainy palate entry with citrus and pine sap from hops. Mild bitterness and light yeasty phenols throughout.

Medium-bodied, creamy and soft with average carbonation.

Tastes quite "green" as if it was not properly conditioned. Bitterness, hop presence, and yeast flavors are quite low.

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at Pat's Tap. Wow, this is everything you could ask of a Belgian IPA. They've brought about as much flavor and character as you can possibly cram into an IPA. It reminds me of Furious in that sense. Of course, it's also a bit like Houblon Chouffe, for the big mix of biting herbal spice mixing with the grapefruit citrus and pine. The ABV isn't over the top, but this is a big, flavorful beer to be enjoyed.

Photo of morimech
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear bronze color with a half inch of head that quickly settled to a thin film. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Belgian aroma. Spice notes from the yeast is complimented by the citrus hops.

Spice upfront in the flavor that is quickly followed by citrus hops. Bitterness is high. Pale malt gives a hint of sweetness.

Nicely carbonated even though I thought it looked flat during the pour. Body lies between light and moderate.

A solid beer from a up and coming brewery. Look forward to more of their beer.

Photo of iadler
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 10oz glass

A- Gold with a slight orange hue. Little head and no retention to be found.

S- Some tropical notes including peach and mango, followed by some Belgian funk and bready malt.

T- While the aroma was a little faint, the flavors were much more pronounced with the taste. Lot's of tropical notes with mango, peach and pineapple, followed by Belgian funk, banana and clove. There is a pleasant tartness in the background with hints of green apple.

M- Medium carbonation as well as a very crisp body. Nice amount of drinkability.

O- A very complex and unique IPA, especially in taste. I haven't really had many Belgian IPA's but have found another style that I really dig. Happy as well to stumble upon a new local Mpls brewery. Well done Harriet.

Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ busters

A-pours a golden light copper color with a fresh off-white head that just stuck around nicely

S- its citrus hops .belgian,yeast,some fruit and spice

T- very nice here its starts with a mix of hops and citrus tastes but is followed with nice fruits9apple and banana) a touch of clove and spice with a belgian funk

M- pure and crisp it was of medium carbonation with a touch of funk

O- a solid interpretation of style that is very drinkable and smooth love this style

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Dr. Abmuh. Thrice served in some sort of fancy glass because the Abmuh does it in style. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium copper color with a good off-white head and a bit of lacing. The nose carries a good dosing of Belgian yeast along with some citrus and other American hop notes. Flavor is quite similar with good yeast and hop presence and balance. Medium body and a very nice finish with hops and yeast. High quality.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy golden-orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lingering lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, barnyard, leather, hay, tangerine, and a hint of cherry. There is a lot going on in this aroma, and every aspect compliments every other. The taste as a little more barnyard qualities, and a little less hoppy fruit qualities than the aroma. It is dry, and has a mild lingering bitterness in finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a great beer. I've had this a number of times now, and have completely fallen in love with it. It reminds me a lot of Bell's Two Hearted Ale, but made with a funky Belgian yeast strain.

Photo of Stephanieweir
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my all time favorite beers. A great mix of sweet and bitter.

Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN.

A - Clear copper color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. Sticky rings of lace.

S - Smelled very fruity with some sweetness. A touch of yeastiness.

T - It tasted very fruit with a citrusy kick. Nice spicy bite of bitterness. Good caramel sweetness.

M - Crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale.

O - My first Harriet beer has me very impressed.

Photo of garymuchow
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a few samples at the brewery when picking up the growler. I like the growler more.
Sweet complex yeast aroma with mild spice interwoven and even an odd fruitiness. Mild hop background. Very pleasant aroma.
Cloudy pour with a very white head that settles out quickly.
Hops more prominent in flavor than in aroma. Especially noted in hop flavors, but the bitterness seems to grow throughout the drink and while it starts of seemingly mild grows quite prominent by the end. A very complex drink with each sip an adventure. Unique flavors with the complex hops intermixing with the complex yeast and some fruity esters.
Smoothly carbonated and a smooth drink.
Drinks nicely. A second would be pretty easy, but a third might be a bit much. Nonetheless a nice beer. Kept quite nicely in the growler for at least two weeks (maybe it was three weeks).

Photo of zeledonia
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler from the brewery, drank the next day.

Pours clear, a bright orange amber color. Minimal head and not much carbonation visible, but lots of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smells pleasantly fruity, with lots of grapefruit and some pine in the background. More Belgian notes in the smell than in the taste - a bit of spice and Belgian yeast.

Taste is well-rounded, fuller than the smell, with more caramel malt presence. Still get the grapefruit and pine, but they're complemented nicely by sweet pineapple. An extra touch of sweetness (like simple syrup) evens the scales. The Belgian characteristics come through mostly as a warmth somewhere between the hops and the malts. Finish is gently bitter.

Mouthfeel needs a bit of work. Medium body, carbonation is low. That combined with the typical IPA stickiness, makes me feel a little like I'm drinking candy. It needs more fizz to balance out the heaviness and sugary stickiness..

A very good IPA, one of the better ones I've had. Well-balanced, with nice fruity and piney hops. Needs more carbonation. Surprisingly, it tasted better to me from the growler than it did sampled on-tap at the brewery.

Photo of Fowlmouth
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Light copper color with a nice long lasting cream colored head

S- Slight fruit aroma with hints of citrus zest and spice

T- Refreshing and crisp. Hints of sweet fruit with a mild spice

M- Smooth, clean and refreshing

O- Very very drinkable beer from Harriet brewing. This is my go to beer from them. Jason does a fantastic job over, I would highly recommend checking this beer out.

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a modest head sitting atop the clear amber liquid; a few strands and shards coat the pint glass on the way down

Smell: Vague hints of citrusy hop and spicy yeast

Taste: Bready, up front, with the citrusy hop and spicy yeast flavors arriving quickly in succession, bringing grapefruit pith, banana and apple; after the swallow, there is a developing floral sweetness that lingers with banana and spice character in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: This is a well-made BIPA that presses all of the buttons necessary for the style

Photo of sacrelicio
3.26/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the release party.

The color is great, a hazy orange, nice eggshell colored head. A bit of lacing, but not much.

The smell is a little underwhelming. Faint Belgian yeast, some Cascade hops.

Taste starts OK, a nice malty, biscuity flavor with some Belgian esters. However, the hops that come after are very astringent and medicinal. Woody, bark like bitterness. Not great.

Mouthfeel is nice, fairly full.

Drinikabilty is pretty good, the astringency isn't TOO harsh.

Photo of birchstick
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Haute Dish

A -Pours an amberish orange without much of a head, but what is there retains well

S - smells or floral, minty hops with some bitter pine and spices

T - Really floral, minty hops with some caramel malts dominant the palate. Mixed in with this are a bunch of spices from what I assume is some Belgian yeast strains. Finished with a nice piney bitterness.

M - nice and full…almost foamy too

D - this was drank with a rabbit entre and the two complemented each other really well. This was a good Belgian IPA and was glad I was able to try it. Recommended for those in the twin cities.

Photo of MinnesotaRIS
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served into a glass from a growler. Two weeks old.

A - Pours with medium body. Golden, light amber appearance. Mostly clear with slight haze that adds to beer. Head is ample and dissipates slowly leaving quite a bit of lace. White foam remains on top after head settles.

S - Hops and Belgic right off. Spicy, slight grapefruit, with some grassy tones. Very rich smell that complements the taste.

T - Rounded and plenty of malt body in the taste that is balanced very well with the alcohol. Spiced grassy taste, reminiscent of a Vietnamese food item; citric but soft. Very fresh. Hops are rich in the flavor and the aftertaste remains long. Low astringency. Slight yeast but great for the Belgic craft.

M - Pleasant and inviting for more. No harshness or biting aftertaste.

D - Drinkable but should be tasted well. I would get this again and again. I recommend it to you if you are in the Minneapolis area when they are serving.

Comes in clear glass growlers so protect them from the light!

Photo of RexInMinn
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ordered a small keg of this beer from Zipps for my birthday two weeks ago. What a great beer! Yes, it poured hard because of the extra CO2 they put into their kegs to achieve the Belgian style, and that took some getting used to. On the good side that slowed my drinking down a bit as I tend to gulp. The color in the sun was the perfect autumn red-amber. Just exquisite color. Everything about this beer said fresh. It was kegged Oct. 10 and we started drinking it nine days later. At 6.2% abv it was perfect for me. I drank it all weekend and had no ill effects from it at all, like I do with packaged beer, good craft packaged beer like Furious and Founders. It was so nicely balanced with a very strong hop presence but not too sweet like some IPAs. I can't wait to get another keg of this beer. These people know what they are doing and they communicated well with me after I told them about the hyper-foamation.

Photo of drabmuh
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I split this growler the other day with my legal adviser during a public broadcast of a professional football match. Beer served from a chilled 64 ounce brown screw top growler into a 0.33 L tulip emblazzened with the logo of this brewery, that is to say it is a Harriet Brewing company tulip glass.

First thing is first, this is a beautiful beer. Clear, copper, aggressive steady carbonation, looks like amber champagne in this little glass, soft white head, some lacing, good retention.

Aroma is yeasty, hoppy, esters, fruity, sweet.

Beer is medium in body, nice yeastiness to the whole thing, strong with a great finish. Not too dry, not too bitter, all and all this was an easy thing to drink a growler of, easy drinking enjoyable beer.

Photo of drpimento
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had really high hopes for this. Served at good temperature with a smallish, thick, cream colored head that soon subsided to an island and ring with a little lace. Color is a clear amber apricot with some bubble trails. Aroma is a nice caramel, hop, fruit. Flavor's not so much like nose with bitter hop and carbonic tang up front, fairly dry, and a bare hint of bacterial infection in the back. Body would be perfect but the bacteria, tang, and bitter combine to leave a less desirable experience, good carbonation. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, and a bit boozy.

Photo of Taybeh
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the Longfellow Grill into a shaker

Nice brew, nice balance between rich bready/doughy malts, some grassy and citrus hops, and good Belgian yeast, the latter providing some nice memorable clovey and spicy character. Fairly substantial body for the abv, and nice and creamy on the mouthful. Nothing too fancy here, but I find it quite pleasant and I don't hesitate to order it when I see it around town. A significant step up from their East Side imho.

Photo of boomer31
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Not my favorite style of beer but a new brewery in MN is a good excuse to give it another chance.

A - Pours a beautiful light yellow, transparent with a big fluffy white head. No stick on glass

S - Beautiful floral and citrus hops in your face followed by a zip of spicy belgian yeast. Great balance

T - More floral hops then the yeast bites followed by a faint hop bitterness. The more I sip the more the hops come forward...citrus and floral.

M - Nice high spicy carbonation with a touch of bitterness that longs for another sip

D - Way too drinkable. Great balance between the hop bitterness and yeasty spice.

Overall I was blown away by this beer. Great nose, great balance. Very drinkable. A positive start to this brewery.

Photo of heytomcat
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love this IPA. It's got a real refreshing body and taste to it and lingers on the palate just enough to keep you interested

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West Side Belgian-Style IPA from Harriet Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.