West Side Belgian-Style IPA - Harriet Brewing
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4.8/5 rDev +18.2%
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.
06-25-2011 23:37:06 | More by KarlHungus
4.65/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
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.
03-01-2011 04:28:39 | More by DaveAnderson
4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
A friend of mine gave me a growler of Harriets West Side IPA, I had never heard of the place, he told me it had just opened an wanted to try it out and I am glad he did.
A-Pours a nice golden bronze with a white pillowy head, a little hazy, had to pour easy because it has some carbonation.
S-I can smell some grapefruit and just a really fresh fruit ,grassy summer time scent.
T-Boy this is good, fresh hoppy grapefruit ,mango not a lot of malt taste just enough to tone the hops down a little a nice bitter finish.
MF-Just the right amount of carbonation nice full bodied ale with a little pucker power.
D- I love this ale I read one review comparing it to Raving Bitch IPA which is one of my favorite ales and I would have to agree. Thanks Steve for the great growler.
02-26-2011 22:41:47 | More by Fitzgerald
4.48/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
11-06-2012 21:50:18 | More by RexInMinn
4.45/5 rDev +9.6%
Drinking a growler from Harriet, this Belgian IPA is my new favorite oxymoron. Even a few years ago this beer wouldn't make sense, and now it seems to be the flagship and, presently, only year round beer of a new brewery. I do love beer and the beer world that's every changing.
Fluffy white head builds up with tight clean bubbles. Pretty golden ale with copper highlights. Picture is a bit dark compared to reality. For me, this beer is all about the nose. Big and overwhelming, it perfect for my below average olfactory abilities. A brazen blend of strong hop and assertive Belgian yeast. Yeast yields to the hops as it warms, and creates a very pleasant temperature cycle on this beer to drink over time.
Strong saison-like peppery note. I don't know the yeast, but it's an assertive yeast with strong characteristics, much like the yeast determined beers of 't IJ in Amersterdam. No indication of the hops used except that they are Northwest, but the clear citrusy smell is intriguing. A blend of lemon zest, grapefruit, lemon, and a slight pine and resin earthiness. I think the real genius of this beer is how the hop and yeast spices cross each other's boundaries and create something more than the whole.
Bready malt base supports a clean hop and yeast spice that matches the nose exactly. 40 IBU seems a bit light for the hop punch in the nose, but the yeast is giving amazing support in the spiciness. Lingering dryness makes this beer a real pleasure to drink. I see myself returning to the brewery for another growler as a regular habit, especially paired with a second seasonal growler.
12-13-2011 04:22:08 | More by FightingEntropy
4.4/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
02-12-2011 20:29:46 | More by boomer31
4.38/5 rDev +7.9%
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
06-21-2011 02:47:58 | More by brentk56
4.38/5 rDev +7.9%
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!
02-28-2011 03:02:18 | More by MinnesotaRIS
4.38/5 rDev +7.9%
Growler poured into a Surly Stein
Appearance: Beautiful Straw color, white foamy head. Nice lacing as it settled.
Aroma: Citrusy Banana Bread? Okay, not quite. The the belgian yeast gives a lot of sweet banana/clove smells mixed with citrus tang from the hops.
Taste: Starts sweet & bready, finishes with a nice citrus bite. Very nice.
Mouthfeel: Very light, maybe a little syrupy. Carbonation, while there, blends very smoothly.
Overall: I like it. A lot. The sweet belgiany goodness upfront with the nice citrus finish, very good.
03-11-2011 23:06:00 | More by cmannes
West Side Belgian-Style IPA from Harriet Brewing
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