West Side Belgian-Style IPA - Harriet Brewing
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4.05/5 rDev 0%
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.
12-17-2011 01:31:37 | More by Thorpe429
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
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
3.93/5 rDev -3%
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.
01-10-2013 20:43:57 | More by zeff80
4.25/5 rDev +4.9%
West-Side Belgian-style IPA.
From the website:
Harriet's West Side is an eclectic ale brewed to balance the brightest West Coast hops with a prolific Belgian yeast strain. It pours light copper with a vigorous white head. Subtle malt gives way to a fruity, citrusy, and slightly spicy aroma and flavor. Light bodied, effervescent, and seductively approachable.
ABV 6.5%, !BU= 40, OG, 15.5, TG=3
On tap in a swell Harriet Brewing glass, casts a pale apricot hue, hazy, under a solid creamy-toned head, starts big and slims down, stays solid.
Beautiful citric zest aroma hits right off the bat, high alpha acid bitterness, but not too much, just right. Some lemon and orange, a splash of pine, light and lovely.
Taste: Hoppy bitterness grabs immediately, pins down the palate, delivers a jolt of vibrant hop bitterness, in the famous Pacific Northwest variety (I know there's Cascade and Amarillo in here, forgot the third hop.) It pales just a bit, and then the lush malt, and the unique flavor of the Belgian yeast kicks in, delivers just enough of a funky twist. Spins deliciousness throughout the palate, hoppy flavor never quits, good mouthfeel and texture, light-bodied, with a soft, long, hoppy finish.
In conversations, Jason often compared this to Raging Bitch from Flying Dog, and I definitely get that now, though I'd be curious to compare it to others in this style, like Victory Wild Devil, and the like. I do prefer this approach to the one taken by Belgian brewers, for it feels more like a true Belgian pale ale, in flavor, with the extra touch of American hops up on top.
Wonderfully drinkable, with a consistently delivery of hops throughout the drink. This is a treat for hop-heads, as well as Belgian beer lovers, the best of both worlds. An excellent flagship brew to represent Minneapolis latest micro-brewer, bent on putting out excellent interpretations of Belgian brews.
02-12-2011 06:50:40 | More by feloniousmonk
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
12-17-2011 01:43:04 | More by drabmuh
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
11-23-2011 15:18:36 | More by tempest
3.73/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
08-02-2012 21:39:43 | More by drpimento
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
On-tap at Buster's on 28th into a pint glass.
A: Clear medium amber body with an inch of dense, creamy, off-white head. Terrific retention and solid lace. Gorgeous beer, plain and simple.
S: More Belgian than IPA, with some nicely intense yeast esters and phenols - chalky minerality, spicy pepper, and green apple. Maybe some lightly floral hops. Pretty good, but more hops would be welcome given the style.
T: Very appley, with some spice, bell pepper, and minerality as wel; cleanly dry, bitter finish. Tasty.
M: Lively, soft body. Pleasant.
O: I was excited to try this one on the recommendation of a friend of mine who lives in the cities, and it didn't let me down. I might have scored it a bit higher if it were listed as a straight BPA instead of a Belgian IPA, as the hops were in no way a dominant component of this one's flavor. It was still damn good, though.
07-29-2011 20:54:14 | More by woosterbill
4.8/5 rDev +18.5%
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.
06-25-2011 23:37:06 | More by KarlHungus
4.13/5 rDev +2%
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.
07-03-2011 22:14:13 | More by morimech
3.93/5 rDev -3%
24 hr. old growler.
Pours into a Duvel Tulip a copper color with a one finger thick head of dusty white suds. Very nice retention and lacing throughout.
Getting some citrus notes, mostly grapefruit, but the nose is dominated by the belgian yeast which gives a pretty strong funky farmhouse smell. A pretty prominent wet hay smell in there too.
A nice amount of american hops give this a citrus and pine taste with only a moderate amount of bitterness. Pretty solid malt backbone offering up caramel with the belgian yeast making a strong appearance adding some clove, spicy and wet hay notes. Gladly, not as funky as the nose however. Pretty spicy hop aftertaste.
Medium bodied with a dry feel. The carbonation is spot on here. Pretty clean finish on the palate.
Highly drinkable beer that mirrors the style very well. This leans more towards the belgian made than the american made ones for the style. I would call this a very solid beer.
09-05-2011 20:41:40 | More by jera1350
4.2/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
06-28-2011 16:59:34 | More by birchstick
4.3/5 rDev +6.2%
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).
05-01-2011 01:06:09 | More by garymuchow
4.22/5 rDev +4.2%
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
04-03-2011 00:20:24 | More by gatornation
3.4/5 rDev -16%
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.
06-03-2012 04:32:53 | More by augustgarage
4.13/5 rDev +2%
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.
08-15-2011 06:02:04 | More by zeledonia
West Side Belgian-Style IPA from Harriet Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.