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West Side Belgian-Style IPA - Harriet Brewing

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West Side Belgian-Style IPAWest Side Belgian-Style IPA

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 114
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 7
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: 34 | Hads: 114
Photo of birchstick
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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 (600 characters)

Photo of iadler
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (769 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
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). (847 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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 (487 characters)

Photo of cmannes
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (539 characters)

Photo of DaveAnderson
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (2,140 characters)

Photo of MinnesotaRIS
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
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! (1,000 characters)

Photo of Fitzgerald
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (776 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this from a pitcher when I went to the brewery to pick it up and I must say despite the ancient looking equipment they have it was a pretty cool place. I grew up in the neighborhood and it was nice to see so many community members getting together to have a beer at a new brewery. Live music a free beer and fresh growlers in the south side doesn't get much better.

A= The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with a nice big thick foamy two finger head on it and great retention and lacing on the side of the glass. Looks like a photo. The head is very strong and as it dies slowly down it looks alive.

S= The smell is a nice citrus hop character there is a nice belgian yeast twang to it. I must say that for an IPA it seems a tad quiet but that's being picky. Pepper and hop resin. Actually resembles a fresh hop beer a little with the green earthy grass character.

T= The taste is just like the nose. Outstanding. Everything I got in the nose the pepper the citrus and the green grassy floral notes all come rushing in before sort of abruptly closing the door. I wish the taste lasted a tad longer lingering in my mouth but it doesn't so I have to keep sipping on it. The belgian yeast adds just a little extra twang to it but not much. I can tell it's a belgian strand but the american hop varieties take center stage.

M= Great mouth on it. As I mentioned in the taste I wish the flavor lasted a little longer in my mouth. It could be just a touch dryer as well but the carbonation is perfect.

D= Great beer! A homerun from the new guys. This is exciting because it's so good. After seeing the ancient equipment they had I was a little worried but this is the real deal. I hope they grow to be a presence in the market. Minnesota could use a Belgian style brewery. This is a great way to stick your foot in the door. (1,833 characters)

Photo of boomer31
4.44/5  rDev +7%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,916 characters)

Photo of sacrelicio
3.26/5  rDev -21.4%
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. (493 characters)

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West Side Belgian-Style IPA from Harriet Brewing
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