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Harpoon The Long Thaw - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 10.83%


Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: djrn2 on 01-31-2014)
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy and sediment ridden golden color with 1/2 a fingers worth of head

S: Belgian yeast, very fruity with notes of orange zest and lots of citrus rind. Has a little coriander as well, but not much. Light floral hops come through as well, but I suspect some of the citrus is also coming from the hops and not just the yeast

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with bitter, pithy citrus rinds and a tad of the orange zest. Mellows out into some fruitiness and light malty breadiness. Finishes lightly spicy with coriander. Bitterness also lingers

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly chalky from the yeast

O: A nice, refreshing take on the white IPA. Plenty of fruity and citrus goodness with quite a bit of bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 18:44:43 | More by BEERMILER12
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Small head but it leaves decent lace--starts off like a blanket but becomes spotty later in the tasting. The liquid is quite clear for the style. The color is light--gold with a tinge of white.

Fresh cut grass smell. A little bit of wheat nose.

Lightly sweet with a black pepper finish. Closer to IPA than "white" with a definitive hop bite in the swallow. The body is richer than expected. Neutral carbonation. Creamy finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 19:32:39 | More by smcolw
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u2carew

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck bottle
A) Pours with a two finger, thick, white head. The head slowly settles leaving a sticky lacing at the edge of the glass. Clear, golden body.
S) Piney. Subtle grapefruit.
T) Light nutty and grainy notes. Steady hop bite throughout. Grapefruit.
M) Crisp. Clean. Medium light body. Tannic in the finish.
O) A good brew. A profile that ushers in a new season.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 23:36:48 | More by u2carew
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold with some sediment floating around in the beer. Thin white cap of fine bubbles, some lacing, decent head retention. Citrusy aroma, zest and grapefruit, fruity rather than pithy, hint of resin. The flavour was a bit sweet up front, a little malty, not much to get excited about. I enjoyed the finish much better. Lingering hop bitterness and citrus fruitiness showed up once the malt faded. Spiciness hung around for a while too. Hint of sourness and slickness. Moderate to high carbonation with medium/low body, Interesting, and pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 22:01:07 | More by DrJay
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osant37

New York

4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a refrigerated bottle and poured into a over sized wine glass. pours a beutiful golden color. looks alot like a pilsner lager.smell is fruity pineapple and mango sweetness from the hops.a faint belgian yeast note and a biscuity malt background. with faint pineyness. the taste is citrusy bitter hops up front. almost a dank pine resin hint. cracker breadyness on the back of the pallate. the coriander is barley present in the taste. the mouthfeel is crisp and the carbonation cleans the pallate well. pretty dry. overall this is a great white i.p.a. not the best but an above average offering in my opinion....cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 21:08:14 | More by osant37
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Johnny_Muir

New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm a big fan of white IPA's, in fact I think its my favorite style (and my favorite beer outright is Accumulation white IPA from New Belgium). This, my second beer from Harpoon, has made me a big fan of what they do. This beer pours excellent without too much spiciness, something a lot of WIPA's over do. All in all a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 04:15:22 | More by Johnny_Muir
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very hazy medium apricot in color with significant amounts of fine particles in suspension and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall pillowy white head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium sized patches of thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus/lemonade and slightly stronger aromas of citrus/grapefruit and tropical/pineapple hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of wheat with some light amounts of lemon citrus and spices (coriander). There is a fairly significant presence of hops flavors including citrus/grapefruit pith and lighter amounts of herbal + pine hops. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which does not linger.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Not a bad White IPA, easy to drink with well hidden alcohol - I could easily put a couple of these back in a session. Nothing great but a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 02:38:00 | More by dbrauneis
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Found this simple brew at my local six pack shop. Into a pint glass.
A - Looks good bountiful 1/2 inch of head atop of a hazy White IPA beer very bright orange yellow. The only drawback is that the floaties are quite large I kind of hate sediment.
S - The base beer smells nice orange peel, coriander, and fruity Belgium yeast. Not getting much hops they must be mango or pineapple sweet hops.
T - Taste is ok mild dry yeasts meets some bittering hops but the orange peel and coriander seems a bit lost like I am detecting no spice. Pretty much just taste like an average Belgium IPA.
M - Seems on par light to medium body.

Overall I guess they need to brew a better Hefeweizen before tackling such a complex style. It just come up average.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 04:53:50 | More by DrDemento456
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, dated 15 April 2014, poured hazy golden-yellow with a thin weak head.

Aroma: citrus hops; hay: spicing including coriander.

Flavor: hop forward with orange-lemon-grapefruit fruitiness. Juicy and lightly spicy. . Moderate bitterness.

Feel: medium body and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 00:38:02 | More by chinchill
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harpoon Brewery - The Long Thaw, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours Budweiser fizzy yellow with a small fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Doesn't this the style at all and isn't typically the look I want in my beers these days unless it's a light lager..

Smell - Aroma is coriander citrus and sickly sweet. Some malt. Light on the hops.

Taste - At least it's not lacking body here. English hop varieties with some spice and citrus. Not really all that Belgian here.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. No booziness. Smooth, more hops here, tons of citrus.

Overall - Decent, not great, wouldn't recommend this. Too many better alternatives. Wasn't a drain pour but I can stomach some rough beer haha.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 18:36:04 | More by JMScowcroft
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Diggitydustin

West Virginia

3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a bottle. Smells good. Tastes great. A really good seasonal beer from harpoon. A sharp fruity aftertaste. You can definitely taste the coriander. Goes down smooth and sits on the back of the tongue nicely. Definitely makes a cold day enjoyable. Try this brew, you wont be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 21:35:05 | More by Diggitydustin
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Harpoon
Poured from growler into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a one finger of a foamy white head composed of big carbonation bubbles. The head fades over about a 2 min time period to leave a lighter level of bubbly lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is a nice mix of sweet fruit smells with a good showing of hop aromas. The sweeter fruit is mostly of a tropical fruit nature with tons of papaya, mango and tangerine along with some hints of pineapple. The hop aromas are heavies of pine and grapefruit with a hint of grass in the background. With a bit of a doughy aroma mixing with the rest, the brew has a very nice smelling nature.

Taste –The taste begins with a crisper and very lightly fruit sweetened bready taste. At the front of the flavor is a lighter grapefruit hop as well. The sweet that is present upfront is mostly of the tropical fruits that were in the nose, with these flavors growing weaker as the taste moves on to the end. At the same time the bready flavor, gets crisper in nature with it taking on a more cracker like flavor. The grapefruit hop remains throughout the taste, never getting too potent. It is joined by some pine and a moderately stronger earthy hop flavor more toward the middle to the end. With the drying out of the sweetness, the increase in hop, and the more cracker like flavor transition, one is left with a crisp and slightly drier medium strength IPA flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is average. While the thinner body isn't great for the hop, it does accentuate the very crisp and dry tastes of the brew, so overall with the medium carbonation the feel is pretty good.

Overall – A crisp and drier IPA, that is on the more refreshing side. Overall a decent IPA.

Serving type: growler

02-09-2014 02:31:10 | More by Darkmagus82
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with a white head. Lots of drippy lace. Enjoy by 5.15.14 Sharp, spicy orange rind and grapefruit aroma. Lots of grapefruit flavor with minimal grapefruit bitterness. Wheaty cereal grains. Orange spiciness. Good stuff.

I like the title Long Thaw. It's an acknowledgment to how much winter sucks after the holiday cheer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 00:53:12 | More by donkeyrunner
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Long Thaw. In a Guinness pint. 20 ounces to freedom.

Very pale white IPA look of light straw. Great clarity, but the head went away suddenly, but left some nice lacing.

Smells minty with spicy hops, white citrus, toothpaste, mild wheatiness, and the semblance of coriander. Moderate fruitiness with estery scents that border on Belgian.

Clean, representative minty hops with a thin citrus bitterness. Leafy hop cones with some restraint. Latent spicy notes evoke faint pine and grains of paradise. Yeast is less effective, as most of the fruitiness comes from the American hopping, sans some light pear and apricot. Too thin to be juicy, but achingly wanting to get there. Finishing bitterness is good and cleansing. Body could use a tad more grease. Carbonation has strength. Works well.

I got no major problems with this brew. Really, I like the overall effort. A nice change of pace.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2014 21:53:15 | More by thecheapies
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mpedara429

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured out a slightly hazy golden color. One finger of white head. Not much retention or lacing

S: Mango and slightly dank piney hops. Very attractive and fragrant.

T: The taste matches the nose. Great balance with the hops. A pine and tropical fruit wonder.

M: Medium body and medium carb. Super clean finish.

O: I really really enjoyed this one. I wish this was available for more than just the spring because it is so good.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 00:06:23 | More by mpedara429
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Badger6

Virginia

3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle stamped with a drink by date of 5/15/14.

A: The body is a light yellow color, with a slightly hazy appearance. white fizzy head, receded fast, lacing is significant.

S: Wet grass with a distinct citrus note. Slight piney hoppiness.

T: Hop flavor is pronounced, piney and citrusy. Some spice, not really defined. Finishes clean, slightly bitter. Aftertaste is defined by a crisp hop note, but not bitter.

M: Feels Belgian: smooth and slightly creamy with a medium feel, light carbonation.

O: Refreshing beer. Today was pretty warm, and the evening is still unseasonably above average, this beer just feels right with it. Nice rendition of a Belgian IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 01:37:31 | More by Badger6
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz bottle stamped: 31109A1621705. Sampled on February 2, 2014.

The pour is a kind of olive-pale yellow with some cloudiness to the end. A small white fizzy head dissolves quickly.

The aroma is grassy with orange and other citrus notes with a slight zestiness to it. Hops are more in the background than I might expect from an IPA or any style.

The body is medium but also creamy and smooth.

The taste also highlights the zesty citrus character with some vague spices and a quickly lingering dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 20:50:50 | More by puboflyons
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Cavanaghty

Maine

3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden amber with a thick white head and a lot of carbonation. Heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus, pine and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of sweet/bitter hops citrus and pine notes.

Overall: Very good IPA!

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2014 17:58:47 | More by Cavanaghty
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A nice warmer day for the first of February. The layers of heavy snow and ice from various storms and very cold weather are starting to melt for oncoming spring, although I'm sure we'll get another big storm or two before then. Anyways, good day for this beer. And dated, yay! Enjoy by 4/15/14.

Pours a decent fizzy bubbly 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, a bit of soapy lacing, over very hazy peach orange colored beer.

Nose brings nice fresh hops, floral, some citrus, with mild tangerine and grapefruit, as well as a mild zesty orange, and some creamy wheat underneath, touch of apple skin and stone fruit fleshy notes, and faint hint of coriander.

Taste starts with more of the toasty but creamy wheat, a light malty flavor overall but a strong toasty wheat and almost cereal like, and very mild sweetness. Then into hops, a bit of a bitternesss and mild bitter rind bite, some citrus more clementine like and hint of tangerine. Little spicy like hop character but very little, bit grassy and floral too. It gets a little spicy with touches of coriander and spices that give the essence of spicy. It feels a bit thin though. Finish is a bit creamy and sticky despite being dry, bit more bitterness and orange rind bitter flavors, with hint more grassy slightly spicy hops.

Mouth is lighter bod, mild creamy, a bit thin and watery, nice popping carb.

Overall not bad, better than I expected for a white IPA, esp from Harpoon, but still nothing too special. A bit too thin, hops aren't as good as they could on the taste, spices are interesting but kept mild which is nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 22:28:43 | More by jlindros
Harpoon The Long Thaw from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.