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Harpoon The Long Thaw - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 286
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 33.51%
Wants: 4
Gots: 100 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: djrn2 on 01-31-2014

“Spring” in New England is a fickle friend. So we brewed a beer that could carry us through the January cold while hinting at warmer days ahead. With notes of orange peel and coriander, the soft mouthfeel of a Belgian wit, and an intense hop profile, The Long Thaw White IPA combines the warming backbone of an IPA with citrus notes indicative of the coming spring. “Spring” in New England may be indecisive, but we can help make one decision a little easier.
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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 286
Photo of squonk45
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Harpoon is quickly growing on me the top craft beer brewer had the long thaw for 1st time. It honestly has several nice citrus flavors.. and perfect hoppy after taste.. bought a single to try will get 6 moe Saturday

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Photo of 31Sam13
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Way underrated as far as I'm concerned...everyone who I give one to really likes it...it is very well balanced with not the strongest hop profile I will admit, but it is what it is and that is excellent...

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Photo of joesmithrealname
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

That's a quality beer, dudes. It's not as bitter as most IPA's, and it's got mad Flayva. I dig. Had on draught at Westside Hootie house in MA. Alyssa is a beast. I dig, also.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of osant37
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is not that great. Lacing is decent. More of a grapefruit and lemon aroma with hints of coriander and orange peel. More of a bready, malty taste at the beginning. There is a good hoppy bite. Hint of coriander and orange peel at the end. Decent beer. A little different but good.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had purchased this bottle at The Fridge during the course of the long, cold winter of 2013-'14, but I decided to thaw out on this, the second day of summer.

From the bottle: "'Spring' in New England is fickle, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy it! Whatever the thermometer says, enjoy The Long Thaw."; "Love Beer. Love Life. Est. 1986"; "Anticipation [-] Whether you're hoping for more snow or anxious for warmer days, waiting can be tough ... or not, if you've got this beer in your fridge[.]"

Old IPAs are like a box of chocolates - you never know what you are going to get. That said, when a beer incorporates spices and coriander, I would imagine that it will hold up nicely. I got a massive finger of dense, bone-white head from my pour that slowly fell, leaving great lacing in its wake. Nose was grassy, lemon-citrusy and with a tinge of pepper. Nothing wrong there and my mouth was beginning to water as a result. Nose was a slightly-hazy sunshine yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). It looked like sunshine in a glass, which would have been more appropriate on a cold, overcast day, but I pressed on. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, almost creamy and the peppery flavor of the coriander was immediate on the tongue. It slowly gave 'way to a lemony taste that reminded me, in total, of a lemon muffin. Finish was semi-dry and very refreshing, actually. This could be a summer beer, for that mattter.

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Photo of Burnthedevice
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Quickly becoming one of my favorites. One of my favorite styles.. Witbier.. Combined with IPA from the brewery that already brews my favorite IPA. (to date). My only complaint would be the mouthfeel: it's coarse carbonation is not in keeping with a witbier/witbier hybrid. Complaint aside, I really like this beer. Unfortunately, it's a seasonal, and the stock in my town has run dry. (No idea why.) Great beer for springtime in Maine. Would love Harpoon to add it to the permanent roster.

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Photo of vapegawd
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Yeungling pint glass. The color is a hazy dark-yellow color . Had a bubbly quickly dissipating head. The aroma is very sweet, sweeter then it tastes. As you drink this beer, the inside of the glass is coated in foam. I love the taste and feel of this beer, it is thick, but not too thick a very mild thickness. The taste is initially sweet with a bitter orangey finish. You gotta try it.

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Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of u2carew
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one goes into my glass with a 2 finger white head, semi hazed golden apricot body with fine speckled lacing as the head fades. Aromatics bring out spicy yeast notes, citrus peel, herbal/citric hop combo this one actually tastes quite nice with the first sip thoroughly enjoyed. Hints of tangerine, oranges on the palate bitter spicy yeast components citric hop bitterness and flavor combine with some coriander spice and wit characteristics along with elements of a decent IPA. Mouthfeel finishes dry and bitter between hops and the spice mix, medium bodied sturdy carbonation it really works for me. I'm a fan so easy to drink very refreshing great mix of different styles offered in some of Harpoon's mixed packs.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

On-tap 3/16/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered mug glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lemons, spices, Belgian yeast, some hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors from Belgian yeast and hearty malt character. Then strong flavors of citrus and spices quickly follow. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this in a mix-a-six enjoyed chilled in an IPA glass.

The color is lightly hazed golden amber with thick white head. The smell has a citrus fragrance with light herbal odor and somewhat sweet smell of wheat malt. The feel is smooth with tangy yeast and light sweetness with mild juicy aspect with a mild bitterness level and semi-dry finish with medium carbonation.

The taste is very good with a orange peel flavor that dominanates the initial taste and some coriander adding that tangy lemony brightness followed by a slight herbal and citrus type hop profile with malt sweetness balancing the taste into a lightly bitter and semi-dry finish. Overall this is a pretty decent IPA, the hybrid character of wit and IPA is achieved but i have had some that are pull it off with more hop focus

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Badger6
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Beric
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: 26 April 2014

Appearance: A pale, hazy yellow without much of a head. I had to pour quite vigorously for any head to form, which was a bit disappointing considering this is an unfiltered IPA which generally build strong heads.

Smell: Good hop assertion with a sweet spiciness.

Taste: Grapefruit-like, bitter hops with a soft spiciness and slight banana notes. Grapefruit is the most dominant flavor in this one, but the softness associated with the other two components play well and blend to create a pretty tasty beer. Finishes with a bitter taste, but is sweet (as opposed to dry).

Mouthfeel: Smooth on the tongue but with enough carbonation to keep it light.

Overall: One of the better Harpoon beers I've had so far as I continue to drink through their offerings. I like the strong hop presence and the mellow flavors provided by the spice and the unfiltered yeast. A good, entry level, standard Belgian IPA.

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Photo of Diggitydustin
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sebago pint glass.

The color is a hazy gold with a finger if foamy white head and some thick lacing left in the glass.

The smell is muted but a slight grassy hop aroma us there trying announce itself. There is a slight malt sweetness here I'm the aroma that lets things even out just a little.

The taste if this beer is smooth fruit flavors that glide through the middle and give off a slight cantaloupe flavor. There us a slight lemon flavor here before a bitterness comes forward. It builds slow then comes in fast at the end to give a slight a slight bready flavor there.

The feel is light and has a great smooth body that helps it go down easy. There is a silky texture that is like a pillow and us soft and inviting.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a somewhat cloudy golden color; it doesn't have the extreme cloudiness of others in the style. The head is a little over two fingers high, with an eggshell shade. Retention is pretty good, but the slickness of the the texture means only a bit of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nice and citrusy - not just from the orange notes, but the hops as well. Touches of candied sugar complements the citrus nose well. Not much in the way of spicing. Aromatically, it's simple but effective.

T: A bitter opening of orange and grapefruit peels gives way to a slightly bitter/piny finish. Hints of candied sugar float around the palate throughout. It's simple, but really satisfying with its bittersweet orange character.

M: This one is nicely crisp, with a body that's not too thick or thin. Even better, the sweetness is well controlled without being bone dry. Carbonation is decent. My only nitpick is that it's faintly astringent. Easy to drink, and easy to savor.

O: Normally, I never think much of Harpoon, but every so often they surprise me. This is one of those pleasant surprises - it's almost great, in fact. It's rather simple, so I can't break out any 4's. Still, I'd definitely drink this one again.

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Harpoon The Long Thaw from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
86 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.