Harpoon The Long Thaw - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 281
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 4
Gots: 93 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy and slightly pale light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass, a collar around the edge, and a thin film in between.
S: Light aromas of orange peels and citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of orange citrus with hints of coriander. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light to medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Being a White IPA, this beer seems to feel a little lighter in body compared to other beers in the style. While it doesn't have any aromas or flavors of Belgian yeast, the witbier characteristics make this seem somewhat Belgian.

Serving type: bottle (860 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

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. (773 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (1,587 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (804 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (1,125 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (1,408 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange color with an unfiltered appearance with sediment. One familiar with beer could indicate this is a wheat beer, others might say cloudy. The aroma is big on hoppy and wheat citrus, kind of smells like cleaning product with the yeast and wheat notes meshing with a firm hoppyness. The flavor is quite good, with more citrus notes, lemongrass, and pine. Moderate bitterness but sticks to the roof of your mouth as the citrus hits the taste buds. The body is light with a prickly medium to high carbonation. Overall this is a pretty drinkable hoppy ipa, like an American hop spiked Hoegaarden. (611 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (1,878 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (1,249 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
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. (894 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.87/5  rDev 0%
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. (746 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of 31Sam13
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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... (205 characters)

Photo of u2carew
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; deep gold in color; 1+ finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: pine is predominant; a little catty as it warms;

T: bready malts up front; lemon and orange from mid-palate through the finish; almost no bitterness;

M; medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: easy drinking; (334 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.14/5  rDev +7%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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! (279 characters)

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