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Harpoon The Long Thaw - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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82
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157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | 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:
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(Beer added by: djrn2 on 01-31-2014)
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

djrn2, Jan 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

acurtis, Mar 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

kylehay2004, May 02, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 29, 2014
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3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

jlindros, Feb 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

smcolw, Mar 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

oriolesfan4, Mar 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

InspectorBob, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

woodychandler, Jun 22, 2014
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3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

dbrauneis, Feb 28, 2014
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3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Stinkypuss, Jun 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

BillRoth, Mar 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

tdm168, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

chinchill, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of DrJay
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

DrJay, Mar 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Hopheadjeffery, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of DrDemento456
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

DrDemento456, Feb 27, 2014
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3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

puboflyons, Feb 02, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Darkmagus82, Feb 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

cdwil, Apr 05, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

thecheapies, Feb 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

BeerForMuscle, Feb 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

DrinkSlurm, Mar 05, 2014
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Harpoon The Long Thaw from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.