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Harpoon White IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon White IPAHarpoon White IPA

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very good

376 Ratings

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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 18
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ken Hermann has taken our exploration of – and adoration for – the IPA style in a completely new direction. With notes of orange peel and coriander, the soft mouthfeel reminiscent of a Belgian wit, and the hop additions of Simcoe, Citra and Cascade, he strikes a delicate balance between two disparate styles while showcasing the characteristics of both. It’s a refreshing take on a new style, and we hope you enjoy it! Cheers.

45 IBU

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-24-2012)
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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, $5.99 from the Dover Fields Hannaford in Dover NH. Served cold in a standard pint glass.

The brew pours a pale cloudy orange. The initial appearance and smell immediately make me wonder if this is a hopped-up version of UFO White. Taste pretty much confirms this. It's wonderfully hoppy with sharp resiny citrus rind hops, quite pungent. Exactly the kind of juicy citrusy hops that I love the most. There's just enough supporting body and malt sweetness to balance the hops and keep the bitterness from overwhelming the brew. The finish is long and hoppy, tons of bitter apricot, semi-tropical, with some spicy stuff playing a secondary role. Overall very enjoyable.

As I said, very much like an extremely hopped-up version of UFO White. I think the UFO White is a decent brew. I could take it or leave it. This White IPA, however, is super tasty. A really great spin.

I'm glad Harpoon seems to be doing some more interesting/ experimental things with the 100-barrel series again (Black IPA, Spruce Tip, White IPA). Do more like these and I'll pay attention. I didn't bother to try the Ginger Wheat and Maple Wheat, that theme is old and busted.

BeerNinja007, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of mttdls
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

mttdls, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

PEIhop, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of shchmue
4/5  rDev +4.7%

shchmue, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Davepoolesque, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of redliner8
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

redliner8, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of efurlong121
1/5  rDev -73.8%

efurlong121, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 9/2/2012 at Julian’s in Providence, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, citrus, light caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of grassy hops. Then some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in. Then a thin malt character comes in followed by the return of the hops bitterness providing a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are better choices within the style.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of jriggins6
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

jriggins6, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of Brad007
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a whitish-gold hue with a thin head into my glass. The color is the best part so far.

Spicy notes with with a good dab of citrus in the nose. Clove too. Does not seem overhopped in the nose.

Dry, crisp with spicy yeast and acidic citrus twist. The hops shine through here but do not overwhelm the palate.

Lingering crispy spiciness with a touch of butter at the back. Good balance if a bit bland.

I'll second the bland part. It just doesn't feel "right" but that could easily be carbonation level, etc.

Brad007, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of neophilus
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange brew, foamy white head on top. Decent lacing.

The bouquet erupts with piney-citrus bright hop aromas. Stiff hop bitterness on the palate, leaning heavily towards citrus. Grapefruit makes a big appearance in the taste. Dry, crisp and fruity. Lingering orange flavors bring some sweetness. Finishes with a clean hoppy bite, good carbonation and mouthfeel to carry it through to the end.

Frankly I'm blown away at the level of hop aroma and flavor coming out of this beer. The grapefruit notes really give the beer character while the lingering orange flavor adds a little something extra with each sip. Quite simply, excellent.

neophilus, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Hanzo, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of MarkSmithVT
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

MarkSmithVT, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my pick for the father vs. son beer battle.

Cloudy gold with a thick but brittle pristine white head. Lace like sea foam curtains my glass.

Smells like wet, juicy hops: bright, sharp grassy orange and lemon vanilla frosting. The bottle claims Citra, Cascade and Simcoe. Smells about right. Wheaty hay underneath.

Soft, malty body with more orange lemon meringue hops.

I'm fairly new to the style, though I guess the style is new in general, but I like it. My un-biased pick as the father vs. son beer battle winner.

donkeyrunner, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of bostonryan
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

bostonryan, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber w/ a batch number on the label

LOOK: Hazed golden color, great lacing down to the bottom of the glass

SMELL: Mildly dank hop, spicy, fruity, yeast, peppery, coriander faint alcohol, citrus zest

TASTE: Citric bomb, smooth, semi-slick, medium body, grainy, coriander, hop bitterness, tobacco, ruby red grapefruit, spicy, mild alcoholic esters, minty, herbal, earthy, yeast, marmalade, finish spicy and dry and bitter

More complex than I anticipated, a lot going on with the hop profile and as it bounces off the Wit side of the brew it does well but comes back in a different way as it was to compliment and somewhat clash at the same time. The most interesting White IPAs brewed that I have tried, the UFO brand should take this beer on it is that good.

Jason, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of forsakenpariah
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle -> imperial pint glass

A - Hazy pale straw with a two finger pillowy white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles give good head retention.

S - WOW! This smells delicious! Pungent floral hops with big citrus notes up front. A faint wheaty smell and traditional hefeweizen yeast character hides shyly in the back. Smells more or less like a traditional American IPA plus a wonderful complexity from the wheat character.

T - More floral and citrusy hops fade into a more tradition wheat malt character and some spicy yeast notes. I'm not sure if I'm actually tasting some banana in there or if I just think I am becasue I'm expecting it to be there. Noticable but not overpowering bitterness persists from the first sip all the way to the aftertaste. Very nicely balanced and complex.

M - Thick and full body with lots of carbonation. Not what I'd normally expect from an IPA but it certainly blends very well with this beer, moreso than I'd expect.

Overall this is definitely the best white IPA I've ever had, and absolutely one of the best beers I've had. I'll definitely buy a few more of these while they're still around.

forsakenpariah, Sep 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Tech_Savy, Sep 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Jmick28, Sep 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

phishfoolme, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of nach0king
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure I'd buy this again because of the price (and because it won't be available for long) but I'm glad I tried it. Very tasty.

Poured half into a pintglass, drank it, then poured the rest, including sediment.

A: Rusty, head disappears quickly.

S: There's more citrus on the nose than there is in the taste, and also some fudge. Very pleasant indeed.

T: A lot of sweetness at first, then banana, retreating into mild citrus and herbs by the end. The citrus grows as you work your way through the bottle, making it refreshing despite the very sweet first impression. Closer to a wit than an IPA throughout - the hops are just supporting notes.

M: Lightly carbonated, just thick enough - really pleasant.

nach0king, Sep 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

kaelingirl, Sep 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

SlickestWilly, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +4.7%

bigred89, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +4.7%

rab53, Aug 27, 2012
Harpoon White IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
86 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.