West Side Belgian-Style IPA | Harriet Brewing

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West Side Belgian-Style IPAWest Side Belgian-Style IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Harriet Brewing
Minnesota, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by sacrelicio on 02-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
122
Reviews:
36
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
10.19%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
24
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 122 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a modest head sitting atop the clear amber liquid; a few strands and shards coat the pint glass on the way down

Smell: Vague hints of citrusy hop and spicy yeast

Taste: Bready, up front, with the citrusy hop and spicy yeast flavors arriving quickly in succession, bringing grapefruit pith, banana and apple; after the swallow, there is a developing floral sweetness that lingers with banana and spice character in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: This is a well-made BIPA that presses all of the buttons necessary for the style

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Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN.

A - Clear copper color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. Sticky rings of lace.

S - Smelled very fruity with some sweetness. A touch of yeastiness.

T - It tasted very fruit with a citrusy kick. Nice spicy bite of bitterness. Good caramel sweetness.

M - Crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale.

O - My first Harriet beer has me very impressed.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Dr. Abmuh. Thrice served in some sort of fancy glass because the Abmuh does it in style. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium copper color with a good off-white head and a bit of lacing. The nose carries a good dosing of Belgian yeast along with some citrus and other American hop notes. Flavor is quite similar with good yeast and hop presence and balance. Medium body and a very nice finish with hops and yeast. High quality.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

West-Side Belgian-style IPA.

From the website:
Harriet's West Side is an eclectic ale 
brewed to balance the brightest West Coast hops with a prolific Belgian yeast strain. It pours light copper with a vigorous white head. Subtle malt gives way to a fruity, citrusy, and slightly spicy aroma and flavor. Light bodied, effervescent, and seductively approachable.

ABV 6.5%, !BU= 40, OG, 15.5, TG=3


On tap in a swell Harriet Brewing glass, casts a pale apricot hue, hazy, under a solid creamy-toned head, starts big and slims down, stays solid.

Beautiful citric zest aroma hits right off the bat, high alpha acid bitterness, but not too much, just right. Some lemon and orange, a splash of pine, light and lovely.

Taste: Hoppy bitterness grabs immediately, pins down the palate, delivers a jolt of vibrant hop bitterness, in the famous Pacific Northwest variety (I know there's Cascade and Amarillo in here, forgot the third hop.) It pales just a bit, and then the lush malt, and the unique flavor of the Belgian yeast kicks in, delivers just enough of a funky twist. Spins deliciousness throughout the palate, hoppy flavor never quits, good mouthfeel and texture, light-bodied, with a soft, long, hoppy finish.

In conversations, Jason often compared this to Raging Bitch from Flying Dog, and I definitely get that now, though I'd be curious to compare it to others in this style, like Victory Wild Devil, and the like. I do prefer this approach to the one taken by Belgian brewers, for it feels more like a true Belgian pale ale, in flavor, with the extra touch of American hops up on top.

Wonderfully drinkable, with a consistently delivery of hops throughout the drink. This is a treat for hop-heads, as well as Belgian beer lovers, the best of both worlds. An excellent flagship brew to represent Minneapolis latest micro-brewer, bent on putting out excellent interpretations of Belgian brews.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I split this growler the other day with my legal adviser during a public broadcast of a professional football match. Beer served from a chilled 64 ounce brown screw top growler into a 0.33 L tulip emblazzened with the logo of this brewery, that is to say it is a Harriet Brewing company tulip glass.

First thing is first, this is a beautiful beer. Clear, copper, aggressive steady carbonation, looks like amber champagne in this little glass, soft white head, some lacing, good retention.

Aroma is yeasty, hoppy, esters, fruity, sweet.

Beer is medium in body, nice yeastiness to the whole thing, strong with a great finish. Not too dry, not too bitter, all and all this was an easy thing to drink a growler of, easy drinking enjoyable beer.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at Pat's Tap. Wow, this is everything you could ask of a Belgian IPA. They've brought about as much flavor and character as you can possibly cram into an IPA. It reminds me of Furious in that sense. Of course, it's also a bit like Houblon Chouffe, for the big mix of biting herbal spice mixing with the grapefruit citrus and pine. The ABV isn't over the top, but this is a big, flavorful beer to be enjoyed.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant orange tinted amber under a 1” cream colored foam collar.
S: Unscrewing the cap releases a big dose of grassy, resiny hop aroma, banana and orange, spices.
T: Light caramel flavors, dark dried fruit, raisin, citrus, grain flavors. Light sweetness upfrontdries out on the finish.
F: Rich texture, soft on the mouth, medium to medium full body and medium carbonation to a little above.
O: A pleasantly hoppy easy to drink Belgian style IPA.

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Photo of mattmarka1
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of ovaltine
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drpimento
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had really high hopes for this. Served at good temperature with a smallish, thick, cream colored head that soon subsided to an island and ring with a little lace. Color is a clear amber apricot with some bubble trails. Aroma is a nice caramel, hop, fruit. Flavor's not so much like nose with bitter hop and carbonic tang up front, fairly dry, and a bare hint of bacterial infection in the back. Body would be perfect but the bacteria, tang, and bitter combine to leave a less desirable experience, good carbonation. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, and a bit boozy.

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Photo of jera1350
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 hr. old growler.

Pours into a Duvel Tulip a copper color with a one finger thick head of dusty white suds. Very nice retention and lacing throughout.

Getting some citrus notes, mostly grapefruit, but the nose is dominated by the belgian yeast which gives a pretty strong funky farmhouse smell. A pretty prominent wet hay smell in there too.

A nice amount of american hops give this a citrus and pine taste with only a moderate amount of bitterness. Pretty solid malt backbone offering up caramel with the belgian yeast making a strong appearance adding some clove, spicy and wet hay notes. Gladly, not as funky as the nose however. Pretty spicy hop aftertaste.

Medium bodied with a dry feel. The carbonation is spot on here. Pretty clean finish on the palate.

Highly drinkable beer that mirrors the style very well. This leans more towards the belgian made than the american made ones for the style. I would call this a very solid beer.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tamarack Taproom in Woodbury, MN. Served in a shaker glass.

Appearance: Color is a deep and fairly hazy amber orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A juicy and spicy hop and yeast forward aroma with good hints of citrus and Belgian spices. Belgian yeast with spice hints of clove, peppers, funk, and coriander. Big hop presence with citrus fruit hints of orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, and mango. Piney hops along with some grassy hints. Background malt hints of caramel, cracker, and biscuit. A very solid Belgian IPA aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, A sharp and juicy hop and spice driven taste with notes of citrus fruit and Belgian spices. Belgian yeast with notes of farmhouse funk and spice notes of clove, peppers, and coriander. Big ripe citrus hop presence with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, mango, and pineapple. Spicy notes of pine resin along with some grassy hops. Pale malt with backing notes of caramel, biscuit, and cracker. A really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Juicy, spicy, and fairly oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good take on the Belgian IPA style. Bold yet balanced combination of juicy hop and Belgian yeast flavors.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy golden-orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lingering lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, barnyard, leather, hay, tangerine, and a hint of cherry. There is a lot going on in this aroma, and every aspect compliments every other. The taste as a little more barnyard qualities, and a little less hoppy fruit qualities than the aroma. It is dry, and has a mild lingering bitterness in finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a great beer. I've had this a number of times now, and have completely fallen in love with it. It reminds me a lot of Bell's Two Hearted Ale, but made with a funky Belgian yeast strain.

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Photo of morimech
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear bronze color with a half inch of head that quickly settled to a thin film. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Belgian aroma. Spice notes from the yeast is complimented by the citrus hops.

Spice upfront in the flavor that is quickly followed by citrus hops. Bitterness is high. Pale malt gives a hint of sweetness.

Nicely carbonated even though I thought it looked flat during the pour. Body lies between light and moderate.

A solid beer from a up and coming brewery. Look forward to more of their beer.

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Photo of birchstick
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Haute Dish

A -Pours an amberish orange without much of a head, but what is there retains well

S - smells or floral, minty hops with some bitter pine and spices

T - Really floral, minty hops with some caramel malts dominant the palate. Mixed in with this are a bunch of spices from what I assume is some Belgian yeast strains. Finished with a nice piney bitterness.

M - nice and full…almost foamy too

D - this was drank with a rabbit entre and the two complemented each other really well. This was a good Belgian IPA and was glad I was able to try it. Recommended for those in the twin cities.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Buster's on 28th into a pint glass.

A: Clear medium amber body with an inch of dense, creamy, off-white head. Terrific retention and solid lace. Gorgeous beer, plain and simple.

S: More Belgian than IPA, with some nicely intense yeast esters and phenols - chalky minerality, spicy pepper, and green apple. Maybe some lightly floral hops. Pretty good, but more hops would be welcome given the style.

T: Very appley, with some spice, bell pepper, and minerality as wel; cleanly dry, bitter finish. Tasty.

M: Lively, soft body. Pleasant.

O: I was excited to try this one on the recommendation of a friend of mine who lives in the cities, and it didn't let me down. I might have scored it a bit higher if it were listed as a straight BPA instead of a Belgian IPA, as the hops were in no way a dominant component of this one's flavor. It was still damn good, though.

Cheers!

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Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of garymuchow
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a few samples at the brewery when picking up the growler. I like the growler more.
Sweet complex yeast aroma with mild spice interwoven and even an odd fruitiness. Mild hop background. Very pleasant aroma.
Cloudy pour with a very white head that settles out quickly.
Hops more prominent in flavor than in aroma. Especially noted in hop flavors, but the bitterness seems to grow throughout the drink and while it starts of seemingly mild grows quite prominent by the end. A very complex drink with each sip an adventure. Unique flavors with the complex hops intermixing with the complex yeast and some fruity esters.
Smoothly carbonated and a smooth drink.
Drinks nicely. A second would be pretty easy, but a third might be a bit much. Nonetheless a nice beer. Kept quite nicely in the growler for at least two weeks (maybe it was three weeks).

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Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ busters

A-pours a golden light copper color with a fresh off-white head that just stuck around nicely

S- its citrus hops .belgian,yeast,some fruit and spice

T- very nice here its starts with a mix of hops and citrus tastes but is followed with nice fruits9apple and banana) a touch of clove and spice with a belgian funk

M- pure and crisp it was of medium carbonation with a touch of funk

O- a solid interpretation of style that is very drinkable and smooth love this style

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of ystazi
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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West Side Belgian-Style IPA from Harriet Brewing
4.12 out of 5 based on 122 ratings.
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