East Side Belgian-style IPA | Harriet Brewing

17 Ratings

Brewed by:
Harriet Brewing
Minnesota, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by feloniousmonk on 01-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in the taproom, from a growler and at the Bryant Lake Bowl on tap.
L: Pours gold under a vigorous, white foam cap. S: The nose is primarily bready malt with faint Belgian yeast notes.
T: Bready malt, light caramel, a hint of banana and bubble gum. F: Medium to medium high body, medium carbonation.
O: This comes across more like an IPA with a slight Belgian lean. It needs a little more Belgian yeast character and a little more carbonation.

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Photo of italianstallion
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of vikinghorn
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Showboat66
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Beerlover
2/5  rDev -48.3%

Photo of mmulebarn
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of smogfood
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of stpjames
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of sappypine
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Presents a clear golden color with a finger of head that leaves some streaky lace

Smell: Juicy Fruit gum,, bread and grassy hops

Taste: Bread and Juicy Fruit gum flavors are joined, in the middle, by grassy hop flavors; after the swallow, the grassy flavors dominate though the malt and yeast phenols maintain their presence underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Though I preferred the West Side with its Anerican hop flavors, this is still a nice beer and is very well balanced

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Photo of RyanGustner
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap in the tap room.

A very light gold color with a clean cap of soft foam. Fair amount of lacing around the glass.

The smell has a touch of belgian yeast funk, but not too much. Getting grassy notes from the hops with some faint citrus and earthiness.

Very light belgian presence to this with lighter hop bitterness, but notes of grassy hops. Very crisp and easily drinkable. Like a lighter tasting version of West Side and obviously less citrus.

Crisp, clean and medium bodied.

Liked this one very much so. Drinks much easier than the West Side and has a more approachable flavor for the novice belgian IPA drinker.

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Photo of HoistinBrews
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harriet East -Side. What the Heck is that? It's this…"East Side honors the hoppy Belgian Goldens that inspired the pseudo-style, Belgian IPA. East Side was brewed with the same quantity and fraction of Pilsner, Munich, and crystal malts as West Side; except we used the lightest crystal available. Thus, the appearance of East Side is pale. Also, we targeted the same IBU's as West Side, but we did so with all European hops. Finally, East Side is fermented by the same yeast as West Side.
We anticipate a very floral, light fruity and earthy character with spicy undertones and a clean yet sturdy malt backbone, but you'll have to come and find out for yourself! Only one batch of this delicate offering was brewed; so, don't miss out!"
I didn't make it to the Groveland Tap for the premiere, and I admit I'm a little jealous that they got it first, but what can you do. On the other hand, Jason stopped by with a growler, and I enjoyed most of that last night. Didn't feel up to writing, so I saved some for now, when I'm going to do it. Starting now…

Clear, straw gold color, big, white head, cloudy, lovely.

Unique aromatics, funky, wild, slightly sour, spicy, and somewhat citric. This is exactly like a Czech pilsner nose meshed with Belgian yeast. And it really resembles what the first Belgian IPAs really were, Urthel Hop-It, Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor, and the like. Nothing American here, at all.

…and very little IPA-like, at least in terms of what we think of for American IPAs,…let's drink,now.

On the palate, smooth, easy, clean, very light bodied, with hop bitterness king. Lays long on the palate, never quitting, feeling all the world like a classic IPA, but without the characteristics of the West Coast style that we are accustomed to, the citrus, the pine. Starts turning a little creamy, a little sweet, then pummeled by hops. A burst of bitter orange is in here, too, matched with pepper and some aspirin-like astringent.

I like this.
Medium- bodied, but easy-drinking, consummate consumability.

My notes cut off there, for it was time to hit the mattress, and call it a morning. I just can't drink as much as I used to, when I get home from work around 4 a.m. But it drank down just fine, with many pleasures attending the tasting, while I was able to drink. If I find more to say about this tasty, Belgian-style brew, I'll be sure to check back in.

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East Side Belgian-style IPA from Harriet Brewing
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 17 ratings
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