The Long Thaw
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Belgian IPA
3.69 | pDev: 11.92%
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
The Long ThawThe Long Thaw
Notes: “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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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 331
Photo of q33jeff
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smells like spring. Orange, lemon, flowers. Hazy yellow-orange color. Small white head. Flavor is orange grapefruit, pine. Spicy and warm finish. crisp refreshingly feel, Lively. Nice beer."


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Photo of Jacobier10
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle as part of the Harpoon 30th Anniversary pack.

Hazy, pale gold color with a thick white head. Citrus hop aroma, mostly lemon and orange, with a touch of spice to it. Citrus fruit, wheat, and spice all come together in the flavor. Soft and bitter on the palate. Medium-bodied yet refreshing.

I like this one more than I thought I would, but it still feels very "run of the mill." Would be nice enjoyed as a spring seasonal every so often, but not something I'd purchase a six-pack of.

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden to light amber color with a large white head. The aroma is full of hops, citrus and pine (very nice). The taste is hop driven with some citrus.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 05/15/16

Appearance - Pours clear and golden yellow with a white, finger width head. Fair retention before dying down to a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Fair lacing with broken lines and a few spots.

Smell - Corriander hits the nose right off the bat with that spicy orange character. Underlying wheat. A touch of clove. Some lemony character.

Taste - Wheat is the predominant flavor here, with lesser notes of orange, corriander and faint clove spice. Mild lemon. Finish is bitter with lingering citrus pith.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Goes down fairly, with a mostly dry finish.

Overall - Fairly good White IPA. The flavors are there, but there's nothing particularly outstanding here. I could care less to drink it again, mostly because I'm not too big on the style, though there are exceptions.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a amber with a moderate fluffy head, slowly diminishing. Some citrus in the nose. The mouth revels in the lemony wit with a hop punch. Enjoyable and repeatable.

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Photo of illpass78
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Hazed straw with a pillowy white head. Lots of spotty lacing.

Aroma: Nice mix of wit and IPA aromas. Clove, orange peel, lemon, pine, maybe grapefruit.

Taste: Follows the nose. Slightly more wit than IPA. Definitely tasty - a good combo of juicy hop flavors and the wheat and citrus you'd expect from a Belgian wit.

Mouthfeel: Sessionable in character. Pleasant.

Overall: Very solid beer. Maybe the best I've had from Harpoon. Perfect spring beer - fruity and flavorful while also having good hop presence. Paired this with panko tofu, mac & cheese, and kale salad.

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Photo of Act25
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer skews better than reviewed here, but then I'm drinking it on 2-20-16 a 60 F day on the Jersey shore.

A: Pours a slightly hazed mid apricot with fine particles in suspension and a finger tall pillowy white head that slowly recedes to a lasting island foam patches. Stained glass lacing. Well made.

S: Plentiful aromas of citrus/lemonade and then pineapple hops.But slight marred by a medicine cattiness.

T: Upfront there is wheat beer with light amounts of lemon and spices ( mostly coriander ). Then plentiful, enjoyable, juicy hops flavors mostly citrus/grapefruit pith and sub-notes grass+herbal + pine hops. Light bitterness in the finish.

M: fine light carbonation, and cleansing, fresh finish. Perfumey.

O: Solid, well made WIT IPA. Try 1.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent light gold in color, highly carbonated. three fingers of head leaves some nice lacing.

Pleasantly surprised by the nose – smells very fresh. Yeast, wheat grass and floral notes as well as a t ouch of citrus and pine.

Taste is a really well done, very light floral and citrus notes up front, followed by wheaty malt and a slight piney bite. Very crisp, very refreshing.

Overall Im really glad I tried this beer. Great for a highly drinkable and reasonably priced IPA.

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Photo of squonk45
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Harpoon is quickly growing on me the top craft beer brewer had the long thaw for 1st time. It honestly has several nice citrus flavors.. and perfect hoppy after taste.. bought a single to try will get 6 moe Saturday

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Photo of CTHomer
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
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;

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Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of Burnthedevice
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Quickly becoming one of my favorites. One of my favorite styles.. Witbier.. Combined with IPA from the brewery that already brews one of my favorite IPA. My only complaint would be the mouthfeel: it's coarse carbonation is not in keeping with a witbier/witbier hybrid. Way over-carbonatrd, and has a downright prickly feel going down. Complaint aside, I really like this beer. Unfortunately, it's a seasonal, and the stock in my town has run dry. (Hmm.. No idea why.) Great beer for springtime in Maine. Would love Harpoon to add it to the permanent roster.

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Photo of Altrurian
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Meringue-like head recedes in clumps, with very nice residual lacing. Aroma is floral but faint. The beer tastes good, but this estimable flavor is also too mild. It's lemony; maybe a hint of fresh asparagus. The hops character is subdued, in keeping with the Belgian style. Refreshing, but not memorable.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
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

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Photo of 31Sam13
4.5/5  rDev +22%
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 is very well balanced with not the strongest hop profile I will admit, but it is what it is and that is excellent...

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Photo of joesmithrealname
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

That's a quality beer, dudes. It's not as bitter as most IPA's, and it's got mad Flayva. I dig. Had on draught at Westside Hootie house in MA. Alyssa is a beast. I dig, also.

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Photo of vapegawd
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Yeungling pint glass. The color is a hazy dark-yellow color . Had a bubbly quickly dissipating head. The aroma is very sweet, sweeter then it tastes. As you drink this beer, the inside of the glass is coated in foam. I love the taste and feel of this beer, it is thick, but not too thick a very mild thickness. The taste is initially sweet with a bitter orangey finish. You gotta try it.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of ZBowden
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden with a small white head,smells citrusy and caramely, tastes citrusy and hoppy on the front end with a smooth caramel malt note finish, feels smooth and creamy.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Beric
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: 26 April 2014

Appearance: A pale, hazy yellow without much of a head. I had to pour quite vigorously for any head to form, which was a bit disappointing considering this is an unfiltered IPA which generally build strong heads.

Smell: Good hop assertion with a sweet spiciness.

Taste: Grapefruit-like, bitter hops with a soft spiciness and slight banana notes. Grapefruit is the most dominant flavor in this one, but the softness associated with the other two components play well and blend to create a pretty tasty beer. Finishes with a bitter taste, but is sweet (as opposed to dry).

Mouthfeel: Smooth on the tongue but with enough carbonation to keep it light.

Overall: One of the better Harpoon beers I've had so far as I continue to drink through their offerings. I like the strong hop presence and the mellow flavors provided by the spice and the unfiltered yeast. A good, entry level, standard Belgian IPA.

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The Long Thaw from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 331 ratings