The Long Thaw
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

The Long ThawThe Long Thaw
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Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States
New England IPA
3.68 | pDev: 11.96%
Jul 20, 2021
Jan 31, 2014
Formerly branded "White IPA", now rebranded as "Hazy IPA".

This season in New England is fickle…snowy mornings are met by sunny afternoons, and weekday warm streaks lead into weekend blizzards. Instead of switching up our beer choices to match the weather, we brewed The Long Thaw – a delightfully Hazy IPA brewed with orange peel, coriander, and and classic American hops. Soft, crushable, and refreshingly citrusy but medium-bodied with a warming spice, it’s as perfect in the sun as it is mid-blizzard.

Grain Bill: 2-row Pale Malt, Wheat, Goldpils, Carapils
Hops: Apollo, Cascade, Simcoe, Calypso, Falconer's Flight
Specialty Ingredients: Orange peel, coriander
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Rated: 4.16 by SAYUNCLE from Pennsylvania

Jul 20, 2021
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Rated by FishyBeer3 from Massachusetts

3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Just not for me
Jul 04, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania

May 30, 2021
Rated: 3.67 by NastyNorseman from New York

May 25, 2021
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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled 9/12/20.

L---Hazy, medium gold color with a soapy white head that had nice retention and left really nice lacing.

S---Weak nose gives up some citrus.

T---Much stronger once you get it in your mouth, thankfully. Bright citrus, mostly orange. Some spice. I can't identify if it is the advertised coriander, though.

F---Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

O---Not great, but worth the $2 I spent on the single.
Mar 25, 2021
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Reviewed by jadpsu from Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Off the single shelves from Legacy.
LOOK: Pours light gold pale straw yellow with a slight haze and a fluffy light head along with significant sticky side glass
AROMA: Citrusy, mostly orange peel rings. I also get some apricot and grass.
TASTE: Citrusy, floral, coriander spice. Earthy Happily I don't get the witbier characteristics mentioned in many of
the other reviews. Slightly sour late.
I liked it.
Mar 14, 2021
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a hazy orange color with a moderate foam head. The head shows good retention and yields lacing once it dissipates.

As expected, the aroma is dominated by orange peel and coriander. This, coupled with notes of golden grassy and slightly dank hops, make it feel like a Witbier with the fragrance of an IPA.

A malt profile of dry cracker and wheat supports adjunct flavors of citrus peel and coriander, as well as grassy, earthy and floral hops. The adjuncts help accentuate fruity and pithy notes of orange, grapefruit and lemon. The palate is dry in a very Belgian way, making this an interesting hybrid of styles. There is an appropriate amount of bitterness and the finish is refreshingly dry.

Medium bodied and mostly smooth, yet with a mild crispness. The carbonation is moderate.

A white IPA that incorporates Belgian character. Tasty and refreshing; deserves a better score.
Mar 12, 2021
Rated: 5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Mar 10, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Feb 27, 2021
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Reviewed by Dustin015 from Maryland

2.63/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
L- Pours hazy straw with medium head and leaves good lacing

S- Orange and spice aromas are prominent

T- Strange hybrid flavors. you get a bit of the Belgium yeast flavors along with some floral and citrusy hops that are complimented? by the lemon and coriander additions.

F- A bit sticky and cloying

O- Too funky for me. This beer is not a great marriage of Belgium ale and IPA. Disappointing considering I am a bit of a harpoon fanboy.
Feb 27, 2021
Rated: 3.9 by bubseymour from Maryland

Feb 14, 2021
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Reviewed by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Bottled on 12/14/20
Opened and reviewed on 2/13/21

"New England" IPA. Well... Sort of, it was brewed in New England as an IPA with herbal adjuncts of coriander and orange peel... Sour, bite, long and fat malty finish. Fruity and herbal nose, sweet and tangy too.
Grainy golden malts that start out crisp, but quickly turns mildly cloying, slick and syrupy.

I mean, I like it, but only a little.
Feb 14, 2021
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Reviewed by mikeinportc from New York

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Lightly hazy medium orange, with slightly less tha one finger of off-white head, that leaves a thin ring, and a few spots of lacing.

Smell is.....faint. Washed dishes then poured the beer. The residual ("unscented" :|) soap smell is almost stronger than the beer, though I'm holding the very bottom of the glass. (& trying not to drop it ;) ) Alternating between the glass & open bottle I get some vague candied citrus notes, mostly orange, with hints of spiciness and crackery malt. It's a fairly pleasant aroma - there just isn't much of it. (& no - not COVID . Got momentarily worried, & went around smelling things - I still have a sense of smell. ;) )

Taste is candied grapefruit and orange, with a bit of solventy/catty pine (white spruce-ish, really) , with a bit of spiciness (coriander) coming in late, & lingering. Moderate bitterness. The malt presence is apparent, but not as strong as the other elements.

Feel is medium, with moderate, fine, carbonation tingle .

Overall, this is pleasant enough - nothing "wow" , but also nothing off-putting either. Wish it had more aroma. Opened this at about 45F - might be one of those that needs to be let warm almost to room temp (60F) for best result? Give it a try if you like basic IPA. The beer, in total, comes across almost as a wit blended with a malty IPA.
Jan 12, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

Dec 27, 2020
Rated: 3.58 by Sellen from Connecticut

Dec 21, 2020
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Reviewed by 1009 from Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
Apparently this beer has been resurrected. It said it was retired, but hey I found it at Trader Joes and picked up a few. A well executed, old school style IPA with a citrus twang. Certainly has a west cost type flavor with an orange infusion. Honestly, its more of a spring style beer, not sure why it's out before Christmas. Sipping it slowly reveals good citrus flavor and a solid beer. That being said, I think I would rather have a regular IPA and if I’m looking for citrus in a beer I’m going one of two ways: NEIPA or witbier. I respect the excitation and I think some people will enjoy it, it’s just not really my favorite.
Dec 18, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 21, 2020
Rated: 3.83 by JohnDon from Texas

Oct 11, 2018
Rated: 3.87 by IBUBrew from Vermont

May 16, 2017
Rated: 3.55 by chriswjr from Massachusetts

Mar 27, 2017
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