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Harpoon The Long Thaw | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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3.68/5
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330 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States
harpoonbrewery.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
“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.

Added by djrn2 on 01-31-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,007
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
330
pDev:
11.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
132
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 330 |  Reviews: 45
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, dated 15 April 2014, poured hazy golden-yellow with a thin weak head.

Aroma: citrus hops; hay: spicing including coriander.

Flavor: hop forward with orange-lemon-grapefruit fruitiness. Juicy and lightly spicy. . Moderate bitterness.

Feel: medium body and carbonation.

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3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very hazy medium apricot in color with significant amounts of fine particles in suspension and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall pillowy white head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium sized patches of thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus/lemonade and slightly stronger aromas of citrus/grapefruit and tropical/pineapple hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of wheat with some light amounts of lemon citrus and spices (coriander). There is a fairly significant presence of hops flavors including citrus/grapefruit pith and lighter amounts of herbal + pine hops. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which does not linger.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Not a bad White IPA, easy to drink with well hidden alcohol - I could easily put a couple of these back in a session. Nothing great but a solid brew.

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Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A nice warmer day for the first of February. The layers of heavy snow and ice from various storms and very cold weather are starting to melt for oncoming spring, although I'm sure we'll get another big storm or two before then. Anyways, good day for this beer. And dated, yay! Enjoy by 4/15/14.

Pours a decent fizzy bubbly 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, a bit of soapy lacing, over very hazy peach orange colored beer.

Nose brings nice fresh hops, floral, some citrus, with mild tangerine and grapefruit, as well as a mild zesty orange, and some creamy wheat underneath, touch of apple skin and stone fruit fleshy notes, and faint hint of coriander.

Taste starts with more of the toasty but creamy wheat, a light malty flavor overall but a strong toasty wheat and almost cereal like, and very mild sweetness. Then into hops, a bit of a bitternesss and mild bitter rind bite, some citrus more clementine like and hint of tangerine. Little spicy like hop character but very little, bit grassy and floral too. It gets a little spicy with touches of coriander and spices that give the essence of spicy. It feels a bit thin though. Finish is a bit creamy and sticky despite being dry, bit more bitterness and orange rind bitter flavors, with hint more grassy slightly spicy hops.

Mouth is lighter bod, mild creamy, a bit thin and watery, nice popping carb.

Overall not bad, better than I expected for a white IPA, esp from Harpoon, but still nothing too special. A bit too thin, hops aren't as good as they could on the taste, spices are interesting but kept mild which is nice.

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3.9/5  rDev +6%

On-tap 3/16/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered mug glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lemons, spices, Belgian yeast, some hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors from Belgian yeast and hearty malt character. Then strong flavors of citrus and spices quickly follow. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer to drink for a while.

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3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Small head but it leaves decent lace--starts off like a blanket but becomes spotty later in the tasting. The liquid is quite clear for the style. The color is light--gold with a tinge of white.

Fresh cut grass smell. A little bit of wheat nose.

Lightly sweet with a black pepper finish. Closer to IPA than "white" with a definitive hop bite in the swallow. The body is richer than expected. Neutral carbonation. Creamy finish.

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4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Harpoon The Long Thaw from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 330 ratings
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