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Harpoon White IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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3.82/5
Very Good
407 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: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ken Hermann has taken our exploration of – and adoration for – the IPA style in a completely new direction. With notes of orange peel and coriander, the soft mouthfeel reminiscent of a Belgian wit, and the hop additions of Simcoe, Citra and Cascade, he strikes a delicate balance between two disparate styles while showcasing the characteristics of both. It’s a refreshing take on a new style, and we hope you enjoy it! Cheers.

45 IBU

Added by Jason on 04-24-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,841
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
407
pDev:
13.09%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
77
Trade:
1
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Photo of 2ellas
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pats3peat12
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cwreay90
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Saleanbe
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cream
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellowish color but nice, not a turn off by any means. Surprisingly sweet and leafy smell compared to many IPA's the hops don't overwhelm the smell. Taste is hoppy at the end but balanced. I like a bitter finish when im drinking an IPA. it just makes sense. feel is smooth, doesn't have the bite youre used to seeing in IPA's. Overall a fun and tasty beer, a nice alternative to IPA's.

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Photo of twillingthenoz
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Florida_Hop_Head
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of msondel
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kinger22
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold/amber color. The scent in floral with some hints of orange peel and coriander - not overwhelming, though. A smooth, drinkable flavor follows, with subtle hops and citrus flavors. A passable and drinkable White IPA.

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Photo of zotzot
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joegallows
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hkyplyr73
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hoppy91
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crotharagain
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KensWorld
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks good, smells incredible, tastes above average. Overall good take on an IPA 4.25

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Photo of Mjohnescu
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MCImes
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of E-McFarden
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with an excellently poised, creamy white head. I get a spicy orange scent with fruity aroma hop background far from the glass. Smelling closer to the glass I get more of the sweet malt profile with spices holding strong throughout. On the palate I get the strong reminiscence of belgian wit with orange and coriander shining through in the beginning. Grapefruity bittering hops take this one home in the end. This one is light on the palate and not too overbearing with carbonation. Overall this is a nicely balanced spring beer with nothing overpowering on the palate.

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Photo of flying_man
2.39/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Monotone. Subtle IPA. Not very exciting. Very light Flavor. Probably a good starting point for those getting into IPA.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.92/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Truncated impressions:

HEAD: ~3-4 inches wide. White colour. Fair creaminess, thickness, and fullness. Nice complexion and consistency.

Retention is nice - ~5-6 minutes.

BODY: Clear yellow with copper hues. Clean, with no visible yeasty muck.

It's a nice looking IPA, but has no unique or special characteristics.

AROMA: Floral hop character, vague citrus, pale malts, hints of Simcoe-derived onion, coriander, well-attenuated yeast, and clean barley.

It's appealing for what it is, but I'm not finding evidence of much complexity or depth of flavour.

No booze or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Floral hops, coriander seed, some grassiness, overripe fruit, some citrus zest. Witbier-esque lemon peel. Maybe a hint of spicy rye malt? Pale malts, pilsner malts, Munich malts. It's rather simple and straightforward, and quickly gets too bitter by the third act. Average duration, intensity, and depth of flavour.

It's a simple build for an IPA (white or otherwise), and isn't gestalt. Has a loose cohesion, and I do like it, but there's no subtlety or intricacy here for the discerning drinker. You've got to bring more to the table with an IPA if you want to stand out.

TEXTURE: Overcarbonated, crisp, smooth, wet, medium-bodied, and somewhat refreshing.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

There's no harmony of texture to taste, and this mouthfeel doesn't elevate the beer as a whole.

Could be softer.

OVERALL: It's a passable IPA from Harpoon, and whether you accept its branding as a white IPA or not, it's still pedestrian and underwhelming. Won't impress the discerning drinker. I won't be picking it up again, but it's drinkable, sure.

C+ (2.92)

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4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Act25
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best white IPA I have reviewed. Gotta love when Harpoon nails it.

A: Lasting head, long lacing over a hazed, golden tarnished body.

S: Too subtle but dank with fruity hop, spicy, yeasty, peppery, coriander and citrus zest.

T: Follows smell, but much bigger and satisfying. Hop fore and aft with lovely and lively coriander, spicy bitterness, tobacco, alcoholic esters, minty, herbal, earthy.

F: Large and good mouth feel, with smooth, semi-slick, medium body, grainy, long finish.

As A Bros wrote "bounces off the Wit side ... but comes back in a different way to compliment and clash at the same time. The most interesting White IPA"

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Photo of Beer__ME
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kettle1
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 407 ratings
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