Harpoon White IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon White IPAHarpoon White IPA

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

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

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Photo of kojevergas
2.92/5  rDev -25.9%
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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Photo of ChristopherProvost
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: cloudy, pale straw color - almost turbid; mild carbonation; short head that disappeared rather quickly; almost no lacing

Smell: mainly citrus - hints of lemon and grapefruit - with a little bit of pine

Taste: minor hoppiness, less than I would expect from a typical IPA; not much in the way of actual flavor - a little stronger on the pine and a little less on the citrus than what the smell suggested; almost no aftertaste

Mouthfeel: nice tingle of carbonation; dry

Overall: Not that impressive as far as Harpoon offerings go. It's perfectly drinkable, but I think I was expecting something a little more. It's my first White IPA, so maybe this is typical of this style.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harpoon The Long Thaw White IPA has a thick, off white head, a hazy, yellow-gold appearance, with lots of brown, powdery grit suspended throughout, and a some splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, tart, citrus, white bread, and hop oil. Taste is the same, with some nice, mellow, copacetic bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Harpoon The Long Thaw White IPA finishes mellow, wet, and highly drinkable. No alcohol shows up. Overall, I think for the the price, $1.59 for a single, it’s a beer not to be passed up.


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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

A hazy orange body with a foamy two-finger ecru cap. The cap fades slowly, revealing some spider web lacing. The nose is of oranges, wheat, candied grapefruit, and some spicy pepper. On the palate, candied grapefruit and oranges dominate the palate. A clean bed of hay and spicy pepper with some soft apple and grape laying low. Even some sweet vanilla and grassy notes in the finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. The finish is sweet and dry. White IPA's work if they are clean and tight. The candied grapefruit/orange and sweet malt are just too dominant to let the base wit flavors poke through. Decent, but nothing special.

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Photo of Brad007
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a whitish-gold hue with a thin head into my glass. The color is the best part so far.

Spicy notes with with a good dab of citrus in the nose. Clove too. Does not seem overhopped in the nose.

Dry, crisp with spicy yeast and acidic citrus twist. The hops shine through here but do not overwhelm the palate.

Lingering crispy spiciness with a touch of butter at the back. Good balance if a bit bland.

I'll second the bland part. It just doesn't feel "right" but that could easily be carbonation level, etc.

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Photo of Ego
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this was from the barrel series #43 bomber

audible sizzle from a soapy white foam cap, paler than straw but not an albino, a sparse assortment of carbonation lightly populates the interior, lacing is ok, a nice enough looking brew

mild nose, some light dough notes and some faint hops, pretty subdued

taste etc...
one of the strangest carbonation signatures I have had in some time... in a good way, it is prickly and light but definitely makes itself known, a fresh flavor of mild citrus tempered with mild sugar, mild bitterness and just a clean over all finish

my review does not seem to do this beer justice, while I would not call it great it would be a great go to when out dining or at the bar, easy drinking, has a pleasant character all the way around, damn smooth drinking brew, if you see it out on tap, grab some, I think this will be a nice addition to my summer brew lineup as a change of pace, nicely made.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 9/2/2012 at Julian’s in Providence, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, citrus, light caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of grassy hops. Then some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in. Then a thin malt character comes in followed by the return of the hops bitterness providing a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are better choices within the style.

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Photo of Cream
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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 Jamesthebrit
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber color. Lighter like a sunrise or an autumn leaf.

S: Pretty average. Floral. Nothing special for an IPA. On the light side.

T: Big sharp bitterness but also a little more gritty backbone which compliments the brew well. The usual floral notes but also that grassy foresty flavor helps it stand out. Also a little fruit.

M: Carbonation is pretty intense but the flavor development is pretty solid.

Overall what I like about this beer is the backbone of a more foresty pine sort of thing. It goes down smooth and with a lot of flavor. The bitterness is well balanced. Much better than the last 100 barrel series I had.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

"I wanted to brew a uniquely American beer that would maintain the signature characteristics of two distinct styles while forging a direction of its own. Simcoe, Cascade, and Citra hops give this beer the citrus and floral notes of an IPA, while the spiciness and soft mouthfeel are more reminiscent of a Belgian Wit. I hope you enjoy this hoppy and refreshing beer. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of a Belgian/White IPA. Entry number 43 in the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series, since released as a year round 6 pack. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 54º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy cream head of a pastel white tone over a mildly hazy golden amber body. Fine speckled sediment impedes clarity slightly. Retention is very good, lacing is light and streaked. 4.25

(Smell) Floral, citrusy hop bouquet with a strong perceived bitterness. Biscuity caramel pale malt, soft wheat and spicy rye build up the malt profile. Esters and peppery hop notes round out the remaining aroma. The balance is slightly in preference of the Belgian yeast profile, although there seems to be lots of enjoyable aroma from the malt and hops as well. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor is a bit milder than the aroma suggests. Silky pale malt syrup sweetness with a subtle bready rye are the brunt of the malt flavor, fairly light and accessible. The hop profile is much milder in comparison, with light floral hop notes, citrus rinds and muted pepper. The yeast profile manages a lightness and accessibility, approachable phenols but elevated esters generate a sharpness on the dry finish. Better and worse in parts over the aroma, in the end it breaks even. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is very smooth, soft, slick. Carbonation is very light, generates a very subtle mouthfeel, almost near flat. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly in favor of bitterness over sweetness, with a prevailing yeasty dryness. Alcohol presence is moderate, with some mild sharpness around the edges, overall this falls amongst the lighter half of Belgian IPAs in accessibility and yeast sharpness. 3.25

(Overall) Harpoon's White IPA plays rather simple and safe with the flavor and aroma, although not all of the flavors come out to their full potential. I was a bit underwhelmed by the hop profile but the malt and yeast notes tended to play out just right, not too sharp and over-the-top. I think that this beer could really benefit from an increase in bright hop flavors and potency, as the aroma suggested it might. Overall, I would recommend this as a fair introduction to Belgian IPAs, but keep in mind that this beer keeps the flavor relatively tame and accessible. 3.75

Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall's
100 Barrel Series #43: White IPA

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Photo of RummyRedbeard
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle in to Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass courtesy of Sam Adams!

Anyway... We had singles of it, so I figured I'd give it a shot to be able to tell customers how it is. The appearance is hazy yellow, 1 finger white head, plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass, all nice aspects of a White IPA except points off for zero lacing. Aroma seemed very faint to me with hints of orange and pineapples in there somewhere if you searched for them. The flavor outweighed the scent by a long shot -- nice burst of tropical fruits and a firm but not overwhelming hop bitterness, lemons or limes in the aftertaste. I feel like there's a sort of tartness or sour flavor that lasts on the tongue but since no one else said that I feel kind of crazy. Pleasantly surprised by this offering from Harpoon, I could see myself buying a six pack when the weather starts getting a bit warmer. Cheers.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, part of Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month club. It was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Harpoon's BWhite IPA pours a very cloudy tangerine, with three fingers or so of fluffy white foam rising to the rim of the glass. Head retention is pretty good, and the foam sticks to the side of the glass and leaves lacing pretty well. The nose has a little bit of spice to it, but otherwise just lots of juicy, citrus aromas wafting up from the glass. There's a lightly appreciable wheat graininess right at the open, before a sturdy bitterness makes itself known. The hoppy finish has some orange tinted citrus flavors, but it's not quite as pungent and "in your face" as I would have liked. The body has just a little bit of the chewy quality that I sometimes associate with wheat. The carbonation it's matched with though is just not lively enough. Harpoon's (newest?) entry in the 100 Barrel Series is a good take on the new White IPA trend, but it could stand to be a little bit hoppier.

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Photo of lazy8
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap into chilled pint glass
A: Pale yellow and clear with a 1/4" and minimal lacing
S: Fruit and citrus aroma dominates
T: Crisp with a noted hop taste and hop dominated aftertaste
M: light and smooth bodied
O: A good beer and interesting in that it combines wheat flavor with the hoppy bite normally associated with all malt IPAs. This won't ever be my "go to" beer, but it's worth a try and an occassional 6-pack.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

just poured into a glass.

serving type. glass, with wide rim to allow appreciation of the aroma.

appearance; thick head slowly settles to a fair amount pretty even lacing, carbonation isn't very visible, a little cloudy. color is tan/orange, but I'm not great with colors.

aroma; wonderful. the smell is definatly not just vague citrus but an obvious orange with a sour tang.

taste. nice, i haven't had many IPA's yet, and this beer kind of reminds me of several other pale ales i have had. the initial taste is a bitter citrusy hoppines that ends in a slightly fruity, dry finish, with a touch of spice. a lot of people mentioned coriander but I'm getting cloves. i would have liked a bit more fruitiness like the aroma suggested but still a pleasant IPA.

mouthfeel. i personally like the carbonation to last on my tongue for a little longer but the dryness is nicely balanced with the smoothness of the beer upon swallowing.

overall. a solid, refreshing beer that also has body , and might serve as good training wheels for somebody looking to venture into IPA's.

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Photo of DFlynn
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Just got this into the store this week. Opened the bottle to a great smell of hops mixed with citrus. Poured into a chilled pint glass and the smell got even better. Small white head and a cloudy, orange/ copper color to the body. Taste of hops hit first, then the citrus and spices take over. Finishes nicely tangy and tart at the end. Very refreshing IPA.

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Photo of Vec2267
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L - cloudy, golden, ample white head that laces wonderfully

S - quite fragrant, citrus hops dominate with hay and pepper notes

T - candied grapefruit/citrus at the fore, rye/pepper in the middle, and a hop bite on the finish

M - quite crisp and light

O - a wonderful hop forward beer, if you like bracingly bitter hops, you will like this, I do

The Wit components were more evident in the appearance and smell than the taste in which the Wit was simply an accent to a bright IPA.

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Photo of Billolick
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Enjoy By dating of 04-15-14

Pours lighter near golden amber, under a slight lite khaki head, that does leave behind a fine film, thin collar and some low strands of lace. Final pour is heavily clouded with yeasty sedimentation.

Nose is perfumey with some dull tropical fruit also chiming in.

More citrus on the palate, with limes and pineapple coming into the party. Piney hops softly add to the finish.

Respectable and easily approachable white/Belgian styled IPA. Worth a try

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the IPA Mixed 12-pack
Enjoy By 05/15/13

A: Pours a cloudy and sediment ridden golden color with 1/2 a fingers worth of head

S: Belgian yeast, very fruity with notes of orange zest and lots of citrus rind. Has a little coriander as well, but not much. Light floral hops come through as well, but I suspect some of the citrus is also coming from the hops and not just the yeast

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with bitter, pithy citrus rinds and a tad of the orange zest. Mellows out into some fruitiness and light malty breadiness. Finishes lightly spicy with coriander. Bitterness also lingers

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly chalky from the yeast

O: A nice, refreshing take on the white IPA. Plenty of fruity and citrus goodness with quite a bit of bitterness. Quite easy to drink as well. So far, this is a nice pack of IPAs. Onto the black

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a small tulip glass a slightly hazed peach tinged lighter golden with a half finger lacey white head atop.The aromas really don't jump out at ya but the citric hops are there,lemony and orange notes over top of a healthy yeast shot.Lemon oil and grapefruit flavors give a bright and sharp flavor some breadiness underneath,the lemony notes linger nicely.The yeast is held in check well and the hops are bright,a solid BIPA.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a hazy golden color. The head is white but small. Carbonation appears light and gentile.
Aroma is quite pleasent with scents of Beligum wits and thier corrinder and yeasty spiciness.
Hops are in abundance with a peach and apricot aroma.
Taste leans quite a bit to the wit side, spicy yeast pale malts and corrinder come through nicely. On the other side the hops that were so enticing in the aroma are absent in the taste except for a mild bitterness towards the end. Drinks smooth soft and clean.
I think it's a pretty desent beer and easy drinking. Has summer written all over it.

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Photo of tdm168
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - cloudy, hazy orangish yellow with some sediment floating around; huge, soft, foamy, white head that has great retention

S - straw, faint clove; very faint aromas

T - orange peel, citrus, pine, herbal, straw, peppery

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice White IPA. This has an intense citrus character similar to their UFO beers, but this has a nice, herbal, piny hop character that rounds out the flavor nicely. There is good balance and drinkability here. This is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(3.5) A: Hazy golden grapefruit coloured with a decent height of pulp-like foam head. Good retention and similar lacing.

(4.0) S: Pine, fresh pineapple, grapefruit, orange, buttered bread, cloves, and a bit of banana. Very nice general earthy aroma that’s very inviting.

(4.0) T: Dry pine, semi-watery grapefruit, bit of tropical fruit, slight gingery taste and heat, cloves and yeast, and a buttered dinner roll backbone. Very slight sour taste that gives this a refreshing feel. An interesting overall taste that’s quite unique and leans towards hoppy and spice with a good mix of flavours.

(3.5) M: Light-medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Pleasantly dry with a lingering bitterness.

(4.0) D: This is one of my favourite 100 Barrel Series I’ve tried to date. It’s got a little bit of everything and worthy of a try.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Cloudy without a doubt, and a Real light amber with a gold tint. Head is thick in frame which rose to about a finger's length coming off white.

Smell: Has floral scent little light.

Taste: The smell and taste is completely magnified. Bitter and piney feel. Very robust and full of flavor.

Mouth: After taking a sip this is hard to put down, not exactly the smoothest but definitely rich after-taste. Sticks to you like glue.

Overall: This is a pretty good brew. I might be a little biased because of the fact I am a huge IPA fan but maybe it works for me in me telling you that there is no failing when making this beer a purchase. Grab a glass and drink, Salud!

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Photo of spinrsx
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Wegman's Dewitt NY for 6.99$

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, apricots, peach

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some grapefruit mixed with some peach/apricot. It ends with a slightly dry yet fruity and hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – Doesn't really taste like a Belgian IPA (as it's listed as on BA) - but regardless it's a great beer. Reminds me more of a APA with some nice fruity notes. I'd buy a 6 pack of this.

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Photo of abraxel
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 7, courtesy of ShogoKawada. Poured into a large tulip.

A - A nice golden color, almost clear (just a touch of haze), and lots of carbonation. The head is pretty coarse and doesn't last long, and there's not much lacing.

S - Very unusual, in a very familiar-but-can't-quite-place-it sort of way. Definitely something citrusy-sweet, with lots of bitter pith and maybe green peppercorns? I'm probably hallucinating that last bit. Intriguing.

T - Sweeter than the smell led me to expect, with just a hint of that pithy bitterness. It's mostly a very smooth tangerine over a simple base malt background. It's hard to tell if that's hops or actual fruit, but I'm thinking fruit.

M - Medium-thin, smooth mouthfeel. I think all the carbonation got out in the initial pour.

Overall, I'm enjoying this quite a bit. I feel somewhat certain (though I might be totally wrong) it's brewed with a sweet citrus fruit. Tangerines is my best guess.

Non-blind thoughts:
Damn, no fruit? I guess it was just juicy, juicy hops this whole time. Even now, I know there's not fruit in here, but I still taste it! Weird. I enjoyed (and am still enjoying!) it quite a bit.

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Harpoon White IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.94 out of 5 based on 408 ratings.
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