Harpoon White IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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

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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.

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Harpoon White IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.94 out of 5 based on 407 ratings.
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