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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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 407
Photo of CapH
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful, glowing golden orange with tiny bubbles flowing up. White head that leaves sea foam like rings.

S- Citrusy Hops all the way. Refreshing smell like an orchard.

T- A solid, hop forward taste that lingers. Fresh, bright hops.

M- The wit comes through here. Champagne like carbonation with a smooth wheat mouthfeel. It works for this beer.

O- This one surprised me. I'm not a huge wit fan though I enjoy a good Belgian. IPA's? Who doesn't like 'em. This is a perfect melding of the two. I picture my self on a tropical beach, drinking these down all day long.

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Photo of shand
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harpoon White IPA pours out a hazy orange color with a tiny head that laces well. The aroma is big on citrus hops that are very well rounded by the Belgian yeast. The taste follows with a very nice hop character for the style that actually works with the yeast as opposed to against it, as tends to happen with Belgian IPAs. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, and the drinkability goes. As far as Belgian IPAs go, I actually like this one. It's basically a solid IPA with just a little bit of Belgian character.

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Photo of alexgash
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle. Enjoy by 05/15/13. I am.

Partly hazy. Golden orange body. Lighter edges. Tall, frothy, cobwebby, bright white head. Great lacing. Tropical fruit juice malt base aroma. Plenty of citrusy notes. Grassy strawberry and light banana-yeastiness. Nice.

Toasted grains and herbal bitterness up front. Hops become peppery and spicy as sweetish fruit juice malts fill in. Slightly tropical with a bit of strawberry and banana. Grassy, herbal, slightly citrus hops into the finish. Lingering spiciness and Juicy Fruit. Medium to moderate body. Another nice IPA iteration from the Harpoon mix pack.

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Photo of Goldopelgt
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 12oz bottle...golden, honey color with a crisp white head...some lacing left on the glass

S: Sort of a yeasty dankness up front with some spicy and citrusy hop notes as well...coriander, pepper, lemon zest...a lot going on here...

T: Citrus (grapefruit?) and yeast up front...mild hoppy bitterness throughout...the two distinct styles are definitely there but neither is overpowering...

M: Crisp, clean with a slight tartness that sorta works...not overly carbonated...smooth

D: Very complex brew, and I have to say its pretty damn good...Both the Wit and IPA styles are so distinct that it almost clashes at times, but is still so interesting that you can't put the glass down... Definitely worth a try.

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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 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 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 Dools9
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle best before 5/15/13 poured into a Harpoon IPA pint glass. Bottle part of new "IPA Adventure 12 pack."

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with a nice sudsy two finger head. Good sticky lace and solid retention.

S: Definitely get bright floral aromas mixed with some, sweet citrusy fruit. Also getting the yeasty belgian character with subtle spices thrown in there.

T: Sweet citrus fruit, getting a lot of tangerine and sweet grapefruit like flavor, fresh floral hop. Solid bready malt back with light spice undertones. Finishes a bit dry with a very subtle bitterness. Super refreshing brew.

M: I'd say light end of medium body, carbonation is medium as well. Smooth feel with a light prickly feel.

O: One of the better beers I've had from Harpoon and actually pleasantly surprised by this one. Very refreshing beer, prefer it to the regular IPA.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy golden-yellow color with some wheat particles floating around, small white fizzy head with good retention and just a bit of lace.

S- bright floral and citrus hops, with notes of fresh tropical fruits including papaya and pineapple. Al aromas are pronounced and pleasant, impressive.

T- tangerine flavor from citrus hops, notes of pine, slightly spicy, slightly grassy, slick and malty wheat finish with more citrus hop on the palate at the finish.

M- light body, low carbonation, foamy mouthfeel with a chalky wheat finish on the palate.

O- great pronounced citrus and tropical aromas with a well balanced flavor profile, very refreshing and one of the best I've had from the 100 barrell series.

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Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured full citrus hops but not too many esters. Strange for a white IPA.

The taste consisted of upfront peppery and citric hops with a round caramel malt and trace esters.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty IPA.

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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 Ranz
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: After a vigorous pour in my bowled whiskey snifter, there wasn't much head. It's a nice opaque orange hue with slight clarity.

S: This has an excellent hop profile: lots of citrus--especially orange--and floral notes with hints grass and maybe even bubblegum. The spices give it some lovely tinge.

T: At first, the taste is a bit of a downer after the lovely aroma, but not much of one. It's just much spicier than I had expected with a nice undertone of mandarin orange and grapefruit. However, with some warmth, it improves considerably and gains a slight tinge of booziness along with a more pronounced zest of coriander and orange peel.

M: The hop spice gives it a special kick, but, as the bottle says, it's otherwise a soft mouthfeel. Very unusual combination here.

O: I'm glad I got it for under ten bucks, but I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again. It's the first 100 Barrel Series that hasn't particularly wowed me.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from growler into a sampler shaker. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, coriander, spice, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, citrus, earth, fruit, and coriander. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really like what I found on this brew if I am honest. There was a nice touch of complexity and balance going on in both the aroma and the flavor. The coriander note I got was a really nice touch for the style, but the citrus notes were what made the beer for me. It added just the right amount of sweetness to the brew to keep me smelling and tasting it as long as my sample lasted. Could easily crush a pint of this and maybe a few more while I was at it. I suggest you take a chance on this one as well.

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Photo of abgba121
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a hazy golden color, thin white head, strong lace down the glass

S: citrus hop bomb, followed by belgian characters, some fruity, tart notes

T: hoppy citrus up front like the nose, following with the fruity yeast notes of a belgian. One of the best White IPAs I have had.

M: slightly more carbonation than expected

O: a great take on a white ipa, they should make this a regular

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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 avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: A surprisingly hoppy aroma, with hints of citrus in it as well.

T: Tasted of hops, orange peel, light malt, and some coriander. Seems much hoppier than the typical Belgian IPA, but this isn't a bad thing. A vibrant, well rounded, and focused flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a sharp, bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Definitely not your typical beer. It's kind of a hybrid of an IPA and a witbier, but it seems to work very well. Drinkable.

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Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a 2" head that slowly falls. Some light lace develops.

Smell: citrus and some floral bitterness is very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: mild grainy malt profile with some orange, grass, pepper, and a nice floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish, with a mild dryness arriving late. Aftertaste is long lasting as citrus and bitterness linger in the mouth.

Overall: a very tasty beer that is easy to consume and refreshing. Well worthy of a try if you can find it.

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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 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 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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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 lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a tulip glass this beer was a hazy orange color with a small white head. There was a little bit of lace.

Nice aroma: floral, citrus, and spice. I thought the aroma worked well, with complimentary but not competing aromas.

Taste of orange, lemon, and grapefruit. A bit of clove. Again, everything complimented each other.

Pretty mellow, maybe more of a wit than an IPA. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/19/2012. Pours hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Good foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, lemon, mango, pepper, herbal, grass, pine, earth, floral, and yeast spices. Fantastic aromas with good balance and complexity. Great hop profile as well. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, lemon, pineapple, pepper, herbal, pine, floral, earth, grass, and yeast spices. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pepper, herbal, pine, earth, grass, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of hop flavor and Belgian character; with a good bitterness/sweetness balance as well. No cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent White IPA! Great hop flavor profile with nice complexity; extremely smooth to drink. Highly enjoyable offering; might get more if it is still around.

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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 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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