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 Kendo
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is slightly hazy golden-orange with a 1.5-finger bubbly white head. Leaves good lacing.

S: Nice - Citra hops are in the house: citrusy and lemony but with a nice wheat twang to it too. Touch of spice.

T: The first descriptive word that comes to mind is "bright." Wheat foundation, a bit of spiciness (coriander, I think, though at times I'm reminded of rye) and then pleasant hoppiness - citric grapefruity (both peel and rind) and then finishing with nice lemony bitterness that really lingers on the palate well into the aftertaste. Heat from ABV surprisingly felt in the belly, but not noted otherwise.

M: Carbonation is modest and softly prickly. Call it light-to-medium in heft.

O: This is a fine White IPA. I'm giving much of the credit to the Citra hops, though the bottle says there are others (I think Simcoe and Cascade) in the mix as well.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slight haze, flowing activity on a pale golden color, rich and fluffy head, sticky and full.

The aroma is very impressive with an abundance of herbal-citric, hay and wheat, mild yeast effect, slight hea with lemmon zest and pepper. Rich.

The flavor is very bold with three big hop varieties giving a strong citric, zesty, earthy flavor, all in great balance. The mild Belgian-ish yeast gives nice earthy tones with sweet fruits on sour and citric layers. complex but damn easy to slam...or even put down!!

I treated this one like a session brew, gulp, gulp, gulp! but it's nice n complex and well worth sipping. This is easily of the very best from the small batch collection!!

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Photo of jondeelee
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White IPA opens to a bright, citrusy, hoppy nose laden with grapefruit rind, pine resin, eucalyptus, and lemon zest, with lesser notes of dandelion stem and rose hips. The initial brightness fades quickly, leaving a still-potent hop nose, but the fading reveals an underlying layer of fruity sugars, including orange, berry, and apricot, mingled with peppery spices that bite at the nostrils. There’s also a good hint of white grape and cherry, adding a spritzer-like overtone that combines well with the other sugars. The aromas are mainly fruity and hoppy, but small touches of toast crust and rising dough do add a bit of earthiness. As a whole, the nose is very nice, bearing an excellent and mouthwatering array of hops and sugars, marred only by the fact that these are so powerful that they wash out the breads, causing the beer to smell more like liquid candy sugar, or fruity cocktail, than malt beverage.

On the tongue, the beer begins with a quick blast of hops, bringing pine resin and grapefruit rind, then adds a layer of fruity sugars, including orange, apricot, white grape, and berry, joined by pepper spices. It’s immediately obvious why this is a “white IPA,” as there are enough spices in here to bring to mind the orange and coriander notes of a witbier, but enough pine and grapefruit rind to add a pleasant, but not overwhelming (45 IBUs) layer of IPA-strength hops. These two styles largely work well together, each influencing the other to become more than itself, though the grapefruit rind notes do tend to jar the softer orange and coriander flavors. This is especially present late in the mouthful after the sugars have died off, when the grapefruit rind (and, to a lesser extent, pine resin) flavors largely overtake everything, adding a quite potent fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice quality to everything. The aftertaste is a continuation of bitter grapefruit and pine, with some remaining fruit and spice, and lingers for a good while on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, biting at the tongue and soft palate.

Overall, this is good fare, and certainly an interesting mix of witbier and IPA. By themselves, each of these styles are well represented in here, and would make for a delicious beer. Together, they have great potential to become something greater, and do for the most part, but in the end the grapefruit zest from the hops simply overpowers everything, and makes the aftertaste messy.

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Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderate head with some ring lace left behind. Cloudy, naturally. Yellow, gold color.

Excellent fresh hop upfront. Peppery. The malt is hidden.

Traditional IPA flavor. I can't detect the "Wit" portion of this beer--no wheat in the flavor. This is a dry beer. Also, I don't detect any Belgian styled yeast. Still, this is a good IPA. The body is predictably average, the carbonation slightly elevated.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, $5.99 from the Dover Fields Hannaford in Dover NH. Served cold in a standard pint glass.

The brew pours a pale cloudy orange. The initial appearance and smell immediately make me wonder if this is a hopped-up version of UFO White. Taste pretty much confirms this. It's wonderfully hoppy with sharp resiny citrus rind hops, quite pungent. Exactly the kind of juicy citrusy hops that I love the most. There's just enough supporting body and malt sweetness to balance the hops and keep the bitterness from overwhelming the brew. The finish is long and hoppy, tons of bitter apricot, semi-tropical, with some spicy stuff playing a secondary role. Overall very enjoyable.

As I said, very much like an extremely hopped-up version of UFO White. I think the UFO White is a decent brew. I could take it or leave it. This White IPA, however, is super tasty. A really great spin.

I'm glad Harpoon seems to be doing some more interesting/ experimental things with the 100-barrel series again (Black IPA, Spruce Tip, White IPA). Do more like these and I'll pay attention. I didn't bother to try the Ginger Wheat and Maple Wheat, that theme is old and busted.

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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 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 neophilus
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange brew, foamy white head on top. Decent lacing.

The bouquet erupts with piney-citrus bright hop aromas. Stiff hop bitterness on the palate, leaning heavily towards citrus. Grapefruit makes a big appearance in the taste. Dry, crisp and fruity. Lingering orange flavors bring some sweetness. Finishes with a clean hoppy bite, good carbonation and mouthfeel to carry it through to the end.

Frankly I'm blown away at the level of hop aroma and flavor coming out of this beer. The grapefruit notes really give the beer character while the lingering orange flavor adds a little something extra with each sip. Quite simply, excellent.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my pick for the father vs. son beer battle.

Cloudy gold with a thick but brittle pristine white head. Lace like sea foam curtains my glass.

Smells like wet, juicy hops: bright, sharp grassy orange and lemon vanilla frosting. The bottle claims Citra, Cascade and Simcoe. Smells about right. Wheaty hay underneath.

Soft, malty body with more orange lemon meringue hops.

I'm fairly new to the style, though I guess the style is new in general, but I like it. My un-biased pick as the father vs. son beer battle winner.

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

22oz brown bomber w/ a batch number on the label

LOOK: Hazed golden color, great lacing down to the bottom of the glass

SMELL: Mildly dank hop, spicy, fruity, yeast, peppery, coriander faint alcohol, citrus zest

TASTE: Citric bomb, smooth, semi-slick, medium body, grainy, coriander, hop bitterness, tobacco, ruby red grapefruit, spicy, mild alcoholic esters, minty, herbal, earthy, yeast, marmalade, finish spicy and dry and bitter

More complex than I anticipated, a lot going on with the hop profile and as it bounces off the Wit side of the brew it does well but comes back in a different way as it was to compliment and somewhat clash at the same time. The most interesting White IPAs brewed that I have tried, the UFO brand should take this beer on it is that good.

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Photo of forsakenpariah
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle -> imperial pint glass

A - Hazy pale straw with a two finger pillowy white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles give good head retention.

S - WOW! This smells delicious! Pungent floral hops with big citrus notes up front. A faint wheaty smell and traditional hefeweizen yeast character hides shyly in the back. Smells more or less like a traditional American IPA plus a wonderful complexity from the wheat character.

T - More floral and citrusy hops fade into a more tradition wheat malt character and some spicy yeast notes. I'm not sure if I'm actually tasting some banana in there or if I just think I am becasue I'm expecting it to be there. Noticable but not overpowering bitterness persists from the first sip all the way to the aftertaste. Very nicely balanced and complex.

M - Thick and full body with lots of carbonation. Not what I'd normally expect from an IPA but it certainly blends very well with this beer, moreso than I'd expect.

Overall this is definitely the best white IPA I've ever had, and absolutely one of the best beers I've had. I'll definitely buy a few more of these while they're still around.

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Photo of nach0king
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure I'd buy this again because of the price (and because it won't be available for long) but I'm glad I tried it. Very tasty.

Poured half into a pintglass, drank it, then poured the rest, including sediment.

A: Rusty, head disappears quickly.

S: There's more citrus on the nose than there is in the taste, and also some fudge. Very pleasant indeed.

T: A lot of sweetness at first, then banana, retreating into mild citrus and herbs by the end. The citrus grows as you work your way through the bottle, making it refreshing despite the very sweet first impression. Closer to a wit than an IPA throughout - the hops are just supporting notes.

M: Lightly carbonated, just thick enough - really pleasant.

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