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Review: Harpoon Imperial IPA: Big & Limited Edition and Green Mountain Ryed

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Harpoon is about for winter with these two frosty-weather releases.

Harpoon Imperial IPA: Huge & Restricted Version – This can be a restricted version launched just for the winter season — it’s made with Harpoon’s customary recipe, however with an upsized abv — however this monster IPA comes throughout largely as a traditional imperial, candy and malty, aggressively hoppy (although not all that bitter), and dusted with citrus notes. The beer turns syrupy and virtually gummy because the end arrives, the entire affair hanging the palate with a bit an excessive amount of blunt heft and never sufficient nuance; I’d pair it with dessert, not your vacation dinner. 9% abv. B+ / $13 per 4-pack of 16 oz cans

Harpoon Inexperienced Mountain Ryed – This new launch is one other collaboration with WhistlePig, the main target right here being on the best way to hold the affect of hops within the beer as a substitute of washing it away because of the affect of the barrel. The final word recipe is 2 beers: a high-gravity Rye Ale aged in freshly-emptied WhistlePig PiggyBack 100% Rye barrels, blended with a closely dry-hopped New England Rye IPA that includes Citra, Centennial, Simcoe, and Amarillo hops. The purpose is to excellent the barrel-aged hazy IPA. Outcomes: Hit or miss. The beer seems like an IPA, with a daring and foamy head, however issues get bizarre from there. Extraordinarily dry — extra west coast than hazy — there’s not a lot of a touch of the barrel right here — exterior of a extra rustic, uncooked woody character — nor any of the daring citrus notes that the hops within the invoice should ship. Because the end approaches, the beer retreats overwhelmingly to earthy, virtually muddy parts, although hints of orange peel and the lightest contact of sweetness in some way muddle via on the very tail finish of the expertise. 7% abv. B- / $15 per 4-pack of 16 oz cans

harpoonbrewery.com

Harpoon Inexperienced Mountain Ryed

$15

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