A friend of my Fiancé gave her a growler of this for me to try. He’s a big fan of Harriet and I’m happy to try anything. Drank from my Ram Brewing oversized pint glass.
Appearance- Pours a nice light orange with hints of yellow around the edges. A decent quarter finger bright white head bubbles away fairly briskly leaving no cap but a decent collar. Not much lacing is left behind.
Smell- Definitely smells way more Belgium than IPA. It’s spicy and full of those lovely yeasty tones. A touch of banana and white pepper with maybe even a tinge of clove. It has a bit of a warm alcohol that really stands out as well. Not overly hoppy smelling as there is a touch of peach fruitiness but that’s about it.
Taste- You’d never really guess this was a Belgium IPA after the smell but you figure it out pretty quick after your first sip. Definitely not overly bitter (and you wouldn’t expect it to be at 40 IBU) as the hops are nice and fruity, borderline citric. Something grapefruit like at first before a light banana thing moves in and whisks this thing off to Belgium land. There is a touch of randomly light sweetness that really isn’t so as the beer finishes bone dry and slightly warming.
Mouthfeel- Nice light carbonation with a super nice feel. The body is spot on along with everything else.
Drinkability- Really digging this beer a lot. It’s got a great balance of IPA (probably more Pale Ale but I’m also numb) and Belgium and thank the lord, it’s not sweet. Very easy drinking, very flavorful and very delicious. A super nice surprise from a local brewery. Gotta love that!
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