what with current trends in north american brewing, the thing to do with this style is to change the "not a lot of hops" part to "a lot of hops," hence the "white IPA."
on to the review:
harpoon "long thaw" white IPA -- pours a crystal clear wheat-gold, like a krystallweizen. lots of head formation, loose, white, nice lacing, really sticks to the glass (perhaps the result of extra hop oils). subtle tropical fruit aroma, with spice, citrus, and a whiff of hops bitterness.
complex flavor profile -- pineapple and banana, coriander, citrus, with a bracing bitterness. alcohol is well concealed, very well balanced. really crisp, almost like a kolsch in texture.
if you're looking for an IPA that you can drink more than one of (or get down without revealing that you'd rather have a wine cooler), this is your brew.
-- if you get the "IPA Adventure Pack," you will also be treated to a mediocre english style IPA, an okay black IPA (or cascadian dark ale), and a pretty good rye IPA (i've never had a bad rye IPA, but i suppose they must be out there).
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