By: Ken Hermann, Brewer Published:
We first brewed the Long Thaw White IPA as part of the 100 Barrel Series in 2012. The inspiration for this beer came from a cask beer I made for the Great International Beer Festival in Providence, RI. I took UFO White and added a generous dose of Cascade and Citra dry hops in the cask. The result was a very hoppy “wit” beer that was an interesting twist on the base style.
The White IPA is a relatively new “style” of beer. My interpretation of this style is that the beer should incorporate the best features of an IPA and a Belgian Wit. From the IPA you get the bitterness, a little malt backbone, and the bright hop aromas and flavors that you get from generous late hopping and dry hopping. From the Belgian Wit you get the light color, the haze, the head retention, the spice character, and the soft mouth feel you get from a healthy addition of Wheat Malt.
I am so happy that Harpoon has decided to bring back the White IPA new spring seasonal, The Long Thaw. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Don’t forget to share how you’re enjoying #TheLongThaw at www.thelongthaw.com!
By: Julia Falk, Digital Marketing Published:
To celebrate the launch of our first new seasonal in 14 years, we put on themed parties from Maine to Maryland on January 30, 2014. Harpoon fans partied in ski goggles, Hawaiian shirts, and in some cases, a penguin costume, all in celebration of The Long Thaw White IPA! And while the weather this time of year may be fickle, The Long Thaw is the perfect beer to carry us through the winter cold while hinting at the warmer days ahead. Check out some pictures of the night here!
We had a blast celebrating with you and seeing all the ways you’re enjoying The Long Thaw from Portland, Maine to Atlanta, Georgia. This great beer won’t be around forever this winter/spring so be sure to share how you’re enjoying #TheLongThaw while you can! You could win The Best Weekend Ever with Harpoon (aka VIP status for a weekend of your choice with a friend!) and other cool prizes! For more info and to enter, head to www.thelongthaw.com!