Helios & Catchment Harpy Double West Coast IPA

Style
Double West Coast IPA
ABV
7.5%
Bitterness
73 IBU

“No viler monstrosity than they, no pest more atrocious did ever the wrath of god conjure up out of hell's swamp. Bird-bodied, girl-faced things they are… their hands are talons, their faces haggard with hunger insatiable.” – Virgil’s Aeneid

Harpies are hybrid creatures from Greek mythology – part woman, part bird of prey – known for their ugliness. I’m not sure what Helios and Catchment are saying about their brewers when they named their collaboration beer after this hideous creature, but this strong WCIPA is certainly far from unsightly.

This Harpy soars on the wings of Munich and sweet amber malts, which do an admirable job of holding up the weight of powerful and potent LUPOMAX hops. There are constant gusts of stone fruit – I got ripe peach and nectarine – with crosswinds of pine and orange peel. Meanwhile, Harpy’s talons carve into your flesh with bitterness, starting gentle but building in intensity until they leave bitter scars.

When a 7.5 percent ABV beer drinks as smoothly as this, I’m tempted to call my thirst insatiable, but I imagine after a few of these I’d be feeling the wrath of the Harpy.

You can see what Helios and Catchment brewers have to say about Harpy in this video.

Mick Wüst

Published August 3, 2022

Name
Helios Brewing
Address

15 Palomar Road
Yeerongpilly
QLD 4105

Phone
(07) 3392 9739
Open Hours

Thursday: 4pm to 9pm
Friday and Saturday: 12pm to 9pm

Sunday: 12pm to 5:30pm

And open for growler fills through the week

Tours

By appointment

Canberra Fest 2024 B
AIBA 2024 entries B2

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