ocduff (7) - USA - JAN 26, 2004 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Both glass and bottle. This is my favorite, despite the other highly rated IPA's on this site, which don't hold a candle to this one IMHO. Appearance is a honey color, with a grainy, thin head. The aroma is hoppy, citrusy. But the flavor is really where this IPA shines. The taste is clean, biting, and has an exhilerating hop finish with bright, flower and citrus undertones. There is a distinct malt body mouthfeel - overall, a dense, sharp and carbonated impression. Implied spice flavors add complexity. The knifelike zing of this IPA may be too much for those who haven't spent a bitter winter evening in Boston. The least watery finish of any beer I've had, and not astringent at all. I can close my eyes and taste this beer, that's how good it is. Cheers
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2005 OK, so I just spent 4 days in an area where Harpoon is the most available drink in the area, so I got my fill. This is so very drinkable both draft and bottle. Not as hoppy as the West Coast stuff, but one of the best the East has to offer. Excellent matl-hop balance.
btwhite7 (37) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2004 Great looking pour but loses head rather quickly. Initial taste is satisfying but gradually disappoints. Above average bitterness on the aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It was almost 6 months ago that I tried this beer so I'm trusting my good memory with this rating... Theo only distracting thing about it was being watery from the tap.
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. A clear golden color with a fluffy head that diminishes quickly. Nice floral hop aroma. The flavor starts off almost sour, but the hop finish is what makes this beer. A good IPA.
dwyerpg (4257) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
IPAs in general are just great beers. This one is a little lighter in color and taste than some others, but still a good beer.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Briliant plae amber with a fizzy white head that tries mightly to cling to the glass but just does not quite make it. I know you will be shicked, but it smells like hops, grapefruit, flowers, etc... Flavor is a bit of a letdown, the malt plays a bigger role then in other IPAs, the hops are still there but just not in the proportions that my palate is used to. Bitterress lingers but is not to powerful. Body is medium. Decent but forgettable. There are just too many IPAs out there that end up tasting just like this.
rudolf (2304) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice sweet grass hop aroma. It looks really light in the glass - I'd like it more if it appeared a bit darker. Nice and dry, with some lemon and grapefruit. It could use a bit more malt.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, Cherbourg, Massachusetts. Golden amber with a large, white, bold, fluffy head. Fruity and hoppy aroma, maximum strength. Floral and fruity. Good bitter, long aftertaste. Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy.
pjk33 (389) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Got this one from JZ at the 2003 Beer exchange. I love IPA's and this is not a great one by any means. Poured a small 1/4" head which immediately abandoned me. Not much aroma (strike 1) and a very light copper color. Not much sweetness or citrus in the first taste but it was quite bitter. Not a lot of body and it was without the wonderful changes in bitterness and sweetness that good IPA's have (strike 2). Lacing was not striking and as the beer warmed it remained unremarkable (strike 3). Not terrible, but not a top shelf India Pale Ale.