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RATINGS: 1600   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Filtered and force carbonated.
Ingredients: Water, Three malts, including a 2-row pale, Northwest Cascade Hops, and Yeast.
This copper colored ale is floral, medium bodied, with a crisp, refreshing finish. Originally our summer seasonal in 1993, it is now available year-round. Harpoon IPA was ranked atop both domestic and imported IPAs by Beer Connoisseur Magazine.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Probably best described as something of a more mass-market IPA. Of course, that means itís a little watery. Pours with a nice head, lacks the really pungent smell of better IPAs. Taste is similarily less strong. More straw taste and hops not made too bitter. Probably a good introduction to IPAs, however, as this is a perfectly drinkable beer.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - OCT 27, 2004
This very weird beer smelled and tasted like freshly mowed grass. Thatís the only way to describe it. It was so freakiní hoppy it was ridiculous and tasted like the lawn. Yes, the lawn.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
PatMac (17) - Wakefield, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2004
A crisp IPA with a hint of fruit. Nice foam on the top of the beer that follows the glass down until its gone. Goes well with seafood.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Color is a nice apricoty hue, head is nice and white. Aroma is quite nice, fresh and fruity, abounding in sweet associations, with orange on top, followed by peach, apricot, melon, cherries. I keep searching, and I keep finding. Great aroma! Hops are plentiful on the palate. An entire garrison is deployed upon the tongue, but it swiftly subsides. Taste is ultimately very smooth and mellow, but less complex than Iíd prefer in a hoppy IPA. Smelled great, tasted blase. Oh, well.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 13, 2004
On tap at The Ruck in Troy. Poured golden yellow with a white head that left a lacing on the glass. Attractive beer. The aroma smelled somewhat diluted. The taste and body, on the other hand, seemed very diluted. Very little hop flavor. This tasted more like a pale lager than an IPA. A true girlie manís IPA.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
seeknay36 (110) - DC, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Good beer. Pours an orange color with a thin head. Has a hint of spiceyness and is hoppy.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
changxao (104) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2004 Nice orange/amber color with a small white head, leaves good lacing. Hoppy and moderately spicy aroma. Flavor has some fruity and spicy notes; the palate is slightly thin. Finish is bitter, but not overwhelmingly so.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2006 Clear, golden-orange body with a sudsy, pure white head. Floral and citric hoppy nose plus a slightly catty element. Stale, cheesy hop quality with some juicy-fruit and light bready malt presence. Medium-high, sharp bitterness. This was a gateway beer for me once-upon-a-time (circa Super Bowl XXX in 1996 when Dallas defeated Pittsburgh 27-17). Now itís just a fair IPA at best in my book.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2004
Good beer. The flavor isnít overpowering, but the floral taste and aroma are very present. The finish is crisp. Good balance in this beer.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Clear golden beer with a foamy off-white head. Quite odd aroma for an IPA. Some hops but dominating straw notes, more like a blond. Also straw in the flavor and only very little hops. Rather thin and watery. A really disappointing IPA.


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