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RATINGS: 1509   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hershiser2 (1208) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2004
Paid $1.39 for a single 12-oz. Light in body- medium golden- but had a great, huge head. Fluffy, lasts, and laces nicely. Kinda plain in the nose. Slightly IPA smelling, but also a bit weak. Plain in the mouth too, kinda hoppy, but not really. Only slightly citrus. Drinkable, but not a great beer =(

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ocduff (7) - USA - JAN 26, 2004 does not count
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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2004
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.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
btwhite7 (37) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 24, 2004
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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2004
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2004
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.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (4436) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 17, 2004
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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2004
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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2004
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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2004
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.


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