spikee (96) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clean, refined hoppy nose - not too overpowering but enough to give your tastebuds a heads-up as to whatís coming. Perfect golden color with a hint of cloudiness. Nice head that lasts until the glass is emptied. Flavor is pure, clean hops. Medium bodied with a nice soft texture and a (what else?) quick hop finish. This is a New England favorite, found on draft in many a bar íround these parts. Itís obvious why!
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2005 tap.I really enjoyed this beer cause it wasnít quite as bitter like most IPAís. An amber colored medium bodied beer with real good flavor. Not overally hoppy which would normally give it its extreme bitter taste. A fairly large white head and smelled of citruses. Iíd give it a try but definatly different from a traditional IPA.
DarkElf (3059) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 27, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 (12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with shadey, thanks Shane!) Smells and tastes like a hoppy cream ale. Itís mildly sweet and grainy, a bit of vanilla in there, and the moderate nuttiness seems stronger than it is because there isnít much else in the flavor to challenge the nuttiness. Moderately bitter, especially in the finish, but itís not a pleasant bitterness. The medium bodied beer has a creamy palate, but the floral hops bite finishes a bit harshly. Medium gold color. Whitish head pours to average size, soon fades to a thin layer, and leaves a decent amount of droopy lacing on the glass. Another subpar east coast IPA.<P>(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with slob, thanks Bert!) A second try with this IPA, and Iím getting a fair amount of honey sweetness in the nose. Sweet, honey flavor matches the aroma. Grainy, malty flavor. I mentioned a vanilla flavor before, and while Iím not sure itís vanilla, thatís close enough. Compared to the really good IPAs, this beer lacks quality malt, but REALLY lacks quality hops. This is like your average brewpub beer, or maybe even a "craft" brew from the macros, but doesnít even come close to being a quality craft-brewed IPA. Color and appearance are similar to my previous rating ... average. I rate this beer, "Bah, whatever."
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
"Harpoon IPA was ranked atop both domestic and imported IPAís by Beer Connoisseur Magazine." So the commercial description says, but this IPA does not live up to the hype. It pours a dark golden color. The sugary sweetness is a surprise to the nose. This sweetness is accompanied by a strong prescence of orange citrus hops. Light bodied with notes of sweet malt and moderate citrus hop flavorings. This one wonít be making the top of my IPA list.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours golden yellow with a medium head. Very nice floral hop aroma. Standard IPA flavor of hops backed by a little malt. Nice finish.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark golden color with a small white head. Hoppy, citrusy aroma with a
bit of malt in the background. Flavor was mostly hops with a bit of citrus and malt on the finish. A little thin bodied.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Body was a clear light golden color with next to no head. Aroma of oranges and hops. Beer starts citrusy, with a crisp hop bite and dry finish.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells floral and citrus. Pours gold, copper with white head. Body is lighter than most IPAís I have had, less bitter as well, but nice flavor. A biting floral taste, pretty smooth and not bad aftertaste. I think this is more of the type of IPA I like, haha.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - thanks to slob for the trade! Pours cliear amber with a large, billowy head that lingers well. Aroma is smooth malts and floral hops with hints of orange. Flavor is malty and dusty with an earthy hop bitterness. Light to medium body and gentle carbonation. Nice little IPA.
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.