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RATINGS: 1616   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.


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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2004
Poured an orange with thin white bubbly head. Smell of hops. Thin body. Taste of hops and a little bit of malt. Very weak for an IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MolsonMan (58) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Pours a light orange color, very little head. Floral scents in the smell. The taste is watery and very thin. Decent lawn mower beer.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 15, 2004
Bottle. Poured a yellow with orangish hues. Thin head. Aroma is both of malt and hop. Neither is real dominant. Some floral notes. Mouthfeel is medium thin. Taste is malty, subtle earthy hops. Fair.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 14, 2004
Nice amber/orange in appearance with a moderate white head. Wonderful citrusy, piney hop aroma, a characteristic IPA scent for me. Flavor was a very good spicy hop sensation, but not very bitter. I felt like this beer could use a bit more bitterness, but the hoppy flavor, specifically a grapefruit note that I picked up, was excellent. A fine IPA.


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