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RATINGS: 1576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
savannah (37) - columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2004
Pretty good. Nice golden color and head that stick to sides of glass. Definite hop aroma;clean and refreshing. Nice mouth feel, medium-high carbonation but doesnít bite. Clean hop flavor thatís balanced well with malt. Very drinkable.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hotstuff (4408) - Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2004
Bottle. Medium sized creamy and smooth white head and fine-large sized bubbles that mostly diminished. Carbonated, transparent and a straw yellow hue. Malty, hoppy and a sweet aroma with a mostly hoppy flavor. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth. This was a medium bodied beer with very sparse lacing.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
thedm (5158) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 22, 2004
This bottled brew poured a large sized head of fine to medium sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body was softly carbonated transparent and orange colored. The aroma was a simple mild malt hop one and the mouth feel was mildly tingly mildly hoppy and thin. The flavors contained notes of mild hops. Too mild for a good IPA. Hop heads should pass on this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2004
12oz bottle, 05.18.04 Pours brilliant, brassy golden; monstrous head (for an IPA) with tons of texture and immediate lacing. Aromas of springtime wheatfields, green salad with celery and bell pepper. Flavor is amazingly balanced, some tartness too it. This beer is much more hoppy than I had anticipated and itís a fairly old bottle to boot. A nice surprise that Iíve passed by too many times.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fly (1438) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Nice IPA. Good balance and nice hops. Wish I had the room to bring home another 12pk like I did before, Maybe next time.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2004
Lighter brown, small clinging white head. Smells of citrus hops. Slightly sweet malt finish. Not bad in the balance department, but this beer drinks more like a pale ale to me.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerandsteak (12) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Mmmm... grapefruit. Had this on tap when it was my turn to buy rounds. After some Miller Liteís, I suppose anything is good. But I liked this. The flavor, and the slightly bitter aftertaste, made it a good beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3527) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2004
Odd. I would have sworn that I had rated the Hibernian, but it isnít showing up here. In any case, orange appearance, slightly hoppy nose. Some grapefruit flavors, balanced body, bitter. Somehow though, nothing really stands out. So so.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6287) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2011 Rerate Just not as enamored this time around. Flavorful IPA, but pretty pedestrian. Original 3.7 On tap at Legal Seafoods, Crystal City, Va. Light orange appearance, fluffy white head, good lacing. Fresh sprucey aroma. Grapefruit, citrusy flavor, west coast hops very evident but not overpowering. Finishes strong. Good companion to crab stuffed shrimp. Excellent IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 24, 2004
A decent IPA with a good bite behind it. Pours an orangish color, smells and tastes of citrus/grapefruit. The citrus overpowers the flavor of hops however.


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