harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2003 re-rate: 11/16/03 - This was absolutely awful, and my overall rating has not changed much, but this was very dry, and had an aftertaste that was much like drinking saltwater.
This tasted to me more like an English pale ale. This one had a bit of a musty old taste to it, along with the aroma. Pours nicely, but does not get many points for appearance. Pretty nice malt characters, with a bit of a hoppy aftertaste, but not enough to keep me interested.
NateDawg (12) - Arlington, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not really an IPA...there is very little hop nose and only a moderate amount of bitterness. Let's face it, this is a pale ale. My biggest beef with this beer (and most of Harpoon's beers) is a husky/grainy/astringent flavor that takes away from the flavor. And once I noticed it, it was like the cowbell on "Don't Fear the Reaper" after seeing Will Ferrell's skit on SNL...I taste it in all of Harpoon's beers (UFO excluded). Are they over-sparging there, or what? I usually only have this beer if it's the only kind in someone else's fridge.
bu11zeye (11943) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught) Descent tasting IPA pours a cooper color with a thin white head.
bgarrigus (36) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great IPA, especially out of the tap. The aroma is sharp and hoppy with a nice undertone of citrus. The hops are present, but not overpowering, with a strong citrus start, good clean middle, and a lingering bitter aftertaste, the way an IPA should be. Not the best IPA out there, but Harpoon's best beer, and their flagship beer.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 21, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle, shaker glass. Tall, fizzy, foamy, white head looks just like almost every other PA/IPA I've had. Copper colored body is clear with lively carbonation. Toasted grain malt (mod); citric (grapefruit, lime) hops (mod); apple, pear aromas. There's also something medicinal to the aroma. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter flavor becomes a lightly sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic finish. Pear flavor is almost overwhelming. Lightly astringent, watery texture, medium body, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: HELP! A pear tree died in my beer!
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I had this beer out of a bottle. The color is a nice dark amber. The taste is of malt, spice, and hops. The finish isn't as smooth as the better IPAs.
haddon90 (1468) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
It all looked great from the start. But once I tasted it...nothing much after that. Clear copper color with a lacing white head. But not much hops in the taste. Did not taste like an IPA. Too smooth. On draft at Hero's in Manassas, VA.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2004 Just picked up a 9-16-04 batch and it was very enjoyable,,still nothing can top Liberty ale for beers like this.Nice golden color,nice head,lace.A tad of sweet in the intresting malts,good easy hop tingle.I will drink more of this in it's fresh state pronto.This is one very nice session EIPA(american version)
TheBeerGod (5254) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on tap while at the Tage Inn in Boston. Bronze body with a small tan head and a lively hop nose. It's not overpowering but is very pleasant. The taste is hop laden but not like a west coast IPA, and has a light oily and piney body. Some malt in the mix as well. Holds up well to other IPA's and was great on draft with a burger. Finished with little bitterness. Surprisingly better than I expected it to be.
BeerSlacker (34) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light, copper golden ale. Floral hoppy nose (cascades). Slight sweetness in body, hoppy, but not excessively bitter finish. Dry finish. Good hoppy American IPA, but not as extreme as some of the more recent offerings to the style.