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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boto (1826) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUL 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2004 Draught version: The beer pours a golden color. Decent enough white head with a decent amount of lacing down the glass. The aroma is fairly decent, with a decent hop aroma. Fairly good hop bite, with a little maltiness to the taste. It is a hair thin in the body department. Pretty decent beer, although it could have a bit more hoppiness to it. Re-rate: seems to have a bit more body to it this time.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2003
This beer poured an amber color and formed a white foamy head that receded slowly and left some nice lace on the side of the glass. A nice hop aroma was apparent, but not overpowering as some others are. A flavor of hops and caramel. The finish was a touch sweet with some bitterness. This wasn't a bad IPA, but certainly not one of my favorites.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (8781) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2003
Sparkling clear, lightly golden ale with a medium-sized, white, fizzy head. Decent lacing. The aroma is of sweet malt (honey) and very floral, peppery hops. A hint of pine and apricot as well. The flavor is malty for a moment and then the well-balanced, moderately bitter, lightly acetic hop addition kicks in. Very pleasant. Light-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Lengthy, dry, astringent finish with an earthy/woodsy flavor at the very end.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fishonmyplane (402) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUN 21, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2012 Good hoppy aroma & flavor, with a slight citrusy edge to it. This beer is a perfect compliment to spicy food-I’ve already had it with buffalo wings, indian, and mexican food. It’s also very smooth & drinkable; a good beer for any occasion. Update July 2012: Wow, I rated this 9 years ago? Unbelievable. Anyway, I still enjoy this beer, but it tastes a little weak this year. I’m not sure if the recipe was changed, or if I’ve just been spoiled by all the ultra-hoppy beers that have come out recently, but this just doesn’t taste the same as I remember. The hops are a bit subdued for an IPA. This is a classic brew, but I feel like it has been left in the dust by the craft beer scene.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopnpop (69) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2003
A truly wonderful tasting IPA. Could use more aroma though. The biggest disappointment however is the aftertaste, or lack thereof. It mysteriously disappers. Perhaps this beer should be called the UFO...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer Guy99 (250) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2003
I tried this beer on tap at Legal Seafood on Long Island. It was easily the best beer in the place because it was about the only decent brew they had. Nice amber color, good floral nose. Hops bite was more than moderate but somewhat subdued for an American version of IPA. Nice and very drinkable. I'd definitely have another pint or two.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzzler67 (1490) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2003
Amber hue; fruity, floral aroma. Moderately hoppy. This IPA whispers more than it shouts. Modest clean finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2004 rerate: Medium gold color (lighter than I remember) with moderate head. Crisp hops flavor in moderation (definately not a West Coast IPA).

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjw2000 (72) - USA - MAY 2, 2003
Light golden color with a substantial dense white head. Aroma primarily of hops. Flavor is crisp, smooth and primarily hoppy with piney hints although not overwhelmingly so. Somewhat sweet in the middle. Finish is citrusy slightly bitter hops.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - MAY 1, 2003
My first Harpoon brewery beer was this one. Wow! When I opened the bottle, the aroma of hops literally took my breath away. It is loaded with fresh hops aroma & taste. It poured out a nice, straw yellow color, with a dense, rocky white head on it. My first sip opened my sinuses like crazy. It has so much hops in it, it actually made my nose run when I sipped it. This is a great beer to have with spicy Mexican food, chili, or anything really hot and spicy. It can stand up to the hottest food with no problems whatsoever. A really good beer in my book.


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