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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2003
On tap at the brewery. This was my favorite draught beer when I last lived in Boston. Doesn't seem to have the impact it once did for me but a solid IPA still. Fresh as can be a deep copper color with a decent head to it. Aroma is primarily cascade with a slight citrus. Medium bodied witha nice balance and a slight bitter finish. Quite enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 7, 2003
Clear golden body topped by a medium beige head. Aroma is floral, peach and grapefruit. Taste is floral, earthy and light peach. Finish is earthy/floral. Medium body. English-style, pleasant beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2003
Pours a clear amber, with a fruity hoppy aroma. This is a very smooth enjoyable IPA. Lots of flavor and you have to love those hops.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (8357) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2003
Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Aug 4th, 2003: Pours a dark amber color with a tiny white head. Decent lacing as well. The aroma is a really pleasant concoction of hops and fruit. Medium-bodied, and the flavor is surprisingly subdued given the strong aroma. There is a fair amount of malt in the flavor as well. Maybe it is the hop-heavy IPAs like Ruination, Buckeye '76 et al that are to blame but I like a higher level of hops than this beer offers, both in the flavor and in the finish. A decent beer nonetheless.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3176) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2003
Hey, I could make this! I have to take that into consideration when I rate this IPA. The hops aroma is nice, with a nice floral bitterness emanating from the golden body. The watery body, though, is just weak. Flavor is perfumey and slightly bitter, balanced by the slightest hint of malts. More of a session-oriented version of the IPA, and, considering the description that this was once a "summer seasonal," that shouldn't surprise me.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - AUG 4, 2003
Clear amber, medium head. Malty aroma with hops presence. A decent IPA, although not as heavily hopped as the trend has been going. Drinkable with good balance and a palatable aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2003
8/2/03: bottle.
skunky-hop aroma. golden orange color. slightly skunked flavor which also includes hops and alcohol flavors. nice label.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2003
Yellow body with a thick white head. Some lacing.
Malty, floral aroma. Weird, dough smell in there too.
Malt is very evident. Alcohol and some hops. But the hop bite that's there seems to be that of a pilsner almost. Very weird beer. More of the American hops become evident as the beer warms.
Smooth, full body.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 22, 2003
I would say this one reminds me more of the earlier IPAs and Pale Ales from the East Coast that emulated the traditional English style. My experience with this was woodiness up front followed by a strong sweetness finishing hoppy. Pretty good, actually.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2007 Harpoon is not in the race with others to add more and more hops to ridiculous and unpleasant levels. This beer fits the IPA style but with hopping at the lower end of what is available in the US. The balance of malt, bitterness and hop aroma is excellent and although this one tends to get lost among hoppier IPAs, its balanced flavors make it a winner.


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