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RATINGS: 1580   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 26, 2003
Draft. It just lacks hops and doesn't impress. It's easy enough to drink and has a medium bode, but it could sure use some more flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2003
Nice balanced hop/malt aroma and flavor. This old favorite isn't anywhere as aggressive as today's IPA's but very pleasant for us non-hopheads.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 25, 2003
This beer pours a light gold color with a moderate head and a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has some fruits in it and some spices as well. The taste was fairly smooth, but not very hoppy. The carbonation is evident in the flavor. Decent beer, but a not quite smooth enough for my tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2003
Light amberish color with a small head. Not a strong hop aroma. Flavor shows few malts upfront with a slightly bitter hop finish. Average IPA, but it's availibility is a plus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2003 Light orange color with a white head. Weak resionous hop aroma. Flavor is a little more hoppy than the aroma. Bitter finish. A subtle and good IPA.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12427) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (9809) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3190) - 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.

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